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BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — Two astronauts from the U.S. and Russia were safe after an emergency landing Thursday in the steppes of Kazakhstan following the failure of a Russian booster rocket carrying them to the International Space Station.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos’ Alexei Ovchinin lifted off as scheduled at 2:40 p.m. (0840 GMT; 4:40 a.m. EDT) Thursday from the Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz booster rocket. Roscosmos and NASA said the three-stage Soyuz booster suffered an emergency shutdown of its second stage. The capsule jettisoned from the booster and went into a ballistic descent, landing at a sharper than normal angle.

The launch failure marks an unprecedented mishap for the Russian space program, which has been dogged by a string of launch failures and other incidents.

“Thank God, the crew is alive,” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters when it became clear that the crew had landed safely.

They were to dock at the orbiting outpost six hours later, but the booster suffered a failure minutes after the launch.

NASA and Russian Roscosmos space agency said the astronauts were in good condition after their capsule landed about 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of the city of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.

Search and rescue teams were heading to the area to recover the crew. Dzhezkazgan is about 450 kilometers (280 miles) northeast of Baikonur. Spacecraft returning from the ISS normally land in that region.

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October 11, 2018

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	Sheep shearers are caught on camera punching animals

    Sheep shearers are caught on camera punching animals

    Britain 'punching, stamping and beating' animals, campaigners claimed today.</p><p>People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) has brought a formal complaint to an animal welfare charity after an eyewitness documented the horrendous abuse.</p><p>The abuse was witnessed on 24 farms across Scotland in West Lothian, East Lothian, Fife, Dumfries and Galloway, Midlothian, South Lanarkshire and the Scottish Borders.</p><p>The 12-page complaint includes evidence of wool workers 'striking terrified sheep in the face with electric clippers, slamming their heads into the floor, beating and kicking them, and throwing them off shearing trailers'.</p><p>Peta said the footage obtained by the eyewitness highlights 'just some of the cruelty' at 24 sheep farms toured by shearers from a shearing contractor earlier this year.</p><p>The animal rights group is calling on the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to launch an investigation.</p><p>The organisation also said criminal charges should be filed against the workers for apparent violations of laws prohibiting cruelty to animals, where appropriate.</p><p>People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) has brought a formal complaint to an animal welfare charity after an eyewitness documented the horrendous abuse</p><p>The abuse was witnessed on 24 farms across Scotland in West Lothian, East Lothian, Fife, Dumfries and Galloway, Midlothian, South Lanarkshire and the Scottish Borders</p><p>In August, Peta Asia released the first-ever video exposé of cruelty within the English wool industry, showing similar abuse.</p><p>Peta Asia senior vice president Jason Baker said: 'After exposing cruelty within the English wool industry, we've found the same horrifying abuse of sheep at farms in Scotland.</p><p>'Everywhere that eyewitnesses from Peta Asia and its affiliates go - from Australia and the US to South America and now the United Kingdom - they see the same disturbing behaviour.</p><p>'The production of all wool - no matter where it originated or what 'ethical' or 'responsibly sourced' claims are made on its label - spells extreme suffering and death for millions of gentle sheep and lambs.'</p><p>The organisation said criminal charges should be filed against the workers for apparent violations of laws prohibiting cruelty to animals, where appropriate</p><p>The animal rights group is calling on the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to launch an investigation</p><p>Peta said shearers are paid by volume, not by the hour, which encourages fast, violent handling.</p><p>They claim it leads to 'gaping wounds' on the animals' bodies, which shearers stitched up using a needle and thread but no pain relief.</p><p>Scottish SPCA chief superintendent Mike Flynn said, 'We can confirm we have received reports of alleged abuse within wool farms in Scotland. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

    1 October 17, 2018
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	Michael Gove told Cabinet he will not let officials 'fool' him again

    Michael Gove told Cabinet he will not let officials 'fool' him again

    done until December.</p><p>The Environment Secretary said talks could slip until a final summit on December 13-14 - months later than planned.</p><p>His comments to a House of Lords committee today come after it emerged he warned at Cabinet officials must not try to 'fool' ministers on the significance of any deal.</p><p>He suggested it was not clear last year what agreeing to set up a so-called backstop on the Irish border would mean - effectively accusing civil servants of underplaying the issue.</p><p>Mr Gove was among several ministers who demanded legal advice on anything agreed in the coming weeks. </p><p>Michael Gove (pictured in Downing Street yesterday) told Cabinet officials must not be allowed to 'fool' ministers a second time over what is agreed with the EU</p><p>Speaking to the Lords today, Mr Gove said: 'It might be the case - we’ve seen how European negotiations work - that progress is made at October council, progress is made at the November council, and it is even as late as the December council before a deal is done.</p><p>'Obviously, everyone wants the deal to be done earlier.' </p><p>Mrs May is flying to the latest summit in Brussels this afternoon with little hope of progress on the deal amid deadlock over the Irish border backstop.  </p><p>Last December, Theresa May said Britain would create arrangements for keeping the border open in the absence of a trade deal after the Brexit transition. </p><p>But the agreement has ended up deadlocking the entire negotiation as the EU demands Northern Ireland effectively stay inside the bloc's rules after the UK Brexit.</p><p>At yesterday's Cabinet, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said the EU's proposal would amount to the province being 'torn out of the UK' and controlled by the EU. </p><p>Britain has proposed all of the UK could follow customs union rules to meet the backstop - but insists it should only be for a time-limited period.</p><p>After the row left the talks frozen, Mr Gove told Cabinet: 'Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.'</p><p>Last December, Theresa May (pictured in Downing Street on Monday) said Britain would create arrangements for keeping the border open in the absence of a trade deal after the Brexit transition</p><p>Ministers including Esther McVey and Andrea Leadsom are said to have voiced alarm at the idea of not including a hard end date in the UK's backstop proposals.</p><p>Several ministers demanded legal advice on anything agreed with the EU amid anger at last year's agreement in principle on a 'backstop' for the Irish border turning into the issue which has deadlocked talks.  </p><p>According to Downing Street, Mrs May told the session that progress was being made in talks and she could get an outcome that honoured the referendum result and did not risk splitting the UK .</p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

    1 October 17, 2018
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	Rapist tries to attack woman and her young daughter while on day release from his life sentence

    Rapist tries to attack woman and her young daughter while on day release from his life sentence

    3-year-old while he was on day release </p><p>A rapist who tried to attack a woman and her young daughter while on day release for his previous rape of a mother has been jailed for seven years.</p><p>Andy Johnson, 47, was granted unsupervised leave from his psychiatric unit on February 2 this year in a decision approved by the Ministry of Justice.</p><p>He broke his curfew when he made his way to the Slug and Lettuce in Sutton to get drunk, Croydon Crown Court heard.</p><p>In his police interview he admitted drinking six or seven pints and addling his brain with the drug spice while trying to chat up a woman at the bar.</p><p>Johnson was travelling on the bus back to the hospital when he got off to follow a woman and her 13-year-old daughter as they made their way home.</p><p>The girl spotted the rapist tracking her and staring at her intently from behind the garden fence while her mother fumbled for the keys to the front door.</p><p>Once inside their family home the teenager felt Johnson's stomach pressed against the middle of her back.</p><p>Johnson warned the mother as he approached her: 'Do as I say and you won't get hurt.'</p><p>The predator (pictured in a Jersey police mugshot) has 52 previous convictions - including a serious indecent assault on a six-year-old girl </p><p>Together with her mother she began to scream, alerting her father who was in the house.</p><p>He chased Johnson out before following him calmly for 10 minutes while his partner called police, who arrested him 'some distance away.'</p><p>Judge Deborah Charles told Johnson, who has an ugly scar beneath his right eye: 'This defendant harbours a sexual attraction to female children, he is sexually aroused by sexual violence, pubescent girls and incest.</p><p>'The offence was committed after he had been partaking for many years in sexual behaviour treatment.</p><p>'He has little or no control over his sexual impulses. This defendant's previous convictions and the facts of the incident offence, plainly demonstrate he is dangerous to females.</p><p>'He poses a significant threat of causing serious harm to members of the public. There is no effective treatment for his personality disorder that can be given in hospital.</p><p>Judge Charles added: 'The offence was committed in this victim's home. This defendant specifically targeted a vulnerable child with her mother as he had done in the past. I am in no doubt he intended to commit a sexual offence.'</p><p>Warwick Tatford, prosecuting, said: 'The background to this case is unusual because the defendant when he committed this offence was serving a life sentence for rapes and other sexual assaults.</p><p>Johnson was sent to Broadmoor (pictured) but later transferred when doctors believed he was getting better </p><p>'He had been transferred to the Bethlem Hospital under Section 45 A of the Mental Health Act.'</p><p>Johnson admitted trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence and was jailed for seven years. He will remain on licence after he has served his sentence. </p><p>Dr Tim McInerny, who was responsible for Johnson being let out on day release, said he was completing programmes on his personality disorder and substance abuse.</p><p>Andy Johnson's previous convictions number 52 and span 23 years. These are just some of his crimes: </p><p>Follows a woman and her 13-year-old daughter into their home and is chased away by their father</p><p>Jailed for seven years after admitting trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence  </p><p>Johnson has 52 previous convictions and was locked up for life in 1999 after raping a woman and attempting to rape her 10-year-old daughter the previous year.</p><p>The 35-year-old woman feared for her daughter's life after Johnson said he had a knife and would kill them.</p><p>Johnson, from Jersey, admitted raping the mother twice and attempting to rape the child.</p><p>Handing him three life sentences Mr Justice Blofeld told him: 'You have pleaded guilty to a number of the most horrific sexual offences which, without exaggeration, if not the most serious, certainly fall into the worst one or two I have heard.'</p><p>He was sent to Broadmoor hospital indefinitely but the judge made an order to serve his sentence in jail if cured of his psychopathic disorder under a section 45A of the Mental Health Act.</p><p>Johnson was then sentenced to six and a half years in prison in January 2016 for attempting to rape a woman in Jersey in 1995 after forcing her way into her home in a 'horrific, planned and sustained' attack. </p><p>Mr Tatford said one of the reasons Johnson was transferred from Broadmoor to Bethlem Hospital in 2012 was because doctors thought he was getting better.</p><p>In October 2017 he was moved to the low security Chaffinch Ward at the Bethlem Hospital in preparation for his release next year.</p><p>Mr Tatford added: 'Part of his release plan, designed to help him if he were granted parole, was to allow his unsupervised release for eight hours.</p><p>Rapist Johnson was sent to Bethlem (pictured) and even made it onto the hospital's low-security wing </p><p>'Having been granted substantial freedom and considerable trust, he then decided to use his trust to attend a public house and drink a large amount of alcohol and smoke spice.'</p><p>But he was spurned by a women he met at the pub and the judge said had become aroused during the conversation, left frustrated and went on the prowl.</p><p>Francis McGrath, defending, said Johnson served in the Royal Hampshire Regiment before he was discharged on medical grounds.</p><p>Mr McGrath said he was born to a 15-year-old single mother in Salisbury and then put into care where he claims he suffered sexual abuse.</p><p>He added: 'A child victim of serious sexual abuse going on to commit serious sexual offences in turn.'</p><p>Johnson, who is currently held in HMP Wandsworth, was brought up in children's homes in Jersey. His previous convictions include a serious indecent assault on a girl of six in 1996.</p><p>If he is ever released from prison he must give police his personal details including his address and any change of name.</p><p>Ealier a Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: 'Restricted patients may be allowed temporarily into the community at the request of a doctor and only after an extremely tough risk assessment.' </p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. 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    1 October 17, 2018
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	Lidl staff refuse to sell middle-aged couple gin because they were shopping with their daughters

    Lidl staff refuse to sell middle-aged couple gin because they were shopping with their daughters

    se they were shopping with their 11 and 14-year-old daughters.  </p><p>Jackie Chandler and husband Gary Sprake were ready to pay for their groceries - including a bottle of rhubarb gin - when the worker asked their eldest, Ella-May, for ID.</p><p>The baffled couple thought the staff member was joking, but the ensuing row resulted in a store manager calling police to escort from the Waterlooville shop.</p><p>Mrs Chandler, 41, and Mr Sprake, 43, said when the officer arrived he ‘couldn’t believe he’d been called out’.</p><p>Jackie Chandler and Gary Sprake (pictured with Ella-May, right, and Rosa-May, left) were baffled when an attempt to buy gin ended in the police being called </p><p>A police officer attended the store (pictured) and was reportedly baffled by the supermarket's reason for calling him</p><p>When Mr Sprake tried to buy the £11.99 Hortus gin on his own at another till, he was again refused by Hampshire staff.</p><p>The couple had picked up the bottle for a house party while shopping with Ella-May and her sister, Rosa-May. </p><p>The husband and wife, both of whom work in retail, told the cashier they ‘would never' Ella-May 'sip alcohol’ when asked for her identification. But the worker replied: ‘It doesn’t make any difference, she has to have ID as well.'</p><p>Mrs Chandler and Mr Sprake were refused a bottle of this gin </p><p>A manager was then called to deal with the situation and, when he backed the cashier, Mr Sprake tried to call Lidl’s head office.</p><p>The family were bemused when the manager then asked them to leave the store before phoning the police.</p><p>Mrs Chandler said: 'We were shocked when the cashier asked because we thought he was talking about us. </p><p>'But when we found out he meant our daughter, I thought "he cannot be serious".</p><p>'There is no way we would let her take a sip of alcohol, let alone buy a bottle.'</p><p>Mr Sprake said he and his wife were ‘victims of stupidity’. </p><p>'I wonder where the line on this policy is drawn. If I had a four-year-old, would I not be able to get a drink?</p><p>'And if I do go back to that store, which is unlikely, will I not be able to buy alcohol because they know I have a daughter?'</p><p>During the row, a customer irate at having to wait longer even threatened them with a citizen’s arrest.</p><p>Mrs Chandler said: 'There was already a wait to get to the till so people weren’t happy.</p><p>'A couple of other shoppers were telling us to move on and one even offered to make a citizen’s arrest on us.'</p><p>Mrs Chandler said: 'The police officer I spoke to couldn’t believe he’d been called out - we weren’t doing anything wrong. We joked because it must’ve been his easiest job of the day.'</p><p>After leaving the store without their shopping, Mrs Chandler says she will not return as she is ‘too embarrassed’ and her children are ‘worried as they feel like they did something wrong’.</p><p>Mrs Chandler and Mr Sprake (pictured) say they were baffled by the refusal to serve them due to their 14-year-old daughter not having ID </p><p>A Lidl spokesman defended the store’s ID policy, saying: 'It is never our intention for a customer to be dissatisfied in any way, however we are committed to selling alcohol responsibly.</p><p>'Whilst these actions may appear over-cautious, we support our colleagues in using their own judgement to uphold our "Think 25" policy and, where there is any element of doubt, making the right decision.</p><p>'Under no circumstances do we tolerate abusive behaviour towards our colleagues.'</p><p>Hampshire Constabulary confirmed they were called to the ‘ongoing dispute’ at the Lidl store. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

    1 October 17, 2018
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	Blenheim Palace bridge is fully revealed for first time in 250 years

    Blenheim Palace bridge is fully revealed for first time in 250 years

    iew' can be seen in all its glory for the first time in 250 years as engineers began a mammoth £12million project to save it.</p><p>Vanburgh Bridge, which spans the two lakes at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, is at risk of drying out and becoming unstable due to the alarmingly low water level.</p><p>Huge amounts of silt has built up in the lakes surrounding the palace, which is the the birthplace and ancestral home of former prime minister and British war hero Sir Winston Churchill. </p><p>Now the 160-acre lakes have been drained for the first time since celebrated landscape gardener Capability Brown had them built in 1768, as part of a £12million scheme to safeguard the Grade I-listed bridge.</p><p>The Blenheim Estate told MailOnline the project would be funded by a number of sources including visitor admissions, 'the proceeds of development on Estate land' and some public and corporate donations. </p><p>The 160-acre lakes have been drained for the first time since celebrated landscape gardener Capability Brown had them built in 1768, as part of a £12million scheme to safeguard the Grade I-listed Vanburgh Bridge (pictured)</p><p>In 1874, when Sir Winston's father Lord Randolph Churchill saw the stunning landscape for the first time, he declared it to be 'the finest view in England' (Blenheim Palace is shown far left)</p><p>Huge amounts of silt has built up in the lakes surrounding the palace, which is the the birthplace and ancestral home of former prime minister and British war hero Sir Winston Churchill</p><p>It added that the lake dredge would cost in the region of £6million, bridge repairs about £3.5million, visitor aspects around £2million and the river catchment work almost £500,000.</p><p>In 1874, when Sir Winston's father Lord Randolph Churchill saw the stunning landscape for the first time, he declared it to be 'the finest view in England'.</p><p>Diggers will dredge 400,000 tonnes of silt - enough to fill Wembley Stadium to its roof - in a bid to return the water levels to their original depth of 6ft 7ins.</p><p>The work has revealed parts of the Grand Bridge, built by John Vanbrugh between 1708 and 1710, that have been submerged for a quarter of a millennium.</p><p>Silt has been building at a rate of between 1cm and 2cm in an average year, however extreme weather episodes such as the storms in 2007 saw it rise by 20cm in that year alone.</p><p>The estate estimates that without intervention, the lakes will eventually vanish in the next 10 years, causing the 'finest view' in England to be lost.</p><p>Flooded rooms within the structure have become accessible again along with archaeological features that include the original layout of an ancient canal system.</p><p>It also means members of the public can see the sandstone structure as Capability Brown would have when he landscaped the extensive grounds.  </p><p>An artist impression of the work to create the lake being done in the 1760s. Work being carried out today will allow the public to see the sandstone structure as Capability Brown would have when he landscaped the extensive grounds</p><p>Rachel Brodie, rural manager for Blenheim, inspects the newly revealed base of the bridge, which has been revealed for the first time since it was first submerged in the lakes</p><p>The work has revealed parts of the Grand Bridge, built by John Vanbrugh between 1708 and 1710, that have been submerged for a quarter of a millennium</p><p>Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, who gained his nickname because he would tell clients their estates had great 'capability' for improvements to the landscape, is considered one of Britain's greatest ever gardeners.</p><p>He transformed the look of 18th century country house gardens, and liked to remove formal planting in favour of an idealised 'natural' landscape - moving hills, making flowing lakes and serpentine rivers, draining marshland to create lakes and even moving an entire village out of sight to improve the view.</p><p>Brown worked incredibly fast, taking only an hour to survey an estate and rough out a design. He travelled incessantly, for he could have as many as 30 projects on the go at any one time.</p><p>His CV reads like a roll call of the stately homes of England: Warwick Castle, Petworth House, Burghley, Chatsworth, Blenheim, Longleat, Stourhead and Highclere Castle – the real Downton Abbey.</p><p>He was born some day between 1715 and 1716, and died on 6 February, 1783 after falling ill suddenly in London.</p><p>Initial work will involve siphons and wells being installed and dams constructed across part of the emptied lake.</p><p>Engineers will also inspect the foundations of the bridge for the first time and and assess how they will react to being unsupported by water.</p><p>Roy Cox, Blenheim's head of estates, said: 'The dredging of Queen's Pool and the repairs to the Grand Bridge are not only our greatest challenge to date but also marks some of the most ambitious stonework and dredging projects ever attempted in the UK.</p><p>'After four years of planning it is great to see the first phase of the project begin.</p><p>'If all goes according to schedule this initial investigation will enable us to draw up detailed plans for the main work which is likely to begin towards the end of next year.</p><p>'There is an absolute certainty that, if this work was not done, the view will be lost forever.</p><p>'We have to act to safeguard this iconic landscape for future generations to discover and enjoy.'</p><p>Blenheim Palace was built in the early 18th century to celebrate Britain's victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession.</p><p>The garden at Blenheim is one of the most historically significant Capability Brown landscapes, created at what is widely regarded as the pinnacle of his career.</p><p>The palace is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Marlborough and was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.</p><p>Capability Brown's grand plan for the creation of the lakes at Blenheim. The palace is shown right of centre, while the bridge can be seen to its right</p><p>Nick Baimbridge, from Blenheim, is pictured in the Queen's Pool in September 2017, a year before the lakes were drained ahead of the £12million project</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

    1 October 17, 2018

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