China willing to share new moon samples ... after laying down rules Jan 19, 2021 0 82 12345 Beijing: The first rocks brought back to Earth from the moon in decades will be shared with researchers in other countries, provided diplomats can abide by China’s rules for the process of lending and returning the samples, reported Xinhua on Monday. Diplomats from various countries were invited to listen as Beijing laid out rules that will detail how the rocks are to be treated, how scientific breakthroughs will be shared and how the rocks are to be handled. China’s Chang’e 5 lander picked up the rocks in December, the first time in decades an Earth force has brought back samples from the moon.“We’re still in the pre-preparation phase with the moon samples,” said Pei Zhaoyu, vice director of China’s moon programme. The mission returned with 1,731 grams of moon material. The last such samples were brought to Earth in the 1970s. Only the United States and the Soviet Union - the predecessor to modern Russia - had managed the feat before last year. (dpa)The latest samples are also of newer moon material than was collected in the older missions. Researchers hope the samples can reveal more about past volcanic activity on the moon as well as about its history. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES India officials deny claims hospital staff died from vaccine Jan 19, 2021 0 451 Tunisia arrests 632 people, army deployed amid violent protests Jan 19, 2021 0 325 Indonesia quake death toll rises to 84 Jan 19, 2021 0 293 At least 83 killed during clashes in Sudan’s western Darfur region dpa Khartoum At least 83 people were killed and 160 others injured when various ethnic groups clashed in Sudan’s West Darfur State, a local doctors’ association said. The fighting took place at a displaced person’s camp .. Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rockets Tel Aviv/Gaza City: Israeli fighter jets struck military targets belonging to the radical Islamist Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip on Monday morning, in response to two rockets fired out of the enclave, the army said in a .. 10 Afghanistan soldiers killed in Taliban attack dpa Kabul Ten members of the Afghan army were killed in a Taliban attack in the country’s northern Baghlan province, officials said on Monday. The militants attacked a military base on the Baghlan-Samangan highway .. Afghanistan launches first polio vaccination drive of 2021 Kabul: Afghanistan launched a nationwide campaign on Monday to give polio vaccination does to 9.9 million children under the age of five, the Public Health Ministry announced. Around 65,000 health workers are assigned .. Stranded Indian sailors leave China coast after 7 months dpa New Delhi A group of Indian sailors stranded off the Chinese coast for seven months, caught up in a trade dispute between China and Australia, have been allowed to leave for Japan, union officials said on Monday. The ..