Japanese craft docks at Space Station
TOKYO — Akihiko Hoshide used a robotic arm to grab the Kounotori 3 cargo spacecraft late Friday, then docked it with the International Space Station, becoming the first Japanese astronaut to perform the task.
The unmanned H-2 Transfer Vehicle (HTV-3), also known as Kounotori 3, arrived Friday evening at the ISS, where Hoshide is staying as a crew member. It was the third such Japanese craft to be vaulted into space.
At 9:23 p.m., Hoshide, 43, and a U.S. crew member caught the supply craft using the station’s robotic arm. They then docked it with the ISS, completing the mission at about 12:20 a.m. Saturday.
Just after catching the Kounotori 3, Hoshide told the ground station in Japanese: “I would like all of the people in Japan to know that the Kounotori full of Japanese technology and pride has arrived. Seen through the window (it) is very beautiful.”
Nepal crash kills 14 on way to cremation
KATMANDU, Nepal — Officials said a jeep veered off a highway in Nepal, killing 14 people who were on their way to cremate the body of a relative. Two others were seriously injured.
District official Chet Narayan Ghimire said the dead included 13 Nepali citizens and their Indian driver.
He said the accident occurred Saturday in Palpa district, 185 miles west of Katmandu, as the group was traveling to a pilgrimage spot to cremate the body.
Oil worker killed in gun attack in Nigeria
JOHANNESBURG — A military spokesman in Nigeria said a worker for the local subsidiary of Italian oil company Eni SpA drowned while trying to escape an attack in the nation’s oil-rich southern delta.
Lt. Col. Onyema Nwachuku said Saturday that another worker suffered a gunshot wound to his leg during the attack Friday in the winding creeks of Bayelsa state in the Niger Delta. Nwachuku said “sea robbers” attacked the Eni speedboat carrying workers away from an oil platform in the region.
Nwachuku said soldiers continued to hunt for the attackers.
Officials with Eni in Rome did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday.
Despite a 2009 government-sponsored amnesty deal with militants, violence continues sporadically in the Niger Delta. In April, gunmen attacked an Eni pipeline in the same area.
Aid workers fleeing violence in Algeria
MADRID — Spain says it is repatriating all of its aid workers and three other foreign nationals from refugee camps in Tindouf in western Algeria out of fears for their security.
Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said Saturday that the decision had been taken after reviewing “well-founded evidence of a serious increase in insecurity in the region.”
He said 12 Spaniards, two French nationals and an Italian will arrive in the Spanish capital, Madrid, by military aircraft early Sunday. A Spanish and a Peruvian aid worker already have returned to Spain.
Garcia-Margallo said the Spanish plane left Torrejon air base in Madrid on Saturday to collect the workers.
Ten days ago, Islamist rebels in Mali belonging to the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa, or MUJAO by its French acronym, released three aid workers — Spaniards Enric Gonyalons and Ainhoa Fernandez del Rincon and Italian Rossella Urru — kidnapped from a refugee camp in Tindouf in October. It was unclear if a ransom was paid.
Advocate wire services