ISS Crew Returns Safely to Earth
Two Russians and an American are back on Earth after nearly six months aboard the International Space Station.
A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying Oleg Artemiev, Alexander Skvortsov and Steven Swanson parachuted safely onto the steppe of Kazakhstan early Thursday morning, several hours after ending a nearly six-month mission aboard the ISS.
They have been replaced by a new three-person crew, including Russian cosmonaut Max Suraev, American Reid Wiseman and Germany's Alexander Gerst, a member of the European Space Agency.
Another three-person crew is scheduled to arrive at the orbital outpost later this month. The crew will include Elena Serova, who will be the fourth Russian woman to fly in space and the first since 1997.
Thai Military Accused of 'Disturbing' Repression Since Coup
A leading human rights group is accusing Thailand's military of leading a "disturbing pattern of repression" in the 100 days since it seized power in a coup.
Amnesty International detailed Thursday what it says are hundreds of arbitrary detentions, reports of torture, and sweeping restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly.
The London-based group says the Thai military government, called the National Council for Peace and Order, is trying to "adjust attitudes" and "stifle dissent."
The military seized power in May after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was removed by a court order. General Prayuth Chan-ocha took her place as prime minister. It is the military's 12th coup in the last 80 years.