NATO gave the go-ahead on Tuesday to stationing Patriot surface-to-air missiles in Turkey to protect the country from any spillover of the civil war in neighboring Syria. Russia, Syria and Iran have criticized Turkey’s request to the alliance to send the Patriots which can be used to intercept missiles.
Netflix shares jumped Tuesday with word that the online service struck an exclusive deal to stream live-action animated feature films from The Walt Disney Studios.
Beginning in 2016, theatrically released films from Disney and subsidiaries including Pixar Animation Studios will be instantly available for viewing on-demand for a price at Netflix, according to the companies.
NBC News: NASA announced it plans to build another Mars rover based on the design of its current Curiosity rover, with the intention of sending it to the Red Planet in 2020 and perhaps storing up samples for later return to Earth.
The move comes less than a year after the space agency said it couldn’t afford to contribute $1.4 billion to the European-led Exomars missions, and it seems likely to stir new debate within the planetary science community. Hoped-for missions to other interplanetary destinations, such as the Jovian moon Europa, could conceivably be impacted further by the revised plans for Mars exploration.
Photo: NASA’s Curiosity rover undergoes testing at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2011. (NASA / JPL-Caltech file)
At least 81 dead in the Philippines from Typhoon Bopha
NBC News: At least 81 people died in the southern Philippines island of Mindanao after Typhoon Bopha made landfall Tuesday morning.
The typhoon is said to be the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year. The Weather Channel said it was the equivalent of a category five hurricane. More than 155,000 people were evacuated to shelters.
Update, 9:45 p.m. ET
Officials now say the death toll has risen to more than 100 people, according to the Associated Press.
Photo: Residents brave heavy wind and rains during Typhoon Bopha on the southern island of Mindanao on Tuesday. (AFP - Getty Images)