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MOSCOW -- Russia plans the country's first manned mission to the moon in 2031, RIA Novosti news agency reported Saturday, citing a document by the Russian Central Research Institute of Machine Building.

The crew members are expected to conduct astronauts' activities on the moon and implement tasks set by the Russian Academy of Sciences. (Russia-Lunar Exploration)

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ANTARCTICA -- A total of 37 members on China's 35th Antarctic research mission on Friday night arrived at the Zhongshan Station after a six-day 520-km journey amid storms.

They started off from the Taishan Station on Feb. 3, which, at an altitude of 2,621 meters, is located between the Zhongshan and the Kunlun Stations. The stations are the latest three out of the four scientific research bases on the Antarctic ice sheet built by China since 1964. (China-Antarctica-Mission)

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NEW DELHI -- The death toll from consumption of illicit liquor in two northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand has risen to 58, officials said on Saturday.

According to officials in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, 36 deaths have taken place owing to the consumption of spurious alcohol. (India-Illicit Liquor-Toll)

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DAR ES SALAAM -- Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said on Saturday that the country is on full alert against acts of terrorism.

Adjourning a two-week parliamentary session in the capital Dodoma, Majaliwa said security organs in the country are vigilant all the time to ensure that terrorism acts do not happen. (Tanzania-Terror Alert) Enditem

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