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Spacecraft carrying 3 has 1st orbital docking

BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese spacecraft carrying three astronauts docked manually with an orbiting module Sunday, a first for the country as it strives to match U.S. and Russian exploits in space.

The Shenzhou 9 capsule's maneuver with the Tiangong 1 module was shown live on national television. It follows a docking last week that was carried out by remote control from a ground base in China.

The Chinese astronauts have been living and working in the module for the last week as part of preparations for placing a crew on a permanent space station. They returned to the Shenzhou 9 capsule early Sunday and disconnected in preparation for the manual reconnection.

China's next goals include another mission sending astronauts to the module later this year and replacing Tiangong 1, which was launched last year, with a permanent station around 2020. Possible future missions could also include sending astronauts to the moon.

The Shenzhou 9 crew includes Liu Yang, 33, an air force pilot and China's first female space traveler. Liu is joined by mission commander and veteran astronaut Jing Haipeng, 45, and crewmate Liu Wang, 43.


Clashes net 85 arrests in protests, vandalism

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police say 85 protesters were arrested after clashing with security officers and vandalizing banks in Tel Aviv.

The demonstrators had gathered Saturday night to protest the arrest of 12 social activists a day earlier. Some blocked main roads and scuffled with police.

Police say others shattered windows on five banks. Media reported that in one case, protesters charged inside a bank and planted a tent, the symbol of social protests that swept the country last summer.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the arrests were made to prevent looting. There were about 1,500 protesters, he said, though media reports gave a number four times higher.

Activist leader Daphni Leef accused police of brutality, saying they bruised and humiliated her when they detained her Saturday. She was freed on bail.


2 from NATO killed in combat, 2 in crash

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- NATO says four service members have died in southern Afghanistan in the last two days.

NATO says one service member died in an insurgent attack and another in a bomb blast Saturday. The two other service members died Sunday in a traffic accident.

The coalition did not identify the nationalities of the dead or give further details. NATO forces usually wait for individual nations to identify their dead.

Also, NATO said that one of its helicopters made a forced landing in the south Saturday. It said that no one was killed and that there appeared to be no enemy activity.