By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people are dying of hunger in the area of west Africa where Boko Haram militants are active, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for the region, told a news conference on Friday. About 65,000 people are in a "catastrophe" or "phase 5" situation, according to a food security assessment by the IPC, the recognised classification system on declaring famines. Phase 5 applies when, even with humanitarian assistance, "starvation, death and destitution" are evident.
Europe's pioneering Rosetta spacecraft dramatically concluded its 12-year odyssey Friday, crash-landing into the comet it orbited and probed for two years in a quest to demystify the Solar System's origins. "Rock-n-roll Rosetta," added a visibly moved Matt Taylor, project scientist, as he left the podium, holding -- and shaking -- his head. Rosetta made a "controlled impact" with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at 1041 GMT -- the closing chapter in a trailblazing project approved in 1993 to look some 4.6 billion years back in time.