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A solar-powered aircraft flying from Japan to Hawaii on the most perilous leg of a round-the-globe bid has beaten the record for the longest solo flight, organizers said Thursday. W/ turbulence at 8'000 feet & a cold front close, SITUATION IS DIFFICULT," said the latest tweeted update from the mission control center (MCC) of the pioneering Solar Impulse 2 aircraft. By 1630 GMT Thursday Solar Impulse 2 had traveled 84 percent of the way to the tropical US state, having flown 6,921 kilometers (4,300 miles) with 1250 km more to go, according to the project.
Saudi-led air strikes killed eight people on Thursday in Yemen's capital Sanaa, residents and a news agency reported, the first such attacks after a lull of several days. Warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition also launched 35 raids on the northern Saada province, the main base of Iranian-backed Houthis who have dominated Yemen since they captured Sanaa last September. Explosions were heard throughout the city as the aerial bombardment concentrated on military bases in its south and west, residents and witnesses said.