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NASA captures devastating Nebraska floods from high above

NASA captures devastating Nebraska floods from high aboveMany of NASA's satellites spend their entire lives pointed deep into the cosmos, but the space agency also had plenty of lenses pointed back down towards Earth. NASA tracks all kinds of things that happen here on our planet, including weather systems and natural disasters like the record-setting floods currently taking place in Nebraska.In a new series of images, NASA's Landsat 8 satellite shows how dramatically much of Nebraska has changed as flood waters turned otherwise calm waterways into lake-sized bodies of water spilling into populated areas. The following before-and-after photos were snapped a year apart.March 2018:March 2019:The flooding has resulted in several evacuation orders across a wid area, primarily affecting communities near the river system that includes the Missouri river and Elkhorn river. As NASA explains, a variety of things contributed to the record-breaking water levels."A rare confluence of circumstances produced the flooding," NASA writes in a new blog post. "Extreme cold earlier in the winter set the stage by preserving a significant amount of snow; it also created a thick layer of ice on waterways and made the ground less permeable than usual. When an intense storm brought downpours and unusually warm air to the region in March, it rapidly melted much of the snow and ice, producing enormous runoff in a short period."On top of that, river ice piled up in many areas, causing water to back up to even higher levels. Plenty of farmland was flooded as a result, but the primary concern was of course the riverside communities. Many homes and businesses were flooded, and some areas even became islands in the middle of raging river waters.



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Taliban captures 50 border police as fighting intensifies in western Afghanistan

Taliban captures 50 border police as fighting intensifies in western AfghanistanAt least 50 members of the Afghan security forces have surrendered to the Taliban in a fight for control of Afghanistan’s western province of Badghis that has created heavy casualties, officials said. Fighting in Afghanistan has intensified even as Taliban and U.S. officials finished the latest round of peace talks on Tuesday, with both sides citing progress. Afghanistan usually sees a marked increase in violence in spring.



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Pakistan captures Indian pilot after 'shooting down two Indian jets'

Pakistan captures Indian pilot after 'shooting down two Indian jets'Pakistan said on Wednesday morning it had shot down two Indian jets and carried out strikes into its neighbour to demonstrate its right to self defence a day after Indian jets hit its own territory. A statement from Pakistan's foreign ministry, said the Pakistan air force launched strikes across the disputed line of control in Kashmir. It said strikes had been taken at non-military targets avoiding civilian casualties. The claim came a little over 24 hours after Delhi said it had struck a Jaish-e-Mohammad training camp near Balakot where it said militants were preparing for imminent terrorist attacks. Islamabad had denied any camp was struck, but on Tuesday warned India to prepare for a surprise and vowed a "befitting" response at a time and place of its choosing. In response to PAF strikes this morning as released by MoFA, IAF crossed LOC. PAF shot down two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K; while other fell inside IOK. One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area.— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) February 27, 2019 In a statement headed "Pakistan strikes back", the foreign ministry said the action was not retaliation " to continued Indian belligerence". "Pakistan has therefore, taken strikes at non military target, avoiding human loss and collateral damage. Sole purpose being to demonstrate our right, will and capability for self defence.  A spokesman for Pakistan's military said that Indian jets had then crossed the line of control and the Pakistan air forces had gone on to shoot two of them down inside Pakistani airspace. "One of the aircraft fell inside Azad Jammu and Kashmir, while other fell inside Indian Occupied Kashmir. One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area," said Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor. There was no immediate response from Delhi, but Indian media did report an Indian air force jet crashed in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday morning. Delhi said on Tuesday it had said it had struck a pre-emptive blow against the Pakistan-based militant group it blames for a suicide bomb that killed at least 40 paramilitary police in Kashmir earlier this month. The force of jets destroyed a hilltop training camp near Balakot where Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) jihadists were preparing an imminent attack, the country's foreign minister said. Unconfirmed pictures of the wreckage of the Indian aircraft Credit: Reuters But Pakistan dismissed that claim as “fictitious” and “self-serving”, saying its own jets had intercepted the raiding force and seen it off. Pakistan's military said the Indian jets dropped their payload of bombs “in haste” as they fled and they caused no damage after landing in deserted forest. Villagers near Balakot said they had been woken by jets and four blasts in an area close to a JeM madrassa. But they denied heavy casualties and said the damage was largely to trees. One person was wounded. "We saw trees fallen down and one house damaged and four craters where the bombs had fallen," said Mohammad Ajmal, a 25-year-old who visited the site told Reuters. Another neighbour, who declined to be named, said JeM ran a nearby Islamic school. Kashmiri villagers gather near the wreckage of an Indian aircraft after it crashed in Budgam area Credit: AP An Indian attack had been widely predicted as Narendra Modi faced domestic outrage over the bomb attack in Pulwama blamed on JeM. Pakistan has long been accused of harbouring and supporting militant groups as tools of its foreign policy in India, Kashmir and Afghanistan. JeM is a primarily anti-India group that forged ties with al Qaeda and has been on a UN terrorist list since 2001. India says the JeM was also behind the 2001 attack on the Indian parliament and on an Indian air force base in 2016. Pakistan denies any involvement in the Pulwama attack and has challenged Delhi to deliver actionable intelligence on who carried out the attack. Western diplomats now fear any counter retaliation by Pakistan could dangerously escalate the stand-off and trigger an international crisis. One diplomat said both sides must try to carefully measure their action to satisfy domestic nationalist fervour, while not provoking all out war. However with an Indian general election only weeks away, Mr Modi had come under intense pressure to act. As news channels on both sides of the border became increasingly bellicose, a Pakistani military spokesman even alluded to its nuclear arsenal, highlighting the escalation in hostile rhetoric. The spokesman said a command and control authority meeting, which decides over the use of nuclear weapons, had been convened for Wednesday, adding: "You all know what that means." The Indian strike 30 miles from the frontier was thought to be the first strike inside its neighbour's territory since their 1971 war. Indian military sources said 12 French Mirage 2000 fighters crossed the line of control dividing the adversaries in Kashmir on their raid into Pakistani territory at around 3.15am local time. Accompanied by an airborne early warning and control aircraft and a mid-air re-fueller, the Mirages reportedly employed 1000kg precision guided munitions to hit their targets in a mission that lasted a few minutes. Sign up for your essential, twice-daily briefing from The Telegraph with our free Front Page newsletter.



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New NASA lander captures 1st sounds of Martian wind

New NASA lander captures 1st sounds of Martian windCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's new Mars lander has captured the first sounds of the "really unworldly" Martian wind.



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Russia Fires Upon And Reportedly Captures Multiple Ukrainian Ships Off Coast Of Crimea

Russia Fires Upon And Reportedly Captures Multiple Ukrainian Ships Off Coast Of CrimeaRussia has allegedly fired upon — and reportedly captured — ships belonging to the Ukrainian navy, the BBC reports. According to reports being issued forth from the Ukrainian navy, Russian naval vessels have seized two Ukrainian gunboats in addition to a tugboat in the aftermath of a chase. Russian special forces were apparently involved in the seizure of the Ukrainian boats, in a move which is almost certain to escalate the existing tensions between the two nation states.



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Eagle-eyed! Photographer captures stunning pictures of world's last remaining Mongolian eagle keepers

Eagle-eyed! Photographer captures stunning pictures of world's last remaining Mongolian eagle keepersThese stunning photographs of the world’s last remaining Mongolian eagle keepers show the incredible bond between human and bird. The images, taken last month by photography tour guide Daniel Kordan, 29, show a group of 10 eagle hunters traveling between West and South Mongolia and across the Gobi Desert. The hunters train eagles from an early age and look after the majestic birds until they reach the age of 12.



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Timelapse footage captures Malibu wildfire as seen from Venice Beach

Timelapse footage captures Malibu wildfire as seen from Venice BeachTimelapse video shows the destructive Woolsey Fire spreading into Malibu as seen from Venice Beach, about 20 miles away.



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Woolsey Fire: Woman captures dramatic video driving through flames while fleeing wildfire in Malibu

Woolsey Fire: Woman captures dramatic video driving through flames while fleeing wildfire in MalibuRebecca Hackett though she was going to die as she drove through flames in Malibu, California while fleeing the devastating Woolsey Fire.



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'Me Voting In 2016 vs. Me Voting In 2018' Meme Captures All Your Midterm Feels

'Me Voting In 2016 vs. Me Voting In 2018' Meme Captures All Your Midterm FeelsVoters have taken to Twitter to share how they feel ahead of Tuesday's midterm



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Sea-through: Amazing underwater gallery captures transparent 'aliens' of the deep

Sea-through: Amazing underwater gallery captures transparent 'aliens' of the deepImpressive images of these alien-like creatures were captured underwater — photographer Cai Songda is a keen diver and did not miss the chance to snap pictures of the unique “aliens.” Cai, who is from Manila, Philippines, went on several diving trips this year and ended up with this beautiful collection of sea creatures, most of them in the area of Anilao.Cai loves blackwater diving and photography; he uses special lighting to illuminate his photos, as they are all taken in deep, dark waters. …



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