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Al Shabaab shoot locusts with machine guns as Somalia battles biggest swarms in 25 years

Al Shabaab shoot locusts with machine guns as Somalia battles biggest swarms in 25 yearsFarmers in southern Somalia are shooting at huge swarms of locusts with heavy machine guns in a desperate attempt to save their crops, according to media affiliated to the jihadist group Al-Shabaab. According to the group’s media, insects that have infested farmland around the southwestern town of Tiyeglow, an Al-Shabaab stronghold, are being shot at with a PKM rifle — a machine gun version of the Russian Kalashnikov. The news comes as the country experiences its largest locust infestation for 25 years. Since July, swarms of Desert Locusts from nearby Yemen have invaded vast swathes of the Horn of Africa.  A typical swarm can contain up to 150 million insects per square kilometre. Each locust can grow up to 4.3 inches long and travel up to 95 miles a day depending on the wind. Every day, an average swarm can consume the equivalent of a year's worth of food for 2,500 people.  According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the locusts have already destroyed 70,000 hectares (175,000 acres) of farmland in Somalia and neighbouring Ethiopia.  Somali boys attempt to fend off desert locusts as they fly across grazing land Credit: REUTERS/Feisal Omar The plague has been far more serious than experts projected it would be and has been made worse by unseasonably heavy rainfall, which has killed hundreds of people across East Africa over the last few months.  According to a spokesperson from the FAO, the favourable weather conditions mean that there is a high chance that the locusts will continue breeding rapaciously for the next three months.  Somalia’s chaotic fighting makes spraying pesticide by aeroplane - which the FAO has called the “ideal control measure” - impossible, the agency said in a statement. The insects have compounded Somalia’s dire humanitarian crisis. The east African nation of 15 million people has been struggling to recover from a severe drought that ended in 2017. In August, aid agencies said that over 2 million people were threatened with severe hunger as crop yields continue to fail.  Aid agencies now say that the locusts mean that many Somali farmers will face starvation unless relief reaches them over the next few months.



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Taiwan police shoot man suspected of planting explosive device: media

Taiwan police shoot man suspected of planting explosive device: mediaPolice in southern Taiwan shot a man on Saturday suspected of planting a possible explosive device outside a campaign office for the island’s main opposition party, the Kuomintang, the official Central News Agency reported. Taiwan holds presidential and parliamentary elections on Jan. 11, and campaigning is in full swing with the Kuomintang challenging the ruling Democratic Progressive Party of President Tsai Ing-wen, who is currently far ahead in the polls. Taiwan elections are passionate, noisy affairs, but generally pass off peacefully.



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Police shoot protester, man set on fire in day of Hong Kong fury

Police shoot protester, man set on fire in day of Hong Kong furyA police officer shot a masked protester in an incident shown live on Facebook and a man was set on fire Monday during one of the most violent days of clashes in Hong Kong since pro-democracy unrest erupted more than five months ago. A masked assailant also doused a man with a flammable liquid and set him ablaze during an argument, with the horrifying scene captured on mobile phones and also posted online. “Continuing this rampage is a lose-lose situation for Hong Kong,” police spokesman John Tse said at a press conference in which he showed the video of the man being set alight, as well as a fire inside a train.



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Activists angry police who shoot can wait to face questions

Activists angry police who shoot can wait to face questionsAfter a police officer fatally shoots someone, it can take days or even weeks before the public or his supervisors hear the officer’s version of what happened. In many states, that so-called cooling off period is carved out in state law or in a police department’s contract. Law enforcement officials and experts say officers need to be able to collect their thoughts, so they don’t provide details that are tainted by the trauma of the shooting.



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Texas pastors seek federal action after police shoot black woman in her home

Texas pastors seek federal action after police shoot black woman in her homeJefferson’s killing on Saturday by a rookie Fort Worth officer was the latest in a string of fatal shootings that has made the city’s African American community wary of police, said Pastor Kyev Tatum.



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CNN Host Corners Trump Adviser for Defending President Laughing Off ‘Shoot Them’ Comments

CNN Host Corners Trump Adviser for Defending President Laughing Off ‘Shoot Them’ CommentsCNN host Jim Sciutto on Tuesday cornered Marc Lotter after the Trump campaign adviser falsely accused the cable network of deceptively editing a clip to show President Trump laughing off a rallygoer shouting that undocumented immigrants should be shot.Lotter, the Trump re-election campaign’s director of strategic communications, appeared on CNN Newsroom to discuss the president’s response to the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. Pointing to the El Paso shooter’s manifesto describing immigration as an “invasion,” Sciutto asked Lotter why the Trump campaign engages in similar rhetoric.“I think it’s important to call the problem we have with immigration for what it is and the president has been doing so in fighting the battle against illegal immigration,” the Trump adviser said. “People by the hundreds of thousands coming into our country illegally with very little that we can do to get them out of the country. The president is in favor of legal immigration, he has said that very often and repeatedly. But when it comes to illegal immigration we have to be able to control our borders.”The CNN host then pressed Lotter on the president speaking about migrants in dehumanizing terms, bringing up a Florida rally from May in which Trump joked and brushed off an audience member who yelled “shoot them” when he wondered aloud how the U.S. could stem illegal immigration.“I’ll play the clip again for you, Marc,” Sciutto said as Lotter began arguing with him. “He laughed when someone in the crowd—he laughed.”“Play the whole clip,” Lotter retorted. “Not just the edited clip.”Sciutto, meanwhile, told the Trump flack that it wasn’t a “falsely edited clip” and he would have his production team call it up while they were on air, adding that it will show Trump laughing and making an offhand comment to his supporter’s violent suggestion.Moments later, the CNN host circled back to the “shoot them” remarks, playing the clip for Lotter while asking him to respond whether the president’s rhetoric helps or hurts.“The President of the United States there on a bully pulpit laughing when the crowd shouts out ‘shoot them,’” the CNN host declared. “Is that an appropriate response from a sitting president?”Lotter, however, claimed that the president, at that time, acknowledged that “we’re not a country that uses weapons against people who are coming across our border illegally” and that Trump dismissed “that comment being shouted out by that person.”“He laughed—the president laughed,” Sciutto incredulously responded. “He was dismissive of it,” Lotter shot back, prompting Sciutto to note again that Trump laughed while again asking the campaign aide if such actions are becoming of a president.“He was very dismissive of it,” Lotter repeated.“He laughed at it,” a frustrated Sciutto reiterated before moving on.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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CNN Host Corners Trump Adviser for Defending President Laughing Off ‘Shoot Them’ Comments

CNN Host Corners Trump Adviser for Defending President Laughing Off ‘Shoot Them’ CommentsCNN host Jim Sciutto on Tuesday cornered Marc Lotter after the Trump campaign adviser falsely accused the cable network of deceptively editing a clip to show President Trump laughing off a rallygoer shouting that undocumented immigrants should be shot.Lotter, the Trump re-election campaign’s director of strategic communications, appeared on CNN Newsroom to discuss the president’s response to the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. Pointing to the El Paso shooter’s manifesto describing immigration as an “invasion,” Sciutto asked Lotter why the Trump campaign engages in similar rhetoric.“I think it’s important to call the problem we have with immigration for what it is and the president has been doing so in fighting the battle against illegal immigration,” the Trump adviser said. “People by the hundreds of thousands coming into our country illegally with very little that we can do to get them out of the country. The president is in favor of legal immigration, he has said that very often and repeatedly. But when it comes to illegal immigration we have to be able to control our borders.”The CNN host then pressed Lotter on the president speaking about migrants in dehumanizing terms, bringing up a Florida rally from May in which Trump joked and brushed off an audience member who yelled “shoot them” when he wondered aloud how the U.S. could stem illegal immigration.“I’ll play the clip again for you, Marc,” Sciutto said as Lotter began arguing with him. “He laughed when someone in the crowd—he laughed.”“Play the whole clip,” Lotter retorted. “Not just the edited clip.”Sciutto, meanwhile, told the Trump flack that it wasn’t a “falsely edited clip” and he would have his production team call it up while they were on air, adding that it will show Trump laughing and making an offhand comment to his supporter’s violent suggestion.Moments later, the CNN host circled back to the “shoot them” remarks, playing the clip for Lotter while asking him to respond whether the president’s rhetoric helps or hurts.“The President of the United States there on a bully pulpit laughing when the crowd shouts out ‘shoot them,’” the CNN host declared. “Is that an appropriate response from a sitting president?”Lotter, however, claimed that the president, at that time, acknowledged that “we’re not a country that uses weapons against people who are coming across our border illegally” and that Trump dismissed “that comment being shouted out by that person.”“He laughed—the president laughed,” Sciutto incredulously responded. “He was dismissive of it,” Lotter shot back, prompting Sciutto to note again that Trump laughed while again asking the campaign aide if such actions are becoming of a president.“He was very dismissive of it,” Lotter repeated.“He laughed at it,” a frustrated Sciutto reiterated before moving on.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Can China Track and Shoot Down the F-22?

Can China Track and Shoot Down the F-22?The laws of physics essentially dictate that a tactical fighter-sized stealth aircraft must be optimized to defeat higher-frequency bands such the C, X, Ku and the top part of the S bands. State-run Chinese media is claiming that the People’s Liberation Army has been able to track the U.S. Air Force’s Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor stealth fighters over the East China Sea. While the Chinese report might be easily dismissed as propaganda—it is not beyond the realm of possibility. In fact—it’s very possible that China can track the Raptor. Stealth is not a cloak of invisibility, after all. Stealth technology simply delays detection and tracking.(This first appeared in 2016.)First off, if a Raptor is carrying external fuel tanks—as it often does during “ferry missions”—it is not in a stealth configuration. Moreover, the aircraft is often fitted with a Luneburg lens device on its ventral side during peacetime operations that enhances its cross section on radar.That being said, even combat-configured F-22s are not invisible to enemy radar, contrary to popular belief. Neither is any other tactical fighter-sized stealth aircraft with empennage surfaces such as tailfins—the F-35, PAK-FA, J-20 or J-31. That’s just basic physics.



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Kill a 'Raptor': How to Shoot Down an F-22 Stealth Fighter

Kill a 'Raptor': How to Shoot Down an F-22 Stealth FighterThe Chinese—like the Russians—have formidable electronic attack capabilities including DRFM jammers.The U.S. Air Force has as a tiny fleet of 186 Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor stealth fighters. That’s all that survived out of 187 production aircraft (195 jets if developmental airframes are included) that were built out of the 750 that were originally planned. Of those 186 remaining Raptors, only 123 are “combat-coded” aircraft with another twenty that are classified as backup aircraft inventory machines. The rest are test and training assets.But even if 186 aircraft remain in the Air Force’s inventory—not all of those fighters are operational. At least two—possibly more—jets are not currently flyable. One test aircraft—tail 91-4006—at Edward Air Force Base (AFB) in California has avionics that are so old; it’s not worth bothering to fly it anymore. Another aircraft—02-4037—was badly damaged in a belly landing at Tyndall AFB, Fla. It’s going to take at least four years and $ 98 million to repair the damage. The Air Force has also had trouble with repairing other F-22s due to snafus with retrieving improperly stored production tooling for the jet.This first appeared in October 2015.



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How a Russian S-400 Could Shoot Down an F-35 (Thanks to Turkey)

How a Russian S-400 Could Shoot Down an F-35 (Thanks to Turkey)Russian and American technology don't mix.



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