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Yahoo! BooksJul 23, 2019
Former Chinese premier Li Peng dies at 90: Xinhua
Former Chinese premier Li Peng -- known as the "Butcher of Beijing" for his role in the Tiananmen Square crackdown -- has died aged 90, state broadcaster Xinhua said Tuesday. The former chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee died of an unspecified illness in Beijing on Monday, Xinhua said. The ex-premier had previously battled bladder cancer.

Yahoo! ArtsJul 23, 2019
Airbus designed a plane prototype to look like a 'bird of prey' - take a look
Airbus is working to inspire the latest and greatest in flight innovation - and using a "bird of prey" conceptual design to do so.

Yahoo! BooksJul 23, 2019
More than 36 Syrian civilians killed in Idlib 'by Russian and Assad regime strikes'
Regime and Russian air strikes killed 50 people in northwest Syria on Monday, most of them in a crowded market, a war monitor said, in the latest violence to plague the opposition bastion. In the town of Maaret al-Numan in Idlib province, men covered in blood were carried away from the market by residents and rescue workers, who used mattresses as makeshift stretchers, an AFP photographer said. He saw the corpse of one man sprawled on the ground near a motorcycle, rubble surrounding his lifeless body. With his eyes closed and his face covered in dust, another man clutched the arms of two people helping him out of the bombed area, the photographer added. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes on the vegetable market and surrounding areas in Maaret al-Numan killed 36 civilians and two unidentified persons. A member of the Syrian civil defence, known as the White Helmets, rests atop an excavator after participating in a search for victims under the rubble of buildings Credit: ABDULAZIZ KETAZ/AFP/Getty Images The Britain-based monitor said Russian aircraft carried out the air raids, but Moscow denied it was responsible. "The Russian air force was not carrying out any missions in this part of Syria," said a defence ministry statement. More than 100 other people were wounded, according to the monitor, which said many of those injured were in a critical condition and people remained trapped under the rubble. T

Yahoo! BooksJul 23, 2019
Stealth Hacked? China Claims It Can Find and Destroy the Air Force's F-22s and F-35s
The U.S. Navy and Lockheed may have already solved the problem. The service openly talks about the E-2D's role as the central node of its NIFC-CA battle network to defeat enemy air and missile threats. Rear Adm. Mike Manazir, the Navy's director of air warfare, described the concept in detail at the U.S. Naval Institute just before Christmas in 2013.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.

Yahoo! ArtsJul 22, 2019
Malaysia's Mahathir May Benefit Most From Sex Scandal Roiling Ruling Party
(Bloomberg) -- A sex scandal has laid bare tensions between the likely successors to Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad -- and the victor looks set to be Mahathir himself.The 94-year-old, who said he would hand over to former rival Anwar Ibrahim only once the country is on good footing, may extend his stay in power as the ruling party struggles to contain internal rifts. The spat between Anwar -- the People's Justice Party leader -- and his deputy Azmin Ali spilled into the open over a series of sex videos.Neither of them look good coming out of the episode. Azmin, whom analysts view as the prime minister's favorite for the role, is beholden to Mahathir as long as he's possibly implicated in the videos, said Oh Ei Sun, a senior fellow with Singapore Institute of International Affairs. On the other hand, Anwar's political career could be terminated if he's found to be behind the clips.The videos, circulated in June, allegedly featured Azmin engaged in sexual acts with another man. Malaysia's police said its analysis failed to link the people in the videos with the accused minister, and concluded that a political party leader was the mastermind behind the clips. The police, who didn't name the leader or the party linked to the videos, remanded the political secretary to Anwar last week.No RetreatMahathir's response to the scandal was blunt, writing in his blog Tuesday that he will "not be used as a tool. Least of all by someone with evil intentions, using dirty politics. This
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