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At least 50 dead and 200 wounded in a Las Vegas shootout

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At least 50 people were killed and more than 200 injured when a shooter opened fire on Sunday evening in Las Vegas, western United States, to spectators of a country music festival, police said.

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The shooter was on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino hotel, near which was an outdoor concert.

“The police went there and shot the suspect there. He died, “said Las Vegas sheriff Joe Lombardo. He was identified, it is a resident of the city, added the sheriff, without revealing his identity.

“We have more than 100 wounded and more than 20 people who died at this stage,” he said.

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The circumstances of this shooting remain blurred and the shooter’s motives are unknown. The police said they were looking for the shooter’s companion, a woman named Marilou Danley.

“The investigation is continuing, but we believe with certainty that the author has died and is no longer a threat,” said the sheriff.

According to testimonies, shots were fired at many people who came to this concert of singer Jason Aldean.

In a message on Instagram, the musician indicated that he and his group were safe and sound. “The evening was beyond horror,” he said, dedicating “his thoughts and prayers” to everyone on Sunday at his concert.

“We were having a great night when we heard what looked like firecrackers. It was actually an automatic weapon in action, but it sounded like firecrackers, “said Las Vagas Sun Joe Pitz, a witness.

Images from the outskirts of Mandalay Bay showed a crowd participating in a concert interrupted by noises resembling automatic gun bursts.

On photos taken at the time of the concert, we can see several people injured, the members bloodied, lying on the ground before the scene, sometimes comforted by a close.

The shooting resulted in a huge crowd movement and scenes of panic among the audience of the concert and in the city of Nevada, known for its casinos and luxury hotels.

“It started like a broken glass noise. We looked around to find out what was going on. A few minutes later, we heard pop-pop-pop-pop. We thought it was fireworks or firecrackers. And we realized that it was not the case, that it was shot, “said a spectator, Monique Dekerf on CNN.

“We thought for a moment, OK we’re fine, there are no more shots and then it started again,” she added.

Her sister, Rachel, who attended the concert with her, felt that “the shots came from the right (…). It was right there, not far from us, “she said.

Several concert halls or entertainment venues have been the target of shootings in recent years.

In the United States, a shooting took place in a nightclub in Orlando in June 2016 (49 deaths).

 

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Farmer plows message for the NFL Players: ‘We stand for the national anthem’

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A farmer from North Dakota Gene Hanson has a solid message for NFL players protesting during the national anthem by kneeling before games, and he plowed it into his field of bean crops.

“We stand for the national anthem,” the massive message, which spans the length of two football fields, read in response to the controversial protests.

“I go with Trump on this one,” Hanson told Fox News. “If you want to protest, that’s not the place to do it. A lot of people died over our flag. We’re able to voice our opinion because of it. If you’re going to show respect for anything, do it for the national anthem.”

It took Hansen two tries and two hours to get his message right, as his initial endeavor was thwarted when a bystander intruded on him with just two letters left to finish. He identifies as a Republican and an avid supporter of President Trump and is doing what he can to send his support to Washington, D.C. from his farm.

The rancher has turned out to be popular for the huge messages that he carves into his 840-acre farm, which he photographs by flying his two-seater plane over them Some of his previous messages include “Drain the Swamp,” “Blue Lives Matter,” “GOP, get your act together” and “Vote Trump.” He said he caught a lot of flack for his “Never Hillary” message, but “most responses have been positive.”

 

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China wants to be at the top of the world in arms

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President Xi Jinping said that China should aim to achieve, and even surpass, the weapons technology of the Western powers.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has expressed his desire to the country’s leading defense companies to maximize their armaments so that China is on par with “the most powerful” in the world, according to a documentary issued by Chinese state television this week.

The independent South China Morning Post echoed the Chinese leader’s statements in a CCTV documentary on Monday, in which Xi stated that “gun developers should aim to achieve and even surpass, technology ( armament) of other countries. ”

Military power.  “The importance of weapon development has increased as military technologies have improved in recent years … It is impossible to win a battle if there is an arms gap,” he said.

The documentary series, titled “Mighty Army”, revealed that the Chinese president’s wishes not only point to an improvement of the weaponry itself, but also to the scientific and technological systems of its armed forces: supercomputing, satellite navigation or ballistic missiles. defense.

New defense technologies.  “China’s anti-ballistic missile technology is catching up with the United States,” Xi said, adding that so far only these two countries around the world can successfully intercept missiles of this type.

Experts consulted by this newspaper said that China is using its young talent – university or recent graduates – to develop these improvements and “and get a fighting force in the future,” programs such as the Beidou navigation system, Chinese equivalent to the US GPS.

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Trump avoids talking about gun control after the shooting in Las Vegas

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The president of the United States, a fierce defender of the right to bear arms, has not made any reference to the issue since the Sunday massacre.

President of the United States,  Donald Trump said Tuesday that Sunday’s shooting in Las Vegas, with 59 dead and over 500 wounded, was the work of “a madman” and stopped again talk about the control of firearms in the country. From his campaign and during his presidency, the Republican has had the defenders of the right to carry arms as an important part of its political base.

In brief statements to reporters before traveling to Puerto Rico, he described the attacker as “a sick man”, “a man of insanity”, “with a lot of problems, I imagine”, not to mention that 23 firearms were found in the hotel room from where he shot at those attending a concert. Trump once again avoided condemning or simply referring to gun violence, along with the lines of his  statements on Monday, preferring to focus on police action, calling his “quick” response a “miracle.”

Speaking at a press conference shortly after that appearance, presidential spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said it was “premature” to talk about legislation for greater arms control and said that debate could be held later. However, he recalled that Trump is “an outspoken advocate” of the right to bear arms. Democratic lawmakers urged Republicans to stop blocking gun control laws after the Las Vegas shooting, which was committed with a very powerful firearm and whose attacker had a whole arsenal with him.

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