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Taiwan citizens seek gun training as war in Ukraine signals China threat

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A growing number of everyday citizens in Taiwan are taking gun training since the war began in Ukraine

Shooting lessons have quadrupled across Taiwan amid a China invasion threat with Russia invading Ukraine three months ago.

Some in Taiwan fearing that China might seize the opportunity to initiate a similar attack on its neighbouring democratic island with the West currently distracted.

The growing anxiety of a potential China invasion has prompted many Taiwanese to sharpen their gun skills at the shooting range.

An official of a combat skills tarining company says that bookings have nearly quadrupled since Russia first inititated attacks on Ukraine in February.

Saying that some of those who are coming to undertake training have not handled guns before.

The people of Taiwan worry China might take advantage of the West’s distraction with Ukraine to ramp-up pressure against its far smaller neighbour.

Taiwan has raised the alert level with China increasing frequency of its air missions in Taiwan’s air defence zone.

There was an “urgent” need to learn more about defensive weapons since the Russian attack on Ukraine, said tour guide Chang Yu, who attended a gun course with his wife.

Taiwanese politicians are also urging the public to start thinking about survival plans besides gun training.

Saying that people need to consider preparing survival kits, emergency food and batteries for a time when most cities could be without water and electricity for days.

Danaya Malenda contributed to this report.

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Amazon turns to deforestation in Africa

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Amazon’s founder and CEO is no stranger to making headlines, and his latest venture is sure to turn some heads.

Bezos is looking to help reverse deforestation on 100 million acres of land in Africa by 2030.

The billionaire’s philanthropic organisation, the Bezos Earth Fund, is championing the cause and working with African Union countries to make it happen.

If successful, it would be a major win for the environment and help preserve some of Africa’s most biodiverse and threatened ecosystems.

So why is Bezos focusing on Africa?

Well, the continent is home to some of the world’s most endangered species and its ecosystems are under immense pressure from human activity.

His organisation’s efforts could help to protect these animals and their habitats, while also providing a much-needed boost to the local economy.

It comes as the Earth Fund’s CEO says richer countries are going to have to step up the support for their struggling counterparts…

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Four killed in Himalayas avalanche

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At least four people have been killed and dozens more are missing after an avalanche hit a group of mountaineers high in the Indian Himalayas.

The avalanche victims were part of a group of 34 trainees and seven instructors who were practicing navigation at the time.

The students were from different parts of India, and had come to the Himalayas for a mountaineering course.

So far, eight people have been rescued, while the rest are trapped in a crevasse.

Search efforts have been paused for the night due to intense rain and snowfall.

Local media reports say the number of casualties may rise significantly as further details emerge.

It comes just one week after American professional skier, Hilaree Nelson was also found in the Nepali Himalayas.

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Trump calls on Supreme Court to end raid probe

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Former President Donald Trump filed an emergency appeal at the Supreme Court over the FBI raid on his Mar-A-Lago estate.

Trump wants the court to temporarily block the Justice Department from reviewing classified documents seized at his Florida estate in early August.

The appeal came days after a three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based U.S. Court of Appeals said investigators could retain the classified documents and review them as part of a criminal investigation.

Despite nominating three associate justices during his time in the White House – Trump’s record at the Supreme Court hasn’t been too successful.

The high court repeatedly refused pro-Trump efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 election.

The litigation stems from an Aug. 8 FBI search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, which came as part of a federal investigation into allegations he took classified documents from the White House.

Because the case is filed on the Supreme Court’s emergency docket, the justices could resolve the dispute relatively quickly – potentially within a matter of days.

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