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    Business Insider

    Eddie Gallagher says he and other Navy SEALs used a dying enemy fighter for medical practice with no intention of saving him

    "We killed that guy. Our intention was to kill him. Everybody was on board," Gallagher said in a recent podcast interview.

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  • Sports
    Carmudi

    The Aston Martin V12 Speedster is a throwback to DBR1 racer

    The V12 Speedster is harking back to Aston Martin's DBR1 race car that won both the 24 hours of Le Mans and the 1,000 kilometers of Nürburgring races. The V12 Speedster pays its respects to its grandfather with its Martin Racing Green paint finish, Clubsport White pinstripe and roundels, and a Satin Silver anodized grille with Clubsport lipstick graphic. Inside, Conker saddle leather, technical textile, and Caithness leather abound. "All these features hint at the period attributes that made DBR1 the undisputed icon it remains today," Aston Martin said. Only 88 examples of the Speedster will be made. This open-top sports car is made speedy by its 5.2-liter V12 twin-turbo engine, capable of generating 700hp and 753Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission mounted towards the rear of the car. This translates to a zero-to-100 kph time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 320kph. Driver and passenger shouldn't wear a hat in this car as it's devoid of roof or windscreen. Meanwhile, 21-inch center-lock wheels are finished in satin black diamond. The V12 Speedster wheels have spent more than 50 hours in the painting process alone at the brand’s advanced paint facility. Aston Martin said that the DBR1 is its most successful race car to date. It won the 1959 staging of both the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the 1,000 Kilometers of Nürburgring, also winning the latter in 1957 and 1958. After its debut in 1956, the DBR1 recorded a string of famous victories: the Spa Sportscar Race in 1957 with Tony Brooks, the Goodwood Tourist Trophy in 1958 with Sir Stirling Moss and Tony Brookes, and in 1959 again with Moss, Carroll Shelby, and Jack Fairman. Moss and Fairman won the Nürburgring race. And with that many Le Mans triumphs, Aston Martin took the World Sportscar Championship title. The DBR1 was also a precursor for the marque’s DB road cars, Aston Martin added. It was styled in-house by, Frank Feeley alongside chief racing designer Ted Cutting. At the car’s heart from 1958 onwards was a 2,992cc straight-six engine mated to a David Brown five-speed gearbox. It was capable of powering the car, which weighed around 800 kilograms, to an estimated top speed in excess of 241kph. Just five examples of the DBR1 were built: four used to race successfully by the Aston Martin Works’ team, and a single car for private use. That rich and important history was the reason behind a dedicated optional DBR1 specification for the Aston Martin V12 Speedster, the British marque added. Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman said: “Emotion and exclusivity are at the heart of this car. A rare and exceptional Aston Martin. It has been engineered to offer a visceral driving experience that belies its elegant, artistic shape." “Creating a bespoke specification that nods to the glory of the DBR1 has been a huge privilege for my team and I, and I very much look forward to seeing these cars being driven with the same enthusiasm that we have applied to their design,” Reichman expressed. Orders are now being taken for the DBR1 custom V12 Speedsters, with each being hand built at the company’s Gaydon, United Kingdom headquarters. Deliveries are expected to begin in mid 2021. Photos from Aston Martin Also read: Formula 1 official Safety and Medical Cars to bear Aston Martin’s famous wings The Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition: Track-worthy, road-friendly

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  • World
    The Telegraph

    Inside the real North Korea: Wife of British diplomat reveals human side of life under Kim Jong-un

    Few people can claim to have heard the chilling sound of a North Korean ballistic missile flying overhead, but on September 15, 2017, Lindsey Miller, a musical director living in Pyongyang, recalls being jolted from her bed by a peculiar rumbling. The unfamiliar sound was the test of a Hwasong-12 intermediate range ballistic missile – designed to deliver nuclear warheads – and which was launched from a site near Pyongyang airport, flying approximately 2,300 miles and setting off emergency alerts in Japan. Ms Miller woke with a start at 6am and ran into the garden outside her home at the British embassy. “I couldn’t see it, but I could hear it and it was just like a plane going overhead, a very distant plane but it didn’t fade as quickly,” she said. “It was at a time when we were all on edge.” The anecdote features in her new book, North Korea – Like Nowhere Else, a rare photo exploration of the reclusive state, which is due to be released on Thursday.

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  • Celebrity
    People

    Ireland Baldwin Isn't Worried What Others Think as She Dons Leopard Bikini: 'It's Incredibly Freeing'

    "It's incredibly freeing to stop worrying about what others think of you," Ireland Baldwin wrote in the caption of her latest impromptu bikini shoot

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