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Daredevils scale world’s second tallest building in China

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A pair of daredevil climbers ascended to the top of the world’s second tallest building in China’s commercial hub Shanghai, posting a stomach-turning video which has received more than a million views.

The duo, who identified themselves as Vadim Makhorov and Vitaliy Raskalov, said they scaled the Shanghai Tower, which will reach over 630 metres (2,067 feet) when it is finished this year if construction goes according to schedule. Globally it will be second only to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at 828 metres.

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The video showed the two, wearing black hoodies, walking up stairs, climbing ladders and finally scaling a crane at the top of the Shanghai Tower as they peered at buildings shrouded in clouds below.

A video of their feat, posted on YouTube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLDYtH1RH-U) on Wednesday had received more than 1.3 million views and 8,000 comments Thursday.

Raskalov said on his blog that they started the ascent on January 31, the first day of China’s Lunar New Year.

“At that time the security was less watchful, workers were on vacations,” he said.

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“It took us almost two hours to get on the 120th floor by foot. And also, we (spent) almost 18 hours on top of the building, sleeping and waiting for better weather.”

The duo, who use the name “OnTheRoofs”, could not be immediately reached for comment. Media reports say they previously climbed the Great Pyramid of Giza.

In China, where YouTube is blocked by authorities, the video was re-posted to several video websites.

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“My knees are getting weak just by watching. Hollywood blockbusters are nothing compared to this,” said one poster.

The building’s management said steps would be taken to bar any repeat performances, according to a statement carried by state media.

“Shanghai Tower will implement measures such as putting up wire fencing around the walls and installing safety doors on exits to avoid similar incidents from happening again,” said the statement, which was carried by state television.

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Texas Republicans are abandoning the state’s GOP Speaker: ‘We no longer support him’

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Some of the most powerful Texas House Republicans said Monday they no longer support GOP Speaker Dennis Bonnen, marking the biggest blow yet to his political future amid the fallout from a secret recording released last week by a hardline conservative activist.

Five Republicans considered senior members of the lower chamber issued a statement withdrawing support for him: State Reps. Four Price of Amarillo, Dan Huberty of Houston, Lyle Larson of San Antonio, Chris Paddie of Marshall and John Frullo of Lubbock.

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Donald Trump is making a mockery of Marco Rubio — and the Florida senator is letting him

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Sen. Marco Rubio was once one of Donald Trump’s most formidable opponents; now, the Florida senator bends over backward to excuse the president’s corruption.

In 2016, Rubio and Trump sparred frequently on the Republican primary debate stage. Trump picked the uninspired nickname “Little Marco” for the senator, which didn’t seem to do much damage on its own, but Rubio never gained the momentum or strength that his backers hoped would prove to be strong enough to take down the reality TV candidate. As Rubio grew desperate, he launched one of his most memorable and pitiful attacks by stooping to his opponent’s level, implying that Trump had a small penis. It was more of an embarrassing moment for Rubio than anyone else, though Trump helped himself with a crude rejoinder.

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The faith of Fox News: How the network’s propaganda warps viewers’ sense of reality

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News anchor Shepard Smith once characterized comparing the two as “apples and teaspoons.”

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