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China to hold special promotional event for Hubei: FM
China's foreign ministry will hold a global promotional event at a proper time to showcase Hubei Province and its capital city Wuhan, which has emerged stronger from COVID-19, Chinese State Councilor, and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday.
The people of Hubei and Wuhan have made enormous efforts and sacrifices, as well as a significant contribution to COVID-19 response in China and beyond, Wang said at a press conference on the sidelines of the annual national legislative session.
Wang said the ministry will also create opportunities for the province to revive exchanges and cooperation with the outside world. (Xinhua)
White House goal on testing nursing homes unmet
Nearly two weeks ago, the White House urged governors to ensure that every nursing home resident and staff member be tested for the coronavirus within 14 days. It’s not going to happen.
A review by The Associated Press found that at least half of the states are not going to meet the White House’s deadline, and some aren't even bothering to try.
Many states said the logistics, costs, and manpower needs are too great to test all residents and staff in a two-week window.
“At this time, it would be fairly useless to do that," said Nebraska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gary Anthone, adding that the state doesn’t have the capacity when there are others who need to be tested. (AP)
German governor’s plan to end blanket virus rules criticized
A German state governor’s proposal to end blanket coronavirus restrictions in his region drew mounting criticism Sunday from other officials.
Bodo Ramelow, the governor of the eastern state of Thuringia, said Saturday that he hopes to lift the remaining statewide lockdown rules on June 6 and replace them with “a concept of recommendations and fighting COVID-19 locally if infection figures rise.”
All 16 German states currently have coronavirus rules, and Thuringia’s new approach would raise pressure on other states to ease their lockdowns further. (AP)
DPRK mulls over increasing 'nuclear war deterrence'
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) discussed new policies for increasing its "nuclear war deterrence" during a military meeting presided over by leader Kim Jong Un, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Sunday.
The meeting was Kim's first reported public appearance in more than three weeks.
Set forth at the meeting of the Central Military Commission were "new policies for further increasing the nuclear war deterrence of the country," KCNA said, without giving further details. (CGTN)
China's mobile game market surges 24.4 pct in April
China's mobile game sector continued to see robust growth in April, with the monthly revenue surging 24.4 percent year on year, an industrial report showed.
The revenue of the online game market reached nearly 16 billion yuan in the last month, data from the research institute CNG showed.
The growth, hitting an all-time monthly high for April, came despite a drop in users as the country's efforts in work resumption filtered through, signaling big market potential in the game sector, the report said. (Xinhua)
Desperate Indian girl bikes 1,200 km home with disabled dad
From her village in eastern India, 15-year-old Jyoti Kumari reflected on her desperate 1,200-kilometer bicycle journey home with her disabled father that has drawn international praise.
Kumari said that she and her father risked starvation had they stayed in Gurugram, a suburb of New Delhi, with no income amid India’s coronavirus lockdown.
Over 10 days, they survived on food and water given by strangers, and only once did Kumari give her legs a break with a short lift on a truck.
“I had no other option,” she said Sunday. “We wouldn’t have survived if I hadn’t cycled to my village.” (AP)
Alligator rumored to have been Hitler’s dies in Moscow
An alligator that many people believe once belonged to Adolf Hitler has died in the Moscow Zoo.
The zoo said the alligator, named Saturn, was about 84 years old when he died on Friday.
According to the zoo, Saturn was born in the US and later sent to the Berlin Zoo, from which he escaped when the zoo was bombed in 1943.
"The myth was born that he was allegedly in the collection of Hitler and not in the Berlin Zoo,” the zoo said in a statement.
But, it noted, "animals are not involved in war and politics, and it is absurd to blame them for human sins." (AP)
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What color are aircraft black boxes?
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