CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/27/2020 Wed.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/27/2020 Wed.)

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05:08, May 27, 2020

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app. 

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China cancels TOEFL, IELTS, GRE and other overseas tests in June

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A total of six English proficiency exams in June will be canceled, including TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, GMAT, LAST and FCE, China's Ministry of Education announced on Tuesday.

The ministry said the time is not yet ripe to hold the exams as examination locations overseas have remained closed due to COVID-19. The exam fees will be returned to students' accounts.

Many domestic exams slated in February and March have already been postponed, including Tests for English Majors (TEM). (CGTN)

Putin says Russia to hold postponed Victory Day parade on June 24

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that the country's military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over the Nazis in World War II will be held on June 24.

Putin postponed the Victory Day parade last month from its traditional date of May 9, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Putin also announced that the Immortal Regiment march, a tradition in which millions of people across Russia parade with portraits of their relatives who fought in World War II, will take place on July 26. (Xinhua)

Spain to mourn virus victims for unprecedented 10-day period

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The Spanish government has declared 10 days of mourning starting Wednesday for the nearly 27,000 people who have died with the novel coronavirus in Spain, the longest official mourning period in decades. 

Flags will be hoisted to half-staff in more than 14,000 public buildings across the nation and on Spanish naval vessels until June 5, under the declaration made Tuesday.  (AP)

New York Stock Exchange partially reopens after two-month coronavirus-driven shutdown

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The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) partially reopened its iconic trading floor on Tuesday after a two-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Safety measures such as wearing masks and physical distancing are required in the building.

The partial reopening is set to bring back only about 80 floor brokers or about 25 percent of the trading floor population, according to the exchange. (Xinhua)

Macron announces 8-bln-euro support plan for French car industry

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French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday announced an 8-billion-euro plan to support the country's automotive industry which was hit hard by the coronavirus crisis.

The goal is to make France the top producer of clean vehicles in Europe after the coronavirus crisis, with one million electric and hybrid cars produced per year from 2025, he said.

To help promote clean cars, Macron announced a higher state bonus for the purchase of a clean vehicle by individual consumers and businesses, from 6,000 to 7,000 euros. (Xinhua)

Cirque du Soleil to reopen its resident show in China

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Canadian entertainment company Cirque du Soleil announced Tuesday that it will reopen its resident show "The Land of Fantasy" in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou on June 3.

This will be the first Cirque du Soleil production to be reopened since the company ceased worldwide operations due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

According to Diane Quinn, chief creative officer of Cirque du Soleil, the show will be refreshed in preparation for its reopening, with its duration to be reduced to 80 minutes and its storyline to be more concise. (CGTN)

JK Rowling publishes first chapters of new story online

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J.K. Rowling is publishing a new story called “The Ickabog,” which will be free to read online to help entertain children and families stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

The “Harry Potter” author said Tuesday she wrote the fairy tale for her children as a bedtime story over a decade ago. 

The first two chapters were posted online Tuesday, with daily instalments to follow until July 10. (AP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What does an osteologist study?

(Answer: Bones.)

Today's quote is from French author Victor Hugo (1802-1885). 

"Habit is the nursery of errors."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Brian Lowe, and Elaine Yue Lin. Music by Eugene Loner.)


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