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China launches new twin BeiDou-3 navigation satellites
China sent twin BeiDou-3 navigation satellites into space on a Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, in the southwest China’s Sichuan Province, at 7:52 a.m. BJT Saturday.
The twin satellites are the 35th and 36th of the BeiDou navigation system.
A basic system with 18 BeiDou-3 satellites orbiting Earth will be in place by year-end, which will serve countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative. (CGTN)
Ghana sets date for Kofi Annan burial
Ghana will honor late UN secretary-general Kofi Annan with full state burial on September 13, according to the country’s president on Friday.
The global peace icon died last Saturday in Switzerland, after a short illness, family sources said.
The president also added that the body of Annan would be interred at a new military cemetery at the Burma Camp, with the state financing the cost.
Annan’s family also announced on Thursday that there would be two separate ceremonies in New York and Geneva to honor the former UN secretary-general. (Xinhua – People’s Daily app)
Turkey arrests two more suspects over US embassy shooting
Turkish police on Friday arrested two more suspects for connections to Monday's US embassy drive-by shooting in Ankara, the country’s state-run media reported.
The four suspects are currently being interrogated by police, according to the report, for the attack that took place Monday morning and caused no casualties.
Turkish Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin condemned the attack on Twitter, describing it as "a clear attempt to create chaos," amid an escalating row between the US and Turkey over the detention of a US pastor. (Xinhua)
Trump calls off Pompeo's planned trip to North Korea
US President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted that he has asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to cancel his upcoming trip to North Korea, publicly acknowledging for the first time that progress on the Peninsula denuclearization is lacking.
Trump added that "Secretary Pompeo looks forward to going to North Korea (DPRK) in the near future."
Trump’s statement came just a day after Pompeo said that he had appointed Stephen Biegun as the new special envoy for the DPRK. (CGTN)
Didi passenger murdered amid car-hailing safety concerns
Three months after the murder of a passenger, another ride-sharing passenger was raped and killed allegedly by a driver of Didi Hitch, a car-pooling service offered by China’s largest ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing, according to police.
The victim, a female surnamed Zhao in Yueqing, eastern China's Zhejiang Province, took a Didi Hitch car on Friday and an hour later she sent a “help” text message to friends before losing contact.
On Saturday, the police arrested the suspect, a Didi driver surnamed Zhong who admitted that he raped and killed the victim.
Didi apologized on Saturday and said it "blames itself" for failing to follow up and deal with a passenger's complaint about the suspect, submitted the day before Zhao was killed. (CGTN – People’s Daily app)
Hotel fire kills at least 18 in northeast China city
A hotel fire that broke out in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Saturday has left at least 18 people dead, according to the fire department.
The fire department said the fire started at a hot spring hotel and that rescue work is still underway. Investigators are also looking into the cause of the fire. (Xinhua – People’s Daily app)
Satellite images show Arctic's 'last bastion' of thickest ice melting
Recent NASA satellite images show that some of the oldest and thickest ice in the Arctic is melting.
A chunk of hard ice north of Greenland has disappeared, according to a report published earlier this week by Live Science, a science news website.
"On average, it's over four meters thick and can be piled up into ridges 20 meters thick or more," according to a study by Walt Meier, a senior research scientist with the US National Snow and Ice Data Center.
Some of the ice has been replaced by miles of open water for the first time on record. (CGTN)
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Who invented the game of basketball?
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