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People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (8/27/18 Mon.)

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19:15, August 27, 2018


This is People’s Daily Tonight, your news source from China.


Chinese New Year officially recognized in California


Two California Senators designate Lunar New Year as a day of special significance.

Proposed by Richard Pan and Scott Wiener, the bill was passed by the state legislature early this month.

California Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill on Friday.

Under the bill, all public schools and educational institutions will be encouraged to conduct exercises recognizing the traditions and cultural significance of the Lunar New Year, the contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander Californians to the state, and any local festivities and celebrations of the occasion.


China's industrial profits up 17.1% in Jan.-July

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China's major industrial firms posted steady profits in the first seven months of 2018.

Profits at China's major industrial firms grew 17.1 percent in the first seven months.

That’s slightly lower than the 17.2 percent expansion from January to June.

An official said the narrowing expansion of factory-gate prices and rising purchasing prices dragged down the profit growth in July.


McCain services set for Phoenix, Washington and Annapolis


The late US senator John McCain will be honored this week for five days in Phoenix, Washington and Annapolis.

McCain served for more than 30 years as a Republican senator from Arizona.

He will lie in state at the Arizona State Capitol on Wednesday, and will lie in state at the US Capitol on Friday.

McCain died last Saturday, a day after his family announced he would discontinue medical treatment for brain cancer.

He was 81.


Foreign experts to advise on business disputes


Experts on a new panel set up to advise courts on international commerce say they expect to play a major role in helping foreign and Chinese litigants solve business disputes.

The International Commercial Expert Committee was established on Sunday as part of efforts by the Supreme People's Court to implement both the rule of law and the Belt and Road Initiative.

It also aims to enhance international exchanges and cooperation and help courts resolve the rising number of international commercial disputes through arbitration, mediation and litigation.


Shooting at esports event raises questions of security


A shooting at a video game competition in Florida has left two people dead along with the suspect.

It has prompted calls from gamers for more security at e-sports tournaments.

The tournament is held in Las Vegas and draws about 15,000 people.

In March, organizers called the FBI when someone threatened a mass shooting on the internet.


Iran to open lawsuit against US sanctions at UN court

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Iran will argue against renewed sanctions imposed by the United States.

This, as a bitter legal battle between Tehran and Washington opens before the UN's top court.

US President Donald Trump reimposed a wave of tough unilateral sanctions on Iran three weeks ago.

This includes harsh penalties that had been lifted under a landmark 2015 agreement.

A second round of measures will take effect in early November, targeting Iran's valuable oil and energy sector.


North Korea to release Japanese detainee: KCNA


And a Japanese tourist detained in North Korea will be released "on the principle of humanitarianism.”

This, as Tokyo seeks a summit with the North amid a diplomatic thaw on the peninsula.

Little is known about the tourist.

But Japanese media reports have said he was a videographer visiting the North on a tour arranged by a foreign travel agency.


And that’s People’s Daily Tonight.  Thanks for joining us.

(Produced by David Nye and Wang Yi)

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