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China to slap 25 percent tariffs on US goods starting August 23


China will impose 25 percent tariffs on $16 billion worth of US imports starting August 23, the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council announced on Wednesday.

A previously announced US hike on tariff rates on Chinese products is once again placing its domestic law above international law, and China is forced to take measures to retaliate the absurd decision, said a Chinese ministry of commerce spokesperson on Wednesday.

China-US trade tension escalated as the US Trade Representative’s office on Tuesday finalized a list of $16 billion in imports from  China , which are subject to a 25 percent tariff that will begin to be collected on August 23.

China 's retaliation, which will take effect immediately after the  US  imposes its tariffs, is to protect its own legitimate interests and rights and the current world trade order, said the spokesperson. (People’s Daily app)

China  celebrates 10th National Fitness Day

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For the tenth straight year, China celebrated National Fitness Day on August 8.

This year's theme is "The New Era of National Fitness,” and will run from August 4 to 12. Celebration activities were held throughout the country.

To encourage greater participation in sports and to commemorate the successful hosting of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the State Council designated August 8 as National Fitness Day starting in 2009. The whole country is encouraged to actively organize and participate in national fitness activities. Free fitness guidance services are provided and sports facilities are open to the public for free. (People’s Daily app)

Death toll of  Indonesia 's deadly earthquake climbs to at least 347

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The death toll of  Indonesia 's 7.0-magnitude earthquake rose significantly to at least 347 on Wednesday, spokesman of the national disaster management agency said.

The figure was based on the data given by all heads of sub-districts across the hardest-hit North Lombok district on Lombok island in West Nusa Tenggara province, the spokesman said.

Earlier reports said 131 people were killed and 1,477 others injured while more than 4,000 visitors have been evacuated from three islands near Lombok island. (Xinhua)

Spanish fighter jet accidentally fires missile over  Estonia

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A Spanish jet on Tuesday accidentally fired an air-to-air missile over southern Estonia during a routine NATO training mission, about 100 kilometers from Russia, the Baltic state’s Defense Forces said.

The Spanish Eurofighter jet, which is part of NATO’s Baltic air-policing mission, was carrying out an exercise with another Spanish Eurofighter and French military aircraft.

After the accidental fire, the fighter jets returned to an air base in northern  Lithuania  where they are based. Spain’s defense ministry has begun to investigate the incident. (People’s Daily app)

US to impose sanctions on Russia over nerve agent attack


The United States will impose sanctions on Russia for its use of a nerve agent in an attempt to kill a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain.

The State Department says Wednesday the sanctions will be imposed on Russia because it used a chemical weapon in violation of international law.

Following a 15-day congressional notification period, the sanctions will take effect on or around Aug. 22, according to a statement from the State Department. (AP)

Battling 18 blazes, California may face worst fire season

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The largest wildfire ever recorded in California needed just 11 days to blacken an area nearly the size of Los   Angeles — and it’s only one of many enormous blazes that could make this the worst fire season in state history.

Some 14,000 firefighters from as far away as Florida and even  New Zealand  are struggling to curb 18 fires in the midst of a sweltering summer that has seen wind-whipped flames carve their way through national forest land and rural areas, threaten urban areas and incinerate neighborhoods.

“For whatever reason, fires are burning much more intensely, much more quickly than they were before,” said Mark A. Hartwig, president of the California Fire Chiefs Association.

Some of the largest fires have erupted just within the past few weeks as the state has seen record-setting temperatures — and the historically worst months of wildfire season are still to come. (AP)

BMW confirms massive car recall across Europe

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German luxury carmaker BMW on Wednesday confirmed it would recall 323,700 cars across Europe due to a faulty component that could cause engines to catch fire.

Just under a third of the affected vehicles are in Germany, while 75,000 are in Britain, 23,500 are in France, and 24,700 are in Italy, according to a BMW spokesperson.

The Europe-wide recall came after the company was forced to take back more than 100,000 cars in South Korea over the problem, which resulted in more than 30 of their vehicles catching fire this year.

The car giant blamed a faulty component called the exhaust gas recirculation cooler that generated excessive sediment and caused engines to catch fire "in rare cases." (AFP – People’s Daily app)

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And now for the Question of the Day.

Which is the world’s smallest named ocean?

(Answer: The Arctic Ocean.)

Today’s quote is from Roman Writer Publilius Syrus.

“Good health and good sense are two of life's greatest blessings.”

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