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Chinese president, premier send condolence messages to Sri Lanka over deadly attacks


Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang on Sunday sent condolence messages to their Sri Lankan counterparts, respectively, after multiple deadly attacks shook the country.

In his message to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Xi said he was shocked to know the series of explosions in Sri Lanka, which have caused large casualties.

"I, on behalf of the Chinese government and people, as well as myself, send my deep condolences to the victims, and my sincere sympathy to the injured and families of the victims," he added.

The Chinese government and people will firmly stand by the people of Sri Lanka and firmly support the Sri Lankan government's effort to maintain national security and stability, Xi said.

On the same day, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also sent condolences to Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe over the attacks. (Xinhua)

Death toll from Sri Lanka's blasts rises to 207, over 450 injured

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Multiple blasts in Sri Lanka on Sunday have claimed at least 207 lives and wounded 450 others, Sri Lankan police said.

Altogether eight explosions have ripped through the country, with six blasts hitting in the morning and two in the afternoon.

A curfew has been imposed from 6 pm Sunday to 6 am on Monday.

The Sri Lankan government has also imposed a temporary ban on social media to prevent the spread of false information.

At least 13 people have been arrested in connection with the blasts, the Sri Lankan government said.

Two Chinese nationals were also confirmed dead from the explosions, the Chinese Embassy in Colombo said. (Xinhua)

China holds meeting celebrating Navy's 70th founding anniversary


On Sunday, a meeting was held in Beijing as part of the 70th founding anniversary of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, which falls on April 23.

Participants in the meeting reviewed the PLA Navy's history of developing from almost nothing to becoming strong, summarized its experiences on combat, reform, transformation, and military struggle preparedness, and looked into the bright future of building it into a world-class navy in the new era.

Also during the meeting, units and individuals were honored for making outstanding contributions to the navy's development. (Xinhua)

China mulls tightening regulation over drug production, sale


China is considering tightening regulation over the production and sale of drugs in revisions made to an amendment of the Drug Administration Law.

The measures were made public as the draft revisions are under review at the ongoing session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC).

The draft requires individuals and entities who have become medicine marketing authorization holders (MAHs) to be responsible for the drugs' clinical and non-clinical trials, manufacturing, selling, and the analysis, report, and response of adverse reactions.

The MAHs should sign agreements with manufacturers, sellers, transporters, and holders to make sure they are capable of maintaining the quality and managing risks of the drugs, the draft says. (Xinhua)

Queen Elizabeth II turns 93 on Easter Sunday


On Sunday, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 93rd birthday, which coincided with Easter Sunday.

The queen attended a service with other senior royals at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle, west of London.

She was joined by Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, whose wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is expecting their first child in the coming weeks and did not attend. (AP)

Volcano in Indonesia's Bali erupts, triggering rains of ashes


Mount Agung volcano in Bali, a resort island in Central Indonesia on Sunday spewed ashes up to 2 kilometers into the sky, raining ash in the region, a disaster agency official said.

Thousands of masks have been distributed to local residents amid fears the volcanic ash could impact human respiratory systems, a spokesman of national disaster management agency said.

No report of casualties has so far been reported after the eruption, said the spokesman. (Xinhua)

Egypt opens restored goddess temple in Luxor's Karnak complex


The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities opened Opet Temple for the first time for visitors on Friday.

Opet Temple is characterized by its unique and colorful inscriptions, which were covered by soot and carefully removed during the restoration process.

The temple was dedicated to the worship of the hippopotamus goddess Opet, the deity of protection in ancient Egypt "who was also considered the torchbearer goddess that lit up the afterlife darkness." (CGTN)

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And now for the Question of the Day:

What is entomophobia?

(Answer: An irrational fear of insects.)

Today’s quote is from British poet Lord Byron (1788-1824).

"The dew of compassion is a tear."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, and Chelle Wenqian Zeng. Music by Eugene Loner.)