Fresh Start: Podcast News (10/19/2019 Sat.)
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Xi highlights peace, friendship at Military World Games


Chinese President Xi Jinping met with defense department and military leaders of participating countries and senior officials of the International Military Sports Council (CISM) on Friday before the 7th Military World Games opened.

Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), extended a warm welcome on behalf of the Chinese government, Chinese people and the Chinese military, to the leaders, officials and athletes and joined them for a group photo.

Xi noted that the Military World Games were founded to commemorate peace and held to spread friendship. It has become a significant platform for military of different countries to present themselves, boost friendship and expand their influence. Known as the "Olympics for the military," the Games have attracted global attention and interest.

Xi added that China would strive to make the Games into an international gathering of peace that encourages soldiers to compete on fair grounds and facilitates exchanges and mutual learning of diverse military cultures. (Xinhua)

Chinese study unlocks clues to fight African swine fever


Chinese scientists have unraveled the three dimensional structure of the African swine fever virus, laying a solid foundation for developing effective and safe vaccines against the disease.

The research, jointly conducted by scientists at the Institute of Biophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), was published in the latest issue of the academic journal Science.

"The new breakthrough in unveiling the fine structure of the virus is important fundamental research, which will provide clues to explore fundamental mechanisms for infection, pathogenicity and immunology of African swine fever, as well as vaccine development," a researcher said. (Xinhua)

EU sees 'no alternative' to retaliation after record US tariffs

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The EU's top trade official said the bloc would have no choice but to hit back after Washington imposed tariffs on a record $7.5 billion worth of European Union goods on Friday.

"We regret the choice of the US to move ahead with tariffs," European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said in a statement after attempts to negotiate a truce went nowhere. (AFP)

Japan mulls dispatch of SDF troops to Middle East for monitoring mission


The Japanese government said Friday it is considering dispatching the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to the Middle East for monitoring and information gathering missions.

The independent mission being considered by Japan would likely revolve around the Maritime Self-Defense Force's destroyers and patrol aircraft being sent to the region to gather data while observing the situation, the sources said.

The potential dispatch of troops would not be joining a planned US-led coalition near the Strait of Hormuz, owing to Japan's friendly ties with Iran, sources close to the matter said. (Xinhua)

World’s 1st female spacewalking team makes history


The world’s first female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, floating out of the International Space Station to fix a broken part of the power network.

As NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir emerged, it marked the first time in a half-century of spacewalking that a woman floated out without a male crewmate. (AFP)

Longest non-stop flight to take off from New York to Sydney


A plane and its passengers are set to test the mental and physical limits of long-haul aviation when Qantas operates the first direct flight by a commercial airline from New York to Sydney this weekend.

In the first of three "ultra long-haul" test flights planned by Australia's national flag carrier this year, researchers will monitor the effects on passengers of the 19-hour non-stop journey.

Up to 40 passengers and crew -- most of them Qantas employees -- will be on board the Boeing 787-9 which is scheduled to arrive Down Under Sunday morning. (AFP)

US boxer Day dies from brain injuries


American boxer Patrick Day died Wednesday after suffering a serious brain injury during his knockout defeat to Charles Conwell last weekend, his promoter said in a statement.

The 27-year-old super welterweight had undergone emergency surgery after being knocked out by Conwell on Saturday in Chicago.

Conwell dropped Day in the fourth and eighth rounds and then landed a right hand in the 10th which caused Day to stumble. (AFP)

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And now for the Question of the Day:

Which US state is called the Golden state? 

(Answer: California.)

Today's quote is from American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864).        

"A hero cannot be a hero unless in a heroic world."

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