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DPRK fires two projectiles: Yonhap


The Democratic People's Republic of Korea fired two more unidentified projectiles into the East Sea on Friday.

That’s according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The projectiles were fired from the DPRK's eastern coastal county of Tongchon earlier in the day.

No other details were immediately known, including their type, flight range and maximum altitude. (Xinhua)


Hong Kong police arrest 5 people for national flag-insulting


Five people had been arrested on suspicion of desecrating the national flag, the Hong Kong Police Force told Xinhua on Friday.

The five, four males and one female aged between 20 and 22, were arrested on Wednesday and Thursday.

The police also seized some computers, phones and clothes from their residence for further investigation.

On August 3 and August 5, some radical protesters removed the Chinese national flag from a flagpole in Tsim Sha Tsui and later threw it into the sea.

According to the National Flag and National Emblem Ordinance of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, a person who desecrates the national flag or national emblem by publicly and willfully burning, mutilating, scrawling, defiling or trampling commits an offence. If convicted, he or she is fined at level 5 and jailed for three years. (Xinhua)


China releases white paper on vocational education and training in Xinjiang


China released a white paper on vocational education and training in Xinjiang.

The white paper said terrorism and extremism are the most common enemies of humanity, and the fight against terrorism and extremism is the shared responsibility of the international community.  

It said Xinjiang established vocational education and training centers in accordance with the law to prevent the breeding and spread of terrorism and religious extremism.

It concluded that worthwhile results have been achieved. (Xinhua)


China consults public on environment protection during offshore oil drilling


A draft revision of guidelines on environmental protection during offshore oil drilling opened for public suggestions on Friday, China's Ministry of Justice said.

Preserving the marine environment will be made part of the drilling companies' legal obligations, the draft revision says, requiring intensified supervision and management of drilling companies.

The draft details measures for pollution prevention and control, including pollutant discharge and its treatment, and stresses the need to improve emergency response in case of oil spills.

The draft revision is open for public input until August 30. (Xinhua)


Beijing not to 'sit by and watch' if Hong Kong protests turn into unrest


Returning to the rule of law is the only way to solve the current problem in Hong Kong.

That’s according to a leading legislator and legal scholar on the mainland.

This, as Hong Kong's silent majority raised their voice against violence.

Illegal gatherings and acts of violence have continued in Hong Kong.

This includes assaults on two mainland residents, one of them a reporter, by radicals at Hong Kong International Airport on Tuesday. (China Daily)


Chinese top-earning animation Ne Zha to be released in North America


Ne Zha, China's top-earning animated movie, is set to hit the big screen in North America in the near future.

U.S. entertaining company WellGo has confirmed on Thursday its plan to bring the Chinese blockbuster to North American cinemas, but did not unveil the exact data or any other information.

The film has raked in more than 3.8 billion yuan ($540 million) since it was released in Chinese cinemas on July 26, ranking fourth among the highest-earners ever at the Chinese box office.

Loosely based on the tale of Ne Zha, a beloved Chinese mythological figure, the film features a daring overhaul of Ne Zha's appearance and depicts him more as a mischievous boy than the hero kid in previous cinematic works. (China Plus)


July 2019 hottest month on record for planet: US agency


And July 2019 temperatures were the hottest ever recorded globally.

That’s according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This comes as satellite data showed polar ice have shrunk to its lowest levels.

The findings confirmed data released by the EU's Copernicus Climate Change Service.

Searing heat waves saw records tumble across Europe last month, while in the US, nearly 150 million people struggled to stay cool from the Midwestern plains to the Atlantic coast. (AFP)


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