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More than 6 million people in China affected by Typhoon Lekima

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More than 6 million people have been affected by Typhoon Lekima after it made landfall Saturday in eastern China's Zhejiang Province.

As of 5 pm Sunday, the super typhoon left 6.51 million people impacted in the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, Shandong and Fujian, and in the city of Shanghai, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.

Authorities have relocated some 1.46 million people, the ministry said.

Nearly 3,500 houses collapsed and some 35,000 were damaged, while 265,500 hectares of crops were damaged. (Xinhua)

Versace apologizes for mislabeling Hong Kong, Macau as countries on T-shirt


Italian luxury brand Versace has apologized for mislabeling China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Macau Special Administrative Region as countries on one of its T-shirt designs, the Beijing News reports.

Versace issued the apology on its official Sina Weibo account Sunday, saying the brand had a wrong design and mislabeled a few cities. The statement came a few hours after a Chinese netizen posted online photos of a Versace T-shirt featuring lists of "City - COUNTRY" on the back, including "Hong Kong - HONG KONG" and "Macau - MACAO."

Versace said the mislabeled T-shirts were pulled and destroyed on July 24. The company also said it supports Chinese sovereignty and territorial integrity. (China Plus)

11 injured in Taiwan tour bus accident, 5 from mainland

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A total of 11 people, including five tourists from the Chinese mainland, were injured Sunday as a tour bus collided with a sport utility vehicle (SUV) in Ali Mountain, a famous tourist destination in South Central Taiwan, authorities said.

The two vehicles were both damaged during the accident, which was likely caused by slippery roads in rainy weather, said firefighting authorities of Chiayi County, which administers the Ali Mountain area.

The tour bus was carrying 16 tourists who were with a travel agency in Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi Province in Northwest China, confirmed the mainland-based Association For Tourism Exchange across the Taiwan Strait. (Xinhua)

British PM announces extension of stop-and-search powers for police

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday announced the extension of stop-and-search powers for police as he was promising tougher sentences for violent criminals.

Powers to stop and search will be extended to cover an additional 8,000 police officers in England and Wales in a bid to tackle knife crime.

It is the second time this year that stop-and-search powers have been extended. 

It means all police forces across the UK will be able to stop and search anyone in a designated area without reasonable grounds for suspicion if they think there is a threat of serious violence. (Xinhua)

US attorney: Epstein abuse probe steadfast despite his death

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The FBI and US Inspector General’s office will investigate how Jeffrey Epstein died in an apparent suicide Saturday, while the probe into sexual abuse allegations against the well-connected financier remains ongoing, officials said.

Epstein, accused of orchestrating a sex-trafficking ring and sexually abusing dozens of underage girls, had been taken off suicide watch before he killed himself in a New York jail, a person familiar with the matter said.

The federal investigation into the allegations remains steadfast, US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said. He noted in a statement Saturday that the indictment against Epstein includes a conspiracy charge, suggesting others could face charges in the case. (AP)

Chinese researchers discover new species of snow lotus

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Chinese researchers have discovered a new but highly endangered species of snow lotus in the Wolong National Nature Reserve in southwestern province of Sichuan.

The snow lotus, named Saussurea balangshanensis, was spotted in the alpine zone at an altitude of about 4,400 to 4,700 meters in the reserve, said researchers. 

Researchers and reserve management staff conducted separate investigations and determined that fewer than 500 such plants remain, and the Balang Mountain is the only place where the snow lotuses grow. It is therefore extremely endangered. (Xinhua)

Archaeologists discover 2,000-year-old Roman war arrow in northern Israel

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Israeli archaeologists found a nearly 2,000-year-old Roman arrow in northern Israel, the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee said on Sunday.

According to the researchers, the arrow was fired in the year 67 AD from a Roman military shooting device (catapult) during the Roman siege of the city of Yodfat.

Earlier that year, Roman Emperor Nero suppressed the great Jewish revolt that began in 66 AD. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

How many pockets does a snooker table have?

(Answer: Six.)

Today’s quote is from French artist Paul Cezanne (1839-1906). 

"Art is a harmony parallel with nature."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, and Paris Yelu Xu. Music by Eugene Loner.)