CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (1/20/2019 Sun.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (1/20/2019 Sun.)

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06:34, January 20, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today's picks from our editors. 

China expects 73 mln air trips during Spring Festival travel rush

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China is expected to see an increased number of air trips during the upcoming Spring Festival travel rush, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

During the 40-day travel rush from Jan. 21 to March 1, air travelers are expected to make 73 million trips, up 12 percent year on year, the CAAC said.

Hundreds of millions of Chinese return to their hometowns every year during the Chinese Lunar New Year to get together with their families. The Year of the Pig in the Chinese lunar calendar will begin on Feb. 5, 2019. (Xinhua)

China's forestry output tops 7 trln yuan in 2018

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China's forestry sector output reached 7.33 trillion yuan (about 1.1 trillion U.S. dollars) in 2018, 2.88 percent up from 2017, according to the National Forestry and Grassland Administration.

The growth came amid the country's ongoing drive for environmentally-friendly development, as the government banned grazing on degraded grasslands, increased financial input and stepped up law enforcement in the sector.

China's decertified land has shrunk by 10 million hectares since 2012, while nearly 34 million hectares of forest has been planted, bringing the national forest coverage to 21.66 percent. (Xinhua)

Fireball at illegal Mexico pipeline tap kills 66; 85 missing

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Forensic experts attempted to separate and count charred heaps of corpses in central Mexico on Saturday after a massive fireball erupted at an illegal pipeline tap, killing at least 66 people.

More than 85 others were listed as missing as relatives of the deceased and onlookers gathered around the scene of the carnage.

The tragedy came just three weeks after new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador launched an offensive against fuel theft gangs that drilled dangerous, illegal taps into pipelines an astounding 12,581 times in the first 10 months of 2018, an average of about 42 per day. (AP)

S Korea welcomes 2nd DPRK-US summit to be held in February

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The South Korean presidential Blue House on Saturday welcomed the second Kim-Trump summit, which North Korea and the United States agreed to hold in late February.

Kim Eui-keum, spokesman for President Moon Jae-in, said in a statement that the upcoming DPRK-US summit was anticipated to be a turning point solidifying permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.

The Blue House spokesman said South Korea will cooperate with relevant countries, based on a close coordination between Seoul and Washington, to produce a substantive, detailed outcome for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the settlement of lasting peace through the second DPRK-US summit. (Xinhua)

UNESCO names Rio as World Capital of Architecture for 2020

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Friday announced that the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro will be the World Capital of Architecture for 2020.

According to UNESCO, the World Capital of Architecture is intended to become "an international forum for debates about pressing global challenges from the perspectives of culture, cultural heritage, urban planning and architecture."

As one of the oldest cities in Brazil, Rio has a mix of modern and colonial architecture, with world-renowned sites like the statue of Christ the Redeemer and contemporary constructions like the Museum of Tomorrow. (Xinhua)

Indian film industry 'Bollywood' gets unique museum

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The Indian film industry, popularly called "Bollywood", on Saturday got a unique museum - the "National Museum of Indian Cinema" in the country's financial and entertainment capital Mumbai.

Inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the museum has four exhibition halls, which showcase the journey of over a hundred years of Indian cinema.

On the occasion, Modi highlighted the role of Indian films in projecting the country's soft power which strengthens "Brand India." (Xinhua)

Trump offers immigration deal to end shutdown

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President Donald Trump is offering to extend temporary protection for people brought to US illegally as children in a bid to secure border wall funding.

Trump promoted his plan Saturday as a way to “break the logjam and provide Congress with a path forward to end the government shutdown.”

Trump is also offering to extend protections for immigrants who came to the US as a result of war or natural disasters in their home countries.

Trump says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will bring the proposal for a vote in the Senate. But Democrats, who control the House, are already saying they find the president’s offer unacceptable. (AP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What is the most well-known fighter of the Luftwaffe during World War II?

(Answer: Messerschmitt Me-109.)

Today’s quote is from French philosopher Simone Weil (1909-1943).

"The highest ecstasy is the attention at its fullest."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Brian Lowe, and Da Hang.)

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