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China ranked third as most powerful country
US World News and Report released the results from its annual Best Countries survey. In the "Most Powerful" category, China ranked third, with the US and Russia ranked #1 and #2 respectively.
The findings were based on answers given by thousands of business leaders, experts, and people from all over the world. (China Plus)
Trump arrives in Davos with warning for Palestine
US President Donald Trump told Palestinian leaders they could either pursue peace with Israel or lose US aid.
Trump also mentioned how Palestine had snubbed US Vice President Mike Pence by not meeting with him during his recent visit.
Trump, speaking after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, said he aimed for peace in the Middle East. (Reuters)
Oprah Winfrey admits lacking ‘DNA’ for presidential office
US billionaire media icon Oprah Winfrey says she’s not interested in a presidential bid despite continued buzz from Democrat party members.
Winfrey said that although she can hear the encouragement, she just doesn’t have the “DNA” for a White House run.
The 63-year-old is among the wealthiest businesswomen in the US and one of the world’s most recognizable black women. (AP)
Chinese business leaders take center stage at Davos
Business leaders from Alibaba, JD.com, Innovation Ventures, Baidu, and Ctrip have had a strong presence at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
During a panel discussion, Alibaba founder Jack Ma Yun stressed that trade should not be used as a weapon, but used to solve problems.
Ma said, “The mission of our generation is not to prevent globalization but to make sure international trade is simplified and modernized, and to be inclusive of everyone, offering equal opportunity.” (People's Daily app)
Russian athletes approved for Winter Games
On Thursday, it was announced that 169 Russian athletes had been approved to participate in the upcoming Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
The team will compete under a neutral “Olympic Athletes from Russia” flag.
It was reported that Russia might organize alternative sports event for the Russian athletes barred from the Olympics. (AFP)
Greek archaeologists hail findings on Aegean Sea Keros island
Archaeologists unearthed new findings on the Aegean Sea island of Keros during excavations in 2017, Greece's Culture Ministry announced.
The discoveries showed that the early Bronze Age was far more sophisticated regarding architecture and technical expertise than initially thought. (Xinhua)
British author pens novel honoring Chinese Labor Corps
Last week, British novelist and musician Clive Harvey’s latest book, “Yang’s War” hit UK bookstores.
The book was inspired by the forgotten story of the Chinese Labor Corps who served during World War I. It is estimated that some 140,000 Chinese provided man-power to British and French armed forces.
Harvey also wrote a song dedicated to the Chinese Labor Corps that will be performed later this year by a Chinese children’s choir. (Xinhua)
Manhunt underway in Colorado for deputy killing
A manhunt is underway for two suspects in the killing of a deputy sheriff in Denver, Colorado on Thursday.
A spokesperson from the Adams County Sherriff’s office said a third suspect was already in custody while two men remained at large.
The victim, 32-year-old Heath Gumm, was a five-year veteran with the sheriff’s department. (Reuters)
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