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China to send 2,500 medical workers to Wuhan
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Monday said the government will send 2,500 extra medical personnel including nurses within the next two days to Wuhan to help the city battle the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Li, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and head of a leading group of the CPC Central Committee on the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus outbreak, made the remarks during an inspection tour in Wuhan, capital of Central China's Hubei Province.
The premier said 20,000 pairs of protective goggles would arrive in the city by Monday afternoon.
Relevant departments will take multiple measures to ensure the supply of protective gowns, he added. (Xinhua)
China cancels IELTS, TOEFL, GRE tests in February
China's Ministry of Education announced Monday that English proficiency exams Chinese students take so they can apply to foreign universities will be cancelled during February in light of the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak.
The exams include the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), according to the ministry. (Xinhua)
World pays tribute to Lakers legend Kobe Bryant
The global basketball fraternity has made glowing tributes to five-time NBA champion and Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant who was killed in a helicopter crash on a hillside in Calabasas, California on Sunday. He was 41. His second daughter, 13-year-old Gianna, was among the nine people who died in the crash.
The entire NBA reacted to the tragic news. Teams that played on Sunday committed eight- and 24-second violations intentionally to pay their respects to Bryant who had his No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys retired by the Lakers.
"My heart is broken for Kobe and his family. I'll never forget the battles but what I really admired was the father he was to his girls. Rest in Peace old friend with your angel Gianna," wrote two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash.
"We both suffered a fractured finger. I rested for a month and a half, and you did not rest for a single day. Since then I learned from you what persistence meant," said Yi Jianlian, the all-time leading scorer of the Chinese Basketball Association and former NBA player. (CGTN)
Taliban say mystery crash in Afghanistan was US aircraft
A US military aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, the US military said, adding that there were no indications that it had been brought down by enemy fire.
The spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan, Col. Sonny Leggett, said the military plane, a Bombardier E-11A, crashed in the Ghazni Province and an investigation was underway.
The Bombardier E-11A is a US Air Force electronic surveillance plane. The crash site was about 10 kilometers from a US military base. (AP)
Billie Eilish sweeps all four top awards at Grammys 2020
Pop singer Billie Eilish became the second person in history to sweep all four top awards at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, during a ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the US, on Sunday.
She won a total of five out of six nominations, winning both Record and Song of the Year for "Bad Guy," which made her the first artist born in the 2000s to top the Billboard Hot 100.
Her debut "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" earned the Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. Honored Best New Artist, the 18-year-old is the youngest artist to win Album of the Year. (CGTN)
80 reptiles caught in Miami Super Bowl Burmese python hunt
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in the US announced Saturday that 80 pythons were caught during Miami’s 10-day Super Bowl hunt.
Pro grand prize winner Mike Kimmel won an ATV for capturing eight pythons and rookie grand prize winner Kristian Hernandez removed six pythons and also won an ATV.
The pythons, which can grow to 6.10 meters, may exceed 100,000. The big serpents have been devouring native mammal and bird populations. (AP)
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