CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (1/29/2020 Wed.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (1/29/2020 Wed.)

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06:45, January 29, 2020

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app. 

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China allocates 4.4 bln yuan for coronavirus control

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The Ministry of Finance (MOF) on Monday allocated 4.4 billion yuan to support the battle across the country against the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

It included an additional 500-million-yuan fund for central China's Hubei Province, which was hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, the ministry said Tuesday on its website.

The MOF allocated 1 billion yuan to Hubei on Thursday to support the coronavirus prevention and control work in the province. (Xinhua)

UK approves Huawei for helping build the country's 5G network

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced after a meeting with the National Security Council that the UK has decided to let Chinese technology giant Huawei have a “limited” role in constructing the country’s 5G network.

According to The Guardian, Huawei is still designated a “high-risk vendor” but will be given the opportunity to build non-core elements of Britain’s 5G network. Huawei will be banned from operating at sensitive sites such as nuclear and military facilities, and its share of the market will be capped at 35 percent. (People's Daily app)

Trump unveils his Middle East peace plan amid Palestinian protests

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US President Donald Trump unveiled his Middle East peace plan Tuesday at the White House alongside Israeli Prime Minister Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Trump called for the establishment of a Palestinian State and a freeze on Israeli settlement operations.

But no one from the Palestinian side was invited to the event and Palestine expressed strong opposition to Trump's plan, which Trump has referred to as the "Deal of the Century."

Trump proposed a Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem. However, Palestinians need to meet many conditions, such as abandoning terrorism, carrying out political reforms, and enacting human rights and anti-corruption laws, etc. (People's Daily app)

US military recovers two bodies from crashed warplane in Afghanistan

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American forces reached the wreckage of a US Air Force jet in Afghanistan Tuesday to recover the bodies of two crewmen, according to a report by CBS News.

According to the Associated Press, the bodies of two US service members have been recovered and that they “were the only two people aboard the Air Force E-11A electronic surveillance aircraft when it went down.”

It remained unclear what brought the high-tech aircraft down in Taliban territory the previous day. (People's Daily app)

Airbus strikes anti-corruption deals with France, UK, US

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European aerospace giant Airbus said on Tuesday it had reached an "agreement in principle" with French, British and US authorities over corruption investigations. 

Airbus has been the subject of corruption probes in all three countries in recent years and said it put out the statement in response to press reports.

The Financial Times reported Monday that Airbus could have to pay more than 3 billion euros to settle the corruption probes. (AFP)

Lakers' next game postponed after Kobe Bryant's death

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The NBA has postponed the Los Angeles Lakers' next game against the Clippers on Tuesday night after the deaths of retired superstar Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash.

The league announced the decision in a statement Monday, saying it "was made out of respect for the Lakers organization."

The NBA said the game between the Los Angeles rivals will be scheduled later. (CGTN)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What do all marsupials have in common?

(Answer: They all have a pouch.)

Today’s quote is from Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941).   

"Age considers; youth ventures."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Brian Lowe, and Elaine Yue Lin. Music by Eugene Loner.)


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