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China unveils first national college teaching standards
On Tuesday, China's Ministry of Education released its first National Standards on Teaching Quality in Colleges and Universities, as part of China's efforts to meet the global trend of improving the quality of talent.
The standards cover 587 majors and over 56,000 colleges and universities.
The ministry said that through such standards, China hopes to raise its universities to world-class levels. (People's Daily app)
Bike deposit refunds rank first on customer complaint list
The China Consumers Association announced that deposit refunds for shared bikes has topped the list of customer complaints for 2017.
The report found that repeated failure to return deposit funds has sparked general discontent for a service that continues to struggle.
The second most common complaints came from online shopping issues. (China Plus)
EU warns ‘toxic bloc’ to curb pollution
On Tuesday, European Union officials warned France, Germany, Britain along with six other member-states they had one week to meet the Bloc's air quality standards or face legal action.
Brussels said it was running out of patience with states -- including the EU's three biggest economies which had failed to improve air quality despite years of warnings. (AFP)
Volkswagen suspends chief lobbyist over emission tests on monkeys
Germany's scandal-hit auto giant Volkswagen on Tuesday suspended its chief lobbyist Thomas Steg as outrage mounted over monkey and human experiments to study the effects of diesel exhaust fumes.
CEO Matthias Mueller issued a statement, saying that VW had "taken first consequences" from the 2014 tests.
Germany Chancellor strongly condemned the actions, which follows VW's admission in 2015 it had manipulated 11 million diesel cars worldwide. (AFP)
Kenyan opposition party ‘swears in’ leader
The National Super Alliance, Kenya’s leading opposition party, swore in its own president on Tuesday.
Raila Odinga was acknowledged as the "People's President" amid jubilation from thousands of supporters in the capital city of Nairobi. Odinga assured his supporters that the struggle for greater democratic space, liberty, and freedom had just begun. (Xinhua)
Fitness app location sharing sparks Pentagon concern
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has ordered a review of security protocols after it was revealed that fitness tracking devices had broadcast movement patterns at military facilities and war zones all over the world.
A student at the Australian National University in Canberra, drew attention to data when he wrote on Twitter about the images after stumbling upon GPS tracking company Strava's Global Heatmap. (Reuters)
Trump to laud economy and tax reform during national address
US President Donald Trump, facing alleged campaign ties with Russia, and struggling with immigration reform, will take credit for the country’s economic growth during his nationally televised State of the Union address Tuesday night at Capitol Hill.
Washington aides said the Republican president would point out the benefits of the GOP tax overhaul bill approved by Congress last month, marking his first major legislative victory. (Reuters)
UK's Boris Johnson related to Swiss mummy
Researchers announced the corpse found in 1975 under a churchyard in Basel was an 18th-century Swiss woman and distant relative of British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
The body survived in a mummified state because she had died of mercury poisoning which helped preserve her corpse. When she was first discovered, there was no gravestone or plaque to indicate her identity. (CGTN)
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