CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (1/9/2019 Wed.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (1/9/2019 Wed.)

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05:49, January 09, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors. 

Xi honors two academicians with China's top science award

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President Xi Jinping presented China's top science award to Liu Yongtan and Qian Qihu on Tuesday for their outstanding contributions to scientific and technological innovation.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, granted award medals and certificates to them at an annual ceremony held in Beijing to honor distinguished scientists, engineers, and research achievements.

Liu Yongtan, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), is from the Harbin Institute of Technology, and Qian Qihu, a CAE academician, is from the Army Engineering University of the People's Liberation Army.

Tuesday's ceremony honored 278 projects, with 38 winning the State Natural Science Award, 67 the State Technological Invention Award, and 173 the State Scientific and Technological Progress Award.

Five foreign experts won the International Science and Technology Cooperation Award. (Xinhua) 

Investigation team established for missing files in contract dispute case

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Chinese authorities have set up an investigation team for issues including missing documents in a high-profile contract dispute case.

Led by the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, the investigation team was joined by the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervisory Commission, the Supreme People's Procuratorate and the Ministry of Public Security.

The case, which went through its second trial at the top court, involves contract disputes between two mining companies in northwest China's Shaanxi Province.

The facts will be made public after the investigation, the team said. (Xinhua) 

Trump, Democrats taking border wall fight to prime-time TV

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US President Trump is delivering his first Oval Office address Tuesday night, and then visiting the southern border on Thursday, as he tries to put pressure on resistant Democrats. His administration is also discussing the idea of declaring a national emergency to allow him to move forward with the wall without Congress approving the more than $5 billion he wants.

Trump and other administration officials have said the situation at the border has reached a crisis point, both on security and humanitarian grounds. (AP) 

Turkey: 28 on trial over Russian ambassador's slaying

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The trial of 28 people accused of roles in the assassination of Russia's ambassador to Turkey opened Tuesday in Ankara.

An off-duty police officer, Mevlut Mert Altintas, fatally shot Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov at a photo exhibition in the Turkish capital on Dec. 19, 2016. Other officers later shot and killed the gunman at the scene.

Turkish prosecutors concluded that a network led by Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind Karlov's slaying and the attack was meant to derail warming ties between Turkey and Russia.

Prosecutors are seeking life prison sentences for those convicted. (AP) 

Russian lawyer who met Trump Jr. charged in unrelated case

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A Russian lawyer who became a focal point of the investigation into whether there was collusion between Russians and President Donald Trump's election campaign was charged with obstruction of justice Tuesday in an unrelated case in New York.

Natalya Veselnitskaya was accused in an indictment of submitting deceptive declarations to a judge in a civil proceeding involving a Russian tax refund fraud scheme.

Veselnitskaya attended a 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner that was described as part of a Russian government effort to help his father's campaign.

Trump Jr. and Kushner have acknowledged attending the meeting but have said it amounted to nothing. (AP) 

Egypt to host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

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Egypt will host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations between June 15 and July 13, Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad announced Tuesday.  

The CAF executive committee preferred Egypt to South Africa as replacements for original hosts Cameroon, who were dropped due to delays in preparations and concerns over security. (AFP) 

Painting looted by Nazis returned to Jewish heirs in Germany

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Officials have returned a painting looted by the Nazis to the heirs of a Jewish French politician and resistance figure who was executed during World War II.

"Portrait of a Seated Young Woman" by Thomas Couture, which belonged to Georges Mandel, was discovered in late collector Cornelius Gurlitt's art trove while German authorities were investigating a tax case in 2012.

The collector inherited much of a 1,500-piece collection from his father, an art dealer who traded in works confiscated by the Nazis.

Culture Minister Monika Gruetters pledged at Tuesday's handover to Mandel's relatives to do everything possible to return stolen art to its rightful owners. (AP) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Who wrote “The Pit and the Pendulum”?

(Answer: "The Pit and the Pendulum" is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in 1842.)

Today's quote is from Chinese philosopher Xun Kuang (310 BC - 237 BC).

"Human nature is what Heaven supplies."

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


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