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Xi sends congratulatory letter to Zhongguancun Forum
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday sent a congratulatory letter to the 2019 Zhongguancun Forum (ZGC Forum) held in Beijing.
Xi said in the letter that with the accelerating new round of sci-tech revolution and industrial transformation, innovation, development and cooperation with win-win results have become an inevitable trend.
He hoped the participants of the forum would carry out in-depth discussions and exchanges to enhance mutual understanding and boost cooperation, so that science and technology innovation can better serve the aspiration of the people all over the world for a better life.
He also expected the forum to make positive contributions to the world's science and technology development. (Xinhua)
China beat S. Korea 3-0 in women's football opener at Military World Games
Yang Li and Zhang Rui combined for three goals as the Chinese team clinched victory in their opening match at the Wuhan Military World Games, beating South Korea 3-0 on Thursday.
In the other Group A match, Germany edged the US 1-0. In Group B, the DPRK defeated Brazil 3-0. (Xinhua)
UK, EU strike Brexit deal, urge MPs to back it
Britain and the European Union reached a new divorce deal Thursday that could allow Brexit on October 31.
The deal was sealed just hours before an EU leaders’ summit that is expected to endorse the text, but it must pass the British Parliament on Saturday.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he had secured a "great new deal that takes back control.”
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said it was a "fair and balanced agreement" -- and both men urged MPs to support it to avoid further delays. (China Plus)
US, Turkey agree to cease-fire in northern Syria
The US and Turkey have agreed on a cease-fire in northern Syria, US Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday in the Turkish capital Ankara.
The truce will last five days for the Kurdish militia to retreat and the US will lift its sanctions against Ankara once the cease-fire is in place, Pence said at a press conference following a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkey launched the cross-border military operation against the Kurdish militia in northern Syria on October 9, with a view to securing its border and facilitating the return of Syrian refugees sheltered on Turkish land. (Xinhua)
35 foreigners dead in Saudi bus crash: state media
35 foreigners were killed, and four others injured when a bus collided with a heavy vehicle near the city of Medina, Saudi state media said on Thursday.
Those involved were Arabic and Asian pilgrims, according to local media, who carried pictures of the bus engulfed in flames and with its windows blown out.
The injured have been transferred to Al-Hamna Hospital, state media added, and authorities have launched an investigation. (AFP)
Japan to take part in US program to send astronauts to Moon
Japan has decided to take part in a US-led program to send astronauts to the moon by 2024, the space policy committee in the US Cabinet Office said Thursday.
For the Artemis lunar exploration program, Japan will provide technical assistance to the US side in the construction of an orbital base for the astronauts.
Along with the US, Canada has already announced its participation and Europe is also likely to join. (Xinhua)
Chinese photographer voted Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Chinese photographer Bao Yongqing on Tuesday was awarded Wildlife Photographer of the Year by London's Natural History Museum for his picture, "The Moment" – a rare moment of a Tibetan fox attacking a startled marmot.
The award, in its 55th year, recognizes 19 wildlife photo categories including behavior, photojournalism, and portraiture. (China Plus)
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