CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (10/22/2019 Tue.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (10/22/2019 Tue.)

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04:53, October 22, 2019



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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China to embrace 600 mln 5G subscribers by 2025: expert

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China will have over 600 million 5G subscribers by 2025, accounting for nearly 40 percent of the global total, said Sihan Bo Chen, head of GSMA Greater China, on Monday.

The global 5G subscriber forecast has increased to 1.6 billion by 2025 from 1.4 billion, and much of this growth will come from China based on operators' rolled-out plans, Chen said, citing a forecast by GSMA, an international association in the mobile industry. (Xinhua)

China to strengthen protection of minors in cyberspace


China's top legislature on Monday started reviewing a draft revision to the Law on the Protection of Minors, which highlights new stipulations on cyberspace protection.

The draft revision is among bills submitted Monday to the bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress for review.

The stipulations cover issues such as the management of cyberspace, the protection of personal information and anti-addiction measures in a bid to give well-rounded protection to minors both online and offline. (Xinhua)

British Commons speaker rejects gov't bid for Brexit deal vote

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The speaker of the British House of Commons, John Bercow, on Monday rejected a government bid for a meaningful vote on the London-Brussels Brexit agreement.

"The motion will not be debated today as it would be repetitive and disorderly to do so," Bercow announced in the parliament chamber.

The ruling dealt another blow to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who insisted on his plan to take his country out of the European Union on October 31 with or without a deal. (Xinhua)

US may keep some troops in Syria to guard oil fields

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The US may leave some forces in Syria to secure oil fields and make sure they don’t fall into the hands of a resurgent Islamic State, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Monday, even though US President Donald Trump has insisted he is pulling troops out of the country and getting out of “endless wars.” 

The pentagon chief said the plan was still in the discussion phase and had not yet been presented to Trump. 

“There has been no decision with regard to numbers or anything like that,” Esper said. (AP)

Former SS camp guard tells court he's 'haunted' by killings


A 93-year-old German former Stutthof guard on trial in Hamburg on thousands of counts of accessory to murder testified Monday he regrets having served in the Nazi concentration camp.

Bruno Dey, a former SS private, told the court that “the images of misery and horror have haunted me my entire life,” the German DPA news agency reported.

Though there’s no evidence Dey was involved in a specific killing at the camp near Danzig, today the Polish city of Gdansk, prosecutors argue that as a guard he helped the camp function.

He faces a possible six months to 10 years in prison if convicted. (AP)

Fire hits World Heritage site in Italian city of Turin

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Firefighters say a fire has burned about one-fourth of the roof of Turin’s Cavallerizza Reale, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the center of the northern Italian city. 

Firefighters rushed to the scene early Monday and managed to put out the flames. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still unknown. (AP)

Zimbabwe says 55 elephants have starved to death in 2 months


At least 55 elephants have starved to death in the past two months in Zimbabwe’s biggest national park as a serious drought forces animals to stray into nearby communities in search of food and water, authorities said on Monday.

This is the worst drought in years in the southern African nation, said National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo.

As animals stray from Zimbabwe’s wildlife parks, they destroy crops and sometimes kill people, Farawo said, adding that more than 20 people have been killed this year alone. (AP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

A phlebotomist extracts what from the human body? 

(Answer: Blood.)

Today’s quote is from German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). 

"A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation."

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

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