CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (10/24/2019 Thu.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (10/24/2019 Thu.)

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05:19, October 24, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China issues guideline for enhancing ethnic unity

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The General Offices of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council have published a guideline for enhancing ethnic unity.

The document stressed efforts to improve governance of ethnic affairs, guarantee the legal rights and interests of citizens of different ethnic groups and resolutely crack down on criminal acts sabotaging ethnic unity and causing ethnic separation.

Work on ethnic unity should expand its focus to grassroots-level units, including communities, rural areas, schools, enterprises and military companies, said the document. (Xinhua)

Trump says US sanctions on Turkey to be removed

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US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Turkey had informed the United States that the cease-fire in Syria would be "permanent," and he ordered US sanctions on Turkey over its offensive in northern Syria to be lifted.

Earlier this month, the Trump administration imposed a series of sanctions on Turkey over its military operations in Syria, including sanctions against several Turkish government departments and their heads, extra tariffs on steel imports from the country, and the end of negotiations on US-Turkey trade deal. (Xinhua)

EU lawmaker backs 3-month Brexit extension

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The European Parliament’s chief Brexit official says that a three-month flexible extension of the deadline beyond Oct. 31 is the only option.

Guy Verhofstadt, a member of European Parliament, said after a meeting of EU expert legislators that MEPs would need the necessary time to check the details of the EU-UK withdrawal agreement that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reached with EU leaders last week.

Johnson is insisting he doesn’t want to delay Britain’s exit from the European Union beyond Oct. 31, though he appears to accept that it is going to happen. (AP)

US Senate approves North Macedonia to NATO

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The US Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved North Macedonia's accession to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).

Senators voted 91 to 2 to ratify North Macedonia as the alliance's 30th member state. 

The former Yugoslav republic has long sought NATO membership, but Greece blocked its effort over the constitutional name of the Republic of Macedonia, fearing that the name indicates territorial ambitions over the northern Greek province of Macedonia.

Macedonia and Greece resolved the name dispute by signing the UN-brokered Prespa Agreement in June 2018, paving the way for the latter's NATO membership. (Xinhua)

SpaceX's internet satellite to provide broadband service in mid-2020

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The US private space company SpaceX said that its Starlink constellation was expected to start offering broadband service in the United States in the middle of 2020.

SpaceX designed Starlink to connect endusers with low-latency and high-bandwidth broadband services by providing continual coverage around the world using a network of thousands of satellites in low Earth orbit.

It launched its first batch of 60 Starlink satellites into space in May. It was only a small part of the constellation which is expected to grow to about 12,000 satellites by 2024. (Xinhua)

KFC launches cultural relics-themed restaurant in central China

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International fast-food chain KFC on Tuesday launched a "Nvshu" themed restaurant in China to preserve this rare Chinese syllabic script used exclusively among women in certain areas.

The ancient Nvshu (women's writing) characters, poems written in this calligraphy and related books adorned the outlet in the city of Yongzhou, central China's Hunan Province.

Nvshu made a worldwide stir on its first discovery in the 1980s. Normally painted on paper or embroidered into cloth, the intricate Nvshu characters, with a unique writing style, were supposed to illustrate female postures. (Xinhua)

FDA wants stronger warning on breast implants about risks

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US health officials want women getting breast implants to receive stronger warnings and more details about the possible risks and complications.

The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that patients should complete a checklist to make sure they understand all the possible side effects of the implants, such as scarring, pain, rupture and even a rare form of cancer. 

The agency also wants companies to explain that breast implants often require repeat surgeries and they should not be considered lifelong devices. About 1 in 5 women who get implants for cosmetic reasons need to have them removed within 8 to 10 years, according to the FDA. (AP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Which vitamin is also known as pantothenic acid? 

(Answer: B5.)

Today’s quote is from Roman poet Juvenal (60 - 130). 

"Many individuals have, like uncut diamonds, shining qualities beneath a rough exterior."

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



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