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China to introduce more measures to win battle against poverty
Chinese authorities Thursday called for continuous efforts for poverty relief and planned to adopt more measures to win the battle against poverty by 2020.
China will increase support for areas in deep poverty by adding poverty alleviation funds and projects in these areas, according to the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development.
The country will also promote poverty relief through consumption, create effective platforms and offer incentives for social participation. (Xinhua)
Guangdong to have over 30,000 5G base stations by year end
South China's Guangdong Province is expected to have roughly 34,800 5G base stations by the end of 2019, local authorities said.
Guangdong has been accelerating the construction of new infrastructures. By the end of September, the province had built 21,473 5G base stations, ranking top nationwide, according to the provincial department of industry and information technology.
For the next step, Guangdong will promote 5G network coverage, speed up free sharing of resources in public places and cultivate more 5G-related enterprises. (Xinhua)
Bodies found in UK truck confirmed as Chinese nationals
Thirty-nine bodies found dead in a truck in Essex, London were confirmed to be Chinese nationals by UK police on Wednesday.
Police said the victims included 31 men and 8 women, and one of the victims was a teenager. The truck driver was arrested for suspected murder.
It was reported the truck entered the UK from Belgium, but Belgian investigators said it was not yet clear when the victims were placed in the container and whether that happened in Belgium.
Although the police have yet to confirm this, it is possible that the victims were illegal immigrants who hid in the refrigerator unit and were frozen to death in temperatures as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius.
The Chinese Embassy in the UK said it is cooperating with local police to confirm the identities of the victims as soon as possible. (People's Daily)
Syria says Turkish-led forces attacked its troops
Turkish forces and their allies attacked Syrian government troops in northeastern Syria on Thursday, killing some of them, and they also clashed with Kurdish-led fighters, the state news agency in Damascus and a war monitoring group said.
The fighting underscored the risks of violence as multiple and often opposing armed forces jostle for new positions in the tight quarters of the northeastern border zone.
Most worrisome has been the prospect of a collision between forces of the Syrian government’ and those backed by Turkey, which include Syrian rebel fighters and Islamic extremists opposed to President Bashar Assad. (AP)
Russia to launch its first crewless ship in 2020
The St. Petersburg-based Sredne-Nevskiy Shipyard will float out the country's first ship with crewless navigation technology in 2020, TASS news agency reported on Thursday.
TASS said the research vessel "Pioneer-M" was designed by experts from the Sevastopol State University and would operate all year round in the Black and Azov Seas.
The length of crewless ship would be 25.7 meters with a width of 9 meters. It would be able to run at a speed of 10 knots. (Xinhua)
Tesla Shanghai factory begins trial production ahead of schedule
Tesla's gigafactory in Shanghai, which took less than 10 months to build, has started trial production ahead of schedule, the automaker said in its third-quarter earnings report.
Tesla said the Shanghai gigafactory is already producing complete vehicles on a trial basis ahead of schedule, from body and paint, to general assembly.
The factory was about 65 percent cheaper to build than the Model 3 production facility in the US. (Xinhua)
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