CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (10/28/2019 Mon.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (10/28/2019 Mon.)

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05:11, October 28, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app. 

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China, first to grab 100 plus golds as Military World Games end

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Bahrain defeated Qatar 3-1 to win their first ever men's soccer title in a match, which closed all the competitions at the 7th CISM Military World Games on Sunday in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei province.

China, as the host, had a commanding lead on the medal standings with a total of 239 medals, including 133 golds, 64 silvers and 42 bronzes, from record-setting 329 events across 27 sports, becoming the first country to clinch over 100 golds in a single edition.

Russia had 161 medals overall to claim second, and Brazil finishing third with 88 medals. (Xinhua) 

Three held over UK truck deaths released on bail 

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Three suspects arrested in Britain for the deaths of 39 people found in a refrigerated truck have been released on bail, police said Sunday.

They are a man and a woman, both 38, from Warrington in Northwest England, and a 46-year-old Northern Irish man who had been held at London's Stansted Airport. 

They were arrested two days after the bodies of eight women and 31 men were discovered Wednesday in a truck in an industrial zone in Grays in Essex, Southeast England.

The 25-year-old truck driver, who faces charges of conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and money laundering, will appear in court on Monday. (Xinhua)

Trump says IS leader killed in US military operation in Syria

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US President Donald Trump said on Sunday the Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in a US military operation in Syria.

Speaking from the White House, Trump said US Special Operations Forces conducted a raid Saturday night targeting al-Baghdadi in Northwest Syria, during which al-Baghdadi killed himself by igniting a suicide vest.

No US personnel were killed in the operation, Trump said.

Al-Baghdadi, 48, whose real name was Ibrahim Awad al-Badri, announced the establishment of a caliphate, or the so-called Islamic State, in June 2014. (AFP)

US military's X-37B space plane lands after 780-day secret in-orbit mission

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The US Air Force's mysterious X-37B space plane returned to Earth on Sunday after completing its fifth space mission that lasted more than two years.

X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully landed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility at 3:51 am, wrapping up 780 days of in-orbit experiments. 

However, the purpose of the mission was not made clear. (Xinhua)

China establishes research center for Dunhuang studies

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The Dunhuang Academy China and Peking University have signed an agreement to establish a research center for Dunhuang studies, aiming to nurture more high-level research talent in the area.

With a focus on the documents of Dunhuang and grottoes art, Dunhuang studies is an emerging interdisciplinary subject that covers areas such as history, geography, archeology, and art.

The Mogao Grottoes are home to a priceless collection of Buddhist artwork -- more than 2,000 colored sculptures and 45,000 square meters of murals -- in 735 caves carved along a cliff by ancient worshippers. (CGTN)

Masterpiece found in French woman’s kitchen sells for $26.6 mln

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An old painting found in the kitchen of an elderly French woman, who considered it an icon of little importance, has made her a multimillionaire.

The work, a masterpiece attributed to the 13th-century Italian painter Cimabue that was discovered earlier this year, sold for $26.6 million in Dominique Le Coent of Acteon Auction House to an anonymous buyer on Sunday.

An auctioneer spotted the painting in June while inspecting a woman’s house in Compiegne in northern France and suggested she bring it to experts for an evaluation. It hung on a wall between the kitchen and dining room. (AP)

No American players at WTA Finals for 1st time in 49 years

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Serena Williams missed out on a place in the draw by finishing No. 9, one spot out of the eight-player field in this year’s Race to Shenzhen.

For the first time in the 49-year history of the WTA Finals no American player has qualified in either singles or doubles for the year-end tournament.

Although there were four editions of the event that featured singles draws without Americans, the doubles in those years — 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2015 — featured at least one. (AP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What is Triskadekaphobia?

(Answer: Fear of the number 13.)

Today’s quote is from Greek philosopher Epictetus (50 - 138). 

"If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, and Paris Yelu Xu. Music by Eugene Loner.)

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