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China launches HD observation satellite
China sent its observation satellite into space from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province Saturday.
The satellite, Gaofen-10, was launched aboard a Long March-4C rocket and entered the planned orbit successfully. It was the 314th flight mission of the Long March carrier rocket series.
Gaofen-10 will be used in land surveying, urban planning, road network design and crop yield estimates, as well as disaster relief. It can also serve key national strategies such as the Belt and Road Initiative. (Xinhua)
China to build 127 key special railway lines by 2020
China will plan and construct 127 key special railway lines by 2020, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
These special lines, with a total length of 1,586 km, are expected to reduce the number of short shuttle trips, boost traffic efficiency and improve economic and social benefits, the NDRC said. (Xinhua)
Paris police attacker had 'radical vision of Islam'
A staffer at Paris police headquarters who stabbed four colleagues to death and was shot dead seems to have adhered to "a radical vision of Islam," anti-terror prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said Saturday.
Mickael Harpon, a 45-year-old computer expert, had been in contact with members of the "Salafist Islamist movement," Ricard told reporters.
Sources said Harpon had worked in a section of the police service dedicated to collecting information on jihadist radicalization. (AFP)
4 homeless men beaten to death with pipe in New York City
A homeless man wielding a long metal pipe rampaged through New York City early Saturday attacking other homeless people who were sleeping, killing four and leaving a fifth with serious injuries, police said.
A 24-year-old suspect was in custody but has yet to be charged.
“The motive appears to be, right now, just random attacks,” Chief of Manhattan South Detectives Michael Baldassano said at a Saturday news conference, adding there was no evidence yet that the victims were “targeted by race, age, anything of that nature.” (AP)
Six wild elephants drown after slipping off waterfall in Thailand
Six wild elephants drowned after slipping off a waterfall in northeast Thailand, authorities said Saturday, with two others saved after they became stranded while apparently trying to rescue one of those that fell into the current.
Officials in the northeastern Khao Yai national park were alerted to elephants "crying" for help at 3am, the Thai Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation said in a statement.
Parks department spokesperson Sompoch Maneerat said it was unclear what caused the accident. (AFP)
Great Wall to recall 62,655 vehicles
China's SUV and pickup manufacturer Great Wall Motor Co. will recall 62,655 vehicles due to defective exterior rear-view mirrors, according to the country's top market regulator.
The recall, set to begin on Dec. 15, will involve HAVAL H2s models made between Nov. 4, 2016 and Oct. 11, 2017, said an online statement from the State Administration for Market Regulation.
Due to a defective coating, exterior rear-view mirrors of the affected vehicles may detach from the mirror housings in extreme cases, posing safety risks. (Xinhua)
International balloon fiesta grounded by fog
The annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta kicked off Saturday but balloons were mostly tethered to the ground because of fog.
The fiesta draws pilots from around the world and from 41 US states. Mass ascension was cancelled Saturday morning over the weather.
The fiesta is one of the most photographed events in the world, but drones are strictly prohibited. (AP)
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And now for the Question of the Day:
Which singer joined Mel Gibson in the movie Mad Max: Beyond The Thunderdome?
(Answer: Tina Turner.)
Today’s quote is from German poet Novalis (1772-1801).
"Knowledge is only one half. Faith is the other."
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