CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (10/7/2019 Mon.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (10/7/2019 Mon.)

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04:46, October 07, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app. 

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Xi, Kim exchange congratulations on 70 years of diplomatic ties

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), on Sunday exchanged congratulations on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the two countries' diplomatic ties.

In his congratulatory message, Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, said that the DPRK is among the first countries to establish diplomatic ties with China. Over the past 70 years, under the care and joint efforts of successive leaders of the two parties and two countries, the traditional friendship between China and the DPRK has stood the test of time and changes in the international landscape, grown stronger with the lapse of time, and taken roots in the hearts of the two peoples.

In his message, Kim said that over the past 70 years, the two parties and two peoples have joined hands in weal and woe and weathered all tempests in the course of defending and promoting the cause of socialism and have written a history of great friendship. (Xinhua)

DPRK-US working-level talks in Stockholm break down without agreement

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The latest working-level talks in Stockholm on Saturday between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the US broke down with no agreement.

"The negotiations did not live up to our expectations and were canceled. I am very disappointed," DPRK's chief negotiator Kim Myong Gil told the South Korean news agency Yonhap after the talks.

Hours after Kim's remarks, the US State Department said officials from the two sides had "good discussions with its DPRK counterparts" and has accepted an invitation from Sweden to "return to Stockholm to meet again with its DPRK counterparts in two weeks’ time to continue discussions on all of the topics. (Xinhua)

Ukraine whistleblower's legal team to represent second whistleblower

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The legal team representing a whistleblower who filed a complaint in August alleging US President Donald Trump's inappropriate interactions with Ukraine confirmed on Sunday they are representing a second whistleblower in connection to the complaint.

Mark Zaid, one of the lawyers with the legal team, retweeted a tweet from ABC News' John Santucci saying the second whistleblower was described as an intelligence official who had been interviewed by Inspector General of the Intelligence Community Michael Atkinson. (Xinhua)

Israeli minister seeks 'non-aggression' pacts with Arab nations

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Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said Sunday he was seeking "non-aggression" agreements with Gulf Arab nations.

Details of the proposal were not made public, but it was the latest sign of Israel's push to improve ties with Gulf Arab nations with whom it has no formal diplomatic relations.

Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory has long served as a major factor preventing peace deals with Arab countries, but common concerns over Iran are widely seen as having brought them closer in recent years. (AFP)

Five people murdered in Austria's Alpine ski resort: police

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A 25-year-old man shot five people dead Sunday morning in Kitzbuhel, a small Alpine town east of Innsbruck, in Austria, before he turned himself in to police, local authorities said.

According to the authorities, the victims were his 19-year-old ex-girlfriend, her new boyfriend, her brother and their parents. The crime scene was a family house.

The police also said that before the shooting, the suspect was involved in a dispute with his ex-girlfriend and her family. (Xinhua)

Baby turtle found with 104 pieces of plastic in its belly

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A baby turtle that was washed ashore in Boca Raton, Florida was sent to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.

It died shortly afterward and was found with 104 pieces of plastic in its stomach.

Employees at the center said plastics stuck on seaweed look like food to baby turtles. The turtles feel full after feeding on plastics and stop eating. (China Plus)

'My People, My Country' scores 2 bln yuan at Chinese mainland box office

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"My People, My Country" passed the 2-billion-yuan mark at the Chinese mainland box office on Sunday after seven days at the box office.

Featuring seven short stories and seven directors led by Chen Kaige, the film is a major production celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC).

Box office revenue is expected to reach 3 billion yuan on the mainland, according to Chinese film database Maoyan. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Where is Elvis Presley's birthplace?

(Answer: Tupelo, Mississippi, United States.) 

Today’s quote is from British statesman Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881). 

"Diligence is the mother of good fortune."

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

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