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China's icebreaker Xuelong enters floating ice field in Southern Ocean
China's research icebreaker Xuelong has entered a floating ice area in the Southern Ocean on Sunday to avoid a cyclone.
Xuelong will sail out of the floating ice area and into the wide Southern Ocean under favorable weather conditions and is scheduled to reach the Zhongshan Station in Antarctica on Nov. 30.
Also known as the Snow Dragon, the icebreaker carrying a research team set sail from Shanghai on Nov. 2, beginning the country's 35th Antarctic expedition which will last 162 days and cover 37,000 nautical miles (68,500 km). (Xinhua)
Number of museums in China increases 14-fold over 40 years
The number of museums in China has increased by 14 times over the past four decades, according to Liu Yuzhu, head of the National Cultural Heritage Administration.
China has over 5,000 museums in total. Almost 90 percent of them are free to the public. Some 855 have been rated as top museums, Liu said on Friday at the opening ceremony of the 8th International Exposition of Museums and Relevant Products and Technologies in Fuzhou, Eastern China's Fujian Province.
In 2017, more than 20,000 exhibitions and 200,000 special education activities related to museums were held nationwide, with more than 970 million visitors, Liu said. (Global Times)
27 EU leaders approve Brexit deal with Britain: Tusk
The leaders of the 27 European Union members states on Sunday approved the terms of the historic Brexit deal with Britain, at a special summit in Brussels.
"EU27 has endorsed the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future EU-UK relations," EU Council President Donald Tusk announced on Twitter.
Britain will leave the EU on March 29.
The political declaration on future ties between Britain and the bloc covers issues including trade, security and the environment. (AFP)
Trump signals deal with Mexico on asylum seekers, incoming government denies
US President Donald Trump said Saturday that migrants seeking asylum in the US via the southern border would wait in Mexico while their claims move through legal procedures, but the incoming Mexican government denied the two sides had reached any deal.
In statement on Saturday, Mexico's incoming Interior Minister Olga Sanchez Cordero denied any type of agreements between the two sides.
"There is no agreement of any type between the future federal government of Mexico and that of the United States of America," the minister said.
Migrant caravans consisting of those who say they are fleeing persecution, poverty and violence in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, made their way through Central America toward the US border beginning in October.
Many of them are seeking to claim asylum in the US. (Xinhua)
New coins, notes mark 70th anniversary of RMB
China's central bank on Friday started issuing a set of commemorative coins and notes to mark the 70th anniversary of the issuance of the Renminbi (RMB).
The set comprises of one gold and two silver coins, along with a new RMB note, according to the People's Bank of China.
The gold coin, weighing 5 grams and valued at 80 yuan (11.5USD), features China's national emblem on one side, while the other side includes designs such as the original site of the People's Bank of China.
Along with the coins, a commemorative note valued at 50 yuan will be issued starting December 28. (China Plus)
Over 170 hurt in magnitude 6.3 earthquake in Western Iran
The temblor hit near Sarpol-e Zahab in Iran’s Kermanshah Province, which was the epicenter of an earthquake last year that killed over 600 people and where some still remain homeless.
According to Iranian state television, 171 people were injured, most of them slightly. Kermanshah provincial Governor Houshang Bazvand said there were injuries, but only a few people had been hospitalized.
Authorities said six rescue teams were immediately deployed after the quake stopped and the country’s army and its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard were responding. (AP)
Lamb twins from 20-yr-old frozen embryos debut in China
A pair of twin lambs born from embryos frozen 20 years ago made their debut at an ongoing agriculture fair in Hangzhou, capital of East China's Zhejiang Province.
The baby twins were born in September from two of the 120 local sheep embryos scientists had collected. The embryos had been kept in -196 degree Celsius liquid nitrogen at a national gene bank for livestock since 1988.
Local scientists put the embryos into the womb of a female sheep in April, expecting to breed the local variety that has seen the quality drop due to increased hybridization in recent years. (Xinhua)
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