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China launches new Earth observation satellite
China on Sunday launched a new Earth observation satellite, Gaofen-7, which will play an important role in land surveying and mapping, urban, and rural construction and statistical investigation, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).
The Gaofen-7, launched on a Long March-4B rocket at 11:22 am from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern China's Shanxi Province, is China's first civil-use optical transmission three-dimensional surveying and mapping satellite that reaches the sub-meter level, CNSA said. (Xinhua)
El Salvador orders expulsion of all Venezuelan diplomats
El Salvador has ordered the expulsion of all Venezuelan diplomats from the Central American country, authorities announced Sunday.
El Salvador recognizes opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president until free elections were held in the country, the government said in a statement.
Venezuela’s diplomatic corps were given 48 hours to leave the country, the statement added. (Xinhua)
Large chemical plant explosion reported in Louisiana
A large chemical plant explosion was reported Sunday morning in US state of Louisiana.
The explosion happened at Dow's chemical plant in the small town of Plaquemine.
Dow officials said in a statement that no one was injured and there "does not appear to be any offsite impact other than the noise."
It's unclear what caused the blast or what chemicals might have been involved. (Xinhua)
At least 33 injured in Paris-London bus accident
At least 33 people were hurt in a bus accident in northern France's Somme on Sunday, including four people who were seriously injured.
Local police said the passengers aboard the Flixbus bus from Paris to London came from nine different countries.
13 of the injured were French, 11 were from the UK, three from the US, two from Spain, and one each from Australia, the Netherlands, Romania. and Russia.
They were taken to hospitals in the region. (AFP)
Indian PM's office directly monitors capital's air situation
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office is directly monitoring the air pollution in the Indian capital, said an official statement issued by the Prime Minister Office (PMO) on Sunday.
Air pollution touched alarming levels, even as according to the latest figures the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi was recorded at 999 at several places on Sunday. The acceptable AQI level is below 200.
About 300 teams have been deployed in the national capital to tackle the challenge of air pollution. (Xinhua)
Two desert destinations in Xinjiang listed as China's most beautiful deserts
The Kumutage Desert and Gurbantunggut Desert, two scenic areas in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, have been listed as the country's most beautiful deserts, xjdaily.com reported on Thursday.
According to the report, a national conference on forestry tourism promotion was held recently by the forestry authority in Nantong, Jiangsu Province. Among the 42 tourist destinations selected for nomination, nine were enlisted as the most beautiful deserts. (CGTN)
Box office of sci-fi films, TV series surges in China
China's sci-fi film industry surged to 17.2 billion yuan in output value in the first half of 2019, according to a report issued by the Shenzhen-based Southern University of Science and Technology and China Research Institute for Science Popularization on Sunday.
The report said sci-fi film industry in China raked in 20.9 billion yuan last year, including 3.37 billion yuan from domestic works.
China-made movies contributed 6.86 billion yuan to the total sci-fi box office in the first half of 2019, accounting for nearly 40 percent of the whole industry's output value. (Xinhua)
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What did the 7 dwarves do for a job?
Today’s quote is from Greek author Aesop (620 BC - 564 BC).
"Self-conceit may lead to self destruction."
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