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Xi hosts banquet for guests attending int'l import expo
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan hosted a banquet Monday evening in Shanghai to welcome distinguished guests from around the world, who are here to attend the second China International Import Expo (CIIE).
Xi and Peng had photos with foreign leaders and their spouses, including French President Emmanuel Macron, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic.
By holding the CIIE and proactively expanding imports, China is taking the initiative to pursue a new round of high-level opening up, deepen international cooperation in advancing the Belt and Road Initiative and jointly foster an open global economy, Xi noted.
He expressed his hope that various countries can enhance cooperation and promote the development of the world economy. (Xinhua)
China's lunar rover travels over 300 meters on moon's far side
China's lunar rover Yutu-2 has driven 318.62 meters on the far side of the moon to conduct a scientific exploration of the virgin territory.
Both the lander and the rover of the Chang'e-4 probe have ended their work for the 11th lunar day and switched to dormant mode for the lunar night on Monday, according to the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration.
The far side of the moon has unique features, and scientists expect Chang'e-4 could make breakthrough findings. (Xinhua)
Vietnamese police detain 8 suspects for illegal immigration
Police in Vietnam's central Nghe An Province have detained eight suspects in an ongoing investigation into illegal immigration, the Vietnam News Agency reported Monday.
Provincial police authorities filed criminal charges against the activities of organizing and brokering illegal immigration and residence in foreign countries, according to the agency.
As of Monday morning, 21 people from the central province are suspected missing in Britain after the Essex lorry incident. (Xinhua)
Iran unveils 30 advanced centrifuges for uranium enrichment
Iran unveiled on Monday 30 IR-6 centrifuges for uranium enrichment in the Natanz nuclear facilities, official IRNA news agency reported.
During the unveiling ceremony, Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, hailed the achievements of Iranian scientists and experts in the field of peaceful nuclear technology.
Iran's daily output of low-grade enriched uranium exceeds five kilograms at present, up from about 450 grams two months ago when Iran announced the third step to reduce its commitments under the 2015 landmark nuclear deal, Salehi noted. (Xinhua)
UK PM opposed to Scottish independence referendum
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday he would rule out a new referendum on Scottish independence, saying he would not give the go-ahead for another legally-binding vote while he is at 10 Downing Street.
His rejection came after Scotland's First Minister, the Scottish National Party (SNP) leader, Nicola Sturgeon, told a rally in Glasgow that the time would come for Scotland to break away from the chaos of Westminster in a second independence vote in 2020.
Under current British law, an independence referendum would need the consent of the Westminster Parliament. (Xinhua)
McDonald's CEO forced out over 'consensual relationship' with employee
McDonald's announced Sunday that its president and CEO Steve Easterbrook was forced out after showing "poor judgment" by engaging in a "consensual relationship" with an employee.
He was replaced by Chris Kempczinski, the president of McDonald's USA.
In an email to McDonald's employees, Easterbrook said his relationship was "a mistake" that violated company policy.
"Given the values of the company, I agree with the board that it is time for me to move on," he said in the email. (AFP)
Ash Barty claims WTA Finals Shenzhen title
World No. 1 Australian Ashleigh Barty blew away defending champion and world No. 8 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-4, 6-3 in their final clash to lift the Billie Jean King trophy at the 2019 Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen on Sunday.
The straight-sets victory is Barty's first win against Svitolina in their five meetings since the Fed Cup in 2017.
Svitolina, in contrast, entered the final without a win over a top five player. (Xinhua)
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Who composed the classical piece “Peter and the Wolf”?
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