CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (11/6/2019 Wed.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (11/6/2019 Wed.)

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06:27, November 06, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app. 

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China's resort island Hainan to hold int'l tourism book fair

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An international book fair is scheduled to kick off in mid-November in Sanya, a resort city of China's southern island province of Hainan, according to a press conference held by the organizing committee Tuesday.

Approved by China's state press and publication administration and the provincial government of Hainan, the fair will be the third of its kind held on the Chinese mainland after the Beijing International Book Fair and the Shanghai Book Fair.

The four-day event is expected to take place from Nov. 15-18, in an effort to better serve the construction of the country's largest pilot Free Trade Zone and promote international cultural exchanges along the Belt and Road. (Xinhua)

US sanctions 5 Venezuelan officials

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The US government said on Tuesday that it had imposed sanctions on five current officials of Venezuela, the latest move to pressure the Maduro government.

Tuesday's identifications focus on high-level officials acting on behalf of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement, accusing those officials of "corruption and human rights abuses."

According to the statement, the designated individuals were senior officials in the Venezuelan military, intelligence, and legislative branch, and the European Union and Canada had imposed sanctions against all of them. (Xinhua)

Deadly grenade attack hits Kashmir amid India lockdown

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One person was killed and at least 45 others were injured on Monday after an attacker threw a grenade at a busy market in Indian-administered Kashmir's main city of Srinagar, police and medics said. 

The injured, including three members of the Indian paramilitary police, were admitted to hospital after the blast in the center of the city, said the officials.

Police blamed the attack on insurgents as retaliation for New Delhi's stripping the disputed region of its semi-autonomous status in early August. (CGTN)

UN determination on Paris Agreement unchanged despite US withdrawal: spokesperson

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UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said Tuesday that the United Nation's determination on the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change remains unchanged despite the US notice of withdrawal.

In accordance with the provisions of the Paris Agreement, the United States could withdraw from the agreement as from Nov. 4, 2019, by giving written notification to the UN secretary-general.

The withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement will take effect on Nov. 4, 2020. (Xinhua)

Drug cartel gunmen kill 9 US citizens in an ambush in Mexico

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Drug cartel gunmen ambushed three SUVs along a dirt road, slaughtering six children and three women — all US citizens living in northern Mexico.

The dead included 8-month-old twins. Eight youngsters were found alive after escaping from the vehicles and hiding in the brush, but at least five had gunshot wounds or other injuries and were taken to Phoenix for treatment.

Mexican Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo said the gunmen may have mistaken the group’s large SUVs for those of rival gangs. (AP)

40,000-year-old teeth discovered in northern Israel

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Israeli researchers found six human teeth dated to 40,000 years ago, Tel Aviv University (TAU), located in central Israel, reported on Tuesday.

With dental research, the team determined that the teeth belonged to modern humans (Homo sapiens) and Neanderthals.

The discovered teeth are the first anthropological evidence of a population that emigrated from Europe to ancient Israel some 40,000 years ago, probably to stay away from extreme climatic conditions in the last glacial period, according to the researchers. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Who discovered Uranus?

(Answer: The planet Uranus was discovered by William Herschel on March 13, 1781.) 

Today’s quote is from German poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926). 

"More belongs to marriage than four legs in a bed."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Brian Lowe, and Elaine Yue Lin. Music by Eugene Loner.)


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