CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (12/2/2019 Mon.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (12/2/2019 Mon.)

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05:27, December 02, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app. 

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China outlines integrated development of Yangtze River Delta

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The Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council on Sunday jointly issued an outline of the integrated regional development of the Yangtze River Delta.

The document outlined targets, requirements and measures to boost the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta and build a regional cluster of high-quality development.

As one of China's most economically active, open and innovative regions, the Yangtze River Delta boasts strategic significance in the country's modernization and further opening-up, which makes its regional integration crucial for leading the country's high-quality development and building a modern economic system. (Xinhua)

No indications for terrorist motive in The Hague stabbing: police

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No indications have yet been found that the suspect of the stabbing in The Hague on Friday had a terrorist motive, the police of The Hague said on Sunday.

The suspect, a 35-year-old man without a permanent residence, was arrested around 5:40 pm local time on Saturday at a homeless shelter in the center of The Hague. He was transferred to a police station where he is being interrogated.

A man stabbed three people, all minors, on Friday night at a main shopping street in the center of the city. The three victims were taken to a hospital and released later that night. (Xinhua)

UK vows to toughen sentencing laws after terror attack

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed to revamp laws governing the release of violent offenders after a convicted terrorist went on a knife-wielding rampage, killing two people in London.

Usman Khan was shot dead by the police after the 28-year-old stabbed to death a man and a woman and injured another three around London Bridge on Friday.

Khan was attending a conference organized by Cambridge University on prisoner rehabilitation at the Fishmongers' Hall, a building adjacent to the north end of London Bridge.

While visiting the scene of the crime on Saturday, Johnson said, "It does not make sense for us as a society to be putting people who have been convicted of terrorist offenses... out on early release." (Xinhua)

US online shoppers spend $7.4 bln on Black Friday

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US online shoppers spent $7.4 billion on Black Friday, up by 19.6 percent from last year, according to the web analytics tool Adobe Analytics.

The top three online selling products on Black Friday were L.O.L Surprise dolls, “Frozen 2” toys, and FIFA 20 video games.

US online shoppers spent $4.2 billion on Thanksgiving, up by 14.5 percent from last year and reaching a record high, according to earlier data from Adobe Analytics, which tracks 80 percent of online transactions at 100 of the largest retailers in the US. (Global Times)

19 dead in Siberia after bus plunges onto frozen river

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Russian emergency officials say 19 people were killed when their bus plunged off a bridge onto a frozen river in eastern Siberia.

Another 22 people were injured in the Sunday accident, Russian news agencies cited the Emergencies Ministry as saying.

Initial investigation indicates that a front wheel on the bus failed as it was crossing a bridge over the Kuenga River. (AP) 

K-pop singers sentenced for rape, sharing secret sex videos

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A South Korean court has sentenced a K-pop musician to six years in prison on Friday for raping a woman and distributing a video capturing the act.

Jung Joon-young, 30, was arrested in March. Choi Jong-hoon, 30, a former member of South Korean boy band FT Island, was also sentenced to five years in prison for rape.

Both were members of online chat groups that shared secret sex tapes and made jokes about drugging and raping women, the Seoul Central District Court said. (CGTN)

China's island province holds 2nd int'l film festival

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The 2nd Hainan Island International Film Festival (HIIFF) opened Sunday in the resort city of Sanya, South China's Hainan Province.

This year's HIIFF has received a total of 1,495 applications from 80 countries and regions for the Golden Coconut Awards.

More than 200 films from 61 countries and regions will be screened in eight exhibition units during the festival, according to the organizing committee. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

How much does a liter of water weigh? 

(Answer: 1kg.)

Today’s quote is from Brazilian educator Paulo Freire (1921-1977).   

"Liberating education consists in acts of cognition, not transferals of information."

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

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