CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (12/24/2018 Mon.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (12/24/2018 Mon.)

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06:22, December 24, 2018


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Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China mulls new law on vaccine management

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Chinese lawmakers on Sunday started to read a draft law on vaccine management aimed at tightening supervision over the industry.

The draft was submitted for first review to the bi-monthly legislative session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, which opened Sunday.

Those in major job positions in vaccine-producing companies should pass a qualification review, especially in terms of their credit records, professional backgrounds and experience in the industry, according to the draft.

The draft also elaborates on the responsibilities of related government departments, demanding an information sharing mechanism and disclosure of vaccine safety information. (Xinhua)

Death toll from Indonesia tsunami rises to 222, say officials

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The death toll from the Indonesian tsunami has risen to 222, with 800 people reported injured, said officials on Sunday.

The tsunami, following a volcano eruption, slammed without warning into beaches around Indonesia's Sunda Strait Saturday night, cutting a swathe of destruction and triggering mass panic as it swept inland.

Authorities say the tsunami may have been triggered by an abnormal tidal surge due to a new moon and an underwater landslide following the eruption of Anak Krakatoa, which forms a small island in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra.

Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth, straddles the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire," where tectonic plates collide and a large portion of the planet's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur. (AFP)

French police defend actions after clashes with protesters

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French authorities are defending police actions to contain protest violence after a policeman was seen briefly brandishing a gun at a surging crowd in Paris.

A video of the gun-wielding policeman surrounded by protesters circulated online. He did not fire, but the threat of lethal action shocked many.

Police union officials said Sunday the officer acted in self-defense. The interior minister praised the "professionalism and composure" of security forces and called for a national debate to address the protesters' economic concerns. (AP)

Japan court OKs 10-day detention for Nissan's ex-chair Ghosn

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A Japanese court approved prosecutors' request on Sunday to keep Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn in detention for another 10 days.

The Tokyo District Court said that the approval is for prosecutors to investigate further his third allegation of breach of trust causing Nissan a loss of 1.8 billion yen ($16 million) in 2008.

Sunday's extension allows prosecutors to keep Ghosn at the Tokyo detention house until New Year's Day.

Ghosn, and another executive Greg Kelly, were arrested on November 19th and charged with underreporting Ghosn's income from 2011 to 2015 by about 5 billion yen ($44 million). Other charges for additional underreporting of Ghosn's pay by about 4 billion yen ($36 million) are pending. (AP)

US Treasury secretary: Trump denied suggesting firing Fed chair

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US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says President Donald Trump has denied ever suggesting firing Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.

Trump has been attacking the Fed — and Powell personally — for the central bank's interest rate increases. Trump blames the independent agency's hikes for recent stock market turmoil and signs of economic weakness.

Bloomberg News cited four people familiar with the matter on Friday that Trump discussed firing Powell after this week's rate increase.

Mnuchin says he spoke with Trump and Trump said that, while he "totally" disagrees with the Fed policy, he "never suggested" firing Powell and doesn't believe he has the right to do so. (AP)

UK police free 2 drone suspects in Gatwick travel chaos

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British police on Sunday released a man and a woman who had been arrested in connection with the drone incursions at London’s Gatwick Airport that had disrupted holiday plans for tens of thousands of travelers.

Sussex police said Sunday the two had cooperated with police and were no longer considered suspects in the case.

Flights to and from Gatwick were operating normally Sunday, airport authorities said, after days of disruptions began Wednesday night when drones were seen over the airfield.

Police say the motive of the drone operators is not yet known but they do not believe it is “terror-related.” (AP)

SpaceX blasts off powerful GPS satellite for US military

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A SpaceX rocket on Sunday blasted off a powerful GPS satellite for the US Air Force, marking its 21st and final launch for the year 2018.

The launch sent the Global Positioning System III space vehicle (SV) satellite into space to join the Air Force's constellation of 31 operational GPS satellites.

SpaceX said the rocket was a "rare, expendable" version of the Falcon 9 since it would not attempt to re-land the booster after launch, needing to reserve all the rocket fuel to propel the satellite to its distant orbit. (AFP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Which pair of superheroes are known as the ‘Dynamic Duo’?

(Answer: Batman and Robin.)

Today’s quote is from Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941).

"Facts are many, but the truth is one."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, and Chelle Wenqian Zeng.)

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