CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (12/9/2019 Mon.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (12/9/2019 Mon.)

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06:42, December 09, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China's foreign trade expands 2.4 pct in first 11 months

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China's foreign trade registered steady growth in the first 11 months of 2019 by expanding 2.4 percent year on year, the General Administration of Customs (GAC) said Sunday.

During this period, total foreign trade volume reached 28.5 trillion yuan.

Exports climbed 4.5 percent year on year to 15.55 trillion yuan, while imports hit 12.95 trillion yuan, data revealed. (Xinhua)

FBI says it presumes base shooting was act of terrorism

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The Saudi gunman who killed three people at the Pensacola naval base had apparently gone on Twitter shortly before the shooting to blast US support of Israel and accused the US of being anti-Muslim, a US official said Sunday as the FBI confirmed it is operating on the assumption the attack was an act of terrorism.

Investigators are also trying to establish whether the gunman, 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, of the Royal Saudi Air Force, acted alone or was part of a larger plot.

Alshamrani, who was killed by a sheriff’s deputy during the rampage inside a classroom building Friday, was undergoing flight training where members of foreign militaries routinely receive instruction. (AP)

Death toll in Delhi fire reaches 43

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The death toll in a fire in Delhi on Sunday morning has reached 43, reported news agency Asian News International (ANI) quoting local police sources.

The fire broke out inside a four-story building in North Delhi's "Filmistan" area. Most of the victims were migrant laborers from the country's eastern state of Bihar and were sleeping when the fire broke out in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The fire was caused by a short-circuit, local media reported. (Xinhua)

US Navy's second Ford-class aircraft carrier christened

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The US Navy's newest Ford-class aircraft carrier, the USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), was christened on Saturday in Newport News, Virginia.

John F. Kennedy is the second aircraft carrier of the Gerald R. Ford class.

Stretching 1,092 feet and weighing 100,000 tons, the CVN 79 incorporates a series of new technologies, comprising of advances in propulsion, power generation, ordnance handling, and aircraft launch systems, according to the US Navy.

The Ford-class is the future aircraft carrier replacement for the US Enterprise and Nimitz-class carriers. (Xinhua)

Performance artist eats $120,000 banana artwork

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A New York performance artist on Saturday swallowed the celebrated banana duct-taped to a gallery wall at Art Basel Miami Beach, which had just sold to a collector for $120,000.

The banana art piece, "Comedian," is the work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. It was displayed at the museum on Friday.

The performance artist slipped away before the gallery reported the incident to security, the newspaper reported. "He did not destroy the art work. The banana is the idea," said Lucien Terras, director of museum relations for Galerie Perrotin.

It's reported that the gallery re-taped a new banana to the wall after 2 pm the same day. (CGTN)

Joshua defeats Ruiz to reclaim heavyweight crown

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Britain's Anthony Joshua reclaimed his world heavyweight crown from Andy Ruiz on Saturday, outclassing the Mexican-American to score a unanimous points victory.

Joshua, who suffered a stunning knockout defeat to Ruiz in New York in June, produced a masterclass to regain his IBF, WBA and WBO titles.

Dominating from the outset, Joshua won by margins of 118-110 on two scorecards with the third judge making it 119-109.

Billed as the "Clash on the Dunes," the eagerly anticipated rematch marked the first time a world heavyweight title fight had been staged in Saudi Arabia. (CGTN)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What is the top color in a rainbow? 

(Answer: Red.)

Today’s quote is from Polish scientist Marie Curie (1867-1934).  

"There are sadistic scientists who hurry to hunt down errors instead of establishing the truth."

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

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