CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/10/2020 Mon.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/10/2020 Mon.)

People's Daily app

07:36, February 10, 2020

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app. 

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China urges efforts to ensure orderly resumption of work

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The State Council, or China's cabinet, issued a circular Saturday urging efforts to ensure the orderly resumption of production by companies amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Efforts should be made to help companies resume production as soon as possible so that they could provide sufficient material support for the epidemic control, said the circular.

The circular stressed support to guarantee transportation and logistics firms as well as suppliers of energy, medical material, and daily necessities to resume work immediately. (Xinhua)

WHO chief highlights collaboration, data-sharing in defeating novel coronavirus outbreak

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World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Saturday that solid collaboration, transparency, prompt sharing of data, and accurate advice are key to defeating the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking at the closing of the 146th session of the WHO Executive Board meeting, Tedros also said the WHO will continue to provide regular updates and technical guidance on the current outbreak.  (Xinhua)

Six more tested positive for coronavirus on Diamond Princess cruise ship

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At least six more people on a cruise ship quarantined in a Japanese port tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday as thousands of passengers remained confined to their cabins, according to TV Asahi.

Japanese media reported on Sunday that nearly 100 people onboard the ship cruise, the Diamond Princess, are "feeling unwell" and will be tested for the novel coronavirus.

According to the Chinese embassy in Japan, there are 22 people from the Chinese mainland – two passengers and 20 crew, plus 260 Hong Kong passengers, five from Macao, as well as 20 more from Taiwan.

Among them, five have been confirmed infected with the virus. (CGTN)

Mass shooting leaves 27 killed, 57 injured in Thailand: PM

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A gunman who killed 27 people and injured 51 in a shooting rampage at a shopping mall in northeastern Thailand late Saturday was killed by police, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha confirmed on Sunday. 

The gunman, identified as Jakkrapanth Thomma, held several people hostage inside the Terminal 21 shopping mall, but by 2:00 am Sunday, police officials had announced that all civilians had been safely removed from the mall. 

Prayut said the gunman's motive was linked to the sale of a home. (People's Daily app - CGTN)

Iran fails to launch satellite into space

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Iran failed on Sunday to launch indigenous satellite Zafar into space, state IRINN TV reported.

The homemade satellite carrier Simorgh launched the satellite into space, but the satellite could not reach the desired velocity necessary for the required orbit, spokesman for space projects of Iran's Defense Ministry Ahmad Hosseini said.

The official noted that Iranian space experts will analyze and work on the data, correct the problems, and prepare to relaunch the satellite. (Xinhua)

Russian sisters separated during WWII reunited after 78 years

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Two Russian sisters have been reunited 78 years after they were separated by the turmoil of World War II.

Yulia and Rozalina Kharitonova, now 92 and 94, lived with their parents in Stalingrad, the city now known as Volgograd, that saw one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. They were separated in 1942 as civilians were being evacuated to escape Nazi encirclement.

The two women met again in Chelyabinsk, police said, after Yulia's daughter asked police for help to track down her mother's sister.  (AFP)

China outplays South Korea 100-60 for third victory at Olympic qualifier

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China breezed past South Korea 100-60 to achieve its third-consecutive victory at the FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade on Sunday.

Li Meng scored 20 points for China, followed by Han Xu with 16 points and Huang Sijing with 15 points and six assists. 

China had already won the ticket to Tokyo 2020 by beating Spain and Britain before this game. (China Plus)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

In the movie “Toy Story 3,” where do Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the gang try to escape from?

(Answer: A day care center.) 

Today’s quote is from Greek philosopher Epicurus (341 BC - 270 BC).    

"The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool."

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

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