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


Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/2/2019 Sat.)

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06:50, February 02, 2019


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Here are today's picks from our editors. 

Xi visits cadres, residents in Beijing ahead of Spring Festival


President Xi Jinping on Friday visited Beijing's primary-level cadres and residents in downtown neighborhoods ahead of the Spring Festival and extended Lunar New Year greetings to Chinese people of all ethnic groups.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, also inspected the preparation work for the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. (Xinhua) 

US announces withdrawal from landmark nuke treaty with Russia

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The Trump administration announced on Friday that the United States is withdrawing from the historic Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a move seen as exacerbating the risk of an international arms race.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the announcement at the State Department, citing Russia's violation of the deal, a claim that has been repeatedly denied by Moscow.

The pullout of the United States from the INF Treaty will deal "a powerful blow to the still existing system of international arms control and non-proliferation of mass destruction weapons," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Friday in an interview with Russian media.

The Treaty was signed in 1987 between the Soviet Union and the United States, marking the first-ever pact reached by Washington and Moscow on nuclear disarmament and a major step forward in restricting the arms race. (Xinhua) 

Venezuelan authorities say 'uncover new plot' to overthrow gov't


Venezuelan security forces have uncovered a "new plan" to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said on Thursday.

Reverol said that the plan involved "a group of assassins hired by Venezuela's ultra-right that planned to assassinate some political and military leaders."

Evidence also led to the arrest of retired Colonel Oswaldo Garcia Palomo and two others on Thursday. Garcia Palomo was sought in connection with the attempted assassination of Maduro in August 2018.

Since Jan. 23, the difficult political situation in Venezuela has intensified, after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president and was recognized by the United States and some other countries. (Xinhua) 

Baidu plans new AI cloud computing center in north China


Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) giant Baidu has decided to set up an AI cloud computing center in the northern Chinese city of Baoding in its latest efforts to build more smart cities.

The AI cloud computing center is super-large in scale and will serve users in the Xiongan New Area and other places in north China by leveraging its mega pool of data and high-performance computing power, according to a strategic cooperation MOU inked Thursday by Baidu and the government of Baoding city, Hebei Province.

The Baoding center will be Baidu's second mega cloud-computing center after the landmark one in Shanxi Province's Yangquan City. (Xinhua) 

Fix coming for Apple’s FaceTime

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Apple says it’s fixed the FaceTime bug that allowed people to eavesdrop on others while using its group video chat feature. It plans to turn the service back on next week via a software update.

The bug allowed some people to turn an iPhone into a live microphone while using Group FaceTime. Apple apologized Friday for the problem and says it’s is working on becoming better at responding to reports of glitches from customers. (AP)

Almoez Ali leads Qatar to its first-ever Asian Cup glory


Qatar stunned four-time champion Japan 3-1 to win the AFC Asian Cup for the first time as striker Almoez Ali scored his record-breaking ninth goal in the tournament on Friday.

Qatar were crowned the Asian champion with a seven-game winning streak, scoring 19 goals and conceding just one.

Ali, the top scorer of the tournament, opened the scoring after 12 minutes with an acrobatic volley. Things got worse for Japan after 27 minutes as Abdelaziz Hatim doubled Qatar's lead by curling an unstoppable shot into the corner of the net.

The Samurai Blue looked much sharper after the break, Takumi Minamino pulled one back in the 69th minute with a clinical finish. However, Qatar's nerves were settled minutes later when Afif converted a penalty to seal the win. (Xinhua) 

NBA champion Golden State Warriors celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year in special uniforms


The 2018 NBA champion Golden State Warriors Thursday night celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

During the game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, the Warriors wore specially designed uniforms featuring elements of Chinese culture, such as the Chinese characters for "warrior."

The Warriors, one of China's favorite NBA basketball teams, was the first NBA team to ever wear Chinese New Year-themed uniforms, which is a nod to the strong Chinese culture in the San Francisco Bay Area, said the team in a statement. (Xinhua) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

The sun is principally made up of hydrogen and which other gas?

(Answer: Helium.)

Today's quote is from English poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850).

"The ocean is a mighty harmonist."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, Brian Lowe, Elaine Yue Lin, and Da Hang.)

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