CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/4/2018 Sun.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/4/2018 Sun.)

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10:33, May 27, 2018


Welcome to Fresh Start. 

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

North Korea accuses US of turning Winter Games into political confrontation


North Korean officials said late Friday night that US Vice President Mike Pence’s claim to stop the North’s propaganda during the upcoming Winter Olympics is aimed at undermining the improved relationship between the two Koreas.

North and South Korea have held joint training sessions last week for their athletes, and the two nations will march together under a unification flag in the opening ceremony.

According to a White House statement, Pence will lead the US delegation and hold a series of press conference during the Winter Games. (Xinhua)

African migrants injured in Italian drive-by shootings


A drive-by shooting in the city of Macerata injured several African migrants.

Police arrested and identified the shooter as Luca Traini and said the attack appeared to be racially motivated. 
The shootings happened just days after the dismembered body of an 18-year-old Italian woman was discovered in two suitcases near Macerata.

A Nigerian migrant has been arrested in connection with her death. (China Daily)

Rescue continues for 3 missing in Yellow Sea


Rescuers are searching for three crew members who remain missing after a shipwreck on Friday evening in the Yellow Sea, local authorities said Saturday.

The body of the vessel, with six people aboard, cracked at around 7:30 p.m. in the waters off Guanyun County in East China's Jiangsu Province.

The low temperature and rapid currents hampered rescue efforts.

At around 10 p.m., rescuers found three people near the prow, the only part of the boat that appeared above the water, and saved them an hour later. The survivors are receiving medical treatment. (Xinhua)

Foreign journalists join Chinese New Year celebration in Beijing


Journalists from more than 10 foreign media outlets were invited for the first time to join a Chinese New Year celebration held by Beijing Municipal People’s Government.

The event was held at Maizidian community where foreign residents have been celebrating with locals for 14 years. (

Japan launches mini-rocket with microsatellite


Japan launched a mini-rocket on Saturday which successfully put a microsatellite into orbit. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said the 2.6 ton satellite-carrying rocket is the smallest in the world.

The microsatellite, developed by the University of Tokyo, is aimed to collect imagery of the Earth’s surface. (Xinhua)

Victim’s father apologizes after lunging at Nassar in courtroom


A distraught father of three daughters who were sexually abused by former sports doctor Larry Nassar tried to attack him in court. He lunged at Nassar after the judge rejected his request to confront the “demon” who were trusted by parents with their children.

Randall Margraves was blocked by an attorney, tackled by sheriff’s deputies and hauled out of court Friday. He later apologized, saying he had lost control.

Eaton County Judge Janice Cunningham said there was “no way” she would fine him or send him to jail. (AP)

Hawaii man devastated about sending false missile alert


A former Hawaii state worker who sent false missile alert last month said Friday that he’s devastated about causing public panic but was “100 percent sure” at the time that the attack was real.

The man’s superiors said they knew for years that he had problems performing his job. The worker had mistakenly believed drills for tsunami and fire warnings were actual events. His colleagues also said they were not comfortable working with him, according to state officials. (AP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

Poem of the Weekend from William Butler Yeats (20th-century Irish poet):

“When you are old and grey and full of sleep, / And nodding by the fire, take down this book,/ And slowly read, and dream of the soft look / Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep; / How many loved your moments of glad grace, / And loved your beauty with love false or true, / But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, / And loved the sorrows of your changing face...”

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Serena Na Ma, Ziyi Zeng, and Regina Berna.)

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