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Xi's new book voted favorite by Chinese readers
According to a recent online survey, the second volume of "Xi Jinping: The Governance of China" was among the 50 favorite books for 2017, said the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television on Monday.
Volume Two was published in November, and its global circulation exceeded 10 million as of January.
Over 32 million readers voted in the annual survey, according to the administration. (Xinhua)
China's CH-4 drone completes first live-fire test
China's domestically-produced unmanned aerial vehicle Caihong 4 recently completed a six-day live-fire test.
The test marks the first time a CH-4 drone has carried multiple kinds of ammunition, with functions covering both extensive bombing and precise targeting, Global Times reported.
"The capacity and variety of its ordnance payload indicate the CH-4 can conduct effective air strikes on more targets, from longer distances with faster reaction, which lays the foundation for future models and their aligned ordnance payloads," said the People's Daily. (Xinhua)
Maldives president declares 15-day state of emergency amid political crisis
Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen on Monday evening declared a state of emergency amid political crisis in the country.
Yameen officially announced that the Maldives was in a state of emergency for the duration of 15 days starting on Monday night.
The announcement was read by Legal Affairs Minister Azima Shakoor on state television, flanked by Attorney General Mohamed Anil. (Xinhua)
US Federal Reserve’s new chairman sworn in
During a private ceremony Monday morning, Jerome Powell took the oath of office as the Federal Reserve's 16th chairman. He succeeds Janet Yellen, who stepped down on Friday after serving a four-year term.
In a short video statement posted on the Fed’s website, Powell said, "I am humbled and honored by this opportunity to serve the American people. My colleagues and I will remain vigilant, and we are prepared to respond to evolving risks.”
He faces a set of challenges to keep the economy in the safe space between overheating and recession, inheriting a low-inflation, low-interest-rate economy that gave rise to a strong run in the stock market. (People’s Daily app)
Chinese ambassador dismisses wiretapping allegations by French newspaper
Lin Songtian, China’s ambassador to South Africa, said on Monday that the wiretapping allegations made by French newspaper Le Monde were “malicious” and an attempt to “smear” China.
Lin said, “China has always stood by its African brothers and sisters, shoulder-to-shoulder and has supported all friendly African countries within our best capabilities.”
“With their incurable political bias, it is simply unrealistic to expect Western media to tell the real and truthful stories,” Lin emphasized while explaining China’s rich progress and history with the people of Africa. (People’s Daily app)
Beijing police confiscate more than 13,000 boxes of fireworks
Within the past four months over 13,000 boxes of illegal fireworks have been confiscated in Beijing, said local law enforcement officials on Monday.
Chinese often celebrate with fireworks during the Lunar New Year, which falls on February 16.
However, fireworks illegally made or sold have caused safety concerns in recent years. Police said they would reward those who provide information that helps with the campaign against illegal firework sales.
In December, Beijing authorities passed a regulation that bans fireworks within the Fifth Ring Road. (Xinhua)
Eagles upset Patriots in Super Bowl victory
In a stunning upset on Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles outplayed defending champs New England Patriots to win Super Bowl 52.
It was a magnificent day for Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles, who threw for three touchdowns and 373 yards. And when it was all over, Foles was named Super Bowl MVP.
The victory marks the first time the Eagles have taken home the Lombardi Trophy in the history of the franchise. (AFP)
US Powerball winner files motion to protect identity
A New Hampshire woman who says she has a winning Powerball ticket for the $559.7 million jackpot has filed a court order to remain anonymous.
The woman signed the back of the ticket following the January drawing for the nation’s eighth-largest lottery jackpot because she thought she was required to do so. It was a move she now refers to as a “big mistake.”
Under New Hampshire law, a lottery winner’s name, town and prize amount are public information. (AP)
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Today’s quote is from American actor John Barrymore, "A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams."