CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/7/2020 Fri.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/7/2020 Fri.)

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06:27, February 07, 2020



Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China asks businesses to resume operation orderly


Chinese authorities Thursday asked businesses outside Hubei Province to resume operations in an orderly manner while continuing to fight the novel coronavirus outbreak.

This will provide better guarantees for prevention and control work and help maintain normal economic and social order, according to a high-level meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.

Businesses outside Hubei are encouraged to create ways to make workplaces less populated or allow staff to take shifts to make production at full throttle. The shortage of machinery, staff, or funds should be addressed through coordination to put the whole industry chain in normal operation, it said. (Xinhua)

US Senate acquits Trump on both articles of impeachment


US President Donald Trump was acquitted on Wednesday afternoon by the Senate after the chamber voted down both articles of impeachment against him that the House approved late last year.

Senators voted 52 to 48 to reject the first charge of abuse of power and 53 to 47 against the second charge of obstruction of Congress.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who presided over the Senate trial of Trump's impeachment, announced the votes were not enough to convict the president and remove him from office. (Xinhua)

Syrian Army accuses Turkey, Israel of 'supporting terrorism'


The general command of the Syrian Army on Thursday accused Israel and Turkey of "supporting terrorism" in Syria, according to a military statement.

The statement said that in tandem with the Israeli missile attack that targeted Syria before daybreak Thursday, Turkey sent military convoys to Idlib in Syria’s northwestern region.

It said the Turkish move aims to protect the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front and to hinder progress made by the Syrian Army in Idlib. (Xinhua)

Experts ponder human error in Italian high-speed train crash


A high-speed passenger train derailed in northern Italy before dawn Thursday, killing two railway workers and injuring 28 other people as its engine broke off and careened into a work vehicle on an adjacent track. Authorities are looking into human error linked to track maintenance work as a possible cause.

Maintenance work had been carried out on a nearby track switching area less than two hours before the derailment, Prosecutor Domenico Chiaro told reporters at a news conference

The train that derailed was the first train to pass through the area after the work was done, and “the switch was placed in a position it shouldn’t have been,” he said. (AP)

Russia to deliver S-400 missile to India by end of next year


Russia will begin delivering S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to India by the end of 2021, agency RIA Novosti on Wednesday quoted a Russian official as saying.

India signed a $5 billion deal for the anti-aircraft systems in October 2018, drawing warnings from the US that such an acquisition would trigger sanctions. 

India had previously made its position clear to the US and said it would not back out of the deal. (CGTN)

NASA’s record-setting Koch, crewmates safely back from space


NASA astronaut Christina Koch, who spent nearly 11 months in orbit to set a record for the longest spaceflight by a woman, landed Thursday safely in Kazakhstan along with two International Space Station crewmates.

Koch wrapped up a 328-day mission after her first flight into space, providing researchers the opportunity to observe the effects of long-duration spaceflight on a woman. (AP)

FIBA Asian Cup qualifier postponed due to coronavirus


The International Basketball Federation announced on Wednesday that the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 qualifying match between China and Malaysia would be rescheduled due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in China.

The match was scheduled for February 24, and a new date will be announced later.

The scheduled game between Japan and China on February 21 has not been changed. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening, and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Now made of plastic and rubber, golf balls were once made of what?

(Answer: Wood.) 

Today’s quote is from English writer Joseph Addison (1672-1719).     

"Modesty is not only an ornament but also a guard to virtue."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, and Elaine Yue Lin. Music by Eugene Loner.)

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