CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/28/2018 Wed.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/28/2018 Wed.)

People's Daily app

13:23, May 27, 2018


Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Chinese space station to land in ocean


Chinese scientists said the Tiangong-1 space station will fall into the sea without hurting anyone when it re-enters Earth’s atmosphere.

According to a real-time tracking notice issued by the China Manned Space Engineering Office, Tiangong-1 orbited at an average altitude of 207.7 kilometers and was fully intact as of March 27.

Meanwhile, Western media have fixated on predicting where the space station will crash.

ABC News said the bus-sized space station could crash in the US.  (People’s Daily app)

Death toll reaches 64 in Russian mall blaze, investigation underway


On Sunday, a fire broke out at a four-story shopping complex, killing 64, many of them children, in Kemerovo, Southwestern Siberia, a spokesperson from the Russian Investigative Committee said on Monday.

The fire marks one of the deadliest tragedies in the country in recent years and was believed to have started on the fourth floor, which housed a cinema and children's play area.

Russian President Vladimir Putin extended "deep condolences" to the families and friends of the victims and ordered related authorities to provide all necessary help.

The cause of the fire remains unknown. (Xinhua)

Remains of Chinese soldiers from Korean War to be repatriated


South Korea will return the remains of 20 Chinese People's Volunteer soldiers who were killed in the Korean War.

It will be the fifth batch of remains to be returned since 2014, according to China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs.

The official handover ceremony, scheduled for Wednesday at South Korea's Incheon International Airport, will be led by Gao Xiaobing, vice-minister of civil affairs, and Song Young-moo, South Korea's Defense Minister, Yonhap News Agency reported. (Global Times)

Russia blames US pressure on allies for expulsions


On Tuesday, Moscow charged Washington had put "colossal pressure" on allies to expel scores of Russian diplomats and vowed to retaliate.

"This is the result of colossal pressure, colossal blackmail which is the main instrument of Washington on the international arena," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Uzbekistan.

At least 116 alleged agents working under diplomatic cover were ordered out by 22 governments on Monday, dwarfing similar measures in even the most notorious Cold War spying disputes. (AFP)

Suspect arrested over explosives sent to Washington


Authorities have arrested a man suspected of sending package bombs to US military sites in the Washington area as well as White House and CIA mail offices, two law enforcement officials said on Tuesday.

More than six suspicious packages were found at government installations in the Washington area on Monday.

Similar packages were found at mail processing facilities for the Central Intelligence Agency and White House.

One anonymous source was quoted as saying that a suspect was arrested in Seattle early Tuesday and was expected to appear in court the same day. (Reuters)

Impoverished students to receive college admission priority


Chinese high school students from less privileged backgrounds will have an advantage over their peers in higher income brackets, according to a circular released by the Ministry of Education.

The new policy is part of an initiative that will prioritize students from poor and rural areas who want to go to college.

The new policy levels the playing field for students who come from different family backgrounds, said Xiong Bingqi, vice president of the 21st Century Education Research Institute.  (Xinhua)

2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy found in Sydney


Australian academics could help unlock mysteries around ancient Egypt after discovering that a 2,500-year-old coffin might contain the remains of a prestigious mummy.

The University of Sydney acquired the coffin 150 years ago where academics had incorrectly classified it as empty.

The error was revealed last year after academics removed the tomb’s lid and discovered the tattered remains of a mummy.

"We expected a few bandages or maybe a couple of bones, but when we took the lid off we were just astonished by what we had found,” said Dr. Jamie Fraser, senior curator at the Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney, and leader of the investigation. (Reuters)

'Pacific Rim: Uprising' tops Chinese box office


American sci-fi action film "Pacific Rim: Uprising" dominated China’s box office over the weekend, earning over $65 million dollars, China Film News reported Tuesday.

Set in 2035, it films tells the story of a new generation of pilots armed with advanced technology, fighting against a new threat.

Finishing second in China’s box office rankings was the Hollywood film “Tomb Raider,” which has taken in almost $70 million dollars since it first opened on March 16.

Finishing third was China’s “Operation Red Sea,” which has earned a total of $50 million dollars since opening in February. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

Today’s quote is from Greek philosopher and scientist, Aristotle.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

 (Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Lance Crayon, Ryan Yaoran, Zeke Ziyi Zeng, and Regina Barna.)

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