CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/16/2018 Wed.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/16/2018 Wed.)

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10:10, May 27, 2018

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app.

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Xi tells Ban Ki-moon: China’s door of opening up will open even wider

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China's door of opening up will open even wider, Chinese President Xi Jinping said during his meeting with Ban Ki-moon, chairman of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) in Beijing on Tuesday.

China firmly supports multilateralism, maintaining the multilateral trading system and building an open world economy, Xi said.

Xi also told Ban that China will continue to support the BFA and improve its influence. (CGTN)

China sets record for longest stay in self-contained moon lab

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Chinese volunteers recently completed a one-year test living in the simulated space lab Yuegong-1, or Lunar Palace 1, at Beihang University in Beijing on Tuesday, setting a new record for the longest stay in a self-contained cabin.

The total length of the test was 370 days. During that time, eight volunteers from the university took turns living in the cabin to test the lab’s bioregenerative life support systems.

Experts say the lab is crucial for understanding the effects of long-term human stays on the moon or other extraterrestrial bodies. (Xinhua – People’s Daily app)

Turkey expels Israeli ambassador

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Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday summoned Israeli Ambassador Eitan Naeh in Ankara and required him to leave the country "for a while.”

The Turkish government has also recalled its ambassadors to the US and Israel. It was later confirmed by the Turkish embassy in Washington, DC.

The diplomats, currently stationed in Washington, DC, and Tel Aviv, will return to Turkey for "consultations.”

Meanwhile, South Africa said Tuesday its ambassador to Israel would be leaving.

The US officially relocated its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem on Monday. More than 50 Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers on the border with Gaza the same day. (People’s Daily app)

EU data protection may trigger global ripple effect

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The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, which will go into effect on May 25, is set to be the biggest shake-up to data privacy in 20 years when it lays out strict protections for the data of Europeans.

While all global companies are required to comply with the regulations for European data, the rules may have a wider impact if companies decide to extend the protections to all users.

Major US platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Airbnb have begun to notify their users in Europe of modifications of their user terms in order to comply with the new EU rules. (AFP – People’s Daily app)

Former Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou sentenced to four months for leaking classified info

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Taiwan's former leader Ma Ying-jeou was sentenced to four months in jail on Tuesday by the Taiwan High Court for helping leak classified information, overturning a previous not guilty-verdict from a lower court, according to local media.

Ma was originally acquitted in March last year of leaking secrets and defamation. But he faced a new trial after state prosecutors brought fresh charges against him.

The former leader said Tuesday he will appeal the sentence. (CGTN)

10 kids taken from California home, mom and dad deny torture

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A Northern California woman denied that she and her husband abused their 10 children after authorities said the kids suffered puncture wounds, burns, bruising and injuries consistent with being shot with a pellet gun.

The children were removed from their home in March after their mother, Ina Rogers, contacted authorities to report that her oldest child was missing, police said Monday. Rogers was arrested on suspicion of neglect last month and was released after posting bail.

The father, Jonathan Allen, was arrested Friday after the children were interviewed. He has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of torture and nine counts of felony child abuse and is being held on $5.2 million bail. (AP – People’s Daily app)

‘Superman’ actress Margot Kidder dies in her sleep

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Actress Margot Kidder, best known for playing Lois Lane in the “Superman” films in the 1970s and 80s, died at the age of 69 in her sleep on Sunday at her home in Livingston, Montana.

The Canadian-born actress appeared in more than 70 movies and TV shows during her career and earned an Emmy award in 2014 for her role in “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.”

She was also a prominent political activist, campaigning against the Gulf War and energy fracking and in support of Democrat Bernie Sanders in the 2016 US presidential election. (Reuters – People’s Daily app)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

Today’s quote is from Greek poet Sophocles:

“One word frees us all of the weight and pain in life. That word is love.”

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Raymond Mendoza, and Terry Guanlin Li.)

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