CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/25/2019 Sat.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/25/2019 Sat.)

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04:12, May 25, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People's Daily app.

Here are today's picks from our editors. 

China's mobile internet users hit 1.29 billion

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In April, a total of 1.29 billion people in China accessed the internet through a mobile phone, according to data released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on Friday.

According to a report from The Paper, data revealed that China's three major telecommunication service providers saw an overall user increase of 7.3 percent year-on-year, with 1.21 billion having access to 4G networks.

In the first four months of 2019, 34.9 billion gigabytes of data were used by China's mobile broadband users, up 125 percent compared to the same time last year. (China Plus) 

Yang Yang nominated by IOC for WADA vice presidency

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China's former Winter Olympic champion Yang Yang has been nominated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to serve as vice president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Yang, 43, became China's first Winter Olympic champion at Salt Lake City in 2002, when she took two gold medals and a silver in the short track speedskating event.

She was an IOC member from 2010 until 2018, when she was appointed IOC Marketing Commission member. (Xinhua) 

Theresa May to resign as Conservative Party leader

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British Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Friday she will resign on June 7, British media reported.

In a statement outside No.10 Downing Street, May said she had “done my best” to honor the EU referendum result of 2016, and it would remain a matter of “deep regret” that she was unable to deliver a Brexit result. 

May's announcement followed her meeting with Backbench 1922 Committee head Graham Brady. 

Brady was prepared to trigger another no-confidence vote if May refused to resign. (People's Daily app) 

US to send 1,500 troops to Middle East amid Iran tension

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The White House notified Congress its plan to send an additional 1,500 troops to the Middle East amid escalating tension with Iran, reported US media on Friday. 

The purpose of the deployment is to enhance protection of US forces already in the region, according to media reports citing anonymous Pentagon officials. 

The announcement came a day after US President Donald Trump downplayed the likelihood of sending more troops to the region. (Xinhua) 

Bali volcano erupts, spewing hot lava

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Indonesia's Bali volcano, Mount Agung, erupted Friday, spewing ash and hot lava, running 3 kilometers from the crater, local authorities said. 

The eruption was recorded around 6:30 pm, and lasted 4 and a half minutes, said Indonesia's Center of Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG). 

Residents, trekkers, and tourists are strictly prohibited from entering red zone areas 4 kilometers from the Mount Agung summit. (Xinhua) 

Marcello Lippi returns as Chinese national team coach

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The Chinese Football Association (CFA) has approved the decision to hire Italian coach Marcello Lippi as coach of the national team as it prepares for the Asian qualifying matches of the 2022 Qatar World Cup, a statement by CFA said Friday.

Lippi will lead the team in training sessions and matches next month.

The 71-year-old Lippi first took charge of China in 2016, before leaving in January this year when his contract expired after the Asian Cup. (Xinhua) 

Chinese researchers discover 300,000-year-old human fossils

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Chinese paleontologists have discovered more than 30 ancient human fossils dating back almost 300,000 years at an excavation site in Dongzhi County in East China's Anhui Province. 

They have also found more than 100 stone artifacts used by ancient humans as well as mammalian fossils from over 40 species. 

The discoveries are expected to shed new light on how ancient humans on the East Asian continent evolved, according to the paleontologists. (Xinhua) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Where was Marco Polo's hometown?

(Answer: Venice.)

Today's quote is from Chinese philosopher Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC). 

"Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without."

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

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