CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/27/2019 Mon.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/27/2019 Mon.)

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04:39, May 27, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app. 

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Xi sends congratulatory letter to China International Big Data Industry Expo

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Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the China International Big Data Industry Expo 2019, which opened in the city of Guiyang, southwest China's Guizhou Province, on Sunday.

"The new generation of information technology, represented by the Internet, big data and artificial intelligence, is booming at present and has significant and profound impacts on the economic development, social progress and people's lives of all countries," Xi said.

Different countries need to strengthen cooperation, deepen exchanges, grasp the opportunities of digital, internet-based and intelligent development, and properly address the legal, security and governance challenges in the development of the big data industry, he said. (Xinhua)

China's first North Pole station begins expedition

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China's first North Pole scientific research station, the Yellow River Station, has begun its expedition.

The team, based at the station in Svalbard, Arctic, has started monitoring and conducting scientific research, according to the Polar Research Institute of China.

China's North Pole Yellow River Station was built on July 28, 2004. 

It is the country's first North Pole scientific research facility and the eighth national scientific research station in the Arctic region. (China Plus)

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister O'Neill announces resignation

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Embattled Papua New Guinea (PNG) Prime Minister Peter O'Neill announced his resignation in the capital city of Port Moresby on Sunday, after several cabinet ministers defected.

With a pending vote of no confidence scheduled Monday, the leadership challenge was expected to gain the majority support of MPs and as a result, O'Neill cited the parliament's "need for change" as the reason for his departure. 

O'Neill has handed over the leadership to former Prime Minister Julius Chan, local news station EMTV reported. (Xinhua)

Venezuela opposition to meet Maduro envoys in Oslo: Guaido

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Delegates of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido will hold their first face-to-face meeting in Oslo, Norway next week.

Guaido said in a statement on Saturday that his representatives will talk with both the Norwegian government and with Maduro representatives after the two sides traveled separately to Oslo last week to meet with the leaders of the Norwegian mediation effort. (CGTN)

4 missing after ships collide off Japan's Chiba Prefecture

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Japan’s Coast Guard said Sunday that four people are missing after two cargo ships collided in the Pacific Ocean just East of Japan.

According to the coast guard, the 499-ton Sumiho Maru and 499-ton Sensho Maru, collided about 12 kilometers off Inubosaki in Chiba Prefecture around 2:10 am.

The Sensho Maru, based in Imabari of Ehime Prefecture sank, and four of its five crew members remain missing. 

The Sensho Maru was carrying about 1,300 tons of steel from Kashima in eastern Japan to Osaka, according to coast guard officials. (Xinhua)

Mercedes-Benz recalls vehicles in China over seat lock problem

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German carmaker Mercedes-Benz has started recalling 6,406 imported automobiles in China due to a front passenger seat lock problem, according to China's market regulator.

The recall, filed by Mercedes-Benz (China) involves its imported C-class cars manufactured between 2015 and 2017, and E-class vehicles manufactured between 2016 and 2017, according to the State Administration for Market Regulation.

The backrest of the front passenger seat may not lock properly and would be unable to provide passenger support in the event of a collision, thus increasing injury risk. (Xinhua)

China's Xu Can successfully defends WBA world featherweight title

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China’s WBA world featherweight champion Xu Can (17W-2L-0D) successfully defended his title against Japan’s Shun Kubo (13W-2L-0D) in Fuzhou, East China"s Jiangxi Province, on Sunday.

China’s Gao Shichao beat Thailand’s Anurak Thisa to win the East Asia international super featherweight championship, and China’s Wulan Tuolehazi defeated the Philippines’ Ardin Diale to defend his WBA international flyweight title. (CGTN)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What has six faces but does not wear makeup. It also has 21 eyes, but cannot see?

(Answer: A dice.)

Today’s quote is from British poet Lord Byron (1788-1824).

"Prolonged endurance tames the bold."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, and Chelle Wenqian Zeng. Music by Eugene Loner.)

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