CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/6/2019 Mon.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/6/2019 Mon.)

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04:04, May 06, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app.

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

State Council announces guidelines to promote integrated urban-rural development

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The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the State Council, or China's Cabinet, on Sunday announced guidelines on the promotion of integrated urban-rural development.

China has made great headway in advancing urbanization and balancing development between rural and urban areas since the 18th National Congress of the CPC. However, barriers hindering integrated urban-rural development still exist.

The systems and mechanisms for promoting integrated urban-rural development should begin to take shape by 2022. The country will also gradually eliminate restrictions on urban settlement, according to the guidelines.

China aims to put in place more sound systems and mechanisms for promoting integrated urban-rural development by 2035. The urban-rural gap in development and living standards will be remarkably reduced. (Xinhua)

China to hold tourism promotion activities worldwide

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China will hold a tourism and culture promotion event titled "China Tourism and Culture Week," with a series of activities taking place worldwide, from May 15 to June 30.

A total of 34 Chinese culture centers and 19 China national tourist offices in cities such as Madrid, Seoul and Copenhagen will hold over 200 promotion activities, according to a press conference for the event Sunday.

The activities, including a photo exhibition of China's natural scenery as well as performances, lectures and forums, have different themes such as Chinese celadon (a type of pottery) and Traditional Chinese Medicine. (Xinhua)

Israeli airstrike kills 3 Palestinians

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Gaza’s Health Ministry says three Palestinians, including one infant, have been killed in an Israeli airstrike in northern Gaza.

The ministry added Sunday that eight other Palestinians were wounded.

The Palestinian death toll in fighting with Israel has risen to 20 since Saturday, including at least eight militants, two women and two infants. At least four Israelis have been killed by Gaza rockets. (AP)

Multiple dead reported in Russian passenger plane fire

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At least 13 people are dead after a fire broke out aboard an Aeroflot flight in Russia Sunday, according to CNN citing a TASS report.

News agency Interfax reported the Russian Superjet 100 was flying from Moscow to Murmansk when a fire broke out.

Aeroflot Flight SU1492 returned to Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport where it made a hard landing.

The plane had 73 passengers on board, TASS reported. (People's Daily app)

Giant asteroid to pass Earth: NASA

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Asteroid 99942 Apophis will fly close to Earth in ten years, the US space agency NASA said recently.

The colossal asteroid, named after the Egyptian god of chaos and destruction, is expected to approach Earth dangerously close on April 13, 2029, according to the latest NASA data.

But there is no need to worry as it will stay about 19,000 miles away from the planet.

Current calculations did reveal that Apophis has a small chance of impacting Earth, NASA said. (Xinhua)

Egypt says ancient cemetery found at Giza famed pyramids

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Egypt's Antiquities Ministry says archaeologists have uncovered part of an ancient cemetery near the country's famed pyramids on the Giza plateau just outside Cairo.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says Saturday the cemetery houses burial shafts and tombs of top officials and a fine limestone statue from the Old Kingdom's Fifth Dynasty (2465-2323 B.C.).

Egypt has touted a series of archaeological finds recently, hoping such discoveries will spur tourism, which suffered a major setback during the unrest that followed the 2011 uprising. (China Plus)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What belongs to you, but other people use it more than you?

(Answer: Your name.)

Today’s quote is from American writer Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915).

"Positive anything is better than negative nothing."

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

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