CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (6/18/2018 Mon.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (6/18/2018 Mon.)

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05:33, June 18, 2018

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Greece, Macedonia put an end to naming dispute

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Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia signed a landmark agreement on Sunday, a step toward ending a 27-year dispute over the name “Macedonia.”

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and former Yugoslav Republic Foreign Minister Nikoal Dimitrov signed the preliminary accord in the border region of Prespes.  

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will change its name to the Republic of North Macedonia.

“It is a deal that respects both countries’ fundamental values,” said Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who was also present to witness the signing. (People’s Daily app)

Arab forces seize entrance to airport in Yemen's main port city

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Forces from an alliance of Arab states seized the entrance to the airport in Yemen’s main port city on Friday. 

The move was an offensive against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that the United Nations fears could trigger a famine imperiling millions of lives.

The advance was an early success for the Saudi- and United Arab Emirates-led alliance, which launched the operation in Hodeidah three days ago.

Coalition forces said they can seize the city quickly enough to avoid interrupting aid to the millions facing starvation.

Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi called on his followers late Thursday to head to the frontlines to fight the “instruments of the United States and Israel.” (Reuters)

China’s antibiotic use dropped in 2017

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Antibiotic use in China dropped 7.7 percent among outpatient services, while inpatient use fell 36 percent last year, according to Chinese medical officials.

Gao Yanhong, from the National Health Commission, said that China has been improving its clinical drug use and the overall situation of antibiotic resistance remains stable.

Resulting from the overuse of antibiotics, drug-resistant superbugs are one of the major challenges that  global public health faces.

Chinese authorities have required the strengthening of supervision and management in prescribing antibiotics for children, the elderly, and pregnant women. (Xinhua – People’s Daily app)

Cambodian prince injured, wife dead from car collision

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A Cambodian prince was injured and his wife killed in a head-on collision on a highway in Southwest Cambodia on Sunday, officials said.

Prince Norodom Ranariddh and his wife Ouk Phalla were rushed to a hospital after a taxi travelling in the other direction slammed into their motorcade in Preah Sihanouk Province.

Phalla died in a nearby facility while Ranariddh, the head of the royalist Funcinpec party, was flown to a hospital in Phnom Penh. (People’s Daily app)

1 dead, over 20 wounded after gunmen open fire at New Jersey art festival

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Two gunmen opened fire at a 24-hour art festival in Trenton, New Jersey, killing 1 and injuring 22, officials from the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office confirmed. 

The alleged shooters began shooting into a crowd of people early Sunday morning around 3 am at the Art All Night festival, according to Mercer County prosecutor Angelo Onofri.

Onofri confirmed that one of the gunmen, a 33-year-old male, had been killed, while the second was in police custody. 

It absolutely could’ve been worse given the confined space and the number of shots that appear to have been fired,” Onofri said, adding that about a thousand people were in the area where the gunmen started shooting. (People’s Daily app)

Federer wins 98th ATP title in Stuttgart ahead of return to Number 1

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Roger Federer claimed his 98th ATP title on Sunday with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) defeat of Milos Raonic in the grass-court Stuttgart Cup final.

The Swiss great, who will be chasing a ninth Wimbledon triumph next month, beat his Canadian opponent for the 11th time in 14 meetings while winning a first Stuttgart title.

The 36-year-old will regain the world number one ranking on Monday and is playing next week as top seed in Halle. (AFP)

Mexico upsets German champs, Serbia ousts Costa Rica, Switzerland ties Brazil

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In a stunning upset just as the tournament is getting warmed up, Mexico defeated reigning World Cup champions Germany, 1-0.

The win gives Mexico three points and puts them in prime position to advance out of the group stage, while Germany cannot afford another loss as they face South Korea and Sweden.

Aleksandar Kolarov's brilliant second-half free-kick gave Serbia a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in their opening World Cup group match in Samara on Sunday. 

Serbia now occupies a strong early position in Group E ahead of games against Brazil and Switzerland.  

In the last surprise of the day, a young Swiss team held Brazil to a tie to keep hope alive.

By the end of the first half, Brazil was up 1-0. But it was during the second half when the action heated up as Swiss mid-fielder Steven Zuber saved the day with a goal scoring header in the 49th minute at Rostov Arena.  (People’s Daily app)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

Now for the Question of the Day:

Q: What is the typical delicacy eaten during Dragon Boat Festival?  (Zongzi)

Today’s quote is from Chinese poet Qu Yuan.

"Let my heart be calm and my mind at ease, why should I be afraid? Yet still, in mounting sorrow and anguish, long I lament and sigh."

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