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China to establish national technological security management list system
China's National Development and Reform Commission has been tasked with organizing a study on establishing a national technological security management list system, Xinhua learned Saturday.
The move, which is taken according to the National Security Law and other related laws and regulations, aims to "more effectively forestall and defuse national security risks," the commission said.
The detailed measures will be unveiled in the near future. (Xinhua)
China's spacecraft tracking ship Yuanwang-3 departs for new monitoring missions
China's spacecraft tracking ship Yuanwang-3 on Saturday set sail for the southern Pacific Ocean from a port in east China's Jiangsu Province for upcoming satellite maritime monitoring missions.
It is the second voyage of the ship this year, and the 52nd since it was launched more than 20 years ago.
Yuanwang-3, China's second-generation space tracking ship, has completed 82 missions, including maritime tracking of the Shenzhou spacecraft, the Chang'e lunar probe and BeiDou satellites. (Xinhua)
US to halt F-35 training for Turkish pilots
The Pentagon announced in a letter that it would halt F-35 fighter jet training for Turkish pilots over Ankara's purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system, Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Saturday.
In a letter to Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, US acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said that all Turkish pilots in the program must leave the country by July 31 and that training for new pilots will be suspended.
The US repeatedly warned that it will cut off Ankara's purchase of F-35 fighter jets if the Turkish government goes ahead with plans to buy the Russian S-400 air defense system, triggering a heated dispute between the two NATO allies. (Xinhua)
Sri Lanka president sacks intelligence chief over Easter attacks probe
Sri Lanka's president has sacked the national intelligence chief and will not cooperate with a parliamentary investigation into security lapses before the Easter suicide bombings, officials said Saturday.
Maithripala Sirisena summoned an emergency cabinet meeting on Friday night to oppose a parliamentary select committee probe into the April 21 attacks that killed 258 people, including 45 foreigners, and wounded nearly 500.
Chief of National Intelligence Sisira Mendis was sacked after testifying to the inquiry last week that the attacks could have been averted.
Sirisena's office did not give a reason for the sacking. (AFP)
Barty ends Australia's 46-year wait for French Open title
Ashleigh Barty ended Australia's 46-year wait for a French Open singles title on Saturday by thrashing nervous Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova in a one-sided women's final.
Eighth seed Barty got off to a strong start and never looked back, winning 6-1, 6-3 in just 70 minutes to claim her maiden Grand Slam title.
The 23-year-old will rise to second in the world behind Naomi Osaka when the latest rankings are released next week, after becoming the first Australian winner at Roland Garros since Margaret Court won her trophies in 1973. (AFP)
Spain and Portugal to consider joint bid for 2030 World Cup
Spain and Portugal will consider a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup.
The soccer federations released a statement on Saturday saying they will start a "thorough process to analyze the possibility of presenting a joint bid."
Other bidders for the 2030 World Cup might include Britain together with Ireland, and a coalition of South American countries Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile.
The host for the 2030 event will be announced at the FIFA Congress in Qatar during the 2022 World Cup. (AP)
Tokyo zoo celebrates second birthday of Xiang Xiang the Panda
The panda Xiang Xiang who lives at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo will be two years old on Wednesday, and the zoo is holding a series of events to celebrate the birthday of the popular guest.
Xiang Xiang was born in Japan in June 2017, and quickly became a star. About 4.5 million visited her in 2017, and a further 4.96 million people came in 2018.
Xiang Xiang was scheduled to be returned to China when she turns 2 years old. But the return date has been pushed back to 2020 in recognition of the desire of the Japanese people for her to stay with them a little longer. (China Plus)
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What does a cryometer measure?
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