CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (7/15/2018 Sun.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (7/15/2018 Sun.)

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05:22, July 15, 2018

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app. 

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China to set up new cross-border e-commerce pilot zones for greater opening-up

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China has newly identified 22 cities as venues for comprehensive cross-border e-commerce pilot zones in an effort to boost cross-border e-commerce, promote opening-up and upgrade foreign trade, the State Council announced Friday.

The comprehensive cross-border e-commerce pilot zones established in 13 cities including Hangzhou by the State Council in 2015 have since made notable progress, with cross-border e-commerce turnover doubling year on year for two years in a row.

The State Council decided to expand cross-border e-commerce pilot zones to more areas with sound e-commerce facilities and big potential for foreign trade. Priority will be given to central and western regions and northeast China. (Xinhua)

Belgium wins World Cup 2018 bronze medal, see off England 2-0

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Belgium has achieved its best World Cup finish by beating England 2-0 in a third-place playoff.

Thomas Meunier gave Belgium the lead in the fourth minute when he prodded a Nacer Chadli cross past Jordan Pickford in the England goal.

Belgium was a constant threat on quick, incisive counterattacks and made it count again when Eden Hazard scored from a Kevin de Bruyne pass in the 82nd. Belgium’s previous best finish at the World Cup was fourth place in 1986.

It was Belgium’s second win over England in the tournament, following the 1-0 victory in the group stage. (AP)

Nearly 130 killed in Pakistan suicide bombing 

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A suicide bomb attack during a political rally in the Mastung District in Pakistan on Friday left nearly 130 people dead and some 200 injured, making it the country’s deadliest terrorist incident since the 2014 Peshawar campus attack.

The suicide bomber detonated explosives during a corner meeting of the Balochistan Awami party.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack. 

The Pakistani government on Saturday issued a statement about the bombings and announced that Sunday, July 15 would be a National Day of Mourning. (People’s Daily app)

White House Twitter blunder claims Scotland not part of UK

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White House officials were left red-faced on Friday, after a tweet posted on the Oval Office’s official account said the US president was departing the UK for Scotland – a country that remains part of the United Kingdom.

The tweet said Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump “had tea with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle before departing the U.K.” The post was later deleted after Twitter users highlighted the mistake. (CGTN)

First domestically developed AIDS drug to be available to public

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China's first domestically developed long-acting injectable AIDS drug will be available to the public soon and is expected to benefit tens of thousands of people infected with HIV.

The drug, Albuvirtide, was recently approved by the State Drug Administration, according to a notice on the administration's website.

Developed by Nanjing-based Frontier Biotechnologies, the drug, which can be administered weekly, is said to be able to block the fusion of the virus and host cell membranes. (China Daily)

Two more defendants sentenced in death of USC Chinese student

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Two more defendants were sentenced Friday for the 2014 killing of Ji Xinran, a Chinese graduate student at the University of Southern California (USC).

Alejandra Guerrero, 20, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, while her co-defendant Jonathan Del Carmen, 23, was given a term of 15 years to life.

On July 24, 2014, Guerrero, Del Carmen, and two others attempted to rob Ji when the Chinese student was walking home from a study session.

One of the assailants caught up with Ji and hit him repeatedly with a baseball bat. Ji made his way back to his apartment and was found dead hours later by his roommate. (Xinhua)

Stolen 1,500-yr-old statue head returns to China

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A 1,500-year-old statue head that was stolen from the Yungang Grottoes in north China's Shanxi Province has been returned to China.

The statue head was donated to the Shanxi Museum by John S.C. Wang and his wife on Friday.

The head, dating back 1,500 years to Northern Wei Dynasty (386-535), was stolen around 1925 from a cave in Yungang Grottoes. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Which Italian traveler became famous after making his way to China along the Silk Route in the 13th and 14th centuries?

Marco Polo (1254—1324).

Today’s quote is from Chinese philosopher Confucius.

"To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge." 

 (Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, and Raymond Mendoza)

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