CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (7/16/2018 Mon.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (7/16/2018 Mon.)

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04:33, July 16, 2018

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

France clinches second World Cup title with victory over Croatia

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France has clinched its second World Cup title with a 4-2 win over Croatia after a dramatic final in Moscow featuring a series of firsts.

France led 2-1 at halftime courtesy of the first own-goal and the first video-reviewed penalty in a World Cup final. 

Then France quickly took a 4-1 lead with goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe in the 59th and 65th minutes before Mario Mandzukic pulled one back for the Croatians in the 69th.

This was Croatia’s first appearance in a World Cup final. For France, it was a first World Cup crown since winning on home soil in 1998. (AP)

Hainan to launch 20 more international flight routes this year

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South China's Hainan Province plans to open another 20 international air routes by the end of this year as the island strives to build itself into a major international tropical resort and free trade port, the provincial tourism department said on Sunday.

More flights will be available linking the island with China's Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, as well as Russia and Southeast Asian countries. The number of international flights is expected to reach 100 by 2020, the department said. (Xinhua)

China's central bank regulates forced cashless payments

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China's central bank is taking measures to ban business practices of refusing or discriminating against cash payments to deal with the over-hype of a cashless society.

Some consumers have complained about being denied the ability to use cash in places like tourist areas, restaurants, and retail stores, which harm the legal status of the Chinese yuan as well as consumers' rights to choose means of payment, according to a statement released Friday by the People's Bank of China.

Banking institutions and non-banking payment platforms should not require or induce business entities or individuals to refuse or take discriminatory measures against cash payments, and these practices should be rectified within one month, the statement pointed out. (Xinhua)

Trump arrives in Finland for summit with Putin

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US President Donald Trump arrived in Helsinki, the capital city of Finland, for his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The US president has no public appearances planned after his nighttime arrival. He is due to meet with Putin on Monday.

Trump, and his wife Melania, spent the weekend at one of his golf resorts in Turnberry, Scotland, about an hour’s drive from Glasgow.

Announced at the end of last month, the Trump-Putin summit is the largest event of its kind in the Finnish capital since former US President Bill Clinton and Russian counterpart Boris Yeltsin met in 1994.

 (People’s Daily app - AP)

North Korean table tennis players arrive in South Korea to compete in event

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North Korean table tennis players arrived in Seoul on Sunday to compete in an international event hosted by South Korea, local television reported. 

The North Korean delegation, composed of 16 players and nine officials, landed at Seoul’s Incheon International Airport around noon local time (0310 GMT) via Beijing.

During the inter-Korean talks earlier this month, Pyongyang agreed to send a table tennis delegation to compete at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour Platinum Korean Open slated for July 17-22 in Daejeon, 160 km south of the South Korean capital.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korea’s top leader Kim Jong Un agreed to increase sports exchanges during their first summit on April 27 at the border village of Panmunjom. (Xinhua)

Last victim retrieved from sunken Phuket boat

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The last victim from the boat that capsized off the coast of Thailand’s tourist hot spot Phuket was found Sunday, a joint rescue team announced.

The international rescue team, comprised of divers from China, Thailand, New Zealand, Britain, Portugal and Australia, retrieved the body Sunday evening, putting an end to the nine-day mission. 

Divers retrieved the body after several days of trying to get it out from under the sunken dive vessel that capsized in rough waters off the coast of Phuket Island.

The maritime accident claimed the lives of 47 Chinese tourists. (People’s Daily app)

Hotel Transylvania 3 tops charts, 'Skyscraper' stumbles

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“Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” has checked into the No. 1 spot at the North America box office in its opening weekend and left the Dwayne Johnson action thriller, “Skyscraper,” in the dust.

Sony Pictures estimates Sunday that the animated family movie earned $44.1 million from North American theaters.

It easily beat out Johnson’s “Skyscraper,” which remained earthbound in its first weekend in North America. The Universal Pictures film brought in only $25.5 million domestically. “Skyscraper” cost a reported $125 million to produce.

Second place went to Disney and Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” which brought in an additional $28.8 million in its second weekend, down 62 percent from last week. (AP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

When was the last time that France won the championship of the World Cup? 

(Answer: 1998 FIFA World Cup.)

Today’s quote is from Winston Churchill.

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." 

 (Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, and Lance Crayon.)

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