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China's civil aviation fleet exceeds 3,700
Passenger planes serving China's civil aviation industry reached 3,722 by the end of June this year, said the latest statistics released by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
Besides the expanding aircraft fleet, China has also made efforts to enhance its infrastructure to sustain the growth of the civil aviation industry.
By the end of June, China's total number of civil airports reached 236, CAAC said. (Xinhua)
EU fines US chipmaker Qualcomm 242 mln euros for predatory pricing
The European Commission on Thursday fined US chipmaker Qualcomm 242 million euros for predatory pricing.
The case concerns Qualcomm chipsets of the third generation ("3G") standard between mid-2009 and mid-2011, and the European Commission found the US chip giant's intention was to eliminate Icera, its main rival to Qualcomm's chipset business.
In May 2011, Icera was acquired by US tech company Nvidia, which decided to wind down its baseband chipset business line in 2015.
The European Commission said the fine represents 1.27 percent of Qualcomm's turnover in 2018. (AFP)
Man shouting 'You die' kills 33 at Japan anime studio
A man screaming "You die!" burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire Thursday, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked anime fans across Japan and beyond.
36 others were injured, some of them critically.
The suspect was injured and taken to a hospital. Police identified him only a 41-year-old man who was not a company employee. They gave no immediate details on the motive. (AP)
Russia offers to sell Su-35 jets to Turkey after US ends F-35 deal
Russia is willing to supply Turkey with Su-35 fighters if Ankara wants them, the head of Russia's hi-tech conglomerate Rostec Sergei Chemezov said Thursday, after the US kicked Turkey out of the F-35 program.
Developed on the basis of the Su-27, the Su-35 is a supersonic multi-purpose fighter with a single seat and twin engines.
On Wednesday, the White House confirmed in a statement Turkey's purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems has led to the termination of Ankara's involvement in the F-35 program. (Xinhua)
India reschedules launch of its moon mission for Monday
India’s space agency said it will launch a spacecraft to the Moon’s south pole on Monday after stopping an attempt this week.
The Indian Space Research Organization said the Chandrayaan-2 launch is set for 2:43 pm on Monday.
The space organization said Thursday that the cause of the previous technical snag had been identified and corrected.
The earlier launch attempt was called off less than an hour before the rocket launcher lifted off. (AP)
Zhang Yingying’s murderer receives life sentence
Brent Christensen, the man charged with killing Zhang Yingying, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday.
Ever since Zhang's case entered the sentencing phase, the focus shifted on whether Christensen should receive the death penalty.
After eight hours of deliberation starting on Wednesday, jurors reached their final decision Thursday afternoon.
Christensen was sentenced to life in prison after the jury failed to reach a unanimous decision required to sentence him to death, media reports said.
Zhang enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in April 2017 to continue her studies. Two months later, she was last seen entering a black car.
FBI investigators arrested Christensen three weeks after Zhang was reported missing on June 30. He was charged with kidnapping and murder.
Christensen was found guilty by an Illinois jury on June 24, 2019. (People’s Daily app)
China mulls naming peony as national flower
China has launched an online poll to solicit public opinions on whether to name peony or another flower as its "national flower," according to the China Flower Association (CFA).
Based on suggestions from an expert team, the association listed 10 candidates including the peony, chrysanthemum, orchid, Chinese rose, and narcissus.
Recommending the peony as China's national flower, the CFA said in an online statement that the flower has been widely planted around China with a history of more than 4,000 years and has long been called "king of the flowers" in the country.
Prerequisites to be nominated as China's national flower include originating in the country with a long history, being elegant in both shape and color, and being able to represent Chinese culture, according to the CFA. (Xinhua)
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