CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (7/7/2019 Sun.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (7/7/2019 Sun.)

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04:40, July 07, 2019

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China claims 55 of UNESCO world heritages with elected new site

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China's Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City were on Saturday inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a cultural site, bringing the total number of the Asian country's sites on the list to 55.

The decision to add the Chinese cultural site, located in the eastern city of Hangzhou, to UNESCO’s World Heritage List was approved by the World Heritage Committee at its ongoing 43rd session in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku.

"It is considered to be a supreme achievement of prehistoric rice-cultivating civilization of China and East Asia over 5,000 years ago and an outstanding example of early urban civilization," said a report by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the committee's official advisory body. (Xinhua)

Explosion at Florida shopping plaza injures 20

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Twenty people were injured when a vacant pizza restaurant exploded in a South Florida shopping plaza Saturday.

The blast sent debris flying along a busy road in Plantation in Broward County. The restaurant was destroyed, and nearby businesses were damaged.

The Plantation fire department called it a gas explosion. There were no known fatalities immediately after the explosion, said local police. Of the 20 injured, two were seriously hurt. (AP)

Magnitude 7.1 earthquake hits southern California

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A magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit southern California Friday night.

The quake was centered 11 miles from Ridgecrest, the same area of the Mojave Desert where a 6.4-magnitude temblor hit just a day earlier.

No fatalities or major injuries were reported after Friday night’s quake. But warnings by seismologists that large aftershocks were expected to continue for days — if not weeks — prompted further precautions.

Crews in Southern California assessed damage to cracked and burned buildings, broken roads, leaking water and gas lines and other infrastructure. (AP-Xinhua)

IOC lifts suspension of Kuwait Olympic Committee

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has fully lifted the suspension of the Kuwait Olympic Committee (KOC) as a result of the successful implementation of a roadmap agreed between all parties, the IOC said.

The KOC was suspended by decision of the IOC in 2015, to protect the Olympic movement in Kuwait from undue government interference, after a sports law that was not compatible with the basic principles governing the Olympics was passed in the country.

In August 2018, the IOC decided to provisionally lift the suspension of the KOC, acknowledging the progress made, which included the revision of the sports law and an agreement to establish a process for elections of all sports organizations in Kuwait. (Xinhua)

Amazon's Bezos finalizes divorce with $38 bn settlement

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos finalized their divorce Friday to the tune of a $38-billion settlement, Bloomberg News reported.

Under the agreement, MacKenzie Bezos, 49, will receive approximately 19.7 million Amazon.com shares, giving her a four percent stake in the company valued at $38.3 billion, and landing her at 22nd on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the news service said.

Jeff Bezos, 55, will retain a 12 percent stake and remain the world's richest man. (AFP)

South Korean actress charged in Thailand for catching giant clams

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A South Korean actress has been charged in Thailand with catching endangered giant clams while participating in a reality TV show and could face up to four years in prison if found guilty, an official said Friday.

Actress Lee Yeol-eum cheered as she caught the three giant shellfish in a Thai national marine park in March on the survival TV show "The Law of the Jungle." Participants in the show then ate the clams in an episode that aired on June 30.

Chief of the park said he filed police charges against Lee on Wednesday for violating wildlife laws by hunting the giant clams. The charge carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison and a fine of up to $1,300. (CGTN)

Sweden beat England 2-1 in FIFA Women's World Cup third-place playoff

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Sweden won the bronze of the FIFA Women's World Cup with a 2-1 win over England in the third-place playoff on Saturday.

Sweden went 1-0 ahead in the 11th minute through Kosovare Asllani who whacked a fluffed clearance by an English defender into the net.

Sofia Jakobsson made it 2-0 for Sweden in the 22nd minute when she curled a shot across English goalkeeper Carly Telford into the goal.

Fran Kirby pulled one back for England in the 31st minute. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What would an Ishihara test hope to establish?

(Answer: The degree of color-blindness in the subject.)

Today’s quote is from English poet William Cowper (1731-1800).

"The innocent seldom find an uncomfortable pillow."

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