CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (8/19/2019 Mon.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (8/19/2019 Mon.)

People's Daily app

05:03, August 19, 2019



Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app. 

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Chinese tourists injured in Moscow bus accident 

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A bus carrying Chinese tourists crashed into a utility pole in East Moscow on Sunday, injuring over 10 people, Russian police told Chinese consular officials.

Surveillance camera footage showed the accident happened when the bus abruptly turned right to avoid rear-ending cars at an intersection, and then hit a utility pole, smashing the windshield.

The injured passengers were taken to a hospital for a check-up. (Xinhua)

Chinese police launch probe after handgun found in FedEx package

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Police in Fuzhou, Southeast China's Fujian Province, said Sunday an investigation had been launched into a case involving a FedEx package containing a gun.

The public security bureau of Jin'an District said it had earlier received a report that a gun was found in a FedEx package sent by a US client to a sporting goods company in Fujian.

The gun has been seized by Fuzhou police and an investigation is underway. (Xinhua)

IS claims bombing at Kabul wedding that killed 63

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At least 63 people were killed and over 180 others wounded in Saturday night's suicide explosion at a wedding hall in western Kabul, police of the Afghan capital confirmed on Sunday.

The local Islamic State affiliate claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack in the capital this year.

The wedding, at which more than 1,200 people had been invited, was in fact a mixed crowd of Shiites and Sunnis, said the event hall's owner, Hussain Ali.

The Taliban, which the US hopes will help curb the IS affiliate's rise, condemned Saturday's attack as "forbidden and unjustifiable." (AP)

Brexit minister signs order to end EU law in Britain

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Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has signed an order that will end all European Union (EU) Law in Britain beginning October 31, the British government said Sunday.

Barclay has signed into legislation to repeal the Act of Parliament which set in stone Britain's EU membership in 1972, the government also said in a statement.

The order will repeal the 1972 Act and bring the European Union Withdrawal Act into force. (Xinhua)

Bangladesh fire destroys 15,000 homes in Dhaka slum

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Around 50,000 people are homeless in Bangladesh after a fire tore through a slum in the capital of Dhaka. About 15,000 homes were destroyed in the Chalantika slum on Friday, the BBC reported. 

There were no fatalities reported, but at least four people, including a firefighter, sustained injuries.

The fire erupted at the Jhilpar slum around 7:22 pm. There is no word yet on the cause of the blaze, but locals suspect the fire may have originated from a short circuit or a stove. (CGTN)

Alaska man discovers message in bottle from Russian Navy


A US man discovered a 50-year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian Navy on the shores of western Alaska.

Tyler Ivanoff shared his discovery on Facebook where Russian speakers translated the message to be a greeting from a Cold War Russian sailor dated 1969, officials said. The message included an address and a request for a response from the person who finds it.

Reporters from the state-owned Russian media network, Russia-1, tracked down the original writer, Captain Anatoliy Botsanenko.

The message was sent while he was aboard the Sulak, a ship whose construction he oversaw in 1966 and that he sailed on until 1970, Botsanenko said.

When shown pictures of the bottle and note, Botsanenko teared up in joy, officials said. (AP)

'Good Boys' tops North American box office in opening weekend


Universal's comedy film "Good Boys" sprinted to the top of North American box office in its opening weekend, unseating "Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw" with $21 million.

"Good Boys" has been the first R-rated comedy film which scored a top spot in North America in three years since 2016's "The Boss." Directed by Gene Stupnitsky and starring Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon and Keith L. Williams, the film tells the story of three 6th graders who ditch school and embark on an epic journey. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What animal's diet is made up almost entirely of eucalypti leaves?

(Answer: Koala Bear.) 

Today’s quote is from French novelist Marquis de Sade (1740-1814). 

"Happiness is ideal, it is the work of the imagination."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, and Paris Yelu Xu. Music by Eugene Loner.)

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