CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (8/26/2019 Mon.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (8/26/2019 Mon.)

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05:30, August 26, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app. 

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Hong Kong protests turn violent, several policemen injured

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Protests turned violent in Tsuen Wan, in the western New Territories of Hong Kong, on Sunday as radical protesters hurled petrol bombs at police officers and brutally assaulted them.

Several police officers were injured after they were attacked by rioters while they were on duty in Tsuen Wan. Hong Kong's Commissioner of Police Lo Wai-chung visited the injured officers in Princess Margaret Hospital on Sunday night.

Lo expressed strong anger and condemnation against the reckless, violent and unlawful acts and said the police force will strive to investigate all violent acts that have caused serious even life-threatening injuries. (Xinhua)

Ho Iat Seng elected Macao's chief executive-designate

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Ho Iat Seng, the lone candidate of the fifth-term chief executive (CE) election of China's Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR), was declared the winner on Sunday.

All 400 members of the CE election committee for the region's next chief executive started voting at 10:00 am at the landmark Macao East Asian Games Dome.

Song Man Lei, president of the CE election committee told its 400 members and media, "Mr. Ho Iat Seng gained 392 votes to be the CE-designate." (Xinhua)

Boris Johnson says a Brexit deal is now 'touch and go'

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday the chances of agreeing on a Brexit deal would be "touch and go" while noting the chances are improving.

Johnson, who is attending the annual G7 summit in the French town of Biarritz, made the remarks during a BBC interview.

Johnson said the likelihood of a Brexit deal depends on the EU, and also said he could easily cope with a no-deal Brexit scenario. (CGTN) 

S. Korean military drills around disputed island draw Japanese protest

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South Korean forces began two days of expanded drills on Sunday around an island also claimed by Japan, prompting a protest from Tokyo only days after Seoul said it would scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with its neighbor amid worsening relations.

Tokyo and Seoul have long been at loggerheads over the sovereignty of the group of islets called Takeshima in Japanese and Dokdo in Korean that lie about halfway between the two countries in the East Sea.

South Korean guards have been stationed there since the 1950s and the country’s maritime forces have conducted annual defense drills around the area, twice a year, usually in June and December. (CGTN)

Mid-air collision kills seven in Spain's Mallorca

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Seven people, including a child, died Sunday afternoon after their helicopter collided with an ultra-light aircraft over the island of Mallorca, the Regional Government of the Balearic Islands confirmed.

Seven people were confirmed dead, with two of the victims from the aircraft and five from the helicopter.

The Spanish Civil Guards indicated that they believe the victims in the helicopter could be German nationals. (Xinhua)

Ancient Buddhist cliff carvings found in China

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Buddhist cliff carvings dating back 1,200 years have been discovered in Southwest China's Sichuan Province, local authorities said.

The Buddha carvings were found in Baiyu County in the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, and marks the first time for such a discovery in the county's history. Archaeologists believe they were created in the late Tibetan Tubo Kingdom (about 618-842), based on their style.

The discovery may give evidence to the view that the ancient road linking the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and the Tibetan Tubo Kingdom was not just one road but rather a network of roads. (Xinhua)

'Angel Has Fallen' leads North American box office in opening weekend

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Lionsgate and Millennium's "Angel Has Fallen" led ticket sales at the North American box office with a better-than-expected $21.25 million in its opening weekend.

Directed by Ric Roman Waugh, starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, the action film follows a US Secret Service Agent who is wrongfully accused for the attempted assassination of the president and must evade his own agency and the FBI to uncover the truth.

Universal's comedy film "Good Boys" slid to second place with $11.75 million in its second weekend. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What type of food do penguins eat?

(Answer: Fish.) 

Today’s quote is from Greek philosopher Democritus (460 BC - 370 BC).

"Hope of ill gain is the beginning of loss."

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

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