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Xi sends congratulatory letter to 2019 Smart China Expo
Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the 2019 Smart China Expo that opened Monday in Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality.
Currently, the modern information technology with the internet, big data, and artificial intelligence as the representatives changes rapidly, Xi said in the letter.
The robust advance of a new round of scientific and technological revolution and industry transformation, and fast growth of the intelligent industry have brought significant and far-reaching influence on the economic development, social progress and global governance, Xi noted.
Xi said China is willing to work with the international community to create the age of intelligence and share intelligent achievements. (Xinhua)
China announces six new pilot free trade zones
China on Monday announced a master plan for six new pilot free trade zones (FTZs) in a strategic move to press ahead with reform and opening up in the new era.
The pilot FTZs will be located in the six provincial regions of Shandong, Jiangsu, Guangxi, Hebei, Yunnan, and Heilongjiang, according to the State Council.
Setting up the pilot FTZs is "a major decision by the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council and a strategic move to advance reform and opening up in the new era," the plan said.
This will bring the number of pilot FTZs in the country to 18. (Xinhua)
Trump to invite Putin to G7 in 2020
US President Donald Trump said on Monday that he would invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the summit of the Group of Seven in 2020.
Trump added that he is not sure whether Putin, "a proud man,” would accept the invitation.
Trump has demanded that Russia be readmitted to the group despite disagreement from other leaders.
The G8 format (the US, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, and Russia) had been in place from 1998 to 2014. It was then reduced to G7 due to disagreements with Russia regarding events in Crimea and Ukraine. (Xinhua)
Iran says oil on tanker pursued by US sold to unnamed buyer
Iran on Monday announced that the 2.1 million barrels of crude aboard an Iranian oil tanker pursued by the US has been sold to an unnamed buyer as the ship, at the center of a crisis roiling the region, continued its voyage in the Mediterranean Sea.
Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei declined to name the buyer or terms for the sale. At market rates, the crude oil aboard the Adrian Darya would be worth about $130 million. However, anyone buying it likely would be targeted by US financial sanctions. (AP)
More fires flare up in Amazon as Brazil warplanes fight blazes
Hundreds of new fires have flared up in the Amazon in Brazil, data showed Monday, even as military aircraft dumped water over hard-hit areas and G7 nations pledged to help combat the blazes.
Two C-130 Hercules aircraft carrying thousands of liters of water on Sunday began dousing fires devouring chunks of the world's largest rainforest, which is seen as crucial to keeping climate change in check.
Experts say increased land clearing during the months-long dry season to make way for crops or grazing has aggravated the problem this year. (AFP)
Tiger attacks kill two people in Nepal
At least two people have been killed in separate tiger attacks within a week in Nepal's Bardia National Park, a park official said on Monday.
A 71-year-old man was killed by a tiger on Sunday just outside his home in the western part of the country.
Last Thursday, a tiger killed a 56-year-old woman who was cutting grass for livestock in Geruwa village, the nearest human settlement of the same park.
"Tigers usually don't attack humans, it's only in some cases like if they feel threat or if it's related with their prey," the official said. (Xinhua)
Maldives to deploy tourist scouts to ensure visitor safety
The Maldives Tourism Ministry will deploy tourist scouts across the island country beginning in January 2020 to strengthen the country's lucrative tourism industry, local media reports said Monday.
Minister of Tourism, Ali Waheed, said the tourist scout program aims to ensure the safety of holidaymakers and to provide a safe environment for tourists.
According to the Tourism Ministry, the first phase of the project will introduce 50 lifeguards on 19 islands. (Xinhua)
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And now for the Question of the Day:
The movie “Forbidden Planet” was based on which Shakespeare play?
(Answer: The Tempest.)
Today’s quote is from British poet George Herbert (1593-1633).
"Never was a miser a brave soul."
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