CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (9/14/2019 Sat.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (9/14/2019 Sat.)

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05:15, September 14, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app. 

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China's railways brace for Mid-Autumn Festival travel peak

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China's railways recorded a travel rush on Friday, the first day of the three-day Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, as many people go home to be with their families or visit tourist attractions.

A total of 13.7 million train trips were expected to be made Friday, said China Railway.

To meet the surging travel demand, a total of 802 extra trains were put into service on Thursday, according to the company. (Xinhua)

UK's Johnson to meet EU's Juncker on Monday for Brexit talks

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Boris Johnson will meet EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker in Luxembourg on Monday, officials said, as the British prime minister tries to broker a Brexit compromise ahead of the October 31 deadline.

Johnson no longer commands a working majority in the House of Commons, and lawmakers have instructed him to seek a deadline extension from Brussels if no deal emerges.

Johnson has refused, vowing to get Brexit done on schedule and insisting he would strike a new deal. (AFP)

Biden fights off rivals in Democratic 2020 debate

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Frontrunner Joe Biden went on the offensive Thursday in the third Democratic debate of the 2020 White House race, clashing with top rivals on the fraught issue of healthcare in America and brushing off attacks from lesser challengers.

Under pressure to appear in command -- and dispel doubts over his stamina -- the 76-year-old Biden pushed hard against liberals Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in an almost three-hour showdown in Houston, Texas.

Biden maintains a grip on pole position with 26.8 percent support, despite a recent dip, according to a poll average compiled by RealClearPolitics. (AFP)

Europe calls on Iran to cooperate with UN nuclear watchdog

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France, Germany, Britain and the European Union (EU) have issued a joint statement calling on Iran to work with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) after the UN's nuclear watchdog confirmed earlier this week that advanced centrifuges had been installed at a nuclear plant, the French Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

In the joint statement, the three countries and the EU's foreign policy chief said Tehran's recent actions and activities were "deeply concerning" and urged Iran to stick to its commitments under the 2015 deal on its nuclear program.

US President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the agreement in May last year and re-imposed its sanctions on Iran. In retaliation, Iran started to violate agreed parameters of its nuclear capacity. (Xinhua)

At least 11 dead in Brazil hospital blaze

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A fire raced through a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, forcing staff to wheel patients into the streets on beds or in wheelchairs and leaving at least 11 people dead, Brazilian officials said Friday.

Four firefighters were hospitalized after battling the overnight blaze at Badim Hospital and about 90 patients were transferred to other hospitals, according to the fire department. 

Authorities are investigating the cause of the blaze. (AP)

Berlin's twin panda newborns develop 'magnificently'

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The twin panda cubs born in Zoo Berlin, the first-ever panda cubs born in Germany, are developing "magnificently", updated the Zoo Berlin on Friday.

The six-year-old giant panda Meng Meng, sent by China to Germany in 2017 together with male panda Jiao Qing, gave birth to twin panda cubs on Aug. 31.

An expert team is supporting Meng Meng in the rearing process around the clock. The birth weight of the twins has now more than doubled. (Xinhua)

Argentina beat France and face Spain in the Basketball World Cup Final

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Argentina defeated France 80-66 in the second semifinal in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Beijing on Friday. Argentina now goes into the final of the international basketball event again after winning gold at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Thirty-nine-year-old Luis Scola dropped a game-high 28 points.

Argentina and Spain will compete for the championship in Beijing on Sunday after the Spanish beat Australia in the other semi. (CGTN)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Who wrote the famous Chinese poem line about the Mid-Autumn Festival: “As the bright moon shines over the sea, from far away you share this moment with me”?

(Answer: Chinese poet Zhang Jiuling (675-740 AD).) 

Today's quote is from Italian poet Persius (34 - 62).

"We consume our tomorrows fretting about our yesterdays."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Brian Lowe, Elaine Yue Lin, and Da Hang. Music by Eugene Loner.)



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