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China to hold 6th World Internet Conference in October
China will hold the sixth World Internet Conference in October in the river town of Wuzhen in eastern China's Zhejiang Province, according to the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) Wednesday.
Focusing on science and technology, industries and economy, humanity and society, and cooperation and governance, the conference will see 20 sub-forums, covering popular and cutting-edge topics such as artificial intelligence, 5G and industrial digitalization.
Guests from over 70 countries and regions will attend the conference. (Xinhua)
Air China jet returns to Dulles after engine fire reported
US officials say an Air China jet bound for Beijing made an emergency return Tuesday to Dulles International Airport after reporting an engine fire.
In a statement, the US Federal Aviation Administration says that the Air China flight landed safely in Washington after reporting an engine fire and that its pilot was in contact with air traffic control at all times.
A spokesman for the Washington Metropolitan Airport Authority identified the aircraft as a Boeing 777. (AP)
Trump to name Robert O'Brien as national security advisor
US President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he will name Robert O'Brien, a senior hostage affairs official at the State Department, as his next national security advisor.
O'Brien will replace John Bolton, the third US national security advisor during the Trump administration, who ended his tenure over a week ago, as his relationship with Trump frayed over policy differences. (Xinhua)
US Secretary of State lands in Saudi Arabia, blames Iran for oil plants attacks
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed on Wednesday in Jeddah, a major city in Saudi Arabia, and blamed Iran for standing behind the attacks that targeted two Saudi oil plants.
He is on a visit to discuss response for the attacks that occurred on Saturday, which disturbed the international oil supply.
Pompeo described the attack as an "act of war," Al Arabiya TV reported.
He said that the Houthis were not behind the attacks but Iran, stressing the availability of evidence that Iraq was not the source of the attack. (Xinhua)
Fire at school outside Liberia’s capital kills at least 27
A fire at a Quranic school outside Liberia’s capital has killed at least 27 people and many are thought to be children, police said Wednesday.
The fire around midnight gutted a dormitory and school building where students slept, police spokesman Moses Carter said.
Only the imam and two students escaped, he said. The cause of the fire is under investigation. (AP)
Paris tests new bubble-shaped water taxi
Paris is testing out a new form of travel: an eco-friendly bubble-shaped taxi that zips along the water up and down the Seine River.
The boats can fit four passengers, and if they get approved, can be ordered on an app like land taxis, shared bikes or other forms of transport.
Its designers hope to run the so-called Seabubbles commercially in Paris and other cities starting next year.
Anders Bringdal, SeaBubbles CEO said the water taxi will “not only be fun” but also makes economic sense. (AP)
'Lord of the Rings' show to start filming in New Zealand
US-based streaming giant Amazon announced Wednesday its big-budget "Lord of the Rings" series will within months start filming in New Zealand, home to Peter Jackson's movies of the fantasy epic.
Amazon is reportedly spending $1 billion-plus on the series.
Amazon Studios said pre-production had already begun and shooting would start in Auckland "in the coming months". (AFP)
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Who discovered the vaccination against smallpox in 1796?
(Answer: Edward Jenner.)
Today’s quote is from American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886).
"The brain is wider than the sky."
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