CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (9/24/2019 Tue.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (9/24/2019 Tue.)

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05:48, September 24, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app. 

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Xi meets Iraqi PM on bilateral cooperation, situation in Middle East, Gulf region

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Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday met with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on bilateral cooperation and the situation in the Middle East and Gulf Region at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Hailing their traditional friendship, Xi stressed that China is ready to work with Iraq to push their bilateral strategic partnership to a new height from a new historical starting point.

Xi stressed that China firmly supports Iraqi efforts in safeguarding national sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity, and opposes any external force's interference in Iraqi internal affairs.

Iraq is ready to deepen bilateral pragmatic cooperation in various fields in the framework of the Belt and Road, Abdul Mahdi said. (Xinhua)

Dialogue platform officially launched: HKSAR chief executive

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Chief Executive of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam said on Monday the dialogue platform has been officially launched.

Lam uploaded a picture on social media depicting a small seedling breaking ground, with a caption that read, "No matter how hard it is, there's a way out. Let's talk. The dialogue platform is officially launched."

The HKSAR government announced on September 19 that Lam will attend the first Community Dialogue session on September 26, and 150 people from the community will be invited to attend. (Xinhua)

Bus crash killing Chinese tourists was driver's first trip: investigators

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The US bus crash that killed four Chinese tourists last weekend happened during the driver's first trip, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Sunday.

The Chinese American driver returned to his home in California after he was released following Friday’s crash near Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. It was also reported that 20 passengers sustained injuries from the crash. 

A NTSB official said police obtained a blood sample from the driver to determine if he was under the influence at the time of the accident. (Xinhua)

At least 20 killed in protests in Indonesia’s Papua Province

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At least 20 people were killed Monday, including three shot by police, in violent protests sparked by rumors that a teacher insulted an indigenous student in Indonesia’s restive Papua Province, officials said.

An angry mob torched local government buildings, shops, and homes and set fire to cars and motorbikes on several roads in Wamena, said Papua police.

Papua military spokesman Eko Daryanto said at least 20 civilians were killed in Wamena and Jayapura, mostly after being trapped in burning homes and shops. (AP)

UK travel giant Thomas Cook collapses, stranding tourists

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British travel group Thomas Cook on Monday declared bankruptcy after failing to reach a last-ditch rescue deal, triggering the UK's biggest repatriation since World War II to bring back stranded passengers. 

The 178-year-old operator had failed to seek $250 million from private investors to save it from collapse. 

Reports said a collapse of the group would mean the repatriation of 600,000 tourists, including around 150,000 seeking government help returning to the UK.

The British government described it in a report as the largest repatriation in peacetime history. (AFP)

Hangover 'an illness,' German court rules

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Manufacturers of dietary supplements may not advertise that their products can help treat or prevent hangovers, the German Higher Regional Court (OLG) in Frankfurt ruled on Monday.

The court said that hangovers were an "illness" and dietary supplements may thus not be advertised as preventing hangovers or reducing the symptoms because of a "prohibition of assigning illness-referred characteristics to food."

Symptoms of a hangover, such as fatigue, nausea and headache, would "not occur as a result of the natural up and down of the body, but as a result of the consumption of alcohol, a harmful substance," the court explained. (Xinhua)

'Game of Thrones', 'Fleabag' win big at 71st Primetime Emmy Awards

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HBO's "Game of Thrones" and Amazon's "Fleabag" won top awards at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, picking up Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Comedy Series, respectively.

Billy Porter, who plays the ballroom emcee Pray Tell in "Pose," won his first Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. English actress Jodie Comer took home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as a conniving assassin Villanelle in "Killing Eve." It was also Comer's first Emmy win. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What is the branch of biology called that is devoted to the study of animals?

(Answer: zoology.) 

Today’s quote is from American historian Henry Adams (1838-1918). 

"Morality is a private and costly luxury."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon and Elaine Yue Lin. Music by Eugene Loner.)



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