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About 100,000 people to attend mass pageantry on National Day
About 100,000 citizens will march in a mass pageantry on National Day, which falls on October 1, said a senior official with the event's organizer on Wednesday.
The parade will consist of 70 large floats in 36 formations and will march down the Chang'an Avenue in downtown Beijing from east to west, said an executive director of the mass pageantry's organizing department at a press conference.
Among the people in the mass pageantry, more than 400 are compatriots from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, overseas Chinese nationals, and foreign friends, said the official. (Xinhua)
China to add 762 places to major historical and cultural site list
The eighth group consisting of 762 major historical and cultural sites protected at the national level was approved at the State Council's executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday.
With 762 new sites added to the list, the number of major historical and cultural sites protected at the national level will reach 5,058, many of them located in Shanxi, Henan, Hebei, Zhejiang, and Shaanxi provinces.
"Protecting cultural relics is the responsibility of the whole society," Li said. (Xinhua)
Former French president Jacques Chirac has died: family
Former French president Jacques Chirac, a center-right career politician who served as head of state from 1995 to 2007, has died, his family said Thursday. He was 86.
Twice elected head of state in 1995 and 2002, his 12 years in the Elysee Palace made him France's second longest-serving post-war president.
Chirac had rarely been seen in public in recent years and was long known to have been suffering from ill health. (AFP)
Blaze rages on Russian trawler in northern Norway
A Russian trawler with an ammonia tank and about 200,000 liters of diesel oil is in flames at a northern Norwegian port and authorities have evacuated surrounding areas because of an explosion risk.
The Norwegian media said Thursday the fire on the vessel Bukhta Naezdnik started Wednesday.
The trawler is moored at the port of Breivika in the Tromsoe region.
Nearly 100 people had been evacuated from the area, according to local media. (AP)
China Post opens new direct mail service to US
The Shanxi subsidiary of China Post Group in North China's Shanxi Province has opened a direct mail service linking the provincial capital of Taiyuan with the city of Chicago in the US.
Shanxi has witnessed a rapid increase in international mail. In the first eight months of this year, the province reported a total of 1.3 million post mail delivered to the US. (Xinhua)
Ancient gilded coffin is returned to Egypt government
A gilded coffin that was featured at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is on its way back to Egypt after it was determined to be a looted antiquity.
The Met bought the Coffin of Nedjemankh from a Paris art dealer in 2017 for about $4 million and made it the centerpiece of an exhibition. It was removed last February. The Met has apologized to Egypt.
Investigators say the museum was given fraudulent documents, including a forged 1971 Egyptian export license. (AP)
Royal baby Archie makes rare public appearance in South Africa
Baby Archie made a rare public appearance on Wednesday as his parents, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, continued their first official tour as a family in South Africa.
Meghan held Archie as the royal couple met with Nobel Peace Prize winner and Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town.
Archie, born in May, is the first child of Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle and seventh in line to the British throne. (AP)
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