CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (9/30/2019 Mon.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (9/30/2019 Mon.)

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05:26, September 30, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app. 

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Xi presents national medals, honorary titles

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President Xi Jinping awarded national medals and honorary titles of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in the Great Hall of the People on Sunday morning.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, helped the award recipients put on the medals and shook hands with them.

Noting that the recipients are outstanding representatives of the people who contributed to the cause of the party and the people, Xi said their deeds and contributions will always be marked in the history of the PRC. (Xinhua)

President Xi congratulates China's World Cup-winning volleyballers

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Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message on Sunday to the Chinese women's volleyball team, after they claimed the World Cup title in the Japanese city of Osaka.

The Chinese team has successfully defended its World Cup crown with 11 straight victories, winning great honors for the country and the Chinese people, said Xi.

The women's volleyballers didn't fear any opponents and fought hard with both style and skills, demonstrating superb teamwork and a hardworking spirit, added the President.

"Therefore, I would extend my warm congratulations and sincere greetings to you," he said. (Xinhua)

UK’s Johnson denies any wrongdoing in ties with US tech exec

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied wrongdoing Sunday over his links to a US businesswoman who allegedly received money and favorable treatment because of their friendship during his time as the mayor of London.

Asked during a BBC interview about his ties to tech entrepreneur and model Jennifer Arcuri, Johnson sought to suggest that political motivations were behind the decision Friday by the Greater London Authority to refer a conduct matter to a police watchdog agency.

The matter arose from a Sunday Times report saying Arcuri was given 126,000 pounds in public money and privileged access to trade missions to the US, Israel and Asia that Johnson led as mayor, even though her fledgling business had not yet met eligibility requirements for such trips. (AP)

Yemen's Houthi footage shows capture of over 2,000 coalition soldiers in Saudi Najran front

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Yemen's Houthi TV al-Masirah on Sunday broadcasted footage of over 2,000 soldiers of Saudi-led coalition forces, saying that they were "captured" in a major offensive on Saudi border province of Najran.

Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea said in a live broadcast that around 500 other coalition soldiers were killed or injured during the attack. 

The footage also showed dozens of US-made armored vehicles which Sarea said were, "seized in the 72-hour operation" that targeted three coalition brigades. (Xinhua)

Musk unveils SpaceX rocket designed to get to Mars and back

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Elon Musk has unveiled a SpaceX spacecraft designed to carry a crew and cargo to the moon, Mars or anywhere else in the solar system and land back on Earth perpendicularly.

In a livestreamed speech from SpaceX's launch facility near the southern tip of Texas, Musk said Saturday that the space venture's Starship is expected to take off for the first time in about one or two months and reach 65,000 feet (19,800 meters) before landing back on Earth. (AP)

Over half of Europe's endemic trees risk extinction: experts

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More than half of Europe's endemic tree species, including the horse-chestnut, risk extinction, conservationists warned Friday, blaming invasive species, unsustainable logging and urban development for their decline.

In an update to the tree section of its "Red List" of threatened species, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said that out of the 454 tree species native to Europe, 42 percent could disappear from the continent.

And a full 58 percent of the tree species endemic to Europe were now considered threatened with extinction. (AFP)

New 'Terminator' film to hit Chinese theaters

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"Terminator: Dark Fate" will hit Mainland Chinese movie screens later this year.

It's the 6th installment of the franchise, but is meant to pick up the storyline following the events of 'Terminator 2' which was released in the 1990s.

Franchise creator James Cameron wrote the script and Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as 'The Terminator' and will be released in the US on November 1.

An opening date on the mainland has yet to be announced. (China Plus)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What is the name of the Greek God of Music? 

(Answer: Apollo.) 

Today’s quote is from British poet George Herbert (1593-1633). 

"The shortest answer is doing."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon and Paris Yelu Xu. Music by Eugene Loner.)

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