CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (9/4/2019 Wed.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (9/4/2019 Wed.)

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05:01, September 04, 2019



Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Fleet of seven J-20 jets unveiled in Chinese air force video


The Chinese air force released an inspirational video clip Tuesday, in which a fleet of seven J-20 stealth fighter jets was first seen.

The video has demonstrated Chinese air force pilots in a new era bear their original aspiration and mission firmly in mind, Chinese air force sources said.

The J-20 is China's fourth-generation medium- and long-range fighter aircraft, and it was commissioned into air force combat service in 2018. (Xinhua)

FedEx suspected of receiving controlled knives sent to HK

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FedEx is suspected of receiving controlled knives scheduled to be shipped to Hong Kong, the relevant knives have been confiscated by Chinese authorities, local media reported on Tuesday.

An investigation is currently underway. (CGTN)

US imposes sanctions on Iran's space agencies


The United States announced on Tuesday that it has imposed sanctions on Iran's space agencies amid tensions.

The new sanctions, targeting the Iran Space Agency and two of its research institutes, were the first of its kind by Washington as tension in the Middle East escalates. (Xinhua)

Johannesburg mayor calls for military deployment to stop violence


Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba on Tuesday called on the South African army to be deployed in the city to stop looting and burning of shops.

The South African army was recently deployed in Cape Town to combat gang violence.

Some people have been looting and burning shops owned by foreigners in various Johannesburg townships since Sunday. They accuse foreigners of stealing opportunities and jobs meant for locals, selling counterfeit goods and committing crimes. Some shops owned by the South Africans were also broken into and looted. (Xinhua)

Walmart to stop selling handgun ammunition

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Walmart says it will discontinue the sale of handgun ammunition and also publicly request that customers refrain from openly carrying firearms in stores even where state laws allow it.

The announcement comes just days after a mass shooting claimed seven lives in Odessa, Texas and follows two other back-to-back shootings last month, one of them at a Walmart store.

Walmart is further requesting that customers refrain from openly carrying firearms at its stores unless they are law enforcement officers. Last month, a gunman entered a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas and killed 22 people using an AK-style firearm that Walmart already bans the sale of. Texas became an open carry state in 2016, allowing people to openly carry firearms in public. (AP)

Finland named best country for wildlife tourism


Finland has been ranked the best country in the world to visit for wildlife journey, said travel guides publisher Lonely Planet on Tuesday.

The list took into account various factors, such as conservation efforts, wildlife biodiversity, the prevalence of national parks and conservation efforts and protected natural areas.

The survey ranked Finland as the best destination in the world for wildlife travel, due to the country's high level of environmental sustainability, the unique and varied diversity of species, beautiful natural landscapes and conservation efforts. (Xinhua)

New 'Fast and Furious' spin-off continues leading Chinese mainland box office


"Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw," the latest spin-off of "The Fast and Furious" franchise, led the Chinese mainland box office on Monday, the China Movie Data Information Network said.

The film raked in 22.36 million yuan (about $3.11 million), accounting for nearly half of the daily total.

Coming in second was Chinese animated film "Ne Zha," which grossed 10.3 million yuan on Monday and a total of 4.73 billion yuan in 39 days since its debut. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

The fear of what animal is known as "arachnophobia"? 

(Answer: Spiders.)

Today’s quote is from American poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892). 

"Simplicity is the glory of expression."

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

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