CHINA People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (10/09/2018 Tue.)

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People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (10/09/2018 Tue.)

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21:15, October 09, 2018

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This is People’s Daily Tonight, your news source from China. 

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China plans to speed up renovating shantytowns

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A State Council executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang vowed to speed up renovating shantytowns in China and tighten supervision over construction quality and safety based on the requirements of the 2018 government work report.

It also urged an improvement in the monetary compensation policy for renovating shantytowns, which should be suitable for local conditions.

Between January and September, China started renovating 5.34 million shantytown units, or more than 92 percent of this year's target. (Xinhua)

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Explosion reported at Ukraine ammunitions depot, people evacuate

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An ammunition depot exploded 176 kilometers east of the Ukrainian capital Kiev early Tuesday morning, the country's Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The blast caused no casualties. The evacuation of the areas surrounding the depot is underway, the ministry said in a statement.

According to regional administration, people are being evacuated from 38 towns and villages.

The blast occurred at about 3:30 am local time, triggering a fire and the subsequent massive detonation of the ammunition.

The cause of the explosion is still unknown.

Last year, blasts occurred at three major arms storage facilities in central and eastern Ukraine. (People’s Daily app)

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Trump says America owes Kavanaugh apology after Supreme Court battle

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US President Donald Trump said he was apologizing on behalf of the whole country to his new conservative Supreme Court justice.

This, after one of the most contentious confirmation processes in US history.

At a White House swearing-in ceremony, Trump stood next to Justice Brett Kavanaugh and said he had been "proven innocent" of the sexual assault allegations that threatened to derail him in a Senate confirmation process.

Trump showed he still considers the nomination row a political battle.

Before the ceremony, he described Democrats as "evil" and the sexual assault claims as a “hoax."

But after being sworn in, Kavanaugh struck a more conciliatory tone.

He told an audience that included the entire Supreme Court and a Who's Who of Republican movers and shakers that he had "no bitterness,” and would never bring politics into the top court. (AFP)

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China launches new remote sensing satellites

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Two remote sensing satellites were successfully sent into space Tuesday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.

The satellites, both belonging to the Yaogan-32 family, were launched by a Long March-2C rocket with an upper stage on its top, at 10:43 a.m. Beijing time.

The satellites have entered the planned orbits, and will be used for electromagnetic environment surveys and other related technology tests.

This was the first flight of the upper stage named Yuanzheng-1S, or Expedition-1S. It cooperated well with the Long March-2C rocket and much improved the carrying capacity of the rocket, according to the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology.

Tuesday's launch was the 286th mission of the Long March rocket series. (Xinhua)

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39 village leaders sacked for crime links

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The heads of 39 villages in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong were fired and put under investigation in the first eight months of the year for suspected involvement in mafia-style gangs.

A People's Daily report quoted Guangdong authorities as saying elections to replace the dismissed village Party chiefs and village committee directors were held last month.

Police have busted a large number of violent gangs that used to be active in rural areas, in a grassroots-level anti-triad campaign across the province since the beginning of the year.

Aside from drug crimes and robberies, the gangs interfered with grassroots elections, owned illegal weapons, illegally raised funds, engaged in fraud, produced and sold counterfeit products, and ran underground casinos. (China Daily)

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China's National Day holiday box office reaches 1.9 bln yuan

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China's box office during the week-long National Day holiday exceeded 1.9 billion yuan (274 million U.S. dollars), China Film News reported Monday.

"Project Gutenberg," a crime thriller starring Hong Kong actors Chow Yun-Fat and Aaron Kwok, was the winner and earned 628 million yuan from Oct. 1 to 7, accumulating a total of 683 million yuan at the box office since its release on Sept. 30.

"Hello, Mrs. Money" came in second, taking in 408 million yuan. Produced by rising production company Mahua FunAge, the film has taked in a total of 516 million yuan in the box office.

The comedy initially topped the box office charts but was surpassed by the "Project Gutenberg".

Industry experts were surprised but happy to see the turn-over, said the report.

"Usually comedies like 'Hello, Mrs. Money' were no doubt the biggest hits during holidays, but the change this year shows that the market and audience increasingly pay more attention to the story, quality and acting in movies," said Yu Chao, a movie theater manager in Beijing.

Director Zhang Yimou's "Shadow" took the third place on box office charts, making 386 million yuan during the week. It has registered a total of 453 million yuan since its release on Sept. 30.

Fourth place went to another comedy "Fat Buddies," with earnings of more than 166 million yuan last week.

Rounding out the top five was the coming-of-age film "Cry Me a Sad River," gaining 92 million yuan during the holiday.

This year's National Day holiday box office was about 28 percent lower than last year's 2.63 billion yuan during the same period, according to the newspaper.

However, figures from the film database Maoyan showed that the country's total box office this year has hit the benchmark of 50 billion yuan by Oct. 4, 47 days earlier than last year. (Xinhua)

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Doctor found guilty but escapes punishment in Spain 'stolen baby' case

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And an elderly Spanish doctor escaped punishment on Monday in the country's first "stolen babies" trial.

This, despite a court finding him guilty of taking a newborn baby from her mother for illegal adoption under the Franco dictatorship.

The Madrid court ruled that Eduardo Vela had seized Ines Madrigal from her biological mother in 1969, but said he could not be legally convicted because she waited too long to file a complaint against him.

Doctors played a major part in the scheme to provide infertile couples with stolen newborns, often with the help of the Catholic Church.

Initially, babies were taken from left-wing opponents of the regime, with the practice later expanded to supposedly illegitimate children and those from poor families. (AFP)

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And that’s People’s Daily Tonight.  Thanks for joining us.

(Produced by David Nye and Zhan Huilan)

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