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People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (10/15/2019 Tue.)

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20:07, October 15, 2019

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

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Private enterprises invest nearly 14 bln yuan for poverty alleviation

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Over 88,000 private enterprises in China have contributed more than 14 billion yuan in social investment towards targeted poverty reduction and alleviation.

The figures were announced in Beijing at a forum on the nationwide targeted poverty alleviation action.

By the end of June, these companies had also created 661,500 jobs and trained 941,000 people by investing more than 75.4 billion yuan in industries. (Xinhua)

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China's CPI rises 3%, PPI down 1.2% in September

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China's consumer price index, or the CPI, a main gauge of inflation, rose three percent year-on-year in September, the National Bureau of Statistics reported on Tuesday.

The CPI in urban areas and the countryside rose 2.8 percent and 3.6 percent respectively.

Food prices climbed 11.2 percent year-on-year, while non-food prices gained one percent.

From January to September, China's CPI increased by 2.5 percent over the same period last year.

While the producer price index or PPI, which measures costs for goods at the factory gate, dropped by 1.2 percent year-on-year in September. (CGTN)

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Japan typhoon death toll rises to 58 as hopes for missing fade

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The death toll in the worst typhoon to hit Japan for decades climbed to 67. 

This, as rescuers slogged through mud and debris in an increasingly grim search for the missing and as thousands of homes remained without power or water.

The storm hit a wide swathe of central and eastern Japan, with 15 missing and some 212 injured nearly three days after Typhoon Hagibis lashed Japan with high winds and intense rains.

Some 138,000 households were without water while 24,000 lacked electricity. (China Daily)

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Poland's ruling Law and Justice Party wins parliamentary elections: official results

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Poland's ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) narrowly won a second term in power, final results from Sunday's parliamentary election showed, but its drive to push through its conservative agenda may be hampered by a loss of the upper house.

Having won 43.6 percent of votes, the Law and Justice had secured 235 seats in the 460-seat legislature, but the wider victory did not translate into any gains in the legislature. 

The main opposition grouping, the Civic Coalition secured 134 seats in parliament, with 27.4 percent of votes. (Xinhua, CGTN)

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China's first homegrown polar icebreaker to start its maiden voyage

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And China's first domestically made polar icebreaker Xue Long 2, or Snow Dragon 2, will start its maiden voyage to the Antarctic from the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Tuesday.

Xue Long 2 will set sail on the country's 36th Antarctic expedition, which will have a 413-member team aiming to grasp the influence of Antarctic changes on the world, improve China's ability to cope with climate change and increase participation in Antarctic global governance.

Another icebreaker will also join the expedition.

That’s the first time two polar icebreakers will work together on China's Antarctic expedition. (CGTN)

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EU's Barnier says Brexit deal still possible this week

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The European Union's Brexit negotiator says a divorce deal with the United Kingdom is still possible this week but that the British government needs to come forward with a legal text.

Michel Barnier said ahead of a meeting with EU foreign ministers that the main challenge now is to turn British proposals on the complex issue of the border on the island of Ireland into something binding.

EU leaders are meeting for a two-day summit in Brussels from Thursday. Brexit will top the agenda as the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline looms. (AP)

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Trump orders Turkey sanctions; US scrambles for Syria exit

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US President Donald Trump announced sanctions Monday aimed at restraining the Turks' assault against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Syria.

The US also called on Turkey to stop the invasion and declare a ceasefire, and Trump is sending Vice President Mike Pence and national security adviser Robert O'Brien to Ankara as soon as possible in an attempt to begin negotiations.

Turkey began the assault after Trump announced he was moving U.S. troops out of the way. (AP)

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

(Produced by David Nye and Yang Yang)

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