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19:15, October 08, 2019

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

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Chinese chief trade negotiator invited to hold new round of trade consultations in US

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Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will lead a Chinese delegation at the invitation of the US side to visit Washington for a new round of high-level China-U.S. economic and trade consultations from Oct. 10 to 11.

Liu will hold the economic and trade consultations with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan and People’s Bank of China Governor Yi Gang are among the key members of the Chinese delegation. (Xinhua)

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Facebook to settle advertiser lawsuit for $40 million

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Facebook has agreed to pay $40 million to advertisers who said it inflated the amount of time its users watched videos.

The San Jose Mercury News says the California-based social media giant denied any wrongdoing in a lawsuit settlement. The settlement notice was filed Friday by the plaintiffs in Oakland federal court.

Advertisers sued Facebook in 2016 over user metrics that supposedly measured the average length of time consumers spent viewing posted video ads. The lawsuit said that the time was inflated by up to 900 percent and that helped convince advertisers to buy Facebook's video advertising services. (AP)

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First violators of anti-mask law charged

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Two people have become the first to be charged under Hong Kong's newly enacted anti-mask legislation, which took effect on Saturday.

The man and woman appeared in the Eastern Magistrates' Courts on Monday morning to face one count each of violating the Prohibition on Face Covering Regulation.

Both were released on bail, but were required to surrender their travel documents, observe a curfew order and report in person to the police station every week until their cases are heard again on Nov. 18. (China Daily)

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'My People, My Country' sets record in China film audience satisfaction survey

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"My People, My Country," a film that draws on historical and classic moments since the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in October 1949, has become the top-scoring film in terms of audience satisfaction among all the domestic films ever surveyed, according to the China Film Archive.

Debuting on Sept. 30 as a gift for the nation as the PRC celebrates its 70th founding anniversary this year, the film earned a record 91 points out of a total of 100 in the latest China film audience satisfaction survey covering three Chinese films that premiered around the National Day, Oct. 1.

It ranked first in terms of audience satisfaction among all the 267 domestic films covered since the survey was launched in early 2015, the archive said. (Xinhua)

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California OKs pharmacists to dispense HIV prevention meds

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Pharmacists in California will be able to dispense HIV prevention pills to patients without a doctor’s prescription.

This, after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Monday that supporters say will greatly reduce the spread of infection.

Advocates of Senate Bill 159 say California is the first state to authorize pre-exposure prophylaxis and post-exposure prophylaxis without prescriptions. (AP)

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Rare dinosaur footprints discovered in East China

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Rare dinosaur footprints have been discovered in East China, documenting the movements in the region over 100 million years ago of the largest animals ever known to walk the Earth, Chinese and US paleontologists revealed on Tuesday.

More than 20 footprints of different sizes were found at the site, the largest 82 centimeters and the smallest 22.7 centimeters, according to a statement by Xing Lida, a dinosaur footprint expert at the Beijing-based China University of Geosciences and a leading member of the research team that discovered the site.

Located in Baxiangang, a village in Lanxi, East China's Zhejiang Province, the site has significant meaning in researching the distribution and evolution of dinosaurs in the mid-Cretaceous period, about 100 million years ago, in China, Xing said. (Global Times)

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Australian government buys bushland in Blue Mountains to protect environment

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And New South Wales government purchased a large swathe of bushland in Australia's iconic Blue Mountains in an effort to preserve the unique environment for future generations.

The 300-hectare land will be incorporated into the State's national park system, protecting not just the physical landscape but a number of endangered animals as well.

Environment Minister Matt Kean said that the Radiata Plateau represents the last remaining undeveloped peninsula-plateau on the upper Blue Mountains western escarpment. (Xinhua)

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

(Produced by David Nye and Cheng Weidan)

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