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People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (10/9/2019 Wed.)

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19:21, October 09, 2019

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

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Twitter admits phone numbers meant for security used for ads

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Twitter on Tuesday apologized after "inadvertently" using phone numbers and email addresses for advertising even though the personal data was provided for account security.

Twitter users' phone numbers and email addresses were matched with advertisers' own data to enable targeted ads.

Privacy and internet data are hot political topics worldwide, with tech giants such as Twitter and Facebook in the crosshairs of regulators. (AFP)

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Motor vehicle emissions reportedly trending down

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Motor vehicle emissions, a major source of air pollution in China for a decade, have been falling for six years,according to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment.

However, experts said more action is needed to curb the number of diesel-powered vehicles that are being used to transport goods and ultimately encourage a switch to clean-energy vehicles.

There were 32.7 percent more vehicles on the country's roads last year than in 2013, the ministry said, but the amount of pollution emitted by vehicles fell 11.1 percent during the same period.

In order to tackle motor vehicle emissions,the central government has promoted the upgrading of motor vehicle emission standards, accelerated the elimination of high-emission vehicles and encouraged the development of new-energy vehicles. (China Daily)

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30 suspected terrorists killed in northern Burkina Faso

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At least 30 suspected terrorists were killed on Monday by Burkina Faso's armed forces in the northern Sahelian region of the country.

Reports said several soldiers were injured during the fight in the troubled northern region of the terrorist-attack-torn country.

In the past few days, the country has seen an upsurge of terrorist attacks, which sparked panic that caused people in the region to leave their homes for safer places in the country.

To curb terrorism, the state of emergency or curfew has been declared in many regions and the army has scaled up nationwide counter-terrorism operations. (Xinhua)

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UK winner pockets 190-million-euro jackpot

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Someone in Britain became 190 million euros ($208 million) richer on Tuesday when they won the maximum EuroMillions jackpot, the lottery company announced.

It is only the fourth time that the maximum prize has been won since EuroMillions -- available in nine European countries including France -- fixed its winnings cap in 2012. 

The lucky player now has to come forward and claim their money. 

They will also have to decide whether to go public with their new multi-millionnaire status or remain anonymous.

It took a record-breaking run of 18 rollovers, when nobody wins the top prize, to push the booty up to its maximum amount, and it then went another four draws before finally being won. (AFP)

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Beijing expo site will be center for ecological education

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The Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition will hold its closing ceremony, themed "Ode to Harvest", on Wednesday.

Premier Li Keqiang will attend the closing ceremony and deliver a speech on Wednesday evening.

Before the closing ceremony, Li will tour the China Pavilion with the foreign leaders.

The Beijing Expo 2019 showcased more than 8,000 varieties of plants, including more than 820 species of fruit and Chinese herbs. (China Daily)

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Japan, Thailand still top overseas holiday choices

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Japan and Thailand remained the top two popular overseas destinations for Chinese travelers in the just completed weeklong National Day holiday, and Chinese travelers emphasized leisure over shopping in those countries, travel agencies reported.

According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, over 7 million overseas visits were made during the holiday by Chinese travelers, who spent their money more rationally instead of snapping up goods as was commonly seen in previous years.

Qunar, an online travel agency in Beijing, said travelers were very enthusiastic about traveling to Japan, and the price of flight tickets to the nation remain high even after the holiday's completion.

Japan attracted more Chinese travelers during the holiday than Thailand because of its simplified visa policy that took effect in May. Under this policy, Chinese residents can apply for single-trip visas online. (China Daily)

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Xuelong 2 to berth in Shenzhen and welcome visitors

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And China's first domestically-built polar icebreaker Xuelong 2, will berth in Shenzhen Shekou Cruise Homeport from Oct 13 to 15 and will be open to the public for one and a half days.

Equipped with world-class ocean surveying and monitoring apparatus, the icebreaker allows experts to carry out research into polar seas' physical oceanography, biodiversity, and atmospheric and environmental conditions, as well as conduct fishery resource surveys. (China Daily)

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

(Produced by David Nye and Bai Yuanqi)

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