CHINA People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (5/21/2018 Mon.)


People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (5/21/2018 Mon.)

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18:51, May 21, 2018


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


Venezuela presidential election: Maduro wins


Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro wins re-election for a second six-year term.

Over 8.6 million Venezuelans went to the polls, putting voter turnout at 46 percent.

Maduro was reelected by a wide margin, garnering over 5.8 million votes.


Sina Weibo honors microbloggers for contributions to public welfare


Chinese social media platform Sina Weibo honored influential microbloggers for their dedication to online and offline public welfare services.

The 10 microbloggers include pianist Lang Lang.

They were cited for their leadership in promoting environmental protection and other public interest activities.

Over 1,100 celebrities and other influential microbloggers have participated in Sina Weibo's online public welfare campaigns.


China's FAST telescope to get new receiver

A new receiver will be installed on China’s 500-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope to improve its capacity.

The 19-beam L-band receiver is expected to be put into use in early June and will increase FAST's survey speed by five to six times.

The receiver was developed by Chinese and Australian scientists.

The telescope is the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope.


87 ill from suspected food poisoning


Eighty-seven people fall ill from suspected food poisoning at a villager's home in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality.

Fifty two remain hospitalized, but none of them had life-threatening illnesses.

Authorities have detained people related to the incident and taken food samples for further tests.


Trump's lawyer says Mueller plans to end probe by Sept


US President Donald Trump's lawyer says special counsel Robert Mueller intends to end his investigation by September 1.

Mueller is looking into whether Trump obstructed the Russia investigation. 

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says Mueller shared his timeline for the investigation several weeks ago during negotiations over a potential interview with the president.


Foreign investors dump huge sum of Malaysian equity after election


Global funds react to the unprecedented outcome of Malaysia's 14th General Election by dumping about $624 million in Malaysian equities in the open market last week.

It’s the heaviest weekly foreign selldown in the country in five years.

Foreign investors have been net sellers of the Malaysian market for 10 straight trading days.


China housing ministry reaffirms goal to tame both prices and rent


And China’s housing ministry says it will continue to tame housing and rent prices by increasing the number of houses and tightening funds.

The ministry has warned against property market specula-tion, saying it would step up checks on local governments’ efforts to rein in property prices, and will hold those who fail to do so accountable.


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

(Produced by David Nye, Wang Yi and Liang Peiyu)

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