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People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (6/13/2019 Thu.)

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20:45, June 13, 2019


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


Houthi missile attack on Saudi airport wounds 26: Saudi-led coalition


The Saudi-led military coalition said it would make a firm response to a missile attack by Yemeni Houthi forces on a civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia which injured 26 people.

The Western-backed, Sunni Muslim alliance that has been battling the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen said the early morning attack proved Tehran's support for what it called cross-border terrorism.

The attack follows an armed drone strike last month on two oil-pumping stations in the kingdom that were claimed by the Houthis.(CGTN)


Malaysian badminton icon Lee Chong Wei quits due to cancer


Former World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei on Thursday announced his retirement from badminton after 19 years following a battle with cancer.

The three-time Olympic silver medalist, hailed as a sporting hero in Malaysia, said it was a tough decision as he had hoped to only retire after the Tokyo Olympic next year but that he had no choice.

Although he has been cleared of the cancer, Lee, 36, said his recent consultation with doctors in Japan showed he was not fit for high-intensity training. He broke down momentarily during the news conference.

"With a heavy heart, I have to announce that I am retiring as health is more important," Lee said.(AP)


Turkey, US leaders to discuss Ankara's S-400 deal in G20 summit: Erdogan


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would discuss Ankara's purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system with US President Donald Trump at the G20 summit in Japan later this month.

Last week, the Pentagon warned Turkey that if it does not drop the Russian missile defense system by July 31, Ankara would be blocked from purchasing F-35 fighter jets.

Erdogan insisted that Turkey has already bought the system, adding it is a done deal.

Washington has already suspended deliveries of parts and services related to Turkey's receipt of the multi-million dollar jets.(Xinhua)


Education authority warns of student safety risks amid rainy season


The Chinese education authority on Thursday stressed taking precautions to ensure students' safety as the rainy season swings into gear in the country.

Local educational administrations and schools nationwide should launch safety checks on school buildings and facilities and reduce or ban outdoor activities by students in harsh or extreme weather conditions.

Efforts should also be made to strengthen the training of school bus drivers in order to raise their awareness of traffic safety and improve their ability to deal with emergencies, said the statement.(Xinhua)


Chinese Nobel laureate Mo Yan awarded Oxford honorary fellowship


Chinese writer and Nobel laureate Mo Yan was awarded the Honorary Fellowship by Regent's Park College, Oxford in recognition of his contribution to Chinese and world literature.

Two Chinese contemporary writers, Su Tong and Yu Hua, were invited to work as Writers in Residence for the international writing center. 

Mo is known for his imaginative and humanistic fiction.

He was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature. 

He is also a professor at Beijing Normal University. (Xinhua)


90 pct of parents find teenagers addicted to short videos: survey


Around 92.1 percent of parents in a recent survey think short video addiction prevails among teenagers, and 66.3 percent are worried their kids may imitate bad behaviors in the videos.

More than 50 percent of the parents surveyed say their children watch short videos for about 30 minutes to an hour a day, and 22.1 percent say their kids watch short videos for more than an hour.

Currently, about 21 online video platforms have launched systems designed to prevent addiction among adolescent viewers, which restrict the online time of teenagers and provide adolescent-friendly content.(Xinhua)


Junior colleges, vocational schools outperform universities in job market


And graduates from junior colleges and higher vocational schools in China reported a better employment rate than university graduates.

The survey showed that about 91.5 percent of Chinese college students who graduated in 2018 found jobs.

91 percent of university graduates last year got employed, down from 92.6 percent in 2014. 

On the other hand, graduates from junior colleges and higher vocational schools saw an employment rate of 92 percent last year, up from 91.5 percent in 2014.(Chinadaily)


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

(Produced by David Nye and Bai Yuanqi)

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