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People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (7/15/2019 Mon.)

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19:23, July 15, 2019

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

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China GDP growth at 6.3% in H1

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China's economic growth weakened to 6.2 percent year-on-year in the second quarter.

But it remained stable in the first half of the year at 6.3 percent.

The country's industrial output rose by 6.3 percent in June compared to 5 percent the previous month.

China said that growth remained on track despite increasing external uncertainties and new downward growth pressure. (China Daily)

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Ten of the world’s top 30 internet companies in 2018 were Chinese, according to the 2019 China Internet industry development situation and prosperity index report released by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology.

They are Tencent, Ali, Baidu, Netease, Meituan-Dianping, Jingdong, Pinduoduo, Qihoo 360 Technology, Ctrip and Sina Weibo. Two of them are "sub-new stocks" that have been only listed for less than a year: Meituan-Dianping listed on the Hong Kong Exchange in September 2018 and Pinduoduo listed on the NASDAQ in July 2018.

The report shows that, as of December 31, 2018, the total market capitalization of the top 30 listed internet companies was $3.5 trillion, down 3.8 percent from 2017. (People's Daily app)

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Leave the US, Trump tells liberal congresswomen of color

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Injecting race into his criticism of liberal Democrats, President Donald Trump said Sunday that four congresswomen of color should go back to the “broken and crime infested” countries they came from.

But he ignored the fact that all of the women are American citizens and three were born in the US.

Trump has a long history of making racist remarks.

He was almost certainly referring to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her House allies, in what’s become known as “the squad.” (AP)

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India's second lunar mission delayed due to 'technical snag'- ISRO

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India's space agency said it delayed the launch of its second lunar mission in the early hours of Monday due to a "technical snag" which was observed less than an hour before the scheduled liftoff.

"A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at T-56 minute," the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), said in a tweet.

The mission, which the ISRO chairman said is the most complex mission it has ever undertaken, was scheduled to launch at 09:21 pm GMT.

ISRO said it will announce the revised launch date later. India successfully carried out its first lunar mission nearly 11 years ago. (Xinhua)

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Ebola case confirmed in eastern DR Congo city of Goma: official

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The first case of Ebola has been confirmed in Goma.

That makes it the biggest city to have been affected by the disease since its outbreak in eastern Democratic R public of Congo last August.

A sick man had arrived in Goma early Sunday by bus with 18 other passengers and the driver from Butembo, one of the main towns touched by Ebola.

The Ebola outbreak in that country has so far killed 1,655 people.

Efforts to tackle the crisis have been hampered by militia attacks on treatment centers and by the hostility of some local people to the medical teams. (AFP)

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Han Kuo-yu wins KMT primary poll for 2020 Taiwan leadership election

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Han Kuo-yu, mayor of Kaohsiung City, won the party primary poll of the Chinese Kuomintang (KMT) for next year’s leadership election of China’s Taiwan.

The KMT on Monday released the result of the party primary polls, showing Han beat other four candidates, including billionaire Terry Guo, with an approval rate of 44.8 percent.

Han’s nomination will be officially announced on KMT’s party congress in late July. He will challenge Tsai Ing-wen from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the election. (People's Daily app)

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Space lab set for fiery return on Friday

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And China's Tiangong II space lab will spend its last days in orbit this week before making a controlled fall on Friday back into Earth's atmosphere.

China space agency said most of the spacecraft will burn up during the reentry process, with a small amount of debris expected to fall in a designated secure area in the Pacific Ocean.

The agency added that the spacecraft helped pave the way for China's future manned space station. (China Daily)

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

(Produced by David Nye and Wang Xiangyu)

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