CHINA People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (7/31/2018 Tue.)


People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (7/31/2018 Tue.)

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20:59, July 31, 2018


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


Trump says ready to meet with Iran's Rouhani as sanctions to come


U.S. President Donald Trump says he's ready to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with no preconditions. The Trump administration left the Iran nuclear deal, delegitimized its government, vowed to re-impose sanctions on Tehran, and pressed other nations to cut down their purchase of Iranian oil to nothing.

The US plans to restore sanctions on Iran in November.(Xinhua)


Pak-China relationship is an example for the world: Imran Khan


Newly elected Pakistani leader Imran Khan says Pakistan-China ties serve as an example for the world. The 65-year-old former cricket star’s victory speech on Thursday almost surprised his fellow countrymen as he praised China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and China.

Few had expected his remarks about China to be delivered with such a high tone, even though it was expected he would include positive words considering the strategic bilateral relationship and long-lasting friendship the two countries have always enjoyed. (People's Daily)


China's factory activity expands at a slower pace in July


China's factory activity expands at a slower pace in July. This month’s purchasing managers' index in the manufacturing sector was 51.2, down from 51.5 in June.

However, the government says manufacturing continues to expand.

A reading above 50 indicates expansion, while a reading below reflects contraction. (Xinhua)


China launches remote sensing satellite Gaofen-11


China launches optical remote sensing satellite Gaofen-11 through a Long March-4C rocket. The satellite was on the 282nd mission of China’s Long March rockets.

It is expected to contribute to the national land survey, city planning and crop estimates.

Tuesday’s launch comes two days after the launch of two Beidou navigation satellites on Sunday. (People's Daily)


At least 10 killed in car bomb attack in southern Philippines


A car bomb in southern Philippines kills at least 10 people. The bomb went off at a military checkpoint in Basilan. The military says a white van was detonated at the military checkpoint in Lamitan City.

Local authorities suspect Abu Sayyaf militants may have been behind the attack. (CGTN)


S.Korea, DPRK start general-level military talks at border village


South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea begin general-level military talks in Panmunjom to discuss measures to reduce border tensions. It was the first such talks since June 14 when military delegations from the two sides agreed to completely restore military hotlines along the eastern and western corridors across the inter-Korean border.

Military officers from the two sides were expected to discuss measures to implement the military part of the April 27 agreement reached by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and top DPRK leader Kim Jong-un in April. (Xinhua)


Stanford researchers find new clue for diagnosis of depression


Stanford University researchers say people suffering from depression have very low blood levels of a substance called acetyl-L-carnitine. The findings suggest that the substance plays a special role in the brain, where it prevents the excessive firing of excitatory nerve cells in brain regions.

They say depression is the top reason for absenteeism at work, and one of the leading causes of suicide. (Xinhua)


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

(Produced by David Nye, Derek Wang and Zhao Dantong)

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