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19:36, September 05, 2018

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

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At least 17 killed in Angola rail disaster

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A freight train collided with a railway maintenance train in South Angola on Tuesday, killing at least 17 and injuring 12.

The victims include two Chinese citizens responsible for repairing and maintaining the railways. 

The accident happened in the early hours in Namibe province when a train run by the state rail operator smashed into a stationary maintenance train being operated by Chinese engineers.

Emergency crew on site said the death toll could rise, and that more victims are stranded in the trains. 

An investigation into the incident is ongoing. (People's Daily app)

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Didi to halt some services in new safety measures

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China's ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing said on Tuesday it will halt some late-night services on the Chinese mainland including taxi and ride-hailing operations between September 8-15 as part of the company's steps to improve safety.

Didi also said in a statement it will upgrade its police hotline function for customers and its investments for customer service.

The firm has been under mounting pressure from regulators and users after a 20-year-old passenger was raped and murdered by her Didi driver late last month, the second such incident since May when another passenger was killed by a Didi driver. (CGTN)

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S.Korean special delegation leaves for DPRK to discuss inter-Korean summit

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in's special delegation left Wednesday for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to discuss a detailed schedule and agenda for the upcoming summit between Moon and top DPRK leader Kim Jong-un.

The delegation is led by Chung Eui-yong, Moon's top national security adviser.

The South Korean delegation plans to talk to their DPRK counterparts about the schedule and agenda of the third Moon-Kim summit, which the two sides agreed to hold in Pyongyang before the end of September.

The chief South Korean delegate plans to deliver Moon's letter to Kim. Whether Kim would meet the visiting South Korean delegation had yet to be announced. (Xinhua)

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Amazon is 2nd US company to reach $1 trillion market value

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Amazon on Tuesday became the second publicly traded company to reach $1 trillion in market value, hot on the heels of iPhone maker Apple.

The milestone is another sign of Amazon’s swift rise from an online bookseller to a behemoth that sells toilet paper, TVs and just about anything. In its two decades, Amazon has expanded far beyond online shopping and into health care, advertising and cloud computing.

Its growth has boosted the fortunes of its founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos. His 16 percent stake in Amazon is now worth more than $160 billion. Forbes magazine placed him at the top of its list of billionaires for the first time this year, surpassing Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffett. (AP)

 

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China's Huawei, UAE network join hands to offer Internet TV service in Mideast

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Chinese tech giant Huawei announced Tuesday that it will join forces with the United Arab Emirates-based Orbit Showtime Network to offer Internet TV service in the Middle East.

Huawei signed a Memorandum of Understanding with OSN, the leading entertainment network in the Middle East, to offer the Internet Protocol Television service.

Its collaboration with Huawei is part of OSN's digitization strategy to enhance product delivery by utilizing innovative technologies. 

The partnership brings together OSN's wide array of entertainment content and Huawei's video cloud solution. (Xinhua)

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China-made degradable plastics promise end to ocean pollution

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Chinese scientists have developed a plastic that degrades in seawater and could help curb the increasingly serious plastic pollution in the oceans.

The new polyester composite material can decompose in seawater over a period ranging from a few days to several hundred days, leaving small molecules that cause no pollution, said Wang Gexia, a senior engineer at the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Scientists combined non-enzymic hydrolysis, water dissolution and biodegradation processes to design and invent the new material. (Xinhua)

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Shanghai to check for bad language

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And as Shanghai prepares for the first China International Import Expo in November, city authorities recently launched a series of checks on public signs and advertisements to save foreign visitors from becoming "lost in translation”.

About 120 language experts and municipal officials supervised language use in key public places, including airports, harbors and hotels.

One official said the main mistakes on public signs and ads in English are incorrect grammar, misspellings and "Chinglish," or poor translations of Chinese into English that often feature inappropriate wording.

For instance, "staff only" is often rendered as "no personnel, no entrance," while "first and last trains" is often translated as "first last train.”

In addition to word corrections, authorities also standardized the translation of frequently used words or phrases.

For example, the city uses "metro" instead of "subway" in related areas, and "check-in," a phrase mistakenly used in railway stations, has been modified to "ticket check." (China Daily)

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

(Produced by David Nye and Zhan Huilan)

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