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Chinese customs beef up intellectual property rights measures


Last year, Chinese customs authorities seized more than 19,000 shipments of goods suspected of intellectual property rights infringement, involving nearly 41 million individual items.

Over 98 percent of the goods were involved in trademark infringement. The value of those involved in patent infringement rose more than 41 percent year over year.

Most of the seized goods were transported by sea and through customs offices in eastern coastal regions. (People’s Daily app)

China launches Sky Net 2018

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China will continue its "Sky Net" campaign this year to hunt down corrupt officials who fled the country and to recover their illegal assets, the Fugitive Repatriation and Asset Recovery Office of the Central Anti-Corruption Coordination Group said on Tuesday.

More than 4,000 fugitives have been captured or returned to China since the launch of the “Sky Net” operation, according to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China. (People’s Daily app)

China issues report on US human rights

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A report, titled "Human Rights Record of the United States in 2017," was released by the Information Office of the State Council, China's cabinet, in response to the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 issued by the US State Department on April 20.

China's report said the US posed once again as "the guardian of human rights" and a self-styled "human rights judge" while its own human rights record remained tarnished and showed continued deterioration.

The report accused the US of serious infringements on citizens' civil rights, systematic racial discrimination, severe flaws in American-style democracy, widening rich-poor divide, discrimination and assault against some specific groups such as women, children and people with disabilities, as well as its continued violations of human rights in other countries.

The report said racist hate crimes hit a record high in recent years in the US. According to statistics released by the FBI in November 2017, a total of 6,121 hate crimes were reported nationwide in 2016. (Xinhua)

Russia’s Lavrov says US has no intention to leave Syria


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that the US has no intention of leaving Syria despite Washington’s claims, the RIA state news agency said.

Lavrov told reporters in Beijing he hoped it would become clearer how to cooperate on settling the Syrian issue after contacting his counterparts from France.

According to the news agency, Lavrov also labeled the Group of Seven’s recent condemnation of Russia as “Russophobic rationale.” (People’s Daily app)

Toronto driver charged with multiple murder counts


Alek Minassian, the 25-year-old man accused of driving a van into a crowded Toronto sidewalk, is being held on 10 counts of first degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder according to Canadian authorities.

The driver was heading south on busy Yonge Street around 1:30 p.m. Monday, the streets crowded with people enjoying the first warm day of spring, when the van jumped onto the sidewalk.

Authorities released few details about the case, saying the investigation was still underway, with witnesses being interviewed and surveillance video being examined.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his condolences for those involved in the attack but has refused to label the incident as terrorism. (People’s Daily app)

Singaporean prime minister announces big cabinet reshuffle

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Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced on Tuesday that he will enact cabinet changes on May 1 to provide younger ministers with more responsibilities.

More than two thirds of the ministries will be headed by younger ministers except for transportation, health, defense, home affairs and law.

Chan Chun Sing will now chair the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will keep his current role and take over responsibility in National Research Foundation matters, and Ong Ye Kung will lead the Ministry of Education.

Lee Hsien Loong said in a Facebook post that the younger ministers will progressively take over more responsibility for governing Singapore. (People’s Daily app)

Student donates 1 million yuan to alma mater


Yang Wenzhang recently donated 1 million yuan (roughly $160,000) to Nanjing city’s Southeast University, using money he received from a fundraising campaign started by the school to pay his medical bills.

Yang, who was admitted to the hospital in December for brain inflammation, collected 1.31 million yuan from the school and public. After he recovered in January, he decided to donate the rest of the money back to the school.

Since his donation, Yang has received praise from China’s social media platform. (People’s Daily app)

Mummified body in Iran could be father of last shah


A mummified body discovered near the site of a former royal mausoleum in Iran may be the remains of Reza Shah Pahlavi, the founder of the Pahlavi dynasty and the father of the country’s last shah.

Reza Shah’s grandson, the US-based exiled Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi, tweeted about it as forensic experts in Iran try to determine whose body they found.

Reza Shah, who died in 1944 in South Africa, had his remains held in Cairo for years before returning to Iran. In 1979, a mob destroyed the mausoleum holding his remains and its whereabouts were unknown since then.

Construction workers discovered the remains while working at the Shiite shrine of Abdul Azim.

Authorities say they’ll need to conduct DNA tests to confirm whose body it is. (People’s Daily app)

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Today’s quote is from American novelist Jack London:

“You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Raymond Mendoza, and Ziyi Zeng.)