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IATA backs Chinese mainland air route
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says it supports the Chinese mainland operating a cross-Straits air route to ease traffic congestion.
Airlines from Hong Kong, Macao and Southeast Asian countries began flying north to south on the M503 route in March 2015.
This comes as Taiwan junked over 170 additional cross-Straits flights of China Eastern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines. (Xinhua)
China's national legislature to convene on March 5
China's national legislature convenes on March 5.
The highlight of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress is a review of a draft revision to the Constitution.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is expected to deliver the Report on the Work of the Government. (Xinhua)
China's first X-ray space telescope put into service
Searching the heavens may never be the same again.
China has put its first X-ray astronomy satellite into use.
Called Huiyan, the satellite is a significant space science project to observe black holes and neutron stars. (People’s Daily app)
Seoul says still pushing forward on other projects with Pyongyang
South Korea says it’s continuing to pursue other Winter Olympics projects with North Korea.
This, despite Pyongyang’s decision to call off a joint cultural performance that was less than a week away, The two Koreas continue to discuss plans for South Korean athletes to train at a North Korean ski resort. (Reuters)
Total cost of Tokyo Olympics rises to $18 billion
Don’t look now, but the Tokyo Olympics budget has ballooned to $18 billion.
That’s because the city government added $7 billion.
That amount will be used for barrier-free and tourism programs. (People’s Daily app)
Kremlin says US sees Russia as enemy
The Kremlin says the US sees Russia as an enemy.
This, after the Trump administration released a long-awaited list of 114 Russian politicians and 96 "oligarchs" under President Vladimir Putin. (AP)
FBI's No.2, a Trump target, stepping down
And the FBI continues to be mired in politics.
Its deputy director, Andrew McCabe, is stepping down after President Donald Trump accused him of being a Democratic partisan.
The New York Times reported that McCabe had hoped to stay active in his position up to his retirement, but was pressured to leave earlier by FBI Director Christopher Wray.
The White House says Trump had no role in the move. (AFP)
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