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  • Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee passes away
    on October 25, 2020 at 10:06 am

    Chairman of South Korea's conglomerate Samsung Group Lee Kun-hee died at a hospital in Seoul on Sunday, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. […]

  • Coronavirus: Co-infection with influenza can speed up replication of pathogen that causes Covid-19, study says
    by Stephen Chen on October 25, 2020 at 3:50 am

    Co-infection with influenza caused up to a 10,000-fold increase of coronavirus replication in human cells in a laboratory test, according to a new study by Chinese scientists. Laboratory experiments showed that the influenza A virus could modify the structure of a wide variety of human cells within hours of infection. The SARS-CoV-2 virus could then make use of those changes to invade the cells more easily and reproduce more efficiently, according to a paper posted on the preprint website Biorxiv.org ⁠— which means it has not been peer-reviewed ⁠— on Wednesday (Oct 21). "The upcoming flu season in the northern hemisphere merging with the Covid-19 pandemic presents a potentially severe threat to public health," said the team led by professor Xu Ke from the State Key Laboratory of Virology at Wuhan University. In China, people have been urged to have flu shots before the end of October. Flu and Covid-19 share some symptoms that health authorities fear could not only complicate diagnosis but generate panic. […]

  • Chinese ambassador calls for efforts to uphold multilateralism at United Nations Day
    on October 25, 2020 at 3:13 am

    In a video message to celebrate United Nations Day, the Chinese UN ambassador called for efforts to uphold multilateralism and to support the United Nations. […]

  • Suicide bomb blast hits education center in Afghan capital, killing 11: police
    on October 25, 2020 at 2:29 am

    At least 11 people were killed and over 20 others wounded in a suicide bomb blast rocking outside an education center in a western neighborhood of Afghanistan's capital of Kabul on Saturday, the local police said. […]

  • Provisional results show Alpha Conde re-elected president of Guinea
    on October 25, 2020 at 12:44 am

    Guinea's incumbent President Alpha Conde has won the presidential election ended on last Sunday, provisional results released Saturday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) showed. […]

  • Chinese peacekeepers awarded UN medal in South Sudan
    on October 24, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    Chinese peacekeepers, serving the United Nations (UN) in South Sudan, have been honored UN medal for their contribution to the country's peace process. […]

  • U.S. judge denies gov't motion to stay preliminary injunction on WeChat ban
    on October 24, 2020 at 9:45 am

    A U.S. judge from the District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday denied the government's motion to stay the preliminary injunction on banning WeChat, a messaging, social media, and mobile payment app owned by Chinese company Tencent. […]

  • Dine like a king at Beijing former royal compound opened to public
    by Elaine Yau on October 24, 2020 at 4:05 am

    Beijing’s Prince Shuncheng Mansion, a 400-year-old former royal compound, has witnessed the tumultuous Qing dynasty, Japanese occupation and the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. Now, its back garden – full of serene fish ponds, ancient red-brick architecture and lush greenery – has opened to the public as dining venue, with a menu that includes snacks that were once served in ancient royal palaces. Last year, state-owned group Kuntai took over operation of the property, which is also known as Jun Wang Fu, from the Beijing Tourism Group, opening the back garden venue last month. “We have capped the seating capacity at 30 because we don’t want too big a crowd to affect the quiet atmosphere here,” says Randy De, general manager of the Kuntai Royal Hotel, which operates the mansion situated in Chaoyang Park. “Opening from 11am to 6pm, we only provide breakfast and afternoon tea sets, with no lunch and dinner offerings. The tea sets have to be booked in advance for us to control crowd size.&rdquo […]

  • France's COVID-19 cases top 1 mln after 42,032 new infections confirmed
    on October 24, 2020 at 3:52 am

    With 42,032 new infections confirmed in the last 24 hours, France now counts an accumulative total of 1,041,075 COVID-19 cases, passing the grim one-million mark, showed data released on Friday by the country's Public Health Agency. […]

  • Israel, Sudan agree to normalization as U.S. to delist Sudan from terrorism sponsors
    on October 24, 2020 at 3:51 am

    Israel and Sudan on Friday agreed to normalize relations as U.S. President Donald Trump informed Congress to remove Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. […]

  • DPP's arms-sales statement sends provocative message, but leads nowhere: spokesperson
    on October 24, 2020 at 3:46 am

    A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Friday said that a recent statement by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authority in Taiwan on its latest arms deals with the United States is a thinly-veiled military provocation and threat against the mainland. […]

  • HKSAR gov't suspends agreement on surrender of fugitive offenders with Finland
    on October 24, 2020 at 3:34 am

    The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government Friday issued a notice to the Consulate General of Finland in Hong Kong to suspend the implementation of the Agreement between the Government of the HKSAR of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the Government of the Republic of Finland Concerning Surrender of Fugitive Offenders (SFO). […]

  • Russia reports new daily record of COVID-19 cases
    on October 24, 2020 at 3:04 am

    Russia registered 17,340 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, a new daily record as the pandemic resurges, the country's COVID-19 response center said Friday. […]

  • China’s state media calls for animal abuse to be illegal after cat and unborn kittens killed by boiling water
    by Phoebe Zhang on October 24, 2020 at 2:27 am

    China’s state broadcaster CCTV called for legislation against animal abuse after news of a Chinese security guard pouring boiling water over a pregnant cat went viral on social media. “It is the consensus of the whole society to say no to cruelty against animals, but incidents of cruelty and killing of animals still occur from time to time,” the broadcaster said in an article published on its Twitter-like Weibo account on Thursday. “Faced with such serious acts of committing and spreading violence, we should no longer remain at the level of moral condemnation,” it said. The article explained that those who were cruel to animals could not be expected to treat people well. It called for legal action on the matter, saying that during the Two Sessions – China’s annual meeting of the country’s legislature – this year, a number of legislators suggested that people who committed public violence against animals be punished . “With laws, we protect not just the animals, but also ourselves,” it said. A hashtag that accompanied the Weibo post reporting on the cat cruelty was read over 560 million times by Friday morning. […]

  • Huawei sales up 9.9 pct in Jan.-Sept.
    on October 24, 2020 at 12:59 am

    China's tech giant Huawei said Friday that its sales had increased by 9.9 percent year on year to 671.3 billion yuan (around 100.6 billion U.S. dollars) in the first three quarters of this year. […]

  • China launches mobile COVID-19 testing lab
    on October 23, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus epidemic, waiting in long queues for a COVID-19 test has been a major hurdle in getting tested. However, the advent of a mobile laboratory may help alleviate the problem. […]

  • Typhoon Saudel lashes south China
    on October 23, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Saudel, the 17th typhoon to hit China this year, brought strong winds across the Qiongzhou Strait, forcing all roll-on/roll-off ships to stop services as of 3 p.m.In the wake of the typhoon, 18,183 fishing vessels had reached harbors in 11 cities, counties, and districts of Hainan by 8 p.m. Thursday. Enditem […]

  • Sinopec breaks directional drilling record at depth of 8,874 meters
    on October 23, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    The China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec) Northwest Oilfield Company on Friday said its Shunbei oil and gas field had broken the record for the deepest onshore directional well drilling in Asia, reaching a depth of 8,874.4 meters. […]

  • China launches new glacier research on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau
    on October 23, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Chinese scientists have kicked off a new glacier research at the headwater region of the country's Yellow River, in the northwestern province of Qinghai. […]

  • New freight train route links China, Ukraine
    on October 23, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    A new China-Europe freight train route was launched Friday, linking the city of Jinhua in east China's Zhejiang Province with Kiev, capital of Ukraine. The train, carrying 86 TEUs of goods worth around 4.6 million U.S. […]

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