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October 31, 2017
TIME AND SPACE
Chinese scientists measure universe with "magic ruler"



Beijing (XNA) Oct 31, 2017
There's a giant "ruler" hidden among millions of galaxies in the universe. With it, scientists can measure how fast the universe is expanding. This will help them explore dark energy, the mysterious power behind cosmic expansion, and so speculate on the universe's destiny. With this ruler, Chinese astronomers recently succeeded in reconstructing the evolution history of dark energy based on the observation of over a million galaxies. The research shows that dark energy is dynamic. "What it m ... read more

SUPERPOWERS
China crowns Xi with name once reserved for Mao Zedong
Beijing (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
China's ruling Communist Party has dusted off a Mao-era honorific for President Xi Jinping, cementing his status as the most powerful ruler since the Great Helmsman himself. ... more
NUKEWARS
South Korea, China seek to warm frosty ties
Seoul (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
South Korea and China tried Tuesday to improve a relationship strained by a US missile defence system, issuing strikingly similar statements, and with Seoul saying their leaders would hold talks on the sidelines of next week's APEC summit. ... more
SINO DAILY
China accuses Xi rivals of vote rigging
Beijing (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
China's ruling Communist Party says three of its top former officials rigged votes during earlier party congresses, in a move that sheds light on the fall of members of Xi Jinping's rival factions. ... more
SINO DAILY
Activists fear more crackdowns in Xi's 'new era'
Beijing (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
When President Xi Jinping was handed a second term at the helm of the Communist Party this week, he said China had entered a "new era". But human rights activists expect the same old crackdowns. ... more
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Xi takes short cut to China's Communist pantheon
Shanghai (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping joined the pantheon of China's Communist immortals on the strength of their contributions to the nation. Xi Jinping is getting in on what political watchers say amounts to an "IOU". ... more
TAIWAN NEWS
China warns US not to allow Taiwan stopover
Beijing (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
China urged the United States Friday to prevent Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen from making a stopover in American territory during her upcoming visit to three Pacific allies. ... more
SINO DAILY
Chinese universities start 'Xi Thought' institutes
Beijing (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
Xi Jinping Thought will now be taught, researched and promoted in universities across China, ensuring that the leader's eponymous philosophy is implanted in students' hearts and minds. ... more
SINO DAILY
Hong Kong democracy activist found guilty; Disrespect the national anthem and go to jail
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
Hong Kong democracy activist Avery Ng was Tuesday found guilty of assault for throwing a sandwich towards the city's then-leader which hit a police officer. ... more
FARM NEWS
Pigging out: internet mocks McDonald's new China name
Beijing (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
McDonald's in China provoked snorts of laughter Thursday, as internet users mocked a ham-fisted new company name that sounds a lot like the Chinese word for a pig eating. ... more
SINO DAILY
Hong Kong schools in 'brainwashing' row over China speech
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
The Hong Kong government was accused of "brainwashing" on Thursday after it suggested schools broadcast to students a live address by a Beijing official visiting the city. ... more


China releases activist who supported HK democracy

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Chinese court orders would-be divorcees to 'cool off'
Beijing (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Clashing couples in one part of China will now have to "cool off" for three months before they can legally call time on their union. ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Air pollution cuts solar energy potential in China
Princeton NJ (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
China is rapidly expanding its solar power supply, hoping to meet 10 percent of the nation's electricity needs with solar energy by 2030. But there's a problem: severe air pollution is blocking ligh ... more
INTERNET SPACE
China's Xi meets Zuckerberg, Cook in Beijing
Beijing (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
Apple's Tim Cook and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, state media said Tuesday, as the Communist Party pushes for a larger role in private firms. ... more
TRADE WARS
China slams US aluminium foil tariff ahead of Trump visit
Beijing (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
China has criticised new United States anti-dumping duties on aluminium foil, saying it was "extremely dissatisfied" with the new measures, just days before President Trump visits Beijing. ... more



Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Jing Haipeng, the first Chinese astronaut to go into space three times, has voiced his desire to go into space again as a further demonstration of his loyalty to the Communist Party of China (CPC). "I'm eager to go to space again, be a pioneer in the battle one more time," said the 51-year-old major general and delegate to the ongoing 19th National Congress of the CPC. "Let the vastn ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launches three satellites
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Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
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China's big four banks post solid Q3 results
Beijing (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
China's big four state-owned banks on Monday reported profit growth across the board in the third quarter, after President Xi Jinping emphasised the importance of the public sector earlier this month. Net income at the four banks - Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), Bank of China (BOC), China Construction Bank (CCB), and Agricultural Bank of China - all grew in the low single ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
China cracks down on fraudulent provincial growth figures
Beijing (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
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Beijing (AFP) Oct 29, 2017
Business leaders bow to Xi as Communist Party pushes in
US releases Russian defense firms sanctions list
Washington (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
Under pressure from an impatient Congress, President Donald Trump's administration belatedly published a list of Russian firms and agencies Friday to comply with a new sanctions law. Trump had opposed the law, which restricted his authority to loosen measures imposed to punish Russia for its meddling in Ukraine and alleged interference in US politics. But he begrudgingly signed off on ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
China crowns Xi with name once reserved for Mao Zedong
Brussels (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
NATO challenges Russia on military drill numbers
Berlin (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
NATO ill-prepared for a Russian attack: report
South Korea to push ahead with nuclear power plants
Seoul (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
South Korea on Friday decided to push ahead with the construction of two new nuclear reactors after months of heated debate over whether the country should start weaning itself off atomic energy. A state commission, based on a survey of 471 jurors selected across the country, recommended finishing construction of the Shin Kori-5 and Shin Kori-6 reactors near the southeastern city of Ulsan. ... more
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
AREVA NP awarded contract for safety upgrades in seven reactors
Daniken, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
AREVA NP installs a system allowing flexible electricity generation at Goesgen nuclear power plant
Dessel, Belgium (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
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MP asks Facebook about Russian-linked ads in Brexit vote
London (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
A British parliamentary committee investigating "fake news" and suspected foreign interference in politics said Tuesday it has asked Facebook for details on Russian-linked ads used during the Brexit vote and June's general election. Damian Collins, the chairman of the digital, culture, media and sport committee, said the information he requested was similar to that already provided by the so ... more
Shanghai (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
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Warsaw (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
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Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
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South Korea to push ahead with nuclear power plants
Seoul (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
South Korea on Friday decided to push ahead with the construction of two new nuclear reactors after months of heated debate over whether the country should start weaning itself off atomic energy. A state commission, based on a survey of 471 jurors selected across the country, recommended finishing construction of the Shin Kori-5 and Shin Kori-6 reactors near the southeastern city of Ulsan. ... more
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
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Daniken, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
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Dessel, Belgium (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
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New York sets high bar for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
The state of New York aims to become a new hub for the wind energy industry with its unique geographical position and ambitions goals, a state leader said. New York ranks 11th in the nation in terms of installed wind energy capacity and is the 15th windiest. As of 2014, the state had 20 wind energy projects in service, with a total capacity of 1.8 gigawatts of capacity. The state set of ... more
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
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Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
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Air pollution cuts solar energy potential in China
Princeton NJ (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
China is rapidly expanding its solar power supply, hoping to meet 10 percent of the nation's electricity needs with solar energy by 2030. But there's a problem: severe air pollution is blocking light from the sun, significantly reducing China's output of solar energy, particularly in the northern and eastern parts of the country. This issue is worst in the winter, when - according to resea ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 27, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
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Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
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IAEA inspectors in Iran working 'without problem': Amano
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
The head of the UN atomic agency said in Abu Dhabi on Sunday IAEA inspectors are doing their work in Iran "without problem", a day after Tehran was implementing its nuclear commitments. "Our inspectors (in Iran) are discharging their responsibilities without problem," Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told reporters in Abu Dhabi. He was speaking on the sidelin ... more
The Hague (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
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US court blocks Trump's military transgender ban
Washington (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
A federal judge temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's ban on transgender personnel from serving in the US military on Monday. US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ordered the government to "revert to the status quo" that was in effect before Trump ordered the contentious ban. At the same time, however, she allowed to let stand a block on military funding for sex reassignment s ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 29, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Oct 25, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
Lockheed Martin and Spanish shipbuilder Navantia on Thursday renewed their 20-year agreement on surface ships and naval combat systems. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding to recognize their history working alongside each other and to seal the renewed agreement, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin announced in a company news release. "The fundamental openness, trust ... more
Manila (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
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London (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
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Researchers unveil tool to debug 'black box' deep learning algorithms
New York NY (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Computers can now beat humans at chess and Go, but it may be a while before people trust their driving. The danger of self-driving cars was highlighted last year when Tesla's autonomous car collided with a truck it mistook for a cloud, killing its passenger. Self-driving cars depend on a form of machine learning called deep learning. Modeled after the human brain, layers of artificial neur ... more
Pasadena CA (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
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Sussex UK (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
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Laguna Beach, United States (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
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Dynamic catalytic converters for clean air in the city
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Reducing pollutant emission of vehicles and meeting stricter exhaust gas standards are major challenges when developing catalytic converters. A new concept might help to efficiently treat exhaust gases after the cold start of engines and in urban traffic and to reduce the consumption of expensive noble metal. It is based on the interaction between platinum and the cerium oxide carrier to control ... more
Santiago (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Chile to ban plastic bags in coastal regions
Rome (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2017
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China warns US not to allow Taiwan stopover
Beijing (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
China urged the United States Friday to prevent Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen from making a stopover in American territory during her upcoming visit to three Pacific allies. The statement followed reports that Tsai will transit through Hawaii and the U.S. territory of Guam next week - a trip that comes at a delicate time with President Donald Trump slated to visit Beijing in November. ... more
Taipei (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Taiwan leader hopes for 'breakthrough' with China
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
China ready to 'defeat' Taiwan independence: Xi
Taipei (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Taiwan president to visit Pacific allies amid China pressure
Bowe Bergdahl judge rejects charge of Trump interference
Washington (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
The judge deciding the sentence for admitted army deserter Bowe Bergdahl on Monday rejected defense claims that President Donald Trump's negative comments on Bergdahl meant he could not get a fair hearing. But the judge, Army Colonel Jeffery Nance, suggested Trump was out of line in his remarks on Bergdahl, who was seized and held captive by Afghan insurgents for five years after abandoning ... more
Baghdad, Iraq (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
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Baghdad (AFP) Oct 28, 2017
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