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China renews blue alert for cold wave


2023-12-11 浏览

China's meteorological authorities on Monday renewed a blue alert for a cold wave, forecasting temperature drops in some parts of the country.

According to the National Meteorological Center (NMC), from Monday to Tuesday, temperatures are expected to drop by 6 to 8 degrees Celsius in most parts of the regions south of the Yangtze River, eastern Guizhou Province and northern parts south China.

Parts of Hunan Province, Guizhou Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region could see temperatures plunging by more than 12 degrees Celsius.

The NMC advised local governments to take precautions against the cold weather, asked the public to keep warm and urged measures to protect tropical crops and aquatic products.

China has a four-tier color-coded weather warning system for cold waves, with red representing the most severe weather, followed by orange, yellow and blue.
来源: Shanghai Daily  

US F-16 fighter jet crashes in South Korea


2023-12-11 浏览

A US F-16 fighter jet crashed in western South Korea, with no casualty being reported, Yonhap news agency and local broadcaster YTN reported on Monday.

The fighter jet of the US Forces Korea (USFK) crashed in the morning near the Kunsan Air Base in Gunsan, around 180 km south of the capital Seoul, during a training exercise.

No casualty had been reported yet as the pilot made an emergency escape.
来源: Shanghai Daily  

Javier Milei inaugurated as presidency of Argentina


2023-12-11 浏览

Javier Milei, a liberal politician and economist, assumed the Argentine presidency Sunday in a ceremony held at the National Congress in Buenos Aires, the country's capital.

The outgoing head of state, Alberto Fernandez, placed the presidential sash and handed the baton of command to Milei, whose term will last for four years, until December 10, 2027.

Victoria Villarruel was sworn in as vice president.

After the inauguration at the congress, Milei delivered a speech to the public noting that he had no alternative to a sharp, painful fiscal shock to fix the country's worst economic crisis in decades, with inflation heading toward 200 percent. "There is no alternative to a shock adjustment."
来源: Shanghai Daily  

Germany braces for fresh nationwide rail strike


2023-12-08 浏览

The German Train Drivers' Union (GDL) is once again calling for a nationwide rail strike. The last-minute labor action is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. local time on Thursday and last 24 hours.

The strike, the fourth this year, will have a "massive impact on the entire German rail service," state-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn said in a statement. "There will also be massive restrictions for industry and business in rail freight transport."

GDL Chairman Claus Weselsky defended the decision to call for another warning strike after the previous action in mid-November. "It is the last one for this year," he told public broadcaster MDR on Wednesday.

According to an MDR survey published after the first strike organized by GDL, 41 percent supported the labor action despite a positive attitude toward strike actions in wage disputes in general.

"The train drivers' union is ruining the second Advent weekend for millions of people who are not involved," Deutsche Bahn Board member Martin Seiler said. "A strike so soon after the onset of winter and so close to the timetable change is irresponsible and selfish."

In the ongoing wage dispute, Deutsche Bahn is offering an 11 percent pay increase and an inflation compensation premium of up to 2,850 euros (3,081 U.S. dollars).

The union is demanding a reduction of weekly working hours from 38 to 35 with full pay compensation. On top of that, German train drivers want a one-year wage increase of 555 euros per month and an inflation bonus of 3,000 euros. (1 euro = 1.08 U.S. dollars) Enditem
来源: Shanghai Daily  

World's deepest, largest underground lab operational in China



A 2,400-meter-deep physics laboratory in southwest China's Sichuan Province became operational on Thursday, making it the deepest and largest underground lab in the world.

Scientists believe the laboratory provides a "clean" space for them to pursue the invisible substance known as dark matter. They said the extreme depth helps block most cosmic rays that mess with the observation.

The Deep Underground and Ultra-low Radiation Background Facility for Frontier Physics Experiments (DURF) is located beneath Jinping Mountain in Sichuan's Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture.

The DURF, with a total room capacity of 330,000 cubic meters, is the second phase of China Jinping Underground Laboratory. It started construction in December 2020 and was jointly built by Tsinghua University and Yalong River Hydropower Development Company, Ltd.

The DURF will become a world-class interdisciplinary deep underground scientific research center integrating multiple disciplines including particle physics, nuclear astrophysics and life sciences, to facilitate the development of China's research in relevant frontier fields, said Yue Qian, a professor at Tsinghua University.
来源: Shanghai Daily  

At least three people dead in shooting on university campus in Las Vegas


2023-12-07 浏览

At least three people were killed in a shooting on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), on Wednesday, including the shooter, according to local police.

The shooting happened near BEAM Hall on the campus of UNLV Wednesday morning.

There is "no further threat" on campus, Sheriff of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Kevin McMahill told a press briefing.

"No more threat to the community. The suspect is deceased. Right now, we know there are 3 victims, but unknown extent of the injuries. That number could change," McMahill said.

The main UNLV campus and other branches of the university were being closed for the day "out of an abundance of caution," according to McMahill.

A number of victims have been taken to hospitals, according to the police.

"This is an active investigation. Please continue to avoid the area and watch for responding emergency units," LVMPD said on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Around noon local time, the university posted an emergency notice online, saying, "University Police responding to report of shots fire in BEH evacuate to a safe area, RUN-HIDE-FIGHT."

Shortly after, the university said on X that police were responding to "additional report of shots fired in the Student Union" and advised people to evacuate the area.

LVMPD did not disclose the conditions of the injured in the shooting. Investigation of the shooter's motives is underway.

A hotline has been set up for those impacted by the shooting on campus.

The University Medical Center Southern Nevada, the government hospital in Las Vegas, said they are prepared to care for the victims of the tragic shooting.

"Tragic and heartbreaking news coming out of @unlv. Praying for everyone on campus as law enforcement responds to the situation," Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman posted on X.

In Washington, D.C., the White House said it is monitoring the shooting reported at UNLV.

UNLV, located less than two miles east of the Las Vegas Strip, has a student enrollment of about 25,400 undergraduates and 4,300 graduates.

来源: Shanghai Daily  

Chinese FM, British foreign secretary hold phone talks on bilateral ties


2023-12-06 浏览

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday held a phone conversation with David Cameron, British secretary of state for foreign, commonwealth and development affairs, at the latter's request.

Wang, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said that China and Britain, both permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, bear important responsibilities for maintaining international peace and stability.

The steady and sound development of bilateral relations not only serves the fundamental and long-term interests of the two peoples, but also has strategic and global significance for promoting world peace and prosperity, Wang said.

China and Britain offer development opportunities to each other, he noted, expressing hope that the British side will establish a correct understanding of China and grasp the general direction of the development of China-Britain relations.

Wang said China is firmly committed to peaceful development, and maintains continuity and stability of its foreign policy. China advocates multilateralism and opposes unilateral bullying, he said, adding that China supports free trade and opposes protectionism.

China's development is a growing force for world peace and a strengthening factor for the stability of the international community, Wang said. In the face of the ever-changing international situation and emerging global challenges, he stressed, China and Britain should maintain communication and dialogue, strengthen coordination, and deepen cooperation.

For his part, Cameron said that in today's world, no single country can tackle global challenges alone, and the engagement and cooperation between Britain and China serve the interests of both sides. Britain is committed to developing relations with China and is willing to maintain exchanges, he added.

He also said Britain appreciates China's support for multilateralism and expects China to play a greater role in international and regional issues.

The two sides exchanged views on hot issues, including the Ukraine crisis. Wang reiterated China's consistent position on promoting peace talks, and stressed opposition to any act that harms China's legitimate rights and interests and abuses unilateral sanctions.
来源: Shanghai Daily  

2023 to be hottest year on record after 'extraordinary' November

2023将为最热的 一年

2023-12-06 浏览

This year will be the hottest in recorded history after an "extraordinary" November became the sixth record-breaking month in a row, Europe's climate monitor said on Wednesday, piling pressure on the COP28 talks to act on climate change.

Last month smashed the previous November heat record, pushing 2023's global average temperature to 1.46 degrees Celsius warmer than pre-industrial levels, the EU's Copernicus Climate Change Service said.

There had been warnings this year could take the title of hottest year from 2016 — particularly after records toppled in September and October — but this marks the first time it has been confirmed.

November also contained two days that were 2 degrees warmer than pre-industrial levels. Not one such day had ever before been recorded.

Samantha Burgess, deputy head of the Copernicus service, said that 2023 has "now had six record-breaking months and two record-breaking seasons."

"The extraordinary global November temperatures, including two days warmer than 2 degrees above pre-industrial (levels), mean that 2023 is the warmest year in recorded history," she said.

Scientists say data from ice cores, tree rings and the like suggests this year could be the warmest in more than 100,000 years.

'Temperature will keep rising'

Meanwhile, 2023 has seen a series of devastating extreme weather events linked to climate change, even as the world's carbon emissions continue to rise.

According to Copernicus, whose records go back to 1940, the first 11 months of this year have been 0.13 degrees hotter than in 2016, the previous warmest year.

Global temperatures in the second half of this year are believed to have been partly propelled by the El Nino weather pattern, which has caused fewer "anomalies" so far in 2023 than in 2015-2016, the Copernicus service said.

September to November, the three months marking autumn in the northern hemisphere, were the hottest ever "by a large margin," according to Copernicus.

November alone was 1.75 degrees warmer than pre-industrial levels — and marked a significant 0.85 degrees increase over 1991-2020, Copernicus said.

Such numbers could suggest that the world is coming uncomfortably close to warming 1.5 degrees since pre-industrial times, which is a key threshold in the Paris climate agreement.

However, to actually breach the Paris limit, global temperatures would need to stay above 1.5 degrees over decades.

"As long as greenhouse gas concentrations keep rising we can't expect different outcomes," Copernicus head Carlo Buontempo said.

"The temperature will keep rising and so will the impacts of heatwaves and droughts," he added.
来源: Shanghai Daily  

Family commemoration activities for Nanjing Massacre victims start


2023-12-04 浏览

Standing in front of a memorial wall in the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders, Xia Shuqin expressed her thoughts to the family members she lost in the atrocity.

"I've come to see you again. I'm old. I don't know if I can come and present flowers to you in the future," said Xia, 94, who survived the Nanjing Massacre.

This year's family commemoration for the victims of the Nanjing Massacre began on Sunday in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province.

On December 13, 1937, invading Japanese troops captured Nanjing, then the Chinese capital. Over six weeks, the invaders killed more than 300,000 Chinese civilians and unarmed soldiers.

In 2014, China's top legislature designated December 13 as the national memorial day for the victims of the Nanjing Massacre.

From Sunday, family members of the victims will pay tribute to their loved ones in various ways, such as by presenting flowers before the memorial wall. A total of 10,665 names of victims are engraved on the wall, representing the 300,000 victims of the massacre.

Ge Fengjin, the son of a late Nanjing Massacre survivor, attended the family commemorations.

"As descendants of the massacre survivors and inheritors of the memory of the massacre, we have the responsibility to pass on the historical truth," Ge said. "The purpose of remembering history is to look to the future and help more people understand the value of peace."

Only 38 registered survivors of the Nanjing Massacre are alive today.
来源: Shanghai Daily  

Israel issues evacuation orders covering 25% of Gaza territory: UN


2023-12-04 浏览

The Israeli military issued evacuation orders to new areas covering approximately 25 percent of the Gaza Strip following the collapse of truce talks, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Sunday.

The Israel military has divided the territory into numerous small zones in an attempt to ease evacuation orders before potential bombardment, the OCHA said.

Among the designated evacuation zones are towns in southern Gaza, including Al-Qarara, Khuza'a, Abasan, and Bani Suhaila, said the OCHA, noting that residents in these areas have been instructed to move southwards toward Rafah near the Egyptian border.

According to the OCHA, these areas subject to the evacuation orders account for 19 percent of Gaza's territory (69 square kilometers), and were home to approximately 352,000 people before the onset of the Israeli-Hamas conflict.

Furthermore, the Israeli military has ordered evacuations in the eastern part of Gaza City, including Shejaiya, Zeitoun, and the Old City, as well as Jabalia in northern Gaza, which account for approximately 6 percent of the Strip, and were previously inhabited by around 415,000 people, with many already evacuated, according to the OCHA.

Israeli army Spokesperson Avichay Adraee reiterated on Sunday the evacuation orders on his social media platform X, urging residents in Khan Yunis in the southern enclave to leave their residences and head to alternative locations.

The OCHA estimates that about 1.8 million people in Gaza, nearly 80 percent of the population, have become internally displaced, among whom about 1.1 million are accommodated in 156 facilities across Gaza by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

The UN group also highlighted concerns about the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, pregnant, breastfeeding mothers, injuries and those with compromised immune systems.
来源: Shanghai Daily  

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