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Beijing offers two new pandas to Adelaide Zoo

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Premier Li Qiang visited the Adelaide Zoo for China-Australia cooperation on panda protection and research on Sunday, saying the cooperation between the two countries can cross the vast Pacific Ocean, transcend differences, and achieve win-win results.

Li was accompanied by Governor of South Australia Frances Adamson, Premier of South Australia Peter Malinauskas, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong and Minister for Trade and Tourism Don Farrell.

Adelaide Zoo is the only Australian zoo that keeps giant pandas.

At the Panda Pavilion in Adelaide Zoo, Li heard reports by both Chinese and Australian experts on the cooperative giant panda conservation project between the two countries and the keeping of giant pandas in Australia.

Li said that Adelaide Zoo has the only pair of giant pandas in the Southern Hemisphere, Wang Wang and Fu Ni. He said he is glad to see that although far away from their homeland, Wang Wang and Fu Ni have been well looked after and settled down to live a happy life in Australia.

He said the two pandas have become envoys of friendship between China and Australia, and a symbol of the profound friendship between the two peoples.

Li said the success of the project indicates that with the dedicated care of both sides, the China-Australia cooperation can cross the vast Pacific Ocean, transcends various differences, make accomplishments to each other and achieve win-win results.

The Chinese government has taken a host of measures over the years to conserve giant pandas and achieved remarkable progress, making a positive contribution to the global endeavor to protect bio-diversity and endangered wildlife, he said.

Noting that Wang Wang and Fu Ni will return to China this year as agreed by the two sides, Li said China is ready to continue cooperation with Australia on panda protection and research, and hopes that Australia will always be a friendly home for giant pandas.

Local primary school pupils sang songs on panda in Chinese for Li, who had a cordial chat with them.

Li invited them to visit China to see the birthplace and habitat of giant pandas, appreciate China’s landscape and Chinese culture, and try to become little envoys of the friendship between China and Australia.

(CCTV+)

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11 dead after bridge collapses in China (Video)

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Eleven people were confirmed dead as of Saturday morning following the partial collapse of a highway bridge in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, local authorities said.

The bridge, located at Zhashui County in Shangluo City, collapsed at approximately 20:40 on Friday due to a sudden downpour and flash floods, according to the provincial publicity department.

By 10:00 on Saturday, rescue teams had recovered five vehicles that had fallen into the river.

Rescue operations are still underway.

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105 killed in Bangladesh protests; nationwide curfew imposed

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At least 105 people have been killed in Bangladesh as police cracked down on unrelenting student-led protests against govt job quotas despite a ban on public gatherings.

The govt has decided to impose a nationwide curfew and deploy the army.

Earlier in the day, telecommunications were disrupted and television news channels went off the air.

Authorities had cut some mobile telephone services the previous day to try to quell the unrest. 

According to reports, police and security officials fired bullets and tear gas at protesters and banned all gatherings in the capital Dhaka. 

The protests, which began weeks ago but escalated sharply this week, represent the biggest challenge to PM Sheikh Hasina since she won a fourth consecutive term in office after the January polls.

The government has deployed police and paramilitary forces across the capital to lock down campuses and break up protests. 

On Wednesday, universities including the country’s largest suspended classes and closed dormitories, and on Friday police in Dhaka said they were banning all gatherings and demonstrations in the capital. 

According to foreign media, border guard officials fired at a crowd of more than 1,000 protesters who had gathered outside the head office of state-run Bangladesh Television, which was attacked on Thursday. 

The border guards shot at the crowd with rifles and sound grenades, while police officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets. Bullets littered the streets, which were also marked by smears of blood. 

Internet services and mobile data were widely disrupted on Thursday night and remained down on Friday in the capital, Dhaka. 

Social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp were also not loading. A statement from the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission said they were unable to ensure service after their data center was attacked by demonstrators, who set fire to equipment. 

Student protesters said they will extend their calls to impose a shutdown on Friday, and urged mosques to hold funeral prayers for those who have been killed.

Source: Times Of India

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Crowdstrike blames software update for worldwide IT chaos

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Major IT outages are hitting industries across the world, with airlines, shops and healthcare affected.

Australia’s home affairs ministry and American Airlines have both said the outage appeared to be related to an issue at global cyber-security firm Crowdstrike.Crowdstrike says a “content update” for its Windows hosts was to blame

“This is not a security incident or cyberattack. The issue has been identified, isolated and a fix has been deployed,” the firm says.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has said, “We’re aware of an issue affecting Windows devices due to an update from a third-party software platform. We anticipate a resolution is forthcoming.”

(Excerpts : BBC)

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