PLA soldiers watch from barracks as Hong Kong protest intensifies | AFP

China’s People’s Liberation Army soldiers watch the clashes, including fires, between pro-democracy activists that have occupied the neighbouring Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the police from their barracks. PLA soldiers made an unprecendented appearance Saturday when they briefly came out to help clean-up areas of the city. IMAGES

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WEB: Washington zoo says bye bye to Bei Bei | AFP

Just after celebrating his fourth birthday here in the US capital, Bei Bei the giant panda is set to return to China on November 19. It’s part of the agreement between Beijing and the Washington Zoo, the latest in a long tradition of “panda diplomacy”. Before he goes, the American fans who have grown to love him say goodbye.

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Pompeo talks China, Mexico during Texas Q&A

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed China and Mexican realtions during a Q&A session Friday held at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy in Houston. (Nov. 15)

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Tusk: UK will be ‘second rate player’ after Brexit

European Union Council President Donald Tusk said Wednesday that the United Kingdom will be a second-rate player once it leaves the bloc, squeezed in between the likes of the EU, the United States and China. (Bruges, Belgium. Nov. 13, 2019)

London Elektricity – Don’t Give Up Now (feat. Bulgarian Goddess)

Buy or Stream ‘Building Better Worlds’ here: https://LondonElek.lnk.to/BuildingBetterWorldsyc

Following six studio albums of funk-driven loungecore, Hospital Records’ head honcho London Elektricity embarks on the boldest musical adventure of his 30-year career with his seventh long-player ‘Building Better Worlds’.

It began in a Forest Hill cafe in 2017 where London Elektricity adoringly browsed through a series of Benjamin Beech’s photography of perfectly untouched, derelict buildings and towns in Japan, Taiwan and China. “Many of the images show what has been, what could have been and what will be. The duality of beauty and melancholia within appealed to me immensely.” Each track was married to a photo, to join the sights to sounds from each of his tales of ‘Building Better Worlds.’

Leading the voyage is the orchestral masterpiece ‘Final View From The Rooftops’, that’s been 13 years in the making and is the “most unusual piece of D+B” [he’s] ever made”, featuring the incredible operatic talent of Cydnei B. ‘Build A Better World’ is a smooth drum & bass sonnet with the vocals of Hospital family favourite Emer Dineen. “The beauty of this song lies in its simplicity, but also its duality. I’ll leave you to work out what the lyrics are really about… They are some of the darkest lyrics I’ve come across in years.”

Another special moment is the feature of London Elektricity’s youngest son, The Secretary-General. The talented nine-year-old takes no ‘Time To Think’ as he flawlessly flows through Inja’s lyrics with the ever-vibrant MC following suit, bringing the track full-circle across generations.

London Elektricity is the mastermind behind classic Hospital albums such as ‘Pull The Plug’, ‘Syncopated City’, ‘Are We There Yet?’, and ‘Yikes’. His latest body of work delves into uncharted depths for a very personal and expressive collection of tracks where drum & bass and live instrumentation meet. London Elektricity can be found showcasing this latest chapter with tours in China, Japan, the UK and Europe throughout 2019.

‘Building Better Worlds’ is available as a special limited edition, 36-page lyric-book complete with an in-depth narrative for each track and a 3 x clear vinyl, on sale exclusively from the Hospital Shop.

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The purrfect crime: Chinese pet detective seeks lost animals | AFP

Private sleuth Sun Jinrong brought heat detectors, a lens that fits inside small spaces and a blowdart loaded with a tranquiliser to search for a desperate client’s missing loved one in Beijing: A cat named Duoduo. Unlike Jim Carrey’s goofy Ace Ventura character, the man dubbed by China’s media as the nation’s first pet detective is a stoney-faced animal lover who solves cases with the help of high-tech gear worth thousands of dollars. Sun has reunited 1,000 missing pets with their owners since he launched his business seven years ago.

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Chinese swimmer Sun Yang arrives for CAS hearing over doping | AFP

China’s swimming star Sun Yang, accused of smashing a blood vial with a hammer, arrives in the courtroom of the Court of arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Montreux for a public hearing. He faces an eight-year ban if charges against him are upheld. IMAGES

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Finland reclaims sauna world record from China | AFP

Bathers from 101 different countries squeeze into a sauna in Helsinki, Finland, in a successful attempt to reclaim the world record from China, which won the title in 2013 with 99 different nationalities in one sauna. Under Guinness World Record rules, the bathers have to be in the sauna for a minimum of five minutes, at a minimum temperature of 60 degrees. Participants had to prove their nationality by showing the adjudicator a valid passport. The attempt, organised by students and staff at Haaga Helia University, was successful after organisers asked foreign embassies in Helsinki to help rally as many different nationalities as possible.

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China completes Mars lander test ahead of 2020 mission | AFP

China completes a test for its Mars exploration lander ahead of Beijing’s first mission to the red planet, which is slated for 2020, said the country’s space administration.

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Hong Kong protesters fire catapults and choke city | AFP

Pro-democracy protesters challenging China’s rule of Hong Kong choke the city for a fourth straight working day, firing catapults at police, barricading roads and disrupting transport links, as schools and businesses closed.

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Fear stoked by Chinese-funded port and SEZ in Myanmar’s Rakhine state | AFP

Myanmar has declared Rakhine state, associated by many worldwide with the military’s 2017 crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, open for business – but as China bids to transform the strategically key region into a shipping and industrial hub, locals fear being left behind in the gold rush.

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Presidents of Russia and China shake hands ahead of BRICS summit | AFP

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Chinese president Xi Jinping shake hands ahead of BRICS summit in Brasilia. IMAGES

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro greets China’s Xi Jinping | AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping greets Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, as Brazil seeks to boost ties with Beijing and avoid upsetting key ally Donald Trump. IMAGES

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London Elektricity – Kubrick’s View

Buy or Stream ‘Building Better Worlds’ here: https://LondonElek.lnk.to/BuildingBetterWorldsyc

Following six studio albums of funk-driven loungecore, Hospital Records’ head honcho London Elektricity embarks on the boldest musical adventure of his 30-year career with his seventh long-player ‘Building Better Worlds’.

It began in a Forest Hill cafe in 2017 where London Elektricity adoringly browsed through a series of Benjamin Beech’s photography of perfectly untouched, derelict buildings and towns in Japan, Taiwan and China. “Many of the images show what has been, what could have been and what will be. The duality of beauty and melancholia within appealed to me immensely.” Each track was married to a photo, to join the sights to sounds from each of his tales of ‘Building Better Worlds.’

Leading the voyage is the orchestral masterpiece ‘Final View From The Rooftops’, that’s been 13 years in the making and is the “most unusual piece of D+B” [he’s] ever made”, featuring the incredible operatic talent of Cydnei B. ‘Build A Better World’ is a smooth drum & bass sonnet with the vocals of Hospital family favourite Emer Dineen. “The beauty of this song lies in its simplicity, but also its duality. I’ll leave you to work out what the lyrics are really about… They are some of the darkest lyrics I’ve come across in years.”

Another special moment is the feature of London Elektricity’s youngest son, The Secretary-General. The talented nine-year-old takes no ‘Time To Think’ as he flawlessly flows through Inja’s lyrics with the ever-vibrant MC following suit, bringing the track full-circle across generations.

London Elektricity is the mastermind behind classic Hospital albums such as ‘Pull The Plug’, ‘Syncopated City’, ‘Are We There Yet?’, and ‘Yikes’. His latest body of work delves into uncharted depths for a very personal and expressive collection of tracks where drum & bass and live instrumentation meet. London Elektricity can be found showcasing this latest chapter with tours in China, Japan, the UK and Europe throughout 2019.

‘Building Better Worlds’ is available as a special limited edition, 36-page lyric-book complete with an in-depth narrative for each track and a 3 x clear vinyl, on sale exclusively from the Hospital Shop.

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Calif. winemakers squeezed by US-China trade war

American winemakers are being squeezed out of the fast-growing Chinese market, due to President Trump’s trade war with China. At least one California vineyard has stopped shipping to China because U.S. wine is too pricey for Chinese consumers. (Nov. 13)

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Episode 9 – China’s Yellowstone | What Can Be Saved? | AP

China wages an enormously ambitious plan to protect and restore natural habitats in one of the most densely populated places on Earth, building on the example of pioneers of the U.S. national parks system.

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Watch episode 6 “Wild River” – https://youtu.be/eP_lfLdGgEc

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What Can Be Saved? China wants its own Yellowstone

There’s a building boom on China’s remote Tibetan plateau. But this time, the government wants to set limits on the region’s growth in order to implement its first national park system. This is the latest in the AP series, “What Can Be Saved?” (Nov. 12)

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Episode 9 – China’s Yellowstone | What Can Be Saved? | AP

China wages an enormously ambitious plan to protect and restore natural habitats in one of the most densely populated places on Earth, building on the example of pioneers of the U.S. national parks system.

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Watch episode 3 “Taking Root” – https://youtu.be/ynAnV8035dY

Watch episode 4 “Living With Lions” – https://youtu.be/NyyTZODczcg

Watch episode 5 “Owl vs. Owl” – https://youtu.be/_v8N34k4asc

Watch episode 6 “Wild River” – https://youtu.be/eP_lfLdGgEc

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London Elektricity – The Prescription Is Love

Buy or Stream ‘Building Better Worlds’ here: https://LondonElek.lnk.to/BuildingBetterWorldsyc

Following six studio albums of funk-driven loungecore, Hospital Records’ head honcho London Elektricity embarks on the boldest musical adventure of his 30-year career with his seventh long-player ‘Building Better Worlds’.

It began in a Forest Hill cafe in 2017 where London Elektricity adoringly browsed through a series of Benjamin Beech’s photography of perfectly untouched, derelict buildings and towns in Japan, Taiwan and China. “Many of the images show what has been, what could have been and what will be. The duality of beauty and melancholia within appealed to me immensely.” Each track was married to a photo, to join the sights to sounds from each of his tales of ‘Building Better Worlds.’

Leading the voyage is the orchestral masterpiece ‘Final View From The Rooftops’, that’s been 13 years in the making and is the “most unusual piece of D+B” [he’s] ever made”, featuring the incredible operatic talent of Cydnei B. ‘Build A Better World’ is a smooth drum & bass sonnet with the vocals of Hospital family favourite Emer Dineen. “The beauty of this song lies in its simplicity, but also its duality. I’ll leave you to work out what the lyrics are really about… They are some of the darkest lyrics I’ve come across in years.”

Another special moment is the feature of London Elektricity’s youngest son, The Secretary-General. The talented nine-year-old takes no ‘Time To Think’ as he flawlessly flows through Inja’s lyrics with the ever-vibrant MC following suit, bringing the track full-circle across generations.

London Elektricity is the mastermind behind classic Hospital albums such as ‘Pull The Plug’, ‘Syncopated City’, ‘Are We There Yet?’, and ‘Yikes’. His latest body of work delves into uncharted depths for a very personal and expressive collection of tracks where drum & bass and live instrumentation meet. London Elektricity can be found showcasing this latest chapter with tours in China, Japan, the UK and Europe throughout 2019.

‘Building Better Worlds’ is available as a special limited edition, 36-page lyric-book complete with an in-depth narrative for each track and a 3 x clear vinyl, on sale exclusively from the Hospital Shop.

Follow London Elektricity:

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What Can Be Saved? Episode 9 – China’s Yellowstone | Sneak Peek | AP

China wages an enormously ambitious plan to protect and restore natural habitats in one of the most densely populated places on Earth, building on the example of pioneers of the U.S. national parks system. Watch this exclusive sneak peek of #WhatCanBeSaved episode 9, “China’s Yellowstone” premiering next week November 12.

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Watch episode 2 “Vanishing Venezuela” – https://youtu.be/pBZcQ6cn7RE

Watch episode 3 “Taking Root” – https://youtu.be/ynAnV8035dY

Watch episode 4 “Living With Lions” – https://youtu.be/NyyTZODczcg

Watch episode 5 “Owl vs. Owl” – https://youtu.be/_v8N34k4asc

Watch episode 6 “Wild River” – https://youtu.be/eP_lfLdGgEc

Watch episode 7 “A Country For Gorillas” – https://youtu.be/_HoqdwAA1D8

Watch episode 8 “Ghosts of the Past” – https://youtu.be/NuS8I_xI9xs

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