今日英语, 时事新闻一览(2016.12.02)

【美华人请愿禁播《遇见劫匪》嘻哈歌曲,认为会鼓励更多罪犯以华人家庭为犯罪目标 白宫拒绝】The U.S. government has officially refused the online appeal to ban a controversial song “encouraging violence and crimes” against Chinese people, which has upset the Chinese-American community.

"The First Amendment protects the freedom of speech in the United States. The White House doesn’t make decisions about whether particular songs are available publicly. Individual platforms determine their choice of content and the rules of participation and conduct for their sites,” read a reply on the official White House website on Dec. 1.

【湖北鄂州致18人遇难事故调查:涉事车辆严重超载】A nine-seater mini bus carrying 19 elderly passengers plunged into a roadside pond in central China early Friday morning, killing eighteen and injuring two, including the driver.

According to police, the accident occurred at 6 a.m. near Miaoling Township, Ezhou City, Hubei Province. The bus was not registered as a commercial commuter vehicle and was overloaded, which caused the accident, police said.

Many of the casualties were over 60 years old, the oldest being 74. They were from two nearby villages. The two injured have been admitted to hospital.

【“煤超疯”难救山西煤企 煤商说:煤价还是稳点好】The coal price is expected to further decline after the end of heating season, vice director of the National Development and Reform Commission said on Thursday. After years of decline, the coal price has been soaring for months since August, while the recent four weeks saw a drop in price. The choppy market had made it difficult for many companies to survive. How do they view the fluctuant price? Will the country’s policy of cutting over-capacity continue at this point? Let's take a look at the report from Shanxi Province, a major coal production area in north China.

【北京至拉斯维加斯开通直航】China's Hainan Airlines on Friday began a non-stop service between Beijing and Las Vegas, the United States, the first direct flight between the Chinese mainland and the western U.S. city.

The route will be flown by a Boeing 787-8 three times per week, with flights from Beijing to Las Vegas on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

【习近平会见美国前国务卿基辛格】The steady and healthy development of China-US relations will benefit the people of both countries and contribute to the peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region as well as the world, said Chinese President Xi Jinping while meeting with former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Xi said China is willing for joint efforts with the US in maintaining the China-US relations during the US’ transition of power. Kissinger said he is honored to contribute to the development of the bilateral ties, and will continue to play an active role in promoting its progress. Kissinger is in Beijing for a forum on China-US relations.

【长城究竟有多长 国家文物局给出答案 总长度21196.18千米,分布15个省】According to a report on China's Great Wall protection, recently released by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, the sections of the Great Wall in China total a distance of 21,196.18 kilometers, distributed throughout 404 counties, cities or regions in 15 provinces, autonomous regions or municipalities nationwide.

You may not realize what 21,196 km means. While the world's longest river Nile is around 6,670 km, the Great Wall is more than three times the river's length.

【河北高院:向聂树斌父母致歉 及时调查是否存在违法审判】Nie Shubin who was convicted and executed on rape and murder charges in 1995 by a provincial court, has since been found innocent in a retrial by the Supreme People's Court on Friday.

After the verdict, Hebei's Higher People's Court, where the case was originally ruled, published an apology post on its official weibo account.

The post promised to start procedures to compensate Nie's relatives, and investigate whether there was illegal misconduct during the original trial.

【中消协再问苹果异常关机问题】China's consumer protection watchdog once again on Tuesday asked Apple Inc to explain and provide solutions to malfunctions reportedly found in iPhone 6/6Plus and 6s/6s Plus models.

【韩国总统“亲信干政”事件:时隔35天 朴槿惠首次“外出”视察】President Park Geun-hye made an unannounced visit to a fire-ravaged market in her political stronghold of Daegu on Thursday. This was her first public appearance in over a month amid the ongoing political corruption scandal.

【韩国在野党继续推动总统朴槿惠弹劾案 将于12月9日表决】South Korea's three opposition parties agreed to propose an impeachment motion for President Park Geun-hye on Friday, scheduling the vote for December 9. The parties have urged Park to step down as soon as possible, despite the ruling party proposing that Park should step down in April next year.

【习近平就哇集拉隆功就任泰国国王致贺电】The 64-year-old Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn became Thailand's new king on Thursday in succession to his late father, Bhumibol Adulyadej. Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to Vajiralongkorn, and highlighted the importance of ties between China and Thailand.

【中俄拟翻拍科幻电影《两栖人》】The Sino-Russian Fund of Culture and Education has signed an agreement with Russian studios on the remake of Russian film Amphibian Man. Amphibian Man is a 1961 sci-fi romance based on a novel by Alexander Beliaev. Chinese actors will fill all leading roles in the remake. Shooting is expected to begin in 2018 in China and Crimea.

【2016年中国10大幸福城市出炉:成都又是最幸福!】A new survey of over 11.3 million participants has ranked the top 10 happiest cities in China, with Chengdu topping the list again. The other nine cities in order are Hangzhou, Nanjing, Xi’an, Changchun, Changsha, Suzhou, Zhuhai, Beijing and Shanghai. 你的城市上榜了吗?

【秘鲁南部发生6.3级地震】A 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit southern Peru at 6:40 a.m. Beijing time on Friday, according to the USGS. So far, no casualties have been reported.

【哥伦比亚国会批准政府与反政府武装签署的和平协议】Colombia's Congress on Wednesday approved a peace deal between the government and the rebel group known as FARC to end more than 50 years of war.

【农民工返乡创业人数达450万(在国新办新闻发布会上)】More than 5.7 million rural Chinese have returned from cities to their hometowns to startup businesses, Vice Minister of Agriculture Chen Xiaohua said Thursday.

Among them, 4.5 million people are rural migrant workers who used to work in urban areas away from home, while the rest are mainly fresh graduates and retired soldiers who left home for education or service, Chen said at a press briefing.

【希拉里翻盘有戏?】U.S. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's popular lead over President-elect Donald Trump surpasses 2.5 million votes on Thursday as ballots are still being tallied after more than three weeks since the Nov. 8 general election.

Clinton's lead in total votes over Trump now is larger than the lead with which as many as ten U.S. presidents have won the general election, according to local media reports.

【朝鲜外务省:朝将采取“更强有力自卫性措施”应对安理会涉朝新决议】The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Thursday strongly condemned and rejected a resolution adopted by UN Security Council that included fresh sanctions to curb its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The DPRK rejects it "as another excess of authority and violation of the DPRK's sovereignty by the UNSC acting under instructions of the U.S.," said an unnamed spokesman for the DPRK foreign ministry in a statement carried by the state media KCNA.

【安理会全票通过新决议严厉制裁朝鲜 中方回应为何投赞成票】China on Thursday called for the full and balanced implementation of the United Nations Security Council new resolution on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The new resolution, unanimously adopted on Wednesday, tightens sanctions on the DPRK in response to the country's fifth nuclear test on Sept. 9.

【交通运输部: 2017年春运40天 预计全国发送旅客或超29亿人次】Just shy of 3 billion trips are expected to be made by Chinese people during the Spring Festival travel rush in 2017, the Ministry of Transport said Thursday.

The number, which includes trips by road, rail, aviation and waterways, is 2.2 percent higher than the previous year, the ministry said.

The 40-day travel frenzy known as "Chunyun" is the hectic period surrounding the Chinese lunar New Year, or Spring Festival.

【欧洲议会支持欧美数据保护总协定】The EU-U.S. data protection agreement has been given consent by the European Parliament in a vote held on Thursday morning while the parliament was meeting in a part-session here.

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) gave strong support to the umbrella agreement with 481 votes in favor, 75 against and 88 abstentions.