Hourly News 2013-06-26
    2013-06-27 13:54:12     CRIENGLISH.com       Web Editor: Han



Shenzhou-10 Spacecraft Returns to Earth


The three astronauts aboard the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft have now come out of the return capsule.

All appear to be in good physical condition and in good spirits.

One of the astronauts, Nie Haisheng has set a record amount of time in space for Chinese astronauts, logging more than 470 hours over two missions.

The return capsule of the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft successfully returned to earth earlier this morning after 15 days in orbit.

While in orbit, the three astronauts completed two docking tests with the Tiangong-1 experimental space lab.

Astronauts also gave a special lecture to students on earth for the first time in China's space exploration.

Meanwhile, the Tiangong-1 space lab has been officially retired.

Tiangong-1 was first put into orbit in 2011, and played host to a total of 6-Chinese astronauts.

The space lab is being put into a higher orbit.

The Tiangong-1 lab was developed as a training platform for the eventual-Chinese space station, which is due to be built by 2020.



China, India to hold talks on border issues


The Chinese and Indian governments are set to hold border talks later this week here in Beijing.

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Indian National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon will oversee the border talks on Friday and Saturday.

This is the 16th meeting between special representatives on the issue.

The Chinese government says both sides have been keeping in contact with one-another on issues connected to the border.

China and India have been at odds for decades over the demarcation of their shared border in both the Kashmir region and along India's eastern border with China.



Snowden still in transit area at Moscow airport -- Putin


Russian President Vladimir Putin says NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is still at Moscow's main airport.

Putin, who is currently on a visit to Finland, says Snowden's arrival in Moscow was completely unexpected.

He says he hopes Snowden's presence at the airport in Moscow won't impair ties with the United States.

Snowden disappeared from public view on Sunday after flying from Hong Kong to Moscow.

It's believed he's trying to gain transit to Ecuador to avoid extradition to the United States, where he's facing upto 30-years in prison for leaking secret government information.



Israeli Bedouins lash at relocation plan


Israeli Bedouins are calling for national strikes amid a new plan to relocate them.

The Israeli parliament has narrowly voted to support a new plan to replace the nomadic camel herders to different plots of land in the south of Israel.

While the proposed legislation still has to pass through two more stages before becoming law, Arab-Israeli lawmakers have been blasting the move, physically tearing up the draft law at one point.

Supporters of the roughly 30-thousand Bedouins living in southern Israel contend the Israeli government is trying to steal their traditional lands.



Independent Berber elected as Libyan leader


Libya's National Assembly has a new head.

Nuri Abusahmain has been voted in as the new head of the country's parliament.

This makes the ethnic-Berber lawmaker the effective head of Libya.

Abushahmain takes over from Mohammed Magarief.

Magarief was dumped as the head of the Libyan National Assembly after legislation was passed which bars former senior officials in the Gaddafi regieme from holding government positions.

The election of Abushahmain is seen as a victory for the ethnic Berber population in Libya, which makes up around 10-percent of the population.



Mongolian presidential election starts


The Mongolian presidential elections are underway.

It's widely expected incumbent Tsakhia Elbegdorj will be reelected.

The Mongolian economy under his watch has grown by more than 10-percent over the last 2-years.

Elbegdorj is up against a pair of opponents, including his current Health Minister.

More than 1.85-million people are eligible to vote in the Mongolian Presidential elections.



China's registered drug users top 2 mln


The Ministry of Public Security is reporting the number of registered drug users here in China now exceeds 2-million.

The stats suggest over 4 out of 5 drug users here in China are men.

The ministry says over half of the known drug users here in China are between 19 and 35.

Less than 1-percent of the known users are under the age of 18.

The stats also show a rise in the rate of synthetic drug abuse here in China.

3 out of 5 users here in China are addicted to opiates.



One Chinese Student Can Supply a US Family: Statistics Show


A new survey is suggesting foreign students contribute over 20-billion dollars to US economy every year.

4.4 billion of that is coming from Chinese students.

In breaking down the numbers, the analysis suggests the amount of money spent by a Chinese student in the United States every year accounts for roughly the same amount of money needed to maintain the average American family.

The average Chinese student in the US is spending 15-hundred US dollars per month, on top of an average annual tuition of 50-thousand US dollars.



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