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1. China completes first Mount Qomolangma airborne gravity survey

China announced on Tuesday that it has completed the first high-precision airborne gravity survey for Mount Qomolangma and its surrounding region as aircraft on the mission safely returned to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.

By bringing the complicated gravity survey instruments into the air, the survey will provide data for the region’s geoid surface with centimeter-level accuracy, thus contributing to a more precise measurement of the height of the world’s highest peak.

This is the first time China has conducted such a survey and it will fill the gap in relevant data, said Chen Bin, chief of the Mount Qomolangma airborne survey project. (Xinhua)





2. S.Korean gov’t revises down 2020 growth outlook to 0.1 pct

South Korea’s government revised down its 2020 economic growth outlook to 0.1 percent Monday owing to an expected economic fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak across the world.

The Ministry of Economy and Finance said that real gross domestic product (GDP), adjusted for inflation, is forecast to grow 0.1 percent this year. It was sharply down from the ministry’s previous expectation of 2.4 percent expansion unveiled six months earlier. (CGTN)




3. French virus tracing app goes live amid debate over privacy

France is rolling out an official coronavirus contact-tracing app aimed at containing fresh outbreaks as lockdown restrictions gradually ease, becoming the first major European country to deploy the smartphone technology amid simmering debates over data privacy.

The StopCovid app launched Tuesday is now available on Apple’s App store and the Google Play store.

Civil liberties groups worry that tracing apps may violate users’ privacy. (AP)

法国发布手机应用跟踪新冠病毒 民众质疑侵犯隐私




4. Greek tourism minister says all foreign visitors welcome

Greece is preparing to admit tourists from all over the world this summer but will be adhering to the advice of health experts to ensure it remains a safe destination in terms of coronavirus exposure, the country’s tourism minister said Tuesday.

Lockdown restrictions in Greece have been gradually eased to the point where life is almost back to normal.

Currently, all arriving passengers to Greece are required to undergo tests and to spend the night in a designated hotel until the results come through. (AP)





5. Boxer Floyd Mayweather to pay for George Floyd’s funeral

Former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather has offered to pay for George Floyd’s funeral and memorial services, and the family has accepted the offer.

Mayweather personally has been in touch with the family, according to Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions. He will handle costs for the funeral on June 9 in Floyd’s hometown of Houston, as well as other expenses.

Floyd, a black man, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck while Floyd was handcuffed and saying that he couldn’t breathe. His death sparked protests in Minneapolis and around the country, some of which became violent. (AP)





6. Astronauts ring opening bell for Nasdaq from space station

The astronauts launched into orbit by SpaceX joined in the ringing of the opening bell for the Nasdaq on Tuesday to mark “a pivotal moment” for the space economy.

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken took part in the ceremony from the International Space Station, three days after their launch by Elon Musk’s company.

The two astronauts floated alongside space station commander Chris Cassidy as he rang a ship’s bell to open trading on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange. (AP)




7. Repair starts on 2,000-year-old Great Wall section in Inner Mongolia

Repair work has been launched to rescue dilapidated parts of the 2,000-year-old Xiaoshetai section of the Great Wall, located in the city of Bayannur in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, said local authorities.

The project to be completed by 2021 will repair a collapsed five-kilometer section of the Great Wall dating back to the Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC).

With a total length of about 240 kilometers, the Xiaoshetai Great Wall is an important part of the existing Great Wall of the Qin Dynasty. (CGTN)





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And now for the Question of the Day:

In which year was the butterfly stroke first contested at the Olympic swimming events?

(Answer: 1956 Summer Olympics.)

Today’s quote is from American writer Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915).

“If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of trouble.”

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