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chinadaily.com.cn 2019-01-29 15:52


>Rise in car thefts in UK
The number of vehicles stolen in Britain has almost doubled in the last five years, new Home Office figures show. Official stats show that 111,999 cars were pinched in 2017-2018, up from 75,308 in the 2013-2014 financial year. That means, on average, a vehicle is stolen in Britain every five minutes. Experts say the rise in vehicle crime is the result of organized gangs using advanced keyless technology to remotely steal cars and policing budget cuts that has seen officer numbers dwindle in recent years. The majority of cars targeted are high-priced models from premium brands, such as Audi, BMW, Land Rover and Mercedes, which have strong resale values on foreign markets. These vehicles can also be broken down into component parts and sold at high prices to unaware consumer.


Demonstrators protest the ongoing government shutdown at a rally in Federal Plaza in Chicago, Jan 24, 2019. [Photo/IC]

>US lost $6B to shutdown
The US economy lost at least $6 billion during the partial shutdown of the federal government due to lost productivity from furloughed workers and economic activity lost to outside business, S&P Global Ratings said on Friday. US President Donald Trump agreed on Friday to end the 35-day partial shutdown, the longest in history, without getting the $5.7 billion he had demanded from Congress for a border wall. Trump agreed to reopen the government for three weeks, until Feb 15, so that hundreds of thousands of federal workers who have been working without pay, or have been furloughed, could get paid as border security negotiations continue. "Although this shutdown has ended, little agreement on Capitol Hill will likely weigh on business confidence and financial market sentiments," the ratings agency said.


Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts after winning Sunday's Australian Open final against Spain's Rafael Nadal in Melbourne. EDGAR SU/REUTERS

>Australian Open winners
Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open title for a record seventh time, defeating Rafael Nadal in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in the men's final on Sunday. The Australian Open women's final on Saturday ended with Japan's Naomi Osaka winning her second straight Grand Slam final, as Osaka edged Petra Kvitova 7-6(2), 5-7, 6-4. Osaka won the US Open in September by defeating Serena Williams in a dramatic final. Osaka becomes the first Japanese tennis player (man or woman) to claim the world No 1 ranking.


Passengers queue up to check in at Shenzhen West Railway Station in Shenzhen, Guangdong province on Jan 21, 2019. [Photo/IC]

>Cities with massive exodus
Chinese tech giant Tencent has released a report on Spring Festival travel rush dynamics based on big data analysis. Shenzhen, Dongguan and Beijing, all home to large numbers of migrant workers, are expected to see the largest number of outbound travelers, followed by other developed cities of Shanghai, Suzhou, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Zhengzhou, Chengdu and Foshan. According to the report, people aged 18 to 30 are expected to account for 53% of travelers during the holiday, followed by those from 31 to 40 years old at 24% of the total. The report also shows trains are still the most commonly used means of transportation during the holiday moving more than half of passengers, followed by buses at 43% and airplanes at 6% of the total.

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