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chinadaily.com.cn 2019-02-12 15:49

The Duchess of Sussex closes her car door as she attends the opening of 'Oceania' at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, on the 25th September 2018.[Photo/IC]

>Meghan pens anguish letter
The full content of a sensational letter written by the Duchess of Sussex to her estranged father shortly after her wedding was revealed for the first time. Its existence emerged last week after five close friends of the Duchess gave anonymous interviews to an American celebrity magazine. They said the Duchess was so upset by her father Thomas Markle's public attacks on her and Prince Harry that she penned the anguished letter begging him to patch up their differences privately. The bombshell five-page letter, sent in August last year, lays bare the true depths of the Duchess's estrangement from her father. In elegant script, she accuses him of breaking her heart "into a million pieces" by giving interviews to the press, fabricating stories and attacking her new husband. The Duchess also admonishes her father, in anguished tones, for siding with her half-sister Samantha – who has attacked her in the press – while she "silently suffered at the hand of her vicious lies".


Attendants look at some objects displayed the Ancient Egypt exhibit 'Pharaoh. King of Egypt' at the CaixaForum in Barcelona, north eastern Spain, 07 June 2018.[Photo/IC]

>Ancient Egyptians' homework
Homework written by a school kid in ancient Egypt has been preserved since the second century A.D. And the words in it may sound familiar to any child whose parents worry about them falling in with a bad crowd. An ancient lesson preserved on a wood-mounted wax slab about the size of a Kindle reads: "You should accept advice from a wise man only" and "You cannot trust all your friends." The slab displays a teacher's written example in the first line, and the next two lines contain the same words copied "rather clumsily" in the student's hand, much as primary students today copy lines penned by their teachers. Acquired by the British Library in 1892, the tablet hasn't been publicly displayed since the 1970s. The homework slab will be featured in an upcoming British Library exhibit called "Writing: Making Your Mark," which traces the evolution of writing over 5,000 years of human history, library representatives said in a statement.


US President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, US, on Feb 7, 2019. [Photo/VCG]

>Trump in 'good health'
US President Trump is "in very good health" and is expected to remain healthy for "the duration of his presidency, and beyond," according to Sean Conley, the president's physician and the current director of the White House medical unit, after conducting the president's exam at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Recent presidents have undergone physical exams as a way of assuring the public that they are in good health and fit to serve the country. This examination was Trump's second in office. Last year, the president's first medical exam was performed by Ronny Jackson, who said Trump was in "excellent" health overall and "might live to be 200 years old" if he had a more healthful diet. Trump, 72, makes no secret of preferring a diet of red meat, fast food and sweets. He is not known to exercise beyond his beloved rounds of golf.



>Chinese sci-fi movie a hit
China's sci-fi feature film "The Wandering Earth" was a stellar performer during Spring Festival, raking in 1.9 billion yuan as of Sunday at domestic box offices since it hit cinemas on Tuesday. The film is adapted from a novella of the same name by Liu Cixin, author of the Hugo Award-winning "The Three-Body Problem". "The Wandering Earth" has garnered much acclaim from critics and audiences both at home and abroad. According to China Film Critics Association President, Rao Shuguang, films like "The Wandering Earth" and "Crazy Alien", another Chinese sci-fi movie which had made 1.4 billion yuan by Sunday afternoon, "represent the general level of China's film development". The leap into sci-fi reflects Chinese filmmakers' growing budgets and confidence to tackle topics previously monopolized by Hollywood, according to the Financial Times. So far, "The Wandering Earth" has recorded a score of eight points out of 10 on Douban, a popular Chinese film and TV rating site, both receiving favorable reviews and sparking discussions on its storyline and effects.

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