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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the United Nations in New York on March 27, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

>Saudi's residency scheme

Saudi Arabia has opened applications for a permanent residency program designed to attract foreign investment to the kingdom, but it will cost a hefty 800,000 riyals.

There's also a cheaper option, with a one-year renewable residency costing 100,000 riyals.

The so-called premium residencies will allow foreigners to buy property and do business without a Saudi sponsor, switch jobs and exit the kingdom easily and sponsor visas for family members.

Along with paying a high fee, applicants must be at least 21 years old, prove financial solvency and have a clean criminal record and bill of health.

The idea for a long-term Saudi residency program was first floated in 2016 by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as a part of his plan to reduce the economy's reliance on oil and boost foreign direct investment.

At the time, he estimated the program would generate about $10 billion in annual revenue by 2020.


Visitors take photos of Van Gogh's paintings projected on screens at Van Gogh The Immersive Experience, an ongoing exhibition at the National Museum of China. [Photo by Jiang Dong/China Daily]

>Digitalized Van Gogh works

The artworks of painter Vincent van Gogh are vividly brought to life at an immersive digital exhibition in Beijing.

The easily recognizable elements from van Gogh's paintings have been digitalized, animated and projected onto the ceiling, walls and floor of an exhibition space that draws the audience into an immersive look at the life and inner world of the Dutch artist.

"Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience" at the National Museum of China will run through Sept 22.

Technicians have brought to life the work of the gifted artist through an all-encompassing projection display of images taken from more than 200 paintings and drawings from the artist's oeuvre.


President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach announces Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo of Italy to host the 2026 Olympic Winter Games during the 134th session of International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland, on June 24, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Italy to host Winter Games

Italian cities Milan/Cortina were elected host of the 2026 Winter Olympic Games at the 134th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Monday.

IOC President Thomas Bach announced Milan/Cortina as the winner after they beat Sweden's Stockhom/Are 47-34 in a vote by 83 IOC members.

It will be the third time for Italy to host the Winter Olympic Games. Cortina was the first Italian city to host the Games in 1956 and Turin staged the event in 2006. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte promised full support from his government to the northern Italian cities.


A man wearing an umbrella-like hat visits the Summer Palace in Beijing, May 22. [Photo/IC]

>High-heat subsidies raised

Scorching heat across China has made high-temperature subsidies a hot topic among employees.

Among 28 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions that have implemented high -temperature subsidies, nine of them - including Zhejiang, Shanghai, Anhui, Jiangxi, Tianjin and Hebei - have raised their standards for high-temperature subsidies this summer.

After the adjustment, employees in Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang will get a monthly subsidy of 300 yuan, the highest amount in the nation.

In some other regions, the standard for high-temperature subsidies is set by the day.

Anhui has raised its subsidy standard from 10 yuan per day to 15 yuan, while Sichuan adjusted the local standard from 8 to 12 yuan per day to 10-18 yuan.

Hebei is the only region that sets an hourly high-temperature subsidy standard.

It has raised the local standard to 2 yuan per hour for outdoor workers and 1.5 yuan per hour for indoor workers, up from the previous 1.5 yuan and 1 yuan, respectively.


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