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Ursula von der Leyen reacts at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday after a vote confirmed her as the new president of the European Commission. [Photo/Agencies]

>Female EU Commission head

Germany's Ursula von der Leyen secured European parliamentary approval on Tuesday to become the first female European Commission president.

"The trust you placed in me is confidence you placed in Europe," said the German conservative, who earlier this week resigned as Berlin's defense minister. "It's a big responsibility and my work starts now. Let us work together constructively because the endeavor is a united and strong Europe," she added.

Von der Leyen will replace Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Nov 1.

As head of the EU executive, von der Leyen will be in charge of trade negotiations, economic and climate policy for 500 million Europeans and antitrust rulings involving powerful tech giants.


Actress Emilia Clarke and actor Kit Harington from a scene from Game of Thrones. [Photo/Mtime]

>GoT leads Emmy nominations

HBO's "Game of Thrones" slashed its way to a record-setting 32 Emmy nominations Tuesday for its eighth and final season, leading HBO back to dominance over Netflix, the streaming service that bumped it last year from atop the increasingly crowded television heap.

The bloodthirsty saga toppled the all-time series record of 27 nods earned by "NYPD Blue" in 1994.

If "Game of Thrones" successfully defends it best drama series title and claims a fourth trophy, it will join the quartet of most-honored dramas that includes "Hill Street Blues," ''L.A. Law," ''The West Wing" and "Mad Men."


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>Quiz about moving home

Sixth formers are to be quizzed on whether they can cook five hot meals and how often they should change their sheets, as part of a government-backed scheme to prepare them for university.

Ministers are urging schools to put on special workshops for students aged 16-18 to ensure they feel comfortable with the prospect of leaving home.

The course, designed by the university accommodation provider Unite Students, will teach pupils how to manage their finances and how to live independently.

According to the course materials, teachers should ask students questions which may not have occurred to them, such as "what is the price of a litre of milk?" and "list 5 hot meals you can cook from scratch".

Damian Hinds, the education secretary, said: "We are all very conscious that moving away from home and going to university is one of the most exciting things that happens in your life but it can also be very daunting."

He said that an important part of education is preparing children for adulthood so "and it is right that we teach them what to expect for life after school".



>Old-age pensions boosted

Twenty-three provincial-level regions in China have announced plans to raise their basic old-age pensions. Fifteen regions, including Hebei, Inner Mongolia autonomous region, Jiangxi, Shaanxi and Jiangsu, have promised to pay the raised pension to retirees before the end of July.

Regional plans to reduce enterprises' social insurance premium rate are also being gradually implemented across the country.

Statistics show in the first half of 2019 enterprise expenses for basic endowment insurance, unemployment insurance and employment injury insurance have been cut by over 128 billion yuan.

A recent State Council executive meeting decided to fully implement transferring State assets to social security funds this year.

More beneficial policies are expected to be launched in the second half of 2019, as the country continues to advance social security reform.


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