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British explorer Ash Dykes followed the Yangtze River during his yearlong journey. Photo provided to China Daily

>Explorer's record trek

A British explorer is claiming to be the first person to walk the length of the Yangtze River in China after enduring extreme physical and mental challenges during his epic trek.

Ash Dykes, from Old Colwyn in North Wales, finished the 6,437-kilometer journey on Monday after he was delayed by a couple of days because of Typhoon Lekima.

The 28-year-old said he felt great after crossing the finish line in Shanghai, where he was greeted by family, media, and Chinese supporters.

Dykes has been followed by millions of Chinese television viewers and social media users who have been captivated by his effort to become the first person to walk the third longest river in the world.

The explorer said raising awareness of conservation work during the expedition "makes it far more worthwhile" because "protection of the environment is a huge passion of mine".

Poster of Friends

>'Friends' to appear on screen

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of perhaps the world's most popular sitcom, "Friends" will hit big screens across the US this fall.

Twelve fan-favorite episodes that have been "remastered in 4K from the original 35mm camera negative" will be screened in over 1,000 movie theaters across the country - with four episodes shown each day on Sept 23 and Sept 28, as well as Oct 2.

According to Warner Brothers, the episodes will include never-seen-before content and exclusive interviews. Tickets for "Friends" will be available on the official website of Fathom Events on Friday.
新剧集被从原先35毫米摄影机负片翻拍成了4K高清版。华纳兄弟影业公司称,上映内容中将包括一些此前从未曝光的内容和独家专访。电影票将于16日在Fathom Events官网上开售。


US President Donald Trump speaks about US energy production and manufacturing at the Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex in Monaco, Pennsylvania, US, Aug 13, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

>Trump targets poor migrants

The Trump administration took one of its most aggressive steps yet on Monday to target legal immigration, publishing new rules that could deny green cards to immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance.

The rule change would reinforce "ideals of self-sufficiency," officials said.

Anyone who relies on one or more publicly funded social safety net benefits is known as a "public charge".

The "public charge rule" will take effect on Oct 15.

Immigrants who are already permanent residents in the US are unlikely to be affected by the rule change.

It also does not apply to refugees and asylum applicants.

But applicants for visa extensions, green cards or US citizenship will be subject to the change.


China's central bank is very close to launching its own digital currency after five years of research and development in the area, according to a senior official. [Photo/IC]

>Plan on digital currency

China's central bank is very close to launching its own digital currency after five years of research and development in the area, according to a senior official.

Mu Changchun, deputy director of the People's Bank of China's (PBOC) payments department, made the comments at a forum held Saturday in Yichun, Heilongjiang province.

The PBOC set up a research team in 2014 to explore the possibility of launching a digital currency to cut the costs of circulating traditional paper money and boost policymakers' control on the money supply.

Mu said the issuance of the digital currency will rely on a "two-tier" system in which both the central bank and financial institutions will be legitimate issuers.

He also said that the digital currency would not solely rely on blockchain technology as current blockchain technology would not be able to handle transaction volumes in China.


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