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> Al-Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri killed in US drone strike

FILE PHOTO: A photo of Al Qaida's new leader, Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri, is seen in this still image taken from a video released on September 12, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]


Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in a drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan, US President Joe Biden announced on Monday evening.

Al-Zawahiri became head of al-Qaeda in 2011 after its longtime leader, Osama bin Laden, was shot and killed by US forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan, during a raid.

Biden's announcement came nearly a year after the US military completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan, which it invaded in response to the Sept 11, 2001, terror attacks carried out by al-Qaeda operatives against targets on American soil, killing nearly 3,000 people.
拜登宣布这一消息的近一年前,美国军方完成了从阿富汗的撤军,美军入侵阿富汗是对9.11事件的回应。 2001年9月11日,基地组织对美国本土上目标发动了恐怖袭击,造成近3000人死亡。


> China forbids COVID-related employment discrimination

Candidates look at employment opportunities at a job fair in Hefei, Anhui province, on May 17, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]


Employers and human resources service agencies are strictly forbidden from refusing to recruit people who have recovered from COVID-19 on the grounds that they once tested positive for the virus, according to a circular jointly released by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, and the National Health Commission.

Discrimination against people who have recovered from COVID-19 when they are in the process of work orientation or in the workplace should be prohibited.

Employers are also strictly forbidden from illegally laying off those who have recovered from COVID-19.

To protect the equal employment rights of people who have recovered, the circular said that no organization or individual shall unlawfully inquire about nucleic acid test results, except to meet the needs of COVID-19 prevention and control work.

The circular also banned employers from releasing recruitment information that discriminates against people who formerly tested positive for COVID-19.


> Millions could suffer from long-term smell or taste problems after coronavirus infection



According to a survey and analyzed data from 18 studies, one in 20 people may suffer from problems in their taste and smell at least six months after testing positive for coronavirus.

The survey was put together by a team of international experts, including some from the UK and analyzed data from 18 studies comprising 3,699 patients.

By July, there had been around 550 million COVID infections globally, meaning 15 million may have had smell problems and 12 million had taste issues, the study estimated.

It added that women are less likely to recover their sense of smell and taste, and patients who suffered the most in the initial stage of infection were more likely to have long-term issues.


> Outdoor allure to boost RV sales, experts predict



China's recreational vehicle market showed a downward trend in the first half, but industry experts believe there will be an explosion of demand in the future.

According to the China Passenger Car Association, a total of 5,155 RVs were sold nationally in the first half of this year, down 12 percent year-on-year.

Sales in June reached 1,318 units, down 11 percent compared with June 2021.

Cui Dongshu, secretary-general of CPCA, said on his official WeChat account that the sales decrease can be attributed to RV production, which was affected by the pandemic outbreak in Shanghai in the first half of 2022. The city is home to the main production area of the vehicle segment.

He believes that the pandemic will have a sobering effect on consumers, limiting long-distance and overseas travel.

As a result, the RV market will surely resume growth.

A report by market consultancy iiMedia Research shows that between 2014 and 2021, the market value of camping in China increased from 7.71 billion yuan to 29.9 billion yuan.

It is forecast that the growth will reach 18.6 percent year-on-year in 2022, meaning the market size will reach 35.46 billion yuan.


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