Sotheby’s HK presents modern oil painting with estimated price of up to 15 mln USD

Sotheby’s HK presents modern oil painting with estimated price of up to 15 mln USD

Sotheby’s Hong Kong presented here Thursday an oil painting named “Wheels: Industrial New York” from Chinese-American artist Yun Gee, with the estimated price of up to 120 million HK dollars (about 15 million U.S. dollars) in its autumn sale, 2017. Being over two meters tall, the painting is not only Yun Gee’s largest work, but also the creation in response to the invitation to the reopening show of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)…

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Zhoushan Int’l Sand Sculpture Festival held in E China’s Zhejiang

Zhoushan Int’l Sand Sculpture Festival held in E China’s Zhejiang

Sand sculptures are seen during the Zhoushan International Sand Sculpture Festival in Zhujiajian resort of Zhoushan city, east China’s Zhejiang province, Sept. 21, 2017. Artists from China, Russia, the Netherlands, Belgium, the Czech Republic and Canada built more than 60 giant sand sculptures under the theme of “Belt and Road – China Dream” in Zhousan. The sculpture exhibition will be on display until May of 2018.

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Chinese defense minister meets Singaporean counterpart

Chinese defense minister meets Singaporean counterpart

Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan met Singapore’s Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen here on Thursday. Chang said that leaders of both countries attach great importance to the development of bilateral relations, and the two countries should back each other on their core interests and major concerns. Military ties are an important part of bilateral ties between the two countries, and China is willing to break new ground for cooperation with Singapore, he said. Ng Eng…

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China to keep on pushing for political settlement to Syrian conflict: envoy

China to keep on pushing for political settlement to Syrian conflict: envoy

China will maintain close contact with parties related to the Syrian conflict, work for peace talks and contribute to a political settlement, said a Chinese envoy here Thursday. China will also continue to provide aid to Syrian refugees in and around Syria, said visiting Chinese Special Envoy on the Syrian Issue Xie Xiaoyan. During his trip to Moscow, Xie met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and exchanged views on Middle East issues. Xie…

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Political advisors call for sound cyber environment

Political advisors call for sound cyber environment

China’s political advisors on Thursday called for creating a sound cyber environment at a bi-weekly consultation session. Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, chaired and addressed the meeting. The advisors suggested that the leadership of the Communist Party of China should be strengthened so that web users, especially juveniles, can enjoy a better Internet environment. They also put forward proposals including measures to promote online information disclosure…

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Chinese vice minister suggests harmonization of education policies with CEE countries

Chinese vice minister suggests harmonization of education policies with CEE countries

China and 16 Central and East European (CEE) countries should harmonize education policies and strategies, use advantages of each other’s education systems in search for new ways for cooperation, as well as to increase the participation in exchanges and diversify their cooperation channels, a Chinese education official said Thursday. Du Zhanyuan, Vice Minister of China’s Ministry of Education and chief of the State Language Work Committee, proposed the suggestions at the opening of the Fifth…

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Michigan teacher accused of embezzling more than $30G from school and gambling it away

Michigan teacher accused of embezzling more than $30G from school and gambling it away

A former Spanish teacher has been accused of embezzling more than $30,000 from the Michigan high school she worked at and spending it on the slots. Lydia Christine Johnson, 29, was arraigned Thursday on a charge of “embezzling from a non-profit organization” after she was accused of taking $19,000 from the Dakota High School in Macomb Township’s homecoming account, The Detroit News reported. The teacher was also blamed with stealing $12,500 from a trip to…

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California man sentenced for killing doctor who botched surgery, caused erectile dysfunction

California man sentenced for killing doctor who botched surgery, caused erectile dysfunction

A retired California barber was sentenced to life in prison plus an additional 10 years Friday for the 2013 murder of a doctor who allegedly botched a surgery leaving the man with erectile dysfunction. Stanwood Elkus, 79, was found guilty on Aug. 21 of first-degree murder in the shooting death of urologist Ronald Gilbert, the Los Angeles Times reported. His sentence does not allow for the possibility of parole. Elkus executed his plan using a…

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2nd sinkhole opens up in Florida neighborhood

2nd sinkhole opens up in Florida neighborhood

A second sinkhole has opened up in a Florida neighborhood about a half-mile (.8 kilometers) from where a home was partially swallowed by one earlier in the week. Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Kathleen Kennedy says the sinkhole reported Thursday morning in Apopka measures about 30 feet (9 meters) in diameter, and is about 100 feet (30 meters) from a home. The hole is located about 30 feet (9 meters) from a greenhouse on the…

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Man charged with attempted murder of Kansas tax agent

Man charged with attempted murder of Kansas tax agent

A man accused of shooting a Kansas Department of Revenue agent has been charged with attempted first-degree murder. Ricky Wirths made his first appearance in court Thursday. He’s charged in Tuesday’s shooting of tax agent Cortney Holloway at a Wichita office. Revenue officials say Wirths owes almost $400,000 in taxes and the department was at Wirths’ home seizing his assets hours before the shooting. Holloway was involved in the investigation of Wirths. Police say Wirths…

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Man convicted in ’75 slayings pleads guilty to sex assaults

Man convicted in ’75 slayings pleads guilty to sex assaults

A convicted sex offender who was sentenced last week to 48 years in the 1975 killings of two young Maryland sisters has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two other girls in northern Virginia in 1996. Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. entered his guilty pleas Thursday in Prince William Circuit Court as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors to resolve the 1996 cases as well as the 1975 slayings of 10-year-old Katherine Lyon and 12-year-old Sheila…

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Holly Bobo case: Prosecutors describe her final hours in murder trial closing arguments

Holly Bobo case: Prosecutors describe her final hours in murder trial closing arguments

A prosecutor described in graphic detail Thursday the last hours of Holly Bobo’s life, telling jurors about how she was beaten and “gang-raped” before being shot in the head at point-blank range by the man on trial for her murder. “They ripped Holly’s clothes off — her blue jeans and her panties — and one by one they lined up,” prosecutor Jennifer Nichols told jurors in closing arguments. “They took turns.” “That’s what she went…

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Mormon-owned BYU ends ban on caffeinated soda

Mormon-owned BYU ends ban on caffeinated soda

Mormon church-owned Brigham Young University ended a six-decade ban Thursday on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks on campus, surprising students by posting a picture of a can of Coca-Cola on Twitter and just two words: “It’s happening.” The move sparked social media celebrations from current and former students, with many recalling how they had hauled their own 2-liter bottles of caffeinated sodas in their backpacks to keep awake for long study sessions. The university…

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Wisconsin man charged with killing wife, blowing up home

Wisconsin man charged with killing wife, blowing up home

A Wisconsin man accused of blowing up his home to cover up killing his wife sent money to a Russian woman seeking to come to the U.S. and also made payments to online dating sites in the months before the blast, police and prosecutors alleged Thursday. Steven Pirus, 59, of Madison, was charged Thursday with first-degree intentional homicide, arson and other counts in the death of Lee Anne Pirus, 50. He remained jailed on $1…

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Jeff Sessions warns gang members: ‘We will hunt you down’

Jeff Sessions warns gang members: ‘We will hunt you down’

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned gang members on Thursday that they will be hunted down and brought to justice so they can no longer terrorize communities. Sessions told law enforcement officials in Boston that they cannot allow violent street gangs such as MS-13 to turn cities into war zones. “We are coming for you,” Sessions said during a speech at the federal courthouse. “We will hunt you down, we will find you and we…

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