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The Beijing Hour
 
Noon Edition

Today is Friday, November 23rd, 2012
Your tuned to the THE BEIJING HOUR with me PS..
The Chinese government says it's welcoming the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
People in Gaza and southern Israel are starting to return to normal life following the Egyptian-brokered truce.
The Egyptian president issues a new constitutional declaration.
IN BUSINESS:
Japanese car sales are sluggish in China
IN SPORTS
Referee is cleared of any wrongdoing over an incident with a Chelsea player
ENTERTAINMENT
"Notre Dame de Paris" has premieres at the Poly Theatre in Beijing.
PLUS IN OUR SPECIAL REPORT:
Hunan TV's New Year Gala is going "Gangnam Style"
But let's start with our top story.
 
 
Top News
 
 
China welcomes Gaza truce
 
The Chinese government says it's welcoming the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying.
"China welcomes the announcement of ceasefire by the parties of Israel and Palestine. China also expresses appreciation for the international community, especially Egypt and other regional countries for their strong efforts. China hopes that both sides of Palestine and Israel will earnestly carry out their agreement to ceasefire and will avoid future conflict."
At the same time, the Chinese government says it stands opposed to any actions that harm innocent civilians.
 
 
Ceasefire holding in Gaza
 
The ceasefire in Gaza appears to be holding past the 24 hour mark.
People in Gaza and southern Israel are starting to return to normal life following the Egyptian-brokered truce.
Hassan Ismail Hassan is a Gaza resident set to head off back to work.
"The agreement is good. Thank God for the first time we have victory and we make the rules. Thank God the resisters won and made us victorious. I work in the Emirates and I am returning to my place of work."
However, the calm is far from permanent with both Hamas and Israel warning it will retaliate if the other breaks the agreement.
Israeli is warning that it will take tougher steps if Hamas or other militant groups in the Gaza Strip resume rocket attacks on Israel.
After the truce, Israelis voice their support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the coming elections.
Political analyst Amotz Asael said that Netanyahu definitely emerged victorious in political terms.
"Benjamin Netanyahu emerges as a winner, not so much in terms of the international system but in term of the Israeli system, because this was, oddly enough, the first time in his accumulative 5 years as a prime minister, the first time that he actually led Israel into battle.
The latest outburst of violence between Gaza and Israel left more than 160 Palestinians and at least six Israel dead, most of them civilians.
Regional and international leaders are seeking to turn the latest truce into long-term peace with issues such as the lift of the Gaza blockade and a two state solution remain to be settled.
 
 
Future of Gaza
 
For more on the situation in Gaza, CRI's Zheng Chenguang spoke earlier with Li Guofu, senior researcher with China Institute of International Studies.
That was Li Guofu, senior researcher with China Institute of International Studies, speaking with CRI's Zheng Chenguang.
 
 
4 Chinese Hostages Released in Colombia
 
Four Chinese hostages who were kidnapped in Colombia a year-and-a-half ago have now been released.
Police say the three oil workers and one translator were freed in the same southern jungles where they were kidnapped last year.
Chinese ambassador to Colombia Wang Xiaoyuan says three out of the four men are in good health:
"This morning we have welcomed here the four Chinese citizens who were kidnapped a year and six months ago. They are in very good health. There are four of them; three are in very good health. One of them is having difficulties walking; he gets around in a stretcher or wheelchair."
The hostages were handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross late on Wednesday and transported to Bogota.
The four Chinese, who worked for a a subsidiary of the Chinese firm Sinochem, were taken hostage in mid-2011 as they were driving in southern Colombia.
The Chinese embassy in Colombia says no ransom was paid for their release.
Colombia's defence ministry said they were released by FARC rebels in an apparent goodwill gesture as the guerillas seek to negotiate a peace accord to end five decades of war.
 
 
Egyptian president issues new constitutional declaration
 
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has issued a declaration banning any possible decisions to dissolve the constitution assembly.
The new constitutional declaration has ruled that holding retrials on crimes of killing and injuring protesters during last year's uprising.
Presidential spokesman Yasser Alithe says the new declaration aims to "destroy the old regime's framework, and annihilate corruption in the country."
"The investigations and trials of all those who held a political or executive post in the former regime, and who are accused of the killing of protesters and any crimes that were committed against protesters will be re-opened."
Meantime, President Morsi also sacked the chief prosecutor.
The move is intended to appease protesters anger over Abdel Maguid Mahmoud's acquittal of officials accused of attacking protesters in last year's uprising.
The newly-appointed general prosecutor Talat Abdullah is set to lead the retrial.
The declaration noted that the new draft constitution will be formed within a maximum of eight months, which means drafting is expected to be done in February, 2013.
 
 
Russia Opposes Turkish request for NATO missiles
 
Russia is voicing opposition to the potential deployment of NATO's missiles near Turkey's border with Syria.
Earlier in the week Turkey formally asked NATO to deploy Patriot surface-to-air missiles on its border with Syria to boost its defense systems.
Alexander Luka-shevich is Russia's Foreign Ministry spokesman.
"It's hard to comment on what could hypothetically happen. Let's see what the NATO partners' reaction will be, how they will react. But, perhaps, you saw the comment by our Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Ryabkov that militarisation of Syria-Turkey border is an alarming sign."
Instead, Luka-shevich is calling on the Turkish government to use their influence on the Syrian opposition to start an intra-Syria dialogue.
NATO said on Wednesday it would consider Turkey's request "without delay."
NATO has installed Patriot missile batteries on Turkish territory twice before, during the 1991 and 2003 wars in Iraq.
 
 
G-8 Summit concluded
 
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has called on eight Muslim countries to work for development solutions for their 1 billion people.
The remark was made during the just-concluded 8th Summit of the Developing Eight, or the D-8.
"Today, D-8 is not just eight developing countries. Today, with the grace of Allah Almighty, we are eight democracies. We always shared common bonds of religion and culture. But, today we are also bound, by the will and spirit of our people. As leaders of the D-8 democracies, we are answerable to one billion people. We owe them a journey towards a better future. This is not going to be easy."
Zardari, chairman of the organization, put forward several proposals for fostering economic cooperation among the member countries.
The D-8 group was established in 1997. The member states include Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Turkey.
 
 
Mexico's president tries to change country's name
 
Mexico's president Felipe Calderon is making a final attempt to change the country's name before leaving office next month.
The country's formal name is "The United States of Mexico," though few people use it.
Calderon signed a constitutional reform proposal on Thursday, claiming that the formal name was adopted in 1824 to imitate the country's northern neighbour, The United States of America.
He wants to change the name to simply "Mexico."
"The name of our country doesn't have to emulate the name of other nations anymore, like it did in the 19th century." "The use of the term 'United States of Mexico' is now relegated to some official documents and some formal events through usage and perhaps by popular wisdom."
The constitutional reform would have to be approved by Congress and a majority of the country's 32 state legislatures.
Calderon will leave office on December 1th. He first proposed the name change in 2003 when he was a congressman.
 
 
US People's Thanksgiving Day after hurricane Sandy
 
Americans celebrated their first Thanksgiving since Superstorm Sandy on Thursday.
Volunteers turned out to help serve Thanksgiving dinners in one New York neighbourhood devastated by Sandy.
Residents of New Dorp, a community on New York's Staten Island, gathered under an outdoor tent to feast on donatations of turkey, mashed potatoes, rice and beans, sweet potatoes, stuffing and all the trimmings.
Colleen Wood lost her home in the storm, but she would nevertheless remember this year's Thanksgiving as her best.
"This Thanksgiving, like I said to all my friends, this is going to be the best Thanksgiving, the Thanksgiving you're always going to remember. Because if it wasn't for the community and my friends and my family, I don't know what I would do."
A week ago, US President Barack Obama visited the neighbourhood, meeting with residents at a High School where Federal and city agencies had set up tents to help survivors.
 
 
Charity NGO calls for clean energy in remote border areas
 
A Charity NGO is calling for efforts to use clean energy to provide electricity for people in the border area here in China.
Secretary Gerneral of China Environmental Protection Foundation Li Wei says combining clean energy, charity and development in underdeveloped areas is in line the spirit of the 18th Party congress report.
Li also says electricity has changed local people's lives.
"In fact, local people has a much more profound feeling about being able to use lamps and watch TV. A herdsman told me electricity shortened the distance between us and Beijing and allowed us to know about the outside world. A young pupil told me that electricity is our eyes, we can see future and hope, we can see a bigger and wider world."
China Environmental Protection Foundation has set up Golden Sun New Energy Charity Project to provide solar energy for the National Sanjiangyuan Nature Reserve area in Qinghai province.
It has donated 10 solar energy power stations and 60 road lamps over the past three years.
The project also powered 36 schools, 9 villiages and 3 Buddhist temples with portable solar energy lighting, benefiting over 17,000 people.
 
 
Street children help mechanism initiated after boys' death
 
Authorities in Bijie, Guizhou Province have launched a new initiative to help street children, after five boys were found dead in a dumpster.
Local anthorities say relief centers will be set up to help people living on the streets.
Billboards and guidance signs with helplines will also be set up, while patrol officers will step up efforts to find them.
As part of the campaign, education authorities will also ensure those under the nine-year compulsory education system are where they should be.
Local schools have also been told to keep records of left-behind children.
 
 
Biz Reports
 
 
First off, a check on the stock market
Join me on the desk, CRI's Zhou Jingnan.
Reporter:
The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index was up 0.7 percent by midday.
The Shenzhen Component Index also increased by nearly 1 percent.
Elsewhere, the U.S. markets were closed on Thursday for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.
In Canada, The S&P/TSX was up 0.4 percent.
Across the Atlantic,
European shares rose for a fourth consecutive session on Thursday as strong Chinese data encouraged some investors to bet on a continuation of the recent bounce.
When the market closed, The FTSE in London added 0.6 percent and Germany's DAX climbed 0.8 percent.
The CAC 40 in Paris was up 0.6 percent.
 
 
China to clear the way for foreign investors
 
China's foreign exchange regulators are to drop a number of regulatory requirements for foreign investors to clear the way for foreign direct investments.
Under the new rules, foreign investors will no longer need approvals for opening bank accounts, remitting profits abroad and transferring money between domestic accounts.
Meanwhile, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange says it will also loosen the limit on the number of foreign-currency accounts and the amount of money that can be transferred.
SAFE is set to cancel 35 rules on regulatory approval and simplify 14 others.
In October, foreign direct investment in China declined for the 11th month in a row.
The new regulations will take effect December 17th.
For more on this, Rebecca Hume earlier talked with Patrick Chovanec, Associate Professor of Practice at Tsinghua University's School of Economics and Management.
Back Anchor
That was Patrick Chovanec, Associate Professor of Practice at Tsinghua University's School of Economics and Management, talking with CRI's Rebecca Hume.
 
 
Japanese car sales sluggish in China
 
Japanese carmakers at the Guangzhou auto show admit to difficult China sales this year disrupted by violent anti-Japanese protests, while other brands report growing sales to the world's biggest car market.
Nissan, Honda, Toyota and Mazda saw demand for leading Japanese car brands in China halved last month, cutting Japanese firms' market share to 17 percent.
Mazda said it expects its China car sales to fall by more than a third this month from a year earlier, dragging fourth-quarter sales down by around 40 percent.
Mazda's China chief Noriaki Yamada.
"So far this year Mazda China sales have unfortunately been lower than those of last year due to a sluggish market and the (other) circumstances,"
Great Wall Motor, which started off as a tiny workshop making cheap pickup trucks 20 years ago, has become China's top SUV and pickup maker.
Ford's October vehicle sales in China jumped 48 percent from a year earlier, outpacing a 5.3 percent gain in the country's overall market.
In 2010, China's auto sales surged 35 percent but grew just 2.5 percent last year due to the sluggish economy. This year the market is expected to grow about 5 percent.
 
 
EU starts tough budget talks
 
European Union leaders have started tough talks over the bloc's seven-year budget.
The talks are aimed at deciding the ceiling and structure of EU spending between 2014 and 2020.
However, most EU leaders have little confidence in reaching an agreement within the next few hours.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
"It is important that we arrive at a solution. Whether that can happen now in these two days, Thursday and Friday, I don't know. Germany wants to reach the goal but it may be that we need a further stage."
Merkel is expected to back a moderate cut in the budget, while French President Francois Hollande insisted the budget must give priority to growth.
Earlier, British Prime Minister David Cameron said he would oppose the current compromise plan, as the package includes significant cuts to Britain's multi-million pound rebate.
The meeting is likely to be dragged into Saturday.
 
 
Sony and Panasonic ratings cut to junk
 
The Fitch ratings agency has cut the credit ratings of Sony and Panasonic.
It is the first time two tech giants have had ratings at the level of junk status.
Fitch cut Sony's rating by three notches and Panasonic's by two.
The rating means Fitch believes both firms will default on their debt.
Fitch says its downgrade of Panasonic is due to its weakened competitiveness in core businesses, particularly in TV and panels.
It also casts doubt on Sony's prospects, saying the company's technology leadership in key products is fading.
Earlier this month, Fitch cut electronic giant Sharp's rating to junk.
 
 
China Sees More Foreign Financial Information Providers
 
New surveys show the number of foreign financial information providers in China has increased rapidly in the last 4-years.
The State Council Information Office is reporting 38 new financial information providers have been allowed to publish financial information since 2009.
The approvals include big names such as Thomson-Reuters, Bloomberg and Dow Jones.
Lu Jiangxia is the Director of Strategic Development for Thomson-Reuters in China.
"Thomson Reuters has maintained stable and rapid growth in China despite a weak global financial environment. We registered a local company in Shanghai, and launched a new product to meet the needs of China's rapidly growing financial market. Our research center in Zhongguancun has more than 1,000 employees, which is one of our most important data centers in the world."
The State Council's Information Office has been regulating foreign financial information companies since 2009.
 
 
Weather
 
 
Beijing will be cloudy today with a high of 6, tonight will be clear, with a low of -5.
Shanghai will be rainy with a high of 12, tonight will still be rainy with a low of 8.
Lhasa will be clear with a high of 13, tonight will be clear with the low will be minus 3.
Elsewhere in the world,
Islamabad, clear 24
Kabul clear 16
London rainy 11
Paris rainy 11
Cairo clear 26
Nairobi rainy 27
Monrovia clear 30
And Finally Johannesburg will be overcast with a high of 29 degrees.
 
 
News paper picks
 
 
SHANGHAI DAILY
Headline
Stories of Shanghai streets compiled
Summary
Officials in Shanghai are doing profiles on 64 roads and streets with historic significance, and will publish books about them.
This comes as part of the city's effort to preserve cultural and historic flavor amid rapid urban change.
SHANGHAI DAILY (for further discussion)
Headline
Migrants can apply for a Shanghai residence permit
Summary
Authorities in Shanghai are soliciting public opinion on a draft regulation that allows migrant workers to apply for a Shanghai residence permit after going through a grading system.
At present only non-locals with a bachelor's degree or above can apply for a residence permit.
The changes are expected to come into effect next year.
BEIJING TIMES
Headline
Toll free highways
Summary
The Ministry of Transport has announced that the nation's expressways will be toll-free during the Spring Festival holiday in February.
The ministry vows to work with other departments to ensure the smooth operation of the roads and provide accurate information services in case of weather disasters.
BEIJING MORNING POST
Headline
New city metro come into operation
Summary
The second phase of Beijing subway line 10 will be put into operation by the end of next month.
The line is expected to be the second round line of the Beijing metro after its whole completion by June, 2013.
YANZHAO METROPOLITAN DAILY
Headline
Non-Beijingers accuse Gaokao delay
Summary
Non-local parents are accusing the Beijing Education Bureau of stalling over when their children will be able to sit the gaokao, the national college entrance examination in the city.
The bureau says the issue is still under discussion, while parents are asking for an urgent resolution as gaokao registration takes place from December 1 to 5.
BEIJING NEWS
Headline
Grandma has 24 homes
Summary
A retired high-level employee of a State-owned enterprise in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province has been found to own 24 houses.
The information was confirmed by the local discipline inspection commission.
The woman claims all houses were bought with her legal income.
GLOBAL TIMES
Headline
Fake sex photo plot targets official
Summary
An official in Beijing has reported to police that he has been targeted by blackmailers using photoshopped sex photos, something which is becoming increasingly common as a way of preying on officials in China.
A co-worker of the official says the photos are definitely fake and poorly edited, and the size of the head and body are disproportionate.
CHINA DAILY
Headline
MBA school a place for romance
Summary
Netizens are joking that the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business is becoming a place where "beauties can get themselves married to billionaires."
The comments were made online after rumors circulated about an acting starlet who joined the school became involved in a relationship with one of China's wealthiest men leading to his divorce.
CHINA DAILY (for further discussion)
Headline
Build beautiful life for skillful workers
Summary
A member of the International Advisory Committee of the Boao Forum suggests China accelerate implementing a "blue-collar strategy" and let technical workers become rich.
He says skillful workers and technicians are crucial if the country is to successfully transform from "made in China" to "created in China."
 
 
Special reports
 
 
Recycling Energy-Saving Bulbs
 
Anchor: China is beginning to limit the use and sales of incandescent light bulbs to clear the way for energy-saving bulbs. However, disposal is creating a new problem.
Lai Ming has more.
Reporter:
In 2008 China initiated a Green Lights project to encourage the use of energy-saving lights. Such lights are five times more durable than regular lights and five times more energy efficient. The project is helpful for energy conservation, but the popularity of energy-saving lights may also pose a threat to the environment.
An energy-saving light salesman, surnamed Zhang, has more:
"People simply toss them away. For longer ones, they break them up and throw them into the rubbish bin. Sanitary workers break them too."
Most citizens are not aware of the risks. Each energy-saving light contains an average of five milligrams mercury. If exposed, such a small amount can pollute 300 cubic meters of air, or 180 tons of water. In 2011, China produced 4.7 billion energy-saving lights, nearly 2 billion of which were used in the domestic market. If these lights are not properly treated, they can create 95 tons of mercury.
Doctor Shi Lin with the South China University of Technology College of Environmental Science and Engineering evaluate the environmental risk.
"The substance can be absorbed by fish in the water and will in turn be taken in by those who eat the fish. Too much mercury in the human body will cause Minamata disease."
Some still remember the disease that plagued Japan in the early half of the 20th century. This is why volunteers are collecting these used bulbs, but they are not organized and do not have enough support.
Some professional recycling companies have considered taking up the task, but since the economic prospects are uncertain, they are not willing to take the risk. Recycling manager Yang Jingshan explains.
"Although every household uses energy-saving lights, no system has been fully developed to recycle them. We don't know how many bulbs we can actually get back from each household, and that makes it hard to calculate our costs. In this case, we won't dare invest without government subsidies."
In the southern Province of Guangdong, recycling used to be the responsibility of light manufacturers. Companies that refuse to recycle used bulbs are subject to fines of less than 10,000 yuan, but the regulation has never been carried out.
Peng Peng, a researcher with the Guangzhou Academy of Social Sciences, calls for legal means to curb the danger of pollution.
"There must be recycling laws to go with the promotion of energy-saving lights. Otherwise, the more people use the lights, the more pollution they will create, and that undermines the effects of conservation."
Other suggestions include subsidies for both individuals and enterprises who contribute to the recycling. But, above all, informing the public about the potential threat is the most urgent necessity.
For CRI, I'm laiming.
 
 
Sports
 
 
Donald heading into round two of DP World Tour Championship with lead
 
In golf, round two of the season-ending DP World Tour Championship just teeing-off from Dubai.
The early day two leaderboard seeing...
Meanwhile, world number two Luke Donald beginning the day with the lead.
Donald firing a seven-under 65 to move one stroke ahead of top-ranked Rory McIlroy, Briton's Marc Warren and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain at the tournament.
After the round, Donald says he felt he was playing some good golf on the day.
"It was a very solid day today. I had to make a couple good par putts at the beginning of the round but once I steadied myself I played really nicely. Sort of the fifth hole through 14 I was hitting the ball great, making a lot of great swings, you know, finishing up on the greens and, you know, golf seemed pretty easy at that point."
Donald is looking for his second consecutive victory after winning last week in Japan.
 
 
Referee cleared of any wrongdoing in incident with Chelsea midfielder
 
In football, the referee Mark Clattenburg has been cleared by the Football Association of using inappropriate language towards Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel during a Premier League game.
The FA probe into the incident found that Clattenburg did not say anything racist towards the midfielder as had been claimed by another of their players. However, while the official has been completely exonerated, the FA says the players were right to report the matter.
The FA is also saying that Mikel is being charged for his conduct after the game against Manchester United for confronting the referee in the officials locker room.
Mikel has the end of November to respond to the charges.
 
 
Benitez unveiled as interim manager of Chelsea
 
Staying with football now and Chelsea has unveiled Rafael Benitez as the new interim manager for the squad.
Benitez, introduced by the club on Thursday says the challenge of trying to win five trophies this season, was too great an opportunity to turn down.
"For me the most important is that I am here because I want to be here. It's a massive club, a club that allows me to fight for trophies. Every year...sorry every time that during this year they were asking me in a lot of interviews 'why you don't get this job? Why you don't get the other job?' And I was trying to say I am looking for the right opportunity, I am looking for a top side that can fight for trophies so when you have a chance like this you have to take it."
The 52-year-old Spaniard, who left Liverpool at the end of the 2009-10 season has replaced Roberto Di Matteo at Stamford Bridge. He adds that he is unconcerned about any notion of a short-team deal at the west London club.
 
 
Practice beginning for Brazilian Grand Prix
 
Practice for the last formula one race of the season beginning later on Friday as the drivers prepare for the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix, taking place in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Sebastian Vettel is closing in on a third-successive world championship leading by 13 points in the overall standings but a win by Ferrari's Fernando Alonso would give him the championship for his first title, since 2006.
The Brazlian track at Interlagos could cause some dramatic results as it is an unpredictable circuit. The track is old, it floods in heavy rain, and the weather can be unpredictable. However, Vettel remains confident ahead of the race.
"The circuit seemed to suit our car in previous years, I think we need to confirm it this year so all eyes on Friday to start the weekend to get in to the groove, but I think we can be as confident as we could at this stage. We know there's a lot ahead but we are in a great position."
Practice for the race beginning later on Friday followed by qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday.
 
 
Week 12 underway in the NFL


Week 12 underway in the National Football League.
Among the results there...
New England Patriots
New York Jets
Elsewhere, the Waskington Redskins defeating the Dallas Cowboys 38-13, while it is the Houston Texans beating the Detroit Lions in overtime. Texans kicker Shayne Graham kicking a 32 yard field goal to give the his team the dramatic 34-31 victory.
 
 
Entertainment
 
 
Hunan Satellite TV's New Year Gala Going "Gangnam Style"
 
China is going to get a taste of "Gangnam Style."
It's being reported South Korean pop sensation Psy will make his Chinese debut during the New Year's countdown gala show on Hunan Satellite TV.
The network in Changsha, capital of Hunan Province apparently spent nearly a month persuading Psy to perform at their New Year gala show amid competition from other Chinese TV stations.
According to Xiaoxiang Morning Herald, Psy's agent has confirmed his participation but details of his performance are still in negotiation.
"Gangnam Style" has taken the world by storm landing more than 780 million views on YouTube since its release in July.
The music video mocks the consumer culture of a rich Seoul suburb and his horsey dance has been imitated around the world with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon even giving it a try.
 
 
Paul McCartney Joins Line-up for Hillsborough Christmas Charity Song
 
Former Beatle Paul McCartney has joined the lineup for a Christmas single raising money for the families of those who died in the 1989 Hillsborough soccer stadium tragedy in northern England.
Other artists already committed include Robbie Williams, ex-Spice Girl Melanie C, Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Holly Johnson and Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers.
The version of "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" will hit the shelves on December 17 and is among the frontrunners to claim the coveted Christmas Number 1 slot in the British singles chart.
The charity song will benefit Hillsborough families who campaigned for more than 20 years to overturn official accounts of the tragedy that smeared fans, blaming them for being drunk, ticketless, and intent on forcing their way into the packed ground.
Ninety-six Liverpool supporters died after a crush at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, and an independent inquiry earlier this year concluded that police tried to deflect the blame on to fans to cover up their own incompetence.
 
 
Cher Releases First New Song in a Decade
 
Cher has premiered her new single online.
"Woman's World" is being released as the lead single from her upcoming 26th studio album, which is due out next year.
It's the first original solo material from Cher since 2001's Living Proof, although she did record a handful of tracks for 2010 movie "Burlesque."
Earlier this week, Cher told fans that she has nearly finished recording her new collection.
The star has worked with Lady GaGa and Pink for the new set and previously hinted that she will also duet with Christina Aguilera.
 
 
Chevy Chase Quits "Community"
 
Former "Saturday Night Live" star Chevy Chase has abruptly left the US sitcom "Community" and will not appear in some episodes of its upcoming season.
Sony Pictures Television says the 69-year-old was leaving the NBC show by mutual agreement with its producers.
Chase had played the role of Pierce Hawthorne, a bored millionaire who enrols in a community college, since the sitcom started in 2009.
The show's fourth season is scheduled to begin in the US in February.
Chase's time on Community has been marked by a public feud with the show's creator and former executive producer Dan Harmon.
Messages left on Harmon's voicemail surfaced online earlier this year, revealing the actor's dissatisfaction with the direction he felt the show was taking.
In one message the actor is heard saying Community was a "mediocre sitcom."
Chase first found success as a film star in the 1980s in hit comedies such as "Caddyshack," "Three Amigos!" and "National Lampoon's Vacation."
 
 
That's it for this edition of the Beijing Hour..
QUICK RECAP
The Chinese government says it's welcoming the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
People in Gaza and southern Israel are starting to return to normal life following the Egyptian-brokered truce.
the Egyptian president issues new constitutional declaration
That's it for today...
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From me PS.. take care and join us again soon. 


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