>China adds over 8M urban jobs
China added 8.22 million new urban jobs from January through July, roughly 74.7 percent of the nation's annual target, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Monday.
The surveyed unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in July, up 0.1 percentage point from a month earlier.
The rate was 16.2 percent and 4.2 percent for the 16-24 and 25-59 age groups, respectively, the bureau said.
Further, weekly working hours for employees of enterprises was 47.7 hours, from 47.6 in June, it added.
>Fuxing bullet train tests new line
A Fuxing bullet train left Mudanjiang Railway Station in Heilongjiang province early on Sunday morning for a full-line test on the high-speed railway linking Mudanjiang and Jiamusi in the province.
It was the first time a Fuxing bullet train has run on China's easternmost high-speed line, which is in an extremely cold region.
Since June 10, different types of bullet trains have been put into use in test runs to ensure the line can operate safely.
Dynamic detection and debugging of rail track, communication, signal, power supply, disaster monitoring and other systems have been completed and the whole system has been optimized.
Construction started in November 2016.
The 371-kilometer line, designed for trains running at up to 250 kilometers per hour, will cut travel time between Mudanjiang and Jiamusi from seven to two hours.
>China, France to recognize driving licenses
China and France have signed an agreement allowing mutual recognition and exchanges of the two countries' driving licenses, the Ministry of Public Security said on Monday. The agreement was signed to facilitate people's travel by driving in the two countries, and further encourage bilateral trade cooperation and people-to-people exchanges, the MPS said.
Under the deal, which comes into effect on Tuesday, China and France will allow holders of valid driving licenses issued by either authority to drive directly or obtain driving permits without an additional test.
To be specific, people staying in the other country for less than a year will have their driving licenses recognized in the destination country, while those staying for more than a year can exchange their original licenses for local ones without separate tests.
Reciprocal treatment will be applied to students who study in each other's countries.
>Biden defends US pullout
US President Joe Biden on Monday stood by his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan while acknowledging Kabul's collapse to the Taliban came much sooner than Washington had anticipated. "I stand squarely behind my decision," said Biden in a televised speech from the White House. "The truth is this did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated."
The speech came one day after the Taliban completed a stunningly swift takeover of the war-torn country's capital of Kabul on Sunday after Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani left the country. "If anything, the developments of the past week reinforced that ending US military involvement in Afghanistan, now, was the right decision," said Biden, who returned to the White House from Camp David ahead of schedule.
"American troops cannot and should not be fighting in a war and dying in a war that Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves," he said. Biden said the US mission in Afghanistan to defeat the Sept 11 attackers and ensure al-Qaida could not use Afghanistan as a base to hit the US had been completed.
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