>Plan to boost employment unveiled
China's State Council has released a plan to boost employment during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025). To achieve more employment and better quality jobs, efforts should implement the employment-first policy, improve the policy system, strengthen training services, and promote prosperity for all, the plan says.
By 2025, the country's employment situation will be generally stable, and the quality of employment would have steadily improved. Structural problems also would be effectively addressed by then, business startups would create more jobs, and the ability to cope with risks would be significantly enhanced, the plan noted.
By 2025, China aims to add over 55 million new urban jobs and conduct skills training for employees engaging in new forms and models of businesses.
It also aims to improve the public employment service system, increase people's income, and improve their rights and interests protection.
Companies should shoulder their social responsibilities of being maternity-friendly, the plan noted.
>CIFTIS boasts over 4,300 online exhibitors
A total of 4,357 enterprises have registered to hold virtual exhibitions at the upcoming China International Fair for Trade in Services as of Sunday noon, with no offline events planned, the organizers said. The number marks a 40 percent increase over last year's event, the organizers told a press conference in Beijing on Sunday. The fair's digital platform will allow the exhibitors to showcase products, hold online meetings and ink deals.
The platform's online conference services will feature simultaneous interpretation for the convenience of overseas exhibitors, according to the organizers.
The CIFTIS will take place in Beijing from Sept 2 to 7.
>Jacques Rogge passes away
Former International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge has passed away at the age of 79, the IOC announced on Sunday.
Rogge was the eighth president of the IOC, from 2001 to 2013, after which he became honorary president.
Rogge was an orthopedic surgeon with a degree in sports medicine.
A life-long sports fan and an accomplished athlete, Rogge was a Belgian rugby champion and represented his country on the national team.
He also competed in sailing at three editions of the Olympic Games, in 1968, 1972 and 1976.
After his career as an athlete he became president of the Belgian and European Olympic Committees, and was elected president of the IOC in 2001.
After his IOC presidency, he also served as a Special Envoy for Youth, Refugees and Sport to the United Nations.
"The entire Olympic Movement will deeply mourn the loss of a great friend and a passionate fan of sport," said IOC President Thomas Bach in a statement.
As a mark of respect, the Olympic flag will be flown at half-mast for five days at Olympic House, at The Olympic Museum and at all IOC properties.
>US carries out airstrike in Kabul
US Central Command said on Sunday that US military forces carried out an airstrike in Kabul against a suspected ISIS-K vehicle, which could pose an imminent threat to the airport. The airstrike eliminated "an imminent ISIS-K threat to Hamad Karzai International airport," US Central Command Spokesman Bill Urban said in a statement, referring to a local affiliate of the Islamic State in Afghanistan.
"We are confident we successfully hit the target. Significant secondary explosions from the vehicle indicated the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material," Urban said.
The airstrike came after US President Joe Biden warned on Saturday that another terror attack against Kabul airport could be "highly likely in the next 24-36 hours."
It was the second US military strike in Afghanistan since a suicide bombing outside Kabul airport on Thursday killed 13 US service members and some 170 Afghans. ISIS-K had claimed responsibility for the attack.
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