>Harry to quit royal life
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will step back from senior roles in Britain's royal family and spend more time in North America, they said on Wednesday, an announcement that appears to have taken his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth and other royal family members, by surprise.
After a turbulent year which saw a widening rift with the media and a falling out with elder brother Prince William, Harry said the couple hoped to become financially independent and set up a new charity, while continuing some royal duties.
Buckingham Palace said discussions with Harry and Meghan were at an early stage.
"We understand their desire to take a different approach but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through," it said.
>China has 200M private cars
China had 260 million motor vehicles by the end of 2019, up 8.83% year on year, including 207 million private cars, the Ministry of Public Security said Tuesday.
The number of new energy vehicles reached 3.81 million last year, said the ministry, and added the increase in the number of new energy vehicles had exceeded 1 million for two consecutive years.
As nearly 29.43 million people received driver's licenses nationwide last year, the total number of drivers reached 435 million, the ministry said.
>New virus behind pneumonia
A new virus has caused the pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province, which resulted in 59 reported cases in the city as of Sunday, an initial evaluation showed.
An expert team found a new coronavirus at a lab after analyzing samples collected from the cases, and 15 of them tested positive for the virus, China Central Television reported on Thursday.
The coronavirus can cause respiratory and intestinal diseases.
Of the six coronaviruses known to humans, four are common and less toxic, while the other two can cause severe acute respiratory syndrome and Middle East respiratory syndrome, the report said.
The newly detected coronavirus is different from known human coronavirus species.
The team will continue efforts to identify the cause of the outbreak, the report said.
>Ukrainian jet crash kills 176
China on Wednesday expressed deep condolences to the victims of the Ukrainian Airlines plane crash and extended heartfelt sympathies to their families, according to a Foreign Ministry spokesperson. Reports said that a Ukrainian Airlines passenger plane, with 176 people on board, crashed Wednesday morning near Iran's Imam Khomeini International Airport shortly after taking off. All passengers and crew were killed.
Spokesperson Geng Shuang said China hopes all relevant parties can ascertain the cause of the crash as soon as possible.
"The Chinese embassy and consulates in Ukraine have already contacted Ukrainian authorities to verify the situation," said Geng, adding that as of now, there is no report of Chinese citizens on the plane.
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