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ULAN BATOR -- The Mongolian government is planning to send vulnerable people in Ulan Bator to health centers and camps during the peak season of air pollution, the government's press office said Wednesday.

"Children under the age of five and their mothers, and pregnant women belonging to low-income households in highly polluted districts of Ulan Bator, can spend five days at 29 selected health resorts and camps near the city free of charge during the peak season of air pollution," the press office said in a statement.

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LOS ANGELES -- The high-speed underground demonstration tunnel cost approximately 10 million U.S. dollars, said Elon Musk, chief executive officer of the Boring Company and Tesla Motors.

The first section of the tunnel makes it debut on Tuesday night.

The 1.14-mile-long (1.8 kilometers) tunnel starts in a parking lot near the headquarters of SpaceX, Musk's another property. The other end of the tunnel is in a neighborhood about a mile away in Hawthorne.

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NEW YORK -- Chinese President Xi Jinping's speech at a grand gathering celebrating the country's 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up "exemplified the accomplishments of the past and set the trajectory for the new era of the future," said Robert Lawrence Kuhn, a leading U.S. expert on China.

Kuhn said Xi's speech was "both a milestone and a benchmark, a milestone in reflecting on all that China has accomplished in the past and a benchmark in addressing all that China still needs to accomplish in the new era."

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UNITED NATIONS -- A Chinese envoy on Tuesday called for international help to push forward the peace process in South Sudan.

After prolonged conflicts, a lot needs to be done, said Wu Haitao, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, adding that the implementation of the September 2018 revitalized peace agreement and the relaunch of economic development need enormous funding and other forms of support. Enditem

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