help improving your chinese
据新华社报道，因上周二的撞船事件，在日本冲绳石垣港口被扣押的14名中国渔船船 员，今天上午从石垣机场乘坐包机回国。中国国务委员戴秉国周五紧急召见日本驻华大使丹羽宇一郎，随后周日中国政府在与日本的最新外交纠纷中加大了压力，警 告日本政府不要在有争议海域扣押中国渔船的事件中“误判形势”。
据路透社报道，伊朗于周日表示，将以保释的方式释放三名美国人中的一名，他们被控犯 有间谍罪，已被关押了一年多。德黑兰的检察官向国家电视台表示，莎拉·舒尔德付50万美元就可得到保释，并可离境。舒尔德于2009年7月在伊朗和伊拉克 的边境被捕，与她一起被捕的还有两名同行的男子——沙恩·鲍尔和乔希·法塔勒。家属称，这三人彼时正在伊拉克北部登山。
据路透社报道，土耳其民众周日投票强烈支持宪法改革。土耳其的国家通讯社——安纳托 利亚通讯社报道，97%的投票已完成统计，其中58%的投票赞成26条宪法修改方案。总理塔伊普·埃尔多安表示：“今天的胜利是土耳其民主的胜利。”此前 他还说这些改革措施是为了增进这个伊斯兰国家的民主建设，有助于土耳其加入欧洲联盟。
《齐鲁晚报》消息，从7月下旬到8月中旬，山东省菏泽市成武县的617名妇女被蒙骗 参加了菏泽华杰医院的免费妇科检查。体检后，绝大部分都被告知有妇科病。结果96人接受LEEP刀手术治疗后，身体出现严重不适。该手术花费700元到 1400元不等。这家民营医院自9月5日起已被当地政府责令停止一切诊疗活动。
据英国广播公司报道，法国最负盛名的导演之一—克劳德·夏布洛尔于周日去世，享年 80岁。他是法国新浪潮运动的一员，与埃里克·候麦、让-吕克·戈达尔等电影人同处一个时期。夏布洛尔一生拍摄了50多部电影。他20世纪60年和70年 代拍摄的惊悚片最出名，如《不忠》、《屠夫》、《此人该死》。他的《表兄弟》于1959年在柏林电影节上荣获金熊奖。
据英国《太阳报》报道，匈牙利首都布达佩斯正在为曾经有过犯罪记录的黑帮女孩举行有 史以来第一次选美比赛。所有参赛佳丽都曾是罪犯。有意参赛的女性可以传照片到此次选美的网站上，但前提必须是上传警方拍的自己的犯人照，以证明有参赛资 格。冠军可获赠一辆汽车和位于布达佩斯的一间公寓。此次决赛的地点将选在一间曾经因为黑帮派系对决而被子弹扫过的酒吧。选美会工作人员透露，这次比赛有窃 贼、诈欺犯、黑帮分子、银行抢匪与骗子，所以这应该会是一个有趣的选美之夜。
Watching TV is bad for your children
Top English psychologist Dr. Aric Sigman said we must prevent children under three from watching television or risk irreversibly damaging their health, the Daily Mail reported. About 80 percent of brain development happens before we are three, and screen time at this age seems to be particularly damaging. So there needs to be a recommended daily allowance for screen time as we have with salt and fat.
Research suggests it is not what you watch, it is what age you start and how long you watch for that has a detrimental effect. In many ways Teletubbies, or any other educational program for children, could be as physiologically damaging as a violent video game.
In addition, a new study from the Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, found that each daily hour of TV viewing in adulthood was associated with an 18 percent increase in death from heart disease. Those who watched four or more hours were 80 percent more likely to suffer a fatal heart condition.
Chinese boat crew flying home
The 14 Chinese fishermen, on board the trawler which had been kept off Ishigaki harbour in Okinawa since Tuesday's collision, returned home today from the Ishigaki airport on a Chinese chartered flight, according to Xinhua. Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo Friday urgently summoned the Japanese ambassador Uichiro Niwa, and on Sunday the Chinese government raised the stakes in the latest diplomatic dispute with Japan, warning Tokyo not to make "wrong judgments" over the seizure of the fishing boat in contested waters.
Virus on deer tick identified
The virus found in patients of deer tick bite has been isolated by Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing News reported. The virus has been identified as a new variation of the Bunyaviridae, commonly found in vertebrates and arthropods. The Ministry of Health is working on clinical plans to effectively deal with the patients. There's no evidence so far that suggest inter-human contamination of the virus.
Iran to free US hiker on bail
Iran said Sunday it will free on bail one of the three Americans accused of espionage and held for more than a year, Reuters reported. The Tehran prosecutor told state television Sarah Shourd would be freed on US$500,000 bail and permitted to leave the country. Shourd was detained near Iran's border with Iraq in July 2009 along with two male companions, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal. Their families say the three were on a mountain hike in northern Iraq at the time.
Turkey backs constitutional changes
Turkish voters strongly backed constitutional reforms Sunday, Reuters reported. Turkey's state-run Anatolia news agency showed the "Yes" vote at 58 percent for the 26 constitutional amendments with 97 percent of the vote counted. "The winner today was Turkish democracy," said Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who had portrayed the reforms as an effort to boost the Muslim nation's democracy and help its European Union candidacy.
Be wary of 'free check-ups'
Some 617 women in Chengwu County, Heze City, Shandong Province, were lured by free gynecological check-ups provided by Heze Huajie Hospital from late July to mid-August, Qilu Evening News reported. Most of them were told that they had gynecological disorders, and 96 who received loop electrosurgical excision procedures (LEEP) all had severe complications. The operation costs from 700 yuan to 1,400 yuan. The privately-run hospital has been closed by the local government since September 5.
More mainlanders buy HK apartments
Guangzhou Daily reported that mainlanders now buy 40 percent of new apartments in Hong Kong, thanks to the continuous appreciation of the renminbi against the Hong Kong dollar, according to statistics by Centaline Property and Hongkong Land Holdings Limited. The figure was only 20% before mid-March.
US claims FIBA championship
Kevin Durant carried the US men's basketball team to its first FIBA World Championship title since 1994, scoring 28 points in an 81-64 victory over host Turkey in the gold medal game, Bloomberg reported. Team U.S.A. now automatically qualifies for the 2012 Olympics in London.
French New Wave giant dies
One of France's best-known film directors, Claude Chabrol, died Sunday at the age of 80, BBC reported. A member of the French New Wave movement, Chabrol is best known for 1960s and '70s thrillers, such as The Unfaithful Wife, The Butcher and This Man Must Die. He made more than 50 films during his career, and his Les Cousins won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1959.
"With the death of Claude Chabrol, French cinema has lost one of its maestros," said French Prime Minister Francois Fillon in a statement. French President Nicolas Sarkozy described Chabrol as a "great author and great filmmaker."
Mafia beauty show for crooks
Budapest, Hungary, is holding the world's first pageant exclusively for girls convicted of Mafia-connected crimes, the Sun reported. All contestants are convicted crooks. Women can post their pictures on the contest's website, but only after submitting a police mug shot to prove their "credentials". The winner will get a car and an apartment in Budapest, and it will be decided in a final pageant at a bar that was once bombed in a Mafia-clan war. One organizer said, "we have thieves, fraudsters, gang members, bank robbers and swindlers, so it should be an interesting night."