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Russia halts rocket engine deliveries to US******
Russia has decided to cease deliveries of rocket engines to the United States in response to a new wave of Western sanctions related to the Ukraine conflict, state space corporation Roscosmos said Thursday.
"Such deliveries have been quite active since the mid-1990s, including the RD-180 engine that powered the Atlas-V rocket," Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin told a Russian TV program.
He asked the United States to "fly on their brooms."
In addition, Rogozin said that Roscosmos will not cooperate with Germany on joint experiments on the Russian segment of the International Space Station and will conduct them independently.
Typhoon Rai death toll in Philippines surges to 389******
The death toll from Typhoon Rai in the Philippines has surged to 389, with 64 more missing, a government disaster agency said on Monday.。
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that the typhoon, which made landfall in the Philippines on December 16, also injured 1,146.。
The agency said the the typhoon has affected more than 4.2 million people in 11 regions in central and southern parts of the Philippines, as well as parts of the main Luzon Island.。
The typhoon, the 15th and most powerful to have hit the country this year, forced villagers to spend their holiday season days in evacuation centers because of damaged houses.。
According to the agency, nearly 315,000 of more than 570,000 displaced people are temporarily housed in 1,179 evacuation centers. More than 500,000 houses were destroyed.。
Typhoon damage to agriculture and infrastructure has reached over 22 billion pesos (about 440 million US dollars).。
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told an online briefing that the typhoon damaged 141 health facilities, including hospitals, in five areas hit hard by the storm.。
The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) has monitored food and water-borne diseases like diarrhea and acute gastroenteritis in typhoon-hit areas. Some patients were taken to hospitals.。
Vergeire urged the evacuees to follow ways to avoid infections amid the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that it is imperative to watch for evacuees with coronavirus symptoms, and make separate rooms for the vulnerable such as the elderly.。
She said that the typhoon has also affected 62 testing laboratories for COVID-19 and wasted thousands of doses of vaccines due to power outages.。
The government continues to bring aid to the affected areas, including food, drinking water, while restoring damaged roads, telecommunications and houses.。
China has offered urgent assistance including food packages, donated rice, and cash to support relief and recovery efforts of the Philippine government and to help victims of the typhoon disaster in the Southeast Asian country.。
Elite couple shine at China's National Games for Persons with Disabilities******
By Sportswriters Yao Youming, Wang Ze and Zhao Yingbo
XI'AN, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Zhou Feifei and his wife Dong Feixia cemented their places among the all-time great Paralympic athletes when Zhou created a new world record (39.99 meters) in his F55 discus competition on Saturday for the couple's third gold at the ongoing 11th China's National Games for Persons with Disabilities.
Zhou pocketed the F55 men's javelin gold medal on Friday, and Dong won the women's F55 discus title on the same day.
"We were informed of the final schedule on Thursday, after which we didn't talk about the competitions too much," Zhou told Xinhua.
"We prepared for the season for two years and we knew we were both in good shape," Zhou added.
On Thursday, Dong saw Zhou compete in her neighboring court, but when Dong started her campaign at the Games, Zhou was talking and sharing his experiences with one of his competitors.
"We are rivals, but he is my old friend. We haven't met each for a long time, that's why I didn't see Feixia's game. What's more, I have confidence in Feixia," Zhou said.
Dong, a Paralympic gold medalist, took up her sport in 2004.
She trained almost every day in these years and was crowned in every major events. The 32-year-old regards "surpassing myself" as her sporting philosophy. Her idol is Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming.
When she met Zhou in the year 2013, she decided to encourage the young man who lost the ability to walk in an accident.
After accepting several months' training, Zhou won his first national title in 2013 and fell in love with Dong.
When Dong suffered some setbacks in her career around the year 2013, Zhou comforted his wife. "My husband is my strongest support," said Dong.
After finishing her competition on Thursday, Dong whispered to Zhou that he should create a new F55 javelin world record.
"I promised her to create more new records in future," Zhou said.
Before the victory ceremony of women's F55 discus, Dong burst into tears.
"I had two major events in the year 2021: the Tokyo Paralympics and the National Games on my home soil. I am very happy because my results are satisfying. I wanted to thank my coach, family and everyone who supported me," Dong said.
"I hope that the F55 discus will become an official event in the Paris Paralympic Games, and then I will be able to participate in it," Zhou said.
Besides decorating the trophy room of their home with countless medals, the couple have a more important mission. They want to inspire their fans and followers through their good performances on the court.
"I hope that young people can realize their self-worth through sports, so that they can live with more confidence," Zhou told Xinhua. Enditem