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, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- The No.17 metro line in Beijing, the longest rail line under construction in Beijing, will be operational in 2021, municipal authorities said Wednesday.
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The line, at 49.7 km, starts from Beijing Future Science Park in Changping and goes down to the southeastern part of the city in Yizhuang. It has 20 stops and designed speed of 100 km per hour, according to the Beijing Major Projects Construction Headquarters Office.
The line, which runs through the districts of Changping, Chaoyang, Dongcheng and Tongzhou, will take pressure off existing metro lines, the office said.
Relocation of residents is underway, the office said.
CAPE TOWN, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- South Africa accepted the outcome of a secret vote to allow France to host the prestigious Rugby World Cup 2023, SA Rugby said on Wednesday.
Although "bitterly disappointed" at the decision by the World Rugby Council to overturn a recommendation that South Africa should host the event, South Africa would not challenge the vote, SA Rugby said in a statement emailed to Xinhua.
This came after France beat South Africa and Ireland to host the competition at a World Rugby Council meeting in London on Wednesday.
"We cannot hide our desolation but, for the sake of rugby we wish the 2023 tournament hosts every success," ark Alexander, President of SA Rugby, said.
"We did everything in our power to bring the tournament to South Africa and we expected to have that right confirmed today," he said.
In September, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa led South Africa's Rugby World Cup Bid Team to London to present the country's case to host the 2023 tournament that will take place 200 years after the invention of the game of rugby by William Webb Ellis.
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