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Cameroon beats Cote d'Ivoire to secure FIFA World Cup playoff spot******
YAOUNDE, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Cameroon booked a FIFA World Cup playoff spot by beating Cote d'Ivoire 1-0 in a tense clash on Tuesday evening.。
Cameroon finished Group F with 15 points, two ahead of Cote d'Ivoire who had led the Indomitable Lions by one point before the game.。
Cote d'Ivoire had needed just a draw to sail through to the final playoff round for a place at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.。
Cameroon got off to a good start with striker Karl Toko Ekambi scoring from a close range in the 21st minute.。
Cote d'Ivoire applied immense pressure when the game resumed for the second half but their efforts were in vain.。
When the referee sounded the final whistle, the streets were flooded with young Cameroonian football fans celebrating the victory of a team they expect to perform well when the central African nation hosts the Africa Cup of Nations next year.。
Cameroon will join nine other African countries for the FIFA World Cup playoff draw on December 18. Enditem。
Commemorative plaque inaugurated in Paris Center to honor first Chinese migrants******
A commemorative plaque was inaugurated on Saturday in Paris Center by Paris City Hall to honor the first Chinese migrants who came to Paris after WWI.
According to Ariel Weil, the mayor of Paris Center, the plaque is to remind people of the contributions of the Chinese community in France during the WWI, and also to show the efforts of the Chinese migrants in promoting the culture and economy of Paris.
"A plaque was missing, something was missing that explains this story," Weil told Xinhua at the inauguration ceremony.
"It won't be the only one and it's the beginning of the inscription of the history of the Chinese community in France and Paris, in our heritage and on our walls," he said.
Asking about the choice of Paris Center to host the plaque, Sun Wenxiong, chairman of the French Asian League, said that Paris Center is one of the areas with a strong cultural atmosphere in Paris, and the Chinese culture can be unique in a place where biculturalism converges.
"Many Chinese have left their hardships here and made contributions to the development of this place. We believe that the establishment of the commemorative plaque will enable the local people to understand the contributions of the Chinese to Europe and France, and is conducive to the integration and development of the Chinese culture," he added.
From May 1916 to early 1918, there were around 140,000 Chinese laborers serving for the Allies during WWI. Most of them were recruited by Britain and France.
The Chinese workers, known as Chinese Labor Corps, were assigned to arduous work such as digging trenches, building docks, laying tracks, unloading ships, repairing tanks and clearing battlefields. Their logistic support was critical to the Allied armies in the west front.
Out of the 140,000 Chinese laborers, nearly 20,000 were dead or missing during the war.
After the war, some of them stayed and lived in the center of Paris and participated in the post-war reconstruction of France, making important contributions to the economic development and cultural diversity of the neighborhood.
War epic "The Battle at Lake Changjin" continues leading Chinese box office******
BEIJING, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- War epic film "The Battle at Lake Changjin" maintained its top spot in the Chinese mainland box office on Monday, data from the China Movie Data Information Network showed Tuesday.
The film raked in 19.93 million yuan (about 3.12 million U.S. dollars) on Monday, with its total box office revenue reaching 5.3 billion yuan.
The Chinese production was followed by "Dune," a sci-fi film adapted from a homonymic novel written by Frank Herbert, which generated around 12.73 million yuan on its fourth day of screening.
"Love After Love," a romance drama by Hong Kong director Ann Hui and released on Friday, grabbed the third spot with a daily box office of about 4.54 million yuan on Monday. Enditem