The second squad brought 60 liters of drinking water and

 foodstuffs to more than 1,000 people in the shelter, and also provided medical services to more than 800 people, the ministry said.

The Chinese aid team arrived in Mozambique on Monday as the first foreign

aid team sent abroad by the country’s recently established top emergency management authority.

The UN said Tuesday that Cyclone Idai has affected almos

t 3 million people in southern Africa, with almost 500,000 driven from their homes.

The cyclone hit Mozambique early March 15 and unleashed hurricane-force winds and rain th

at flooded much of the center of the country and then hit eastern Zimbabwe and Malawi.

According to an Agence France-Presse toll, compiled from government and UN figu

res, more than 700 people have been killed in Mozambique and Zimbabwe and hundreds are missing.

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Detailed analysis of the fragment indicated that the

 bird’s reproductive system was not behaving normally. The eggshell consists of two layers instea

d of one as in normal, healthy bird eggs, indicating the egg was retained too long inside the abdomen, Bailleul said.

This condition occurs in living birds as a result of stress. Unlaid eggs may be coated with a second laye

r, or sometimes more, of shell. This abnormality has also been documented in sauropod dinosaurs, and in fossil and living turtles.

In addition, the eggshell was extremely thin, thinner than a sheet of paper, and did not have the proportions of a healthy egg, Bailleul said.

hina’s civil aviation regulator has temporarily stopped issuing airworthine

ss certificates for Boeing 737 Max 8s because of safety concerns, a move an expert said will bring huge economic losses to Boeing.

Two Boeing 737 MAX 8s have crashed in the last five months. All 157 pa

ssengers and crew members of a 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines died on Mar 10, includi

ng eight Chinese nationals. In October, the same model of plane, operated by Lion Air, went down over the Java Sea, killing 189.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first overseas visit in 2019

  levated China’s ties with Italy, Monaco and France to a new level, and injected new impetus into China-Europe compreh

ensive strategic partnership, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said.

  When the world is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century, Xi’s Europe tour, hailed b

y the international community, is dedicated to deepening partnership for cooperation, improving global governance, and uphol

ding multilateralism, which shows China’s sense of responsibility as a major country, Wang said.

  In six days, the Chinese president attended over 40 events during his visit to five cities including Rome, Palermo, Monaco, Nice a

nd Paris, Wang noted, adding that it is a trip of friendship, cooperation and exploration that has delivered fruitful results.

  FRIENDSHIP & MUTUAL BENEFIT

  This year marks the 15th anniversary of the China-Italy comprehensive strategic

partnership, and next year will witness the 50th anniversary of China-Italy diplomatic relations.

  At meetings with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Xi agreed with them to further i

ntensify high-level exchanges, consolidate political mutual trust, and elevate bilateral relations, Wang said.

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According to iiMedia Research, a market consultancy, cross-

-border online shopping in China grew by 20.6 percent year-on-year to 7.6 trillion yuan ($1.1 trillion) in sales in 2017.

The nation is encouraging cross-border e-commerce transactions by easing the annual cap

on cross-border online purchases and adding categories of imports to the duty-free list, according to the Ministry of Finance.

Starting from this year, the annual duty-free quota for cross-borde

r e-commerce purchases for individual buyers will be lifted to 26,000 yuan from the current 20,000 yuan.

“The livestreaming form, as a new operation model for online marketplaces, could settle

the problem of information asymmetry,” said Chen Tao, an analyst with internet consultancy Analysys in Beijing.

Both Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s Taobao and its rival J

D, two of China’s biggest online shopping sites, have launched their own livestreaming platforms.

Shop owners hire livestreamers with large fan bases to help promote their products, and meanwhile, a link to the purchasing page hovers on the streaming screen.

Monica Zhang, who lives in France with her husband, opened an online store on Taobao. She became a livestreamer last year.

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And if parliament *actually* says what it wantsad to ask, didn’t yo

  It’s very likely that any consensus that could be reached across the Commons would be a softer Brexit than the one May is currently pursuing.

  That, I am afraid, is still a fairly open-ended answer. It might mean the need to renegotiate, which would mean a longer exten

sion, which would mean being in the EU elections, which could mean a second referendum, ultimately.

  The key point here is that cross-party consensus might soun

d nice, but on an issue as divisive as Brexit, it’s as likely as anything to blow up both main parties.

  While things are far from rosy and three weeks is not enough t

ime to sort much, it’s worth noting that while Brexit might not be going terribly well, the last thr

ee years have been a huge learning curve for the entire UK. We know more now than we did.

  So while the next bit of the Brexit process might look crunchy, the decisions made in the coming days will not be made lightly.

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hina takes four synchro golds in FINA Diving World Series

BEIJING – China dominated the first day of the FINA/CNSG Diving World Series 2019 as the host dive

rs took four synchro titles on offer with Olympic champion Cao Yuan becoming the double winner here on Thursday.

Cao/Chen Aisen topped the men’s 10m synchro platform as they scored 494.55, beating Aleksandr

Bondar/Viktor Minibaev of Russia (425.67) and Domonic Bedggood/Declan Stacey of Au

stralia (411.00). Thomas Daley/Matthew Lee of Britain finished fourth 400.86.

Cao, two-time Olympic champion in 10m platform synchro 2012 and 3m springboard 2016, continued his streak in the

dual-track as he finished with two synchro titles from the platf

orm and springboard and a silver medal from the 3m individual springboard.

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Defense spending poses no threat to other nations, spokesm

China’s defense expenditure is for the protection of the nation’s sover

eignty, security and territorial integrity and does not pose any threat to other countries, ac

cording to Zhang Yesui, spokesman for the second session of the 13th National People’s Congress.

Zhang said at a news conference on Monday in Beijing that China always sticks

to the path of peaceful development and follows policies that are purely defensive in nature.

“To judge whether a country poses threat to other

nations, the key lies in its foreign and defense policies rather than the increase in its defense budget,” he said.

He made the remarks in response to a question on China’s perspective change to its defense budget this year.

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The second opportunity is China’s reform. He said reform

has been and will continue to be a key driver of China’s economic growth. In 2018, corporate and individual tax cuts to

taled 1.3 trillion yuan, and industrial profit increased by 11.8 percent, compared with the previous year.

“As reform deepens in all areas, including sweeping fiscal and tax reform and stren

gthening of IPR protection, China will create more opportunities for the world,” he said.

China’s opening-up is the third opportunity. Liu said despite the steep drop in glo

bal FDI, foreign investment flowing into China totaled $135 billion, which was up by 3 percent last year.

The country is also lifting the restrictions on foreign ownership in joint-venture companie

s in sectors including banking, insurance, securities, auto manufacturing, and shipbuilding.

Moreover, as the Chinese people have an increasing appetite for overseas products, the country is moving from being a global seller to a global buyer.

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Nearly one million people and tourists watched the fireworks

In the evening of the 31st, Sydney hosted a grand fireworks show in 2019. Nearly one million people and tourists watched the fireworks show live in Sydney. One billion

people watched the fireworks show live on the Internet. The fireworks show lasted about 12 minutes, bringing us a fireworks feast, but there was a big oolong. Do you know what it was?

Sydney Opera House is a landmark building in Australia. It is famous for its water-facing and open environment. Located in the north of Sydney, it is a water complex

combining theatre and hall. It is also a world-famous performing arts center.

Opera hall is mainly used in opera, ballet and dance performances. The interior is novel and gorgeous. The walls are inlaid with dark splints. The floors and ceilings are

made of boxwood and birch. The performance can have a mellow sound effect. Concert hall is the largest Hall of Sydney Opera House. It is usually used for

performing symphonies, operas, dances, pop music, jazz and other performances. On New Year’s Eve, it has become a tradition for local people to watch fireworks performances near the opera house.

This is to welcome the arrival of 2019. Shouldn’t it be 19 years of happiness? But the stone piers of the Sea-Crossing Bridge show “Happy New Year 2018”. What? Is time

reversing? What’s the special meaning of doing this? In fact, it’s not that the production team made technical mistakes.

“It’s a mistake that we spent 15 months preparing for such a big event. Let’s clarify that this year is really 2019. Let’s focus on what happened last night. Despite a flash

of lightning, there’s still no accident,” said Anna McKinnani, director of the fireworks show. Anna McKinnani also said that although the team was not “happy” about the mistake, it could only laugh at it.

The spanning fireworks show is grand and spectacular, but the Oolong incident also makes people laugh and cry. It is understood that this year’s fireworks show costs

5.78 million US dollars. We can see the importance of this event. Australia hosts a large-scale

fireworks show every year,

which can bring about

about 133 million US dollars in

revenue for the local economy.

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