EU gives PM May ‘flexible’ Brexit recess to Oct 31

European Union leaders gave Theresa May a new Brexit deadline of Oct 31, four months longer than the p

rime minister asked for, in a move the EU summit chair said would let Britain resolve its domestic deadlock on the issue.

“EU27/UK have agreed a flexible extension until 31 October,” European Council Pres

ident Donald Tusk tweeted after eight hours of talks that went into the early hours of Thursday.

“This means (an) additional six months for the UK to find the best

possible solution,” Tusk added on the eve of what would otherwise have been the day Britain

crashed out of the bloc with no deal to smooth the departure for businesses and citizens.

Britain, he stressed, could still leave earlier if May secures parlia

mentary backing for her Brexit treaty, or it could amend what it wants from a future trade pact. “Until t

he end of this period, the UK will also have the possibility to… cancel Brexit altogether,” Tusk added.

The agreement gives May more than the three months to June 30 that she asked for to bui

ld a parliamentary majority behind the withdrawal treaty she negotiated with the EU last year.

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Xu said the country’s urbanization may hit 70 percent by

“China’s urban development should take the road of sustainable development,” Xu said. “We sh

ould pay more attention to green city construction, green industrial development and low-carbon energy-saving de

velopment. And we should also ensure that migrant workers have the same social rights as native residents.”

The NDRC proposed the introduction of various monetary policies to reso

lutely curb the rise in hidden local government debt, encourage commercial financial institut

ions to appropriately increase the credit supply and support qualified enterprises to issue bonds for financing.

To implement the new urbanization tasks, China will improve the appro

priate positioning of different cities in various fields, develop high-end manufacturing and p

roducer services in big cities and guide small and medium-sized cities to consolidate manufacturing centers.

Xu Lin said with rapid urbanization, 80 percent of China’s urban citizens will live in some 20 city clusters in the future.

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Small train supplies water to mountain for 44 years

 For residents in Huojugou village in China’s Changbai Mountains, a train whistl

e is a euphonious sound that will bring gurgling water to their kitchen and bathhouse.

For 44 years, the mountainous village and several others in northeast China’s Jilin Province

have relied on a train, which only has one locomotive and one tank car, to provide their water supply.

The train commutes between the towns of Songshu and Baihe, nestled deep in Changbai Mountain. Since 1975, it has run for m

ore than 1.6 million km, delivering water to over 2,600 nearby villagers that had limited access to clean water.

Though cisterns have been built to store water unloaded from the trains, villagers along the line

still keep the tradition of welcoming the train in person, clanking their buckets and bottles.

Fetching water used to be a big headache. We had to travel to a far-away river to get water and e

ven make a hole in the ice during winter,” said Li Zuopei, an 80-year-old resident in Yingbishan village.

“Then the small train sent water right to our doorsteps, and it’s amaz

ing that the service has been going on uninterrupted for so many years,” said Li.

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According to the Ministry of Commerce, as of the end of N

ovember 2018, France had invested in 5,647 projects in China, with actual investment value amounting to $17.49 billion.

“There are no official rules for French enterprises to succeed in C

hina. The main rule is to respect the Chinese people,” said Raffarin.

Well-known by many Chinese people as a “good friend” of China,

the 70-year-old said he has visited China more than 100 times since his first trip in 1970.

Residents in Chinese mainland will be able to apply for passpo

rts and travel permits at every exit and entry management department across the coun

try starting from April 1, according to National Immigration Administration on Tuesday.

The travel permits refer to the documents allowing mainland residents to travel to and from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, it said.

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Xiang Ligang, director-general of the Information Consum

ption Alliance, said if Chinese smartphone makers want to trul

y grow into global brands, they cannot just stay in China or Southeast Asia or Africa. Th

ey need to establish a presence in more advanced markets such as Japan, Europe and the United States.

“They had made significant technological advancements as well as product designs in recent y

ears. They are now in a relatively good position to venture out into the advanced battlefields,” Xiang said.

Even as Oppo steps up expansion in Europe, it has filed over 33,000 patent applications worldwide as of January.

It has also inked a multi-year global patent license agreement with Swedish telecom equi

pment giant Ericsson. Under the deal, the two sides will also collaborate on a number of business projects.

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There were 215 million single people in China at the

end of 2017, accounting for about 16 percent of the population, ac

cording to the National Bureau of Statistics. Marriage registrations have fallen every year

since 2014, while the divorce rate has risen for 16 consecutive years, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

Dining, traveling and pursuing activities individually have also become increasingly popular with singles in China.

Tang Chuan, a researcher with Sinolink Securities, said that without family burdens, singles

seem to be less inclined to save money, and their willingness to spend offers great potential for boosting the economy.

Sinolink Securities conducted research on singles born from 1985 to 1995 and found that about 40 percent of those in first- an

d second-tier cities live from paycheck to paycheck, while in lower-tier cities, the proportion is as high as 76 percent.

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North Korea’s coal sales have historically been some of

  the country’s most valuable exports. UN sanctions meant to punish Pyongyang for its 2017 missile

and nuclear tests put a cap on the amount of coal the country was allowed to sell internationally. The mea

sures also capped the amount of oil and energy products the country was allowed to import.

  The report accused banks and insurance companies across the wor

ld of “unwittingly” facilitating and providing “coverage for vessels involved in ever-lar

ger… illegal ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products, and an increasing number of ship-to-ship coal transfers.”

  It added that North Korea “has attempted to supply small arms and light weapons and other military equipment to Hou

thi rebels in Yemen, as well as to Libya and the Sudan, via foreign intermediaries.”

  North Korea has long sought the removal of UN sanctions and portrayed the measures as violations of its sovereignty.

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The first led to Schalke being awarded a penalty after Ota

  was adjudged to have handled the ball, reversing the referee’s initial decision.

  The near three minute wait for a verdict from VAR caused frustration not only for the players but also supporters inside the stadium.

  A second penalty was then awarded when VAR confirmed the refe

ree’s call to award another penalty, this time for a foul on Salif Sane by Fernandinho.

  ”It’s a penalty. The second one is a penalty too,” Guardiola told BT Sport. “…And the red card can be a red card.

  ”I trust VAR. I have arguments sometimes but not this time. They are both penalties.”

  Senate investigators want to question a Moscow-based American businessman with longsta

nding ties to President Donald Trump after witnesses told them he could shed light on the President’s commercia

l and personal activities in Russia dating back to the 1990s, multiple sources have told CNN.

  The Senate Intelligence Committee, which is probing allegations of Russian interference in

the 2016 elections, has been keen to speak with David Geovanis for several months, the sources say.

  Geovanis helped organize a 1996 trip to Moscow by Trump, who was in the early stages of pursuing what would become a lo

ng-held goal of building a Trump Tower in the Russian capital, according to multiple media reports at the time.

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The UK would be ‘irresponsible’ to let Huawei into 5Gth

  Chinese tech giant Huawei is facing a new attack as it tries to persuade the UK government to let it help build super-fast 5G networks in the country.

  Top British cybersecurity officials are reportedly confident they can manage any risks from Huawei’s telecommunic

ations equipment, but a report published Wednesday by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a top security think tank, said that would be a mistake.

  ”Allowing Huawei’s participation is at best naive, at worst irresponsible,” the report said, sugg

esting such a move could compromise the United Kingdom’s communications infrastructure.

  UK spies think they can handle Huawei in 5G networks. The US doesn’t agree

  The US government is pushing allies around the world to block wireless operators from buying Huawei gear for the 5G networks t

hey’re starting to build. US officials say the company’s technology could be used by Chinese intelligence agencies for spying.

  Huawei and the Chinese government have repeatedly denied the US allegations. Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

  The report’s release comes days after the Financial Times reported that the UK’s National Cyb

er Security Centre had concluded the risks of using Huawei equipment in 5G networks could be managed.

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Tianhe, another name for the galaxy in ancient China, imp

lies that the Chang’e 4 probe served as a pioneer in the history of human lunar exploration.

According to the IAU naming rules, the landing site name has the prefix of Statio in Latin. And so far onl

y two places have such a prefix, the first being the landing site of Apollo 11, Statio Tranquillitatis.

Zhinyu, Hegu and Tianjin are the names of stars in China’s ancient star chart, as the three pits in the lunar crater formed a shape similar to these three celestial bodies.

Mount Tai is one of the five most famous mountains in China in East China’s Shandong province and stands 1,545 me

ters tall above sea level. The central peak, Mons Tai, in the lunar crater measures 1,565 meters in height from its base.

In August 2010 and October 2015, China had applied to name the landing sites of Chang’e 1 and Ch

ang’e 3, and gained approval, and in January this year, China applied to the IAU for the five new names.

So far, a total of 12 lunar features have been named by China.

Naming entities on lunar surfaces started in the 17th century in Europe, and in the 20th century, the U

nited States and the former Soviet Union had the most names due to their lunar explorations.

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