Mattarella said that Italy supports the Belt and Road Initiati

 that was put forward by Xi, and the initiative is expected to promote the interconnectivity of the Eurasian continent.

The BRI is also a road of cultural exchanges, he said, adding that Italy would like to enhance cooperation with China in tourism and culture. Italy ad

mires China’s achievements in economic development, and it appreciates China’s opening-up policies, he said.

Both Italy and China are ancient civilizations, and the people of the two countries have sufficient wisdom to deal with

challenges nowadays, he said, adding that China’s rejuvenation will bring new contributions to peace and prosperity.

China will take a solid step toward becoming a high-income country this year,

reating more space to deepen reform and expand opening-up, economists said on Friday.

A more balanced growth pattern will help the world’s second-largest ec

onomy pass the “middle-income trap”, with consumption and high-tech man

ufacturing leading growth, they said at a Beijing seminar leading up to the 2019 China Development Forum, which starts on Saturday.

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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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Short Brexit delay possible, but conditionalonald Tusk has said

short delay to Brexit is possible, but will be conditional on the House of Commons passing the Withdrawal Agreement.

“The question remains open as to the duration of such an extension,” Tusk, the President of the European Council, said.

Tusk said he spoke to Theresa May on the phone earlier this afternoon.

“May’s proposal of the 30 June, which has its merits, creates a series of questions of a leg

al and political nature,” he added. “Leaders will discuss this tomorrow.”1 hr agoDona

ld Tusk speaking nowThe President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, is giving a press conference in Brussels.

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MPs surprised by “downright reckless” strategy, Starmer says
Labour’s Sha

dow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer has opened the emergency debate into the Brexit delay by quoting Ther

esa May’s de facto deputy David Lidington, who said last week that if May’s divorce deal was not passed by parl

iament, seeking “a short and, critically, one-off extension would be downright reckless.”

Starmer says those statements led MPs to believe that May would reques

t a long extension if she hadn’t passed her plan — but May has asked for a delay only until June 30.

He adds that the confusion is symptomatic of May’s Brexit strategy to date — to “put parliament as far away as possible from the process.”

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The suspect fired his gun and struck one of the officers

  in the vest. A second officer fired back and hit the suspect, Splinter said.

  Both the officer and the suspect were transported to a local hospital, and the officer was treated and released. The suspect is listed in critical condition.

  Police said that per their policy, the identities of the officers involved will be released after 48 hours.

  The incident brings to mind the movie “Ocean’s Eleven.” In the film, Danny Ocea

n (Clooney), Pitt and other accomplices plan a heist on several casinos, including the Bellagio.

  Parts of Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska are grappling with the aftermath of a powerful “bomb

cyclone” that turned some areas into swamps as rivers spilled over highways and residential areas.

  The “bomb cyclone” slammed the central US with hurricane-like w

inds and blizzard conditions this week, leaving in its tracks heavy rains and flooding.

  In a news conference Friday, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said the state has experienced historic flooding in nearly every region.

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Barack Obama: “We grieve with you and the Muslim community”

  At least 49 people were killed and 20 seriously injured in two mass shootings at mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.

  The victims: Forty-one people were killed at the al Noor mosque. Seven people died at the Linwood mosque, and one person died from their injuries in hospital.

  The suspect: Police said a male in his late 20s has been charged with murder and will appear at the Christchurch court Saturday morning local time.

  The manifesto: In a social media post just before the attack, an account that is believed to belong to one of the attackers posted a l

ink to an 87-page manifesto that was filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim ideas and explanations for an attack. The manifesto was not signed.

  National security advisor John Bolton expanded upon the White House’s statement on the

attack on New Zealand mosques, which he characterized as “what seems to be a terrorist attack” and a “hate crime.”

  Bolton said the US is “very concerned” and is following the events “very closely.”

  He told reporters Friday morning:

  “We’re obviously greatly disturbed on what seems to be a terror attack, this hate crime in New Zealand. We’ve been in touch

with our embassy overnight, we’re still getting details, but the State Department and others are following up on it.”

  Bolton continued, “We’re very concerned, we’re going to cooperate with New Zealand authori

ties to the extent we can if there’s any role we can play, but we’re obviously following the events there very closely.”

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said it provided tailored services for the major gov

ernment campaigns aimed at addressing three causes of popular discont

ent, namely cracking down on organized crimes, crimes disrupting the poverty relief

program, and those ruining the national environmental protection campaign.

The Supreme People’s Court said in its report that it had fulfilled the task it set itself in 201

6 to “basically resolve the problem of difficulties in implementing court rulings in two or three years”, an achi

evement that has boosted judicial credibility and strengthened public confidence in the entire justice system.

National security, crimes endangering public safety, and the correcting of wrong verdicts have

been priority concerns on the national judiciary’s recent agenda, and they will no doubt continue to have prid

e of place, and not just this year, as they are of great significance to society’s overall stability.

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said, it is a brand new airplane with no technica flown by

GebreMariam also confirmed the company owns 6 other 737 Max 8 aircraft which are in service. Asked about whether

the company would be grounding them he explained they wouldn’t as “we don’t know the cause of the accident.”

The Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane had flown into Addis Ababa Sunday morning from Johannesburg on Flight ET858.

The CEO has visited the crash site today. He said the plane “is now right inside the ground” and it was not possible to identify w

hether it was an emergency landing or a crash. He said there was still smoke at the site when he visited.For the seco

nd time in less than six months, a brand-new Boeing aircraft crashed minutes into a flight.

The Ethiopian Airlines tragedy on Sunday comes months after a Lion Air flight went down over the Java Sea in late October, killing all 189 people on board.

There is no suggestion yet as to what caused the latest disaster, and no evidence that th

e two incidents are linked. All that is known, however, is that both flights took place on the Boeing 737 MA

X 8 — a new model recently unveiled to great fanfare by the US aviation giant, that saw its first flight less than two years ag

o.The plane that crashed on Sunday morning was delivered to Ethiopian Airlines in November.

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Beyond Parallel reported there has been “activity” at a verti

  ical engine test pad and a launch pad’s rail-mounted rocket transfer structure. It concluded that the activity was “deliberate and purposeful.”

  The CIA declined to comment on the photographs.

  South Korean lawmaker Lee Hye-hoon told CNN Wednesday that the country’s Nationa

l Intelligence Service (NIS) revealed in a briefing that there has been restoration activity at Tongchang-ri.

  Tongchang-ri activity

  Though the satellite images provide useful information, analysts and experts caution

against reading too much into them without sufficient intelligence to complement.

  ”If North Korea does something they want us to know, they would say it. They haven’t said

anything,” said Joseph Yun, the State Department’s former special representative for North Korea policy.

  ”We don‘t know enough to say one way or the other. My own guess is it’s too early to think that this is a response to happen in Hanoi,” Yun said.

  Joel Wit, a former State Department diplomat and founder of 38 North, said on Twitter that the movement at Ton

gchang-ri did not provide any evidence that North Korea was preparing to test an intercontinental ballistic missile.

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few months after he assumed the office of Chief Minister of

  Gujarat in late 2001, the state was wracked with violence in which more than 1,000 people — mostly Muslims — were killed.

  Although his critics say Modi didn’t do enough to stop the violence, he has always denied any involvement and has never be

en charged with a crime. A supreme court ordered investigation in India cleared him of any blame or wrongdoing.

  Now after five years at the helm, he is struggling to retain the support that

saw his spectacular rise in 2014 — in contrast to his Pakistani counterpart. Imran Kh

an, the former cricket star, has been in power in neighboring Pakistan for little over half a year.

  ”They’re at very different points in their political trajectory,” says Madiha Afzal, a visiting fellow in the Foreign Po

licy and Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution.

  ”At this point it does appear that Khan has a bit of a cooler head right now,” she said, referring to a speech Wedn

esday in which Khan appeared conciliatory and welcoming of talks, before acknowledging that the cir

cumstances that brought about this latest cross-border crisis led to the deaths of 40 Indian paramilitary soldiers ear

lier this month in a suicide car bomb attack in Pulwama — part of India-controlled Kashmir.

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delivery people consider their job ‘promising’ Surveyter tra

  BEIJING – A recent survey by China’s State Post Bureau said 35.8 percent of delivery workers c

onsidered their occupation “promising” and would like to continue in that position.

  The survey consisted of 6,000 delivery people across China mostly born in the 1980s and 1990s.

  About 76 percent of the delivery workers are from rural areas, wh

ile nearly 16 percent are from towns or counties, according to the survey.

  Major sources of stress for delivery workers include low wages and insufficient benefits, lack of understanding of t

heir job from customers and the public, long working hours and little chances of promotion, the survey said.

  Most of those surveyed earn less than 5,000 yuan ($743) per month but gen

erally gain more during the annual Double 11 online shopping spree in No

vember, during which over 80 percent of the country’s delivery workers handle more than 200 packages per day.

  China’s express delivery industry is rapidly developing, with around 3 million delivery workers.

  ”Delivery worker” was added to the revision of the national occupation list of China in 2015, meaning it has been recognized by the state as an occupation.

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