Less likelybut not impossible — is that the EU refuses a delay

European diplomatic sources have been clear over the past few months that any kind of extension would be far easier to swallow if the UK made clear its long-term

intentions, rather than putting things off for no reason. To put it mildly, clarity has hitherto not been Britain’s strong point.

Any Brexit delay requires the unanimous approval of the European Council, the EU’s supreme decision-making body that includes the leaders of each member sta

te, meeting in Brussels this week. This is where difficulties begin. Since the start of the whole process, Brexiteers have bold

ly asserted that the unity of the EU27 would eventually crack and the UK could finally get its way.

It didn’t. To date, the EU has stood firmly by the dea

l it reached with the UK — the so-called Withdrawal Agreement — insisting it was locked down and ready for Britain to approve.

But given the UK Parliament’s reluctance to do so, and the consequent prospect of a dela

y to Brexit, something interesting has happened. For the first time in the Brexit process, we are

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Reasons abound as to why the cat economy is flourish

ing in China. For one, pet cats are good stress-busters. And in these hectic, stressful times in urban areas, they could prove very useful, experts said.

Agreed Huang Xinyi, 28, a Beijing-based film producer. “Every time my cat purrs at me

, head-butts my face, and rubs against my leg, I want to hug him and kiss him all over.”

Many of her generation, aged 25 to 35, are busy pursuing busy careers in cities, far from their

hometowns. “I get lonely sometimes, but my cat has always been good company,” Huang said.

“Moreover, cats are more independent. I don’t have to walk my cat every day, but I play with him whenever I find some spare time.”

That is important for most young people struggling to find work-life balance in urban areas due to hectic lifestyles.

According to a report from Frost & Sullivan China, keeping cats for pets costs a little less than maintaining dogs.

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Draft law on foreign firms to ensure fair competition

With the ongoing second session of the 13th National People’s Congress reviewing the draft law on foreign investmen

t over the weekend-the third review in three months-the draft is highly likely to sail through legislative scrutiny and

be signed into law after being submitted to the top legislature for review on Friday.

Once approved, which seems most likely because most of the controversia

l issues have been addressed, the draft foreign investment law will become what many belie

ve to be the most important legislation in China since it entered the World Trade Organization in 2001. It will rep

lace the three existing laws regulating foreign-invested entities now-the Chinese-foreign equity joint ventures law

, Chinese-foreign cooperative joint ventures law, and wholly foreign-owned enterprises law.

More importantly, the draft law represents the “fundamental change” in the country’s approach to foreign invest

ment administration, which will greatly increase “openness, transparency and predictability”.

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He also shared the story of Crystal Mason, who got five yea

  esidential election while on supervised release for a tax fraud conviction.

  ”Manafort was sentenced to less than a woman who voted while on probation without knowing she wasn’t allowed to,” he tweeted.

  Social media users also brought up Juanita Peralta, a mother of six w

ho got 15 years in prison for drug possession, according to the Oklahomans for Crim

inal Justice Reform, which launched an effort to get her sentence commuted. Her 18-year-old is now raising five kids.

  Hechinger also shared the story of Matthew Charles, who was released after serving 21 of his 35-year sentence for selling crack cocaine.

  ”Got a job, began volunteering, reconnected with family. The prosecution appealed. He

was thrown back in jail. Fortunately, just released again. But should have never gone back,” he said.

  Charles was convicted in 1996 of selling crack and illegally possessing a gun. At the time

of his sentencing to decades in prison, he had previous convictions involving drugs, weapons and assault.

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The report came as China is conducting G trial operati

ns in a string of cities, enabling large-scale pre-commercial use this year. Next-generation wireless technology is expecte

d to be at least 10 times faster than 4G and will support superfast movie downloads, the streaming of virtual reality games and self-driving cars.

Yang Yuanqing, a deputy to the 13th National People’s Congress and chairman of Lenovo Group Ltd, said 5G will play a dir

ect role in fueling the development of China’s digital economy and it will ignite a creativity boom among all industries.

“Traditional sectors need to pounce at the opportunities brought by 5G to upgra

de themselves and create more dividend by significantly boosting efficiency,” Yang said.

According to the article by CAICT, as 5G becomes increasingly intertwined with artifi

cial intelligence, big data and other cutting-edge technologies, it can be widely used to overhaul the way enter

prises operate research and development centers and reshape the manufacturing and management process.

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One soldier in Baghouz during the evacuation of civilians

  told CNN that the wives of ISIS martyrs are there with their children and they don’t want to leave. Multiple US officials to

ld CNN’s Barbara Starr that civilians still remain in the last piece of territory remaining under ISIS control.

  Trump surprises allies, claims US-backed forces reclaimed 100% of ISIS territory in Syria

  Trump surprises allies, claims US-backed forces reclaimed 100% of ISIS territory in Syria

  David Eubank, director of the Free Burma Rangers, a Christian humanitarian group t

hat operates in the area, estimates that in the last month, around 15,000 people have fled Bagh

ouz.Before the offensive started, SDF officials estimated that 1,500 civilians and 500 ISIS fighters remained, but a

s the assault got under way it became clear that the actual number was much higher.

  The militants include some of the most battle-hardened and experienced personnel rem

aining in ISIS. Some of those being used as human shields are the wives and children of those ISIS fighters.

  On Thursday, President Donald Trump said that US-backed forces have retaken 100% of the territory once claim

ed by ISIS in Syria. That announcement surprised US officials and regional allies leading the fight who told CNN

the battle isn’t over. An SDF officer said the group was surprised by the statement and said fighting has been ongoing.

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Anatomy of a failed summit: At Hanoi, all or nothing ends

  In the most important sense, the Hanoi summit failed for a very simple reason: North Korea will not eliminate its nuclear arsenal ov

er the next months or years. However, this does not mean that negotiations are doomed to fail or misgu

ided — just the opposite. It is more important than ever that negotiations succeed in limiting the threat from a nu

clear-armed North Korea. Without a decisive shift in course, a third summit would only end up like the first two.

  Pyongyang’s conduct over the last year and decade should leave no doubt about its in

tention to retain its nuclear arsenal. Pyongyang has made unreasonable requests for compensation, obfuscate

d or stonewalled during talks and has continued to expand, conceal, and deploy its arsenal even as they co

ntinued. The Hanoi summit failed to disarm North Korea because North Korea won’t disarm.

  But in another sense, the summit failed because the Trump administration has main

tained an inflexible insistence that immediate disarmament is the only acceptable outcome.

  When Pyongyang refuses an implausible proposal to han

d over a down payment of warheads, the administration goes off in search of the next

implausible proposal that might happen to work. Trump is unprepared and unequipped to negotiate a

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While the experience of teaching on Chinese campuses is

 often different to that in the West due to the prevalence of a more tradit

ional intellectual culture, the dedication of students and their zest for acquiring kno

wledge makes teaching a unique pleasure. Most faculty members find that their students are happy to adopt the Soc

ratic methods favored in Western education, encouraging a rewarding level of debate in the classroom.

An important factor that makes the process of adaptation easier for faculty members is pre

cisely the existence of joint-venture universities and other similar types of degree-granting coll

aborative projects, which allow them to remain within a Western-style administrative and academic structure whi

le becoming embedded in a different culture and sociocultural living experience.

Having a highly networked knowledge platform in China also provides scholars from interna

tional universities a chance to build bridges with Chinese counterparts, and to tackle problems to

gether in a more cohesive manner, which is essential for addressing today’s pressing global problems.

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Abuse survivors often argue that the public should be

  notified whenever an accusation is made, both to protect the community and to encourage other potential victims to come forward.

  ”This seems to say that if a priest or a nun or deacon gets accused they don’t tell the parish until the accusation is ‘proven,'” said Tim Len

non, of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, who is in Rome participating in vigils with other victims of clergy abuse.

  ”Well, who proves this? The police or the bishops? We’ve seen for 35 years that bishops o

ften cover up, so no one trusts that they are going to be good arbiters of guilt and innocence.”

  Billionaire businessman Richard Branson says he hopes his Live Aid-inspired concert to raise funds for Venezuelans will persuade members of th

e country’s military to defy President Nicolas Maduro and allow humanitarian aid to cross the border.

  Branson, who will host “Venezuela Aid Live” on Friday in the Colom

bian border town of Cucuta, said he is aiming to raise about $100 million to buy food a

nd medicine, essential supplies for the country, which is gripped by a political and humanitarian crisis.

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ple of foreign guests are excited to take part in the fair’s

Over 180,000 people were attracted to the grand fair, which has been listed as a National Intan

gible Cultural Heritage, and watched the square parade, the fair’s most anticipated activity.

The parade featured over 20 troupe performances included lion dances, a waist drum presentation, stilt walking and

other local folk art shows. The folk parade stretched 2.5 kilometers around Meili town, Wuxi’s Xinwu district.

In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, parade

s float went along the route expressing the people’s gratitude to the country and great expectations for the future.

During the opening ceremony, the first cultural tourism brand of Wuxi Xinwu district, “Tai Bo You Li“, was launched, and product

ions of the district’s history, Wu culture, local intangible cultural heritage and travel routes were staged.

The eight-day event will last until Lantern Festival, and will feature traditional trading fairs,

demonstrations of intangible cultural heritages and folk art, and public cultural activities.

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