More air links can be expected as the two sides agreed

to facilitate airlines from each other to do business and ease the market access for them, according to the communique.

During his state visit to Italy from March 21 to 24, Xi held talks with Italian President Sergio Mattar

ella and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on bilateral ties, as well as regional and international issues of common interest.

The communique said the two sides have agreed to advance China-Italy comprehe

nsive strategic partnership in the spirit of mutual respect and mutual benefit for win-win outcomes.

Actions will be taken to fully implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, it added.

The two sides reiterated their commitment to promote multilat

eralism and maintain the international system with the United Nations at its core. They agre

ed to oppose protectionism of any form, promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, maintain the

World Trade Organization (WTO)’s central role and jointly push for necessary reforms to the WTO.

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The United States principals will be accompanied by Dep

eputy USTR Jeffrey Gerrish and other senior officials from the USTR Office and the Department of the Treasury.

“The United States looks forward to welcoming a delegation from China led by Vic-P

remier Liu He for meetings in Washington starting on April 3,” the statement said.

The message echoed an announcement by China’s Ministry of Commerce on Thursday that the two sides will start the eigh

th round of trade talks in Beijing, followed by the ninth round in Washington early next month.

The two sides have recently had several phone conversations on eco

nomic and trade issues and agreed on the schedule, according to ministry spokesman Gao Feng.

Negotiations led by Vice-Premier Liu and USTR Lighthizer from Feb 21 to 24 in Washington yielded “substantial prog

ress” on specific issues such as technology transfer, protection of intellectual property rights, non-tariff barri

ers, services industry, agriculture and exchange rates, according to a statement from the Chinese delegation.

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The welder spent another three hours on Friday morning but

had to quit again as he had to pick up his son from primary school at noon. He joined the line again aft

er lunch, but he didn’t have any idea about when his turn will come when

China Daily interviewed him at 4:30 pm.

There were so many donators that the organizers brought dozens of stools to the site so that people could rest after waiting a long time.

Many people also came to Xiangshui People’s Hospital to offer free food and

medicine for those hospitalized. Chen Y

ueru, a member of local volunteer association, said they have received 2,177

boxes of packed food for lunch, more tha

n 10,000 bottles of water, 24 boxes of ham sausage and 14 boxes of instant noodle and 500 breads at the hospital.

She said clothes are in demand for many of the injured as the belongings of many

have been buried in debris and stained with blood and dirt.

Gao, the red society volunteer, said a company has donated about 600 bottles of a spe

cial medicine for wound sterilization and has also sent medicine for the injured.

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“If Thailand had not missed several good opportunities, the

Chinese squad would be in an even more embarrassing position.

“Chinese soccer is no longer among the best in Asia … for a long time now, we have been in th

e second tier. Although we call our league the Chinese Super League, the word ‘super’ only exists in the name.”

Retired Chinese international Li Yi, who helped Shenzhen win the 2004 CSL title, also expressed his concern online.

“The current Thailand national team players are all in their prim

e, and they will be strong opponents for Team China for the next few years,” said Li.

“Now the old generation of Chinese players is retiring, but the young guns still cannot sho

ulder the responsibility. The qualifying games for the next World Cup are coming. We must try harder!”

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Most Chinese and Myanmar students are Dai people and som

 of them are relatives, so the close ties between them are not broken by national borders. W

hat the school has been doing is to further strengthen the special bond between the two peoples,” he said.

The school has preschool classes and first through third grades and all classes are taught in Chinese, Dai dialect and Bu

rmese, Sun said, adding that students can take advantage of free tuition and nutritious breakfasts.

Jie En, 11, a Myanmar student at the school, said, “The teache

rs do not treat us differently because we come from a different country, and people cannot tell wh

ether we are from China or Myanmar because we can also speak fluent Chinese.”

Myanmar students only need to show proof of identificatio

n and a birth certificate to register at the school and are allowed four entries into China a day, he said.

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Harrowing scenes after Cyclone Idai with inland ocean visibl

  As many as “300 to 400” bodies line the banks of a road out of the city of Beira in Mozam

bique, according to an eyewitness account, and flood waters have formed an inland

ocean that is visible from outer space.The harrowing scene, described by Zimbabwea

n Graham Taylor, suggests that the human toll of Cyclone Idai is likely to far exceed officiaal estimates. It follows reports fr

om aid agencies on the ground detailing how entire villages and towns have been completely flooded in the wake of last Thursday’

s high-end Category 2 storm.Taylor said the bodies were located on a 6 kilometer (3.7 mile) t

rack of highway, where flood waters had created an inland ocean, submerging entire villages around a “densely populated” s

ugar-cane plantation. The area is a mere fraction of the land in the southeast African nation left flooded after two major rive

rs burst their banks in the days following the storm.The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red

Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Friday that the destruction left by the cyclone is “worse than

we imagined” and warned that the humanitarian needs “will tragically only deepen in the coming weeks.”

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Brexit is costing the UK economy $1 billion a week. And it could

  rexit has been delayed, and may eventually be called off. But it’s already done major damage to the UK economy.

  The vote to leave the European Union in June 2016 caused the pound to weaken drama

tically and ushered in years of uncertainty that has reduced economic activity and triggered a slump in investment.

  The economy is now 2% smaller than it would have been if the United Kingdom had chosen to remain in the bloc, according to the Bank of England. The econ

omic output lost since the referendum is worth about £800 million ($1 billion) per week, or £4.7 million ($6 million) per hour.

  The economic consequences have piled up despite there having been no struct

ural changes yet to Britain’s trading relationship with EU nations or the rest of the world.

  Britain has continued to sell goods and services into the European Un

ion, its biggest trading partner, while politicians worked to negotiate the divorce. It has been

easy for UK companies to hire EU workers, and to maintain supply chains that crisscross national borders

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Purrfect! A smart shelter powered by AI keeps stray cats warm in

A constant temperature of 27 degrees, a water bowl that never freezes, a comfy mat, and no dogs allowed.

Those are the amenities for felines in a neighborhood in Beijing’s Sh

unyi district, where stray cats can loll around contentedly all winter, nibbling food and sipp

ing water, safe from the weather and provided with love through an artificial intelligence platform. It is purrfection.

Wan Xi, an engineer at Baidu Brain-the open AI platform of Baidu-had the idea of build

ing a smart shelter for strays when he found a kitten huddled on his car tire in the winter of 2017.

Winter is rough for stray animals, as they require extra calories to stay warm. Only around 40 perc

ent of stray cats find enough food and shelter to make it through the harsh temperatures.

Although volunteers offer water, food and even heating pads to stray animals, Beijing’s freezin

g winters can turn a bowl of water into ice before a cat can drink. Many stray cats don’t live more than two ye

ars. Those that are not neutered or spayed face more health problems and spawn more homeless cats.

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What they have done, specifically the iPad Air, is adopt tech

  nology like the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, which used to be exclusive to the iPad Pro,” Stant

on said. “Now that iPad Pro has been redesigned with slim bezels and rounded-edges, its previous exclu

sive features can trickle down to cheaper price points. This is especially savvy of Apple because it stands to bene

fit from greater revenue from accessories as products like Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil become more accessible.”

  Apple was widely expected to tease the iPads ahead of its spring event on March 25, indicati

ng the company is more open to unveiling non-critical hardware updates without so much spectacle.

  ”Apple wants to get the iPad out of the way so it can hold its first event truly focused on streaming,” Lauren Guenveur, senior research analyst at IDC told

CNN Business. “If Apple announced new Pads, it would turn into a hardware event, and that’s not what it wants.”

  Tablet shipments have declined in the past few years, especially among devices that don’t come with a keyboard. “Per

haps what’s the point for having an event for a declining category?” Guenveur added.

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Ardern was elected Prime Minister in October 2017, at the hea

  d of a coalition between her left-wing Labour Party and the populist, anti-immigrantion NZ First.

  She had only taken over as Labour leader three months earlier, at which point it was trailing so far in the polls that i

t looked doubtful it could cobble together a coalition government, let alone score anything close to a majority.

  In a poll before Ardern took over from then Labour leader Andrew Little, the party’s suppo

rt had plunged to less than 25%, a 20-year low. Months later, as “Jacindamania” gripped the nation, it surged to over 40%.

  While she would eventually have to rely on NZ First and the Gr

eens for support, Ardern succeeded in boosting Labour enough to make her the world’s yo

ungest serving female leader, and end a decade of control by the conservative-leaning National Party.

  Since then she has occupied a role unfamiliar to most New Zealand leaders: Global celebrity.

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