He said he hopes that the Italian Senate will continue to pl

play an active facilitating role, and create better conditions for and inject greater momentum into the development of bilateral relations.

The Italian Senate warmly welcomes Xi for his visit, Casellati said, notin

g that the Italian and Chinese peoples have always trusted each other and maintained pr

ofound friendship, with close ties in such fields as economy and trade, and culture.

The Senate speaker said she agrees with Xi on his remarks about the traditional friendly exchanges betwe

en the two countries dating back over 2,000 years, published in leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera ahead of his visit.

China and Italy are major countries that boast a rich culture, she said, adding that Italy is willing to boost communication and co

operation with the Chinese side in such fields as culture, art, language, heritage protection, tourism, science and tec

hnology, and innovation, and encourage their youths to increase exchanges and mutual understanding.

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Economy moves closer to ‘high-income’ statusn automobile plant in

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

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

A more balanced growth pattern will help the world’s s

econd-largest economy pass the “middle-income t

rap”, with consumption and high-tech manufacturing leading growth, they said at a B

eijing seminar leading up to the 2019 China Development Forum, which starts on Saturday.

After decades of rapid GDP growth, China’s economy has entered

a new era of moderately slowing expansion and a transition to a high-quality growth model. T

hat has pushed economists to reconsider some long-term issues, such as whether the economy would cool down sh

arply before a considerable rise in wealth, especially after a period of fast growth.

“The key method to ensure China’s role as a high-income country is to

adjust industrial structures and promote productivity,” said Zhu Min, an influ

ential Chinese economist and former deputy managing director at the International Monetary Fund.

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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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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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The CPPCC should improve its quality in carrying out its

  dual responsibility of offering suggestions and building consensus, and shoulder its political responsibilities of impleme

nting the CPC Central Committee’s decisions and plans, of meeting its requirements for CPPCC wo、

rk, and of pooling the wisdom and strength of all Chinese people, at home and overseas, for national rejuvenation, it says.

  ang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and cha

irman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), presides over the closing meet

ing of the second session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 13, 2019.

  Basketball legend Yao Ming has always voiced his support for physical education during the two sessions.

  This year is no exception. Utilizing his position as a member of the Chinese People’s Polit

ical Consultative Conference’s National Committee, Yao called for more cross-departmental coope

ration and better coaching to further expand a school basketball program launched last year.

  The program is meant not just to deepen the sport’s talent p

ool but, more importantly, to teach students life lessons that classroom study cannot.

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We don’t know if there’s a link to the Lion Air crash

  Until flight data recorder data is analyzed, it’s impossible to say whether the two disasters are linked.

  There are a number of apparent similarities between the two flig

hts, aside from the obvious fact that both flew on new MAX 8 jets. Each flight crashed mi

nutes into its journey, during a phase of flight where fatal accidents are not at their most common.

  The Lion Air flight flew for 13 minutes before crashing, while the Ethiopian

Airlines jet crashed at six minutes into the journey. Both flights also dipped and then regained altitude, acc

ording to flight data, though the erratic movements on the Lion Air plane were more extreme.

  ”The similarities with Lion Air are too great not to be concer

ned,” CNN aviation expert Mary Schiavo said after the se

cond disaster — and that concern has prompted numerous countries to ground Boeing MAX jets out of caution.

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Over the past four decades, Sino-US economic and trade

relations have not only become more interdependent but also changed qualitat

ively. To start with, China today exports an increasing volume of high-quality goods to the US. Considered as the “wo

rld’s factory” and a country with a very high savings rate, China has built huge foreign exchange reserves and greatl

y improved its trade environment. And thanks mainly to China’s manufacturing prowess, Sino-US trade has ri

sen from $2.5 billion in 1979 to $633.52 billion in 2018, an increase of 253.4 times which is unprecedented in history.

Sino-US trade and economic relations have not been beneficial to Beijing alone, as inexpensive

but quality Chinese products have met the rising demand of the American people for affordable and relia

ble goods. Economists generally believe that Chinese products, which are good in qual

ity and low in price, help the US to keep inflation in check, and an average American family to save at least $800 a year.

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As Manafort faced his judgment day, Cohen was facing

  fresh attacks on his credibility amid accusations that he lied to Congress during his explosive testimony last week.

  Trump’s former attorney told lawmakers that he had never asked for and would not ac

cept a pardon from Trump. Yet multiple sources told CNN’s Gloria Borger that the prospect of a par

don was raised more than once between Cohen’s lawyer and attorneys representing the President.

  The matter is being investigated in Congress following Cohen’s public and private testimony before three congressional committees over the past two weeks.

  In question is whether there was an effort to seek a pardon or offer a pardon in exchange for

the cooperation who will go to prison in May after admitting tax and financial crimes and lying to Congress.

  Rep. Elijah Cummings, the Maryland Democrat who chairs the House Oversight Com

mittee, said he told Cohen that he would “nail you to the cross” if he did not tell the truth to lawmakers again.

  ”I’m going to study the transcript first, that’s No. 1. I’m going to see what the allegations are and then I’ll go from there,” Cummings told CNN’s Manu Raju.

  Trump is not waiting for any investigation to take a new shot at his former legal fixer, tw

eeting an MSNBC headline: “Cohen’s lawyer contradicts Cohen’s testimony about never seeking a Presidential Pardon.

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The multimodule station, named Tiangong, or Heavenly

Palace, will be mainly composed of three components – a core module attached to two spac

e labs – having a combined weight of more than 90 metric tons, the academy said.

Information from the China Manned Space Agency shows the core module, Tianhe, or Harmony of Heavens, will hav

e three parts – a connecting section, a life-support and control section, and a resources section. It will be equipped with

three docking hatches reserved for visiting manned or cargo spacecraft, and two berthing locations used to connect wi

th space laboratories. There will also be a hatch for astronauts’ extravehicular activities.

The module will be 16.6 meters long with a diameter of 4.2 meter

s. It will be central to the space station’s operations as astronauts will live there and control the

entire station from inside it. The module will also be capable of hosting scientific experiments.

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