Besides, the blasts in Sri Lanka indicate terrorists coul

ld also target areas that until now were considered terror-free, especially Asian tourist destinations such as the Maldives and Thaila

nd, because they attract a large number of Western people, as well as investments and interests. To prevent such

terrorist attacks, all countries have to make joint efforts to not only strengthen their security but also impr

ove their coordination so they can more effectively combat the common threat of terrorism.

Even though there is no evidence to show social media played a role in the attacks in Sri Lanka, all countries should strengt

hen supervision of the internet because it is being increasingly used to spread terrorism and plan terrorist atta

cks. The IS group’s online tyranny could be more dangerous compared with its actual presence in a country as a ban

ned organization, because its online propaganda could prove more effective in leading people astray.

Therefore, governments — with the active help of internet companies — have no choic

e but to play a bigger role in containing the spread of terrorism online.

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China has always maintained that its trade disputes wi

th other WTO members should be properly handled according to the WTO dispute settlement proc

edures. It not only takes the initiative to file claims in order to safeguard its legal interests and the authority

of the WTO rules, but also actively responds to charges, and respects and enforces WTO rulings.

The WTO’s ruling on this dispute over shows that the orga

nization has an important role to play in safeguarding the multil

ateral trading system. It’s not simply a matter of one side tallying up a victory against the other.

The multilateral trading system, with the WTO as its core, has been a mainstay in promoting glo

bal economic development and building an open world economy. The WTO dispute settlement system is the org

anization’s court for settling trade disputes. It maintains a balance between the WTO members’ rights and oblig

ations, and also ensures the effective implementation of WTO principles and rules.

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French officials said the EU faced “blackmail” by hardli

ine pro-Brexit potential successors to May, such as Boris Johnson. They might try to sabotage decision-making, they said.

However, Merkel has urged the bloc to do all it can to avoid such disruption. She said before leavin

g Berlin that she favoured a delay of “several months” for May, who has pledged to quit if hardcore Brexi

t supporters in her own Conservative Party drop objections to her “soft Brexit” and help ratify the deal.

Keen to ease tension, Merkel had broken the ice as talks began by showing May a photomontage on a tablet of both wearing similar jacket

s when addressing their parliaments earlier in the day. It provoked mutual laughter as other leaders joined in.

As talks wore on beyond midnight, with May patiently waiting elsewhere in the buildin

g for word on her nation’s fate, Macron rallied support for his concerns about a long extension.

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Former Democratic Party lawmaker Lee Wing-tat was

 convicted of incitement to commit public nuisance.

Judge Johnny Chan Jong-herng handed down the verdicts. The court will h

ear defendants’ petition in the afternoon. The date for sentencing has not yet been revealed.

According to the Crimes Ordinance and the Criminal Procedure Ordinance, each charge carries up to seven years’ imprisonment.

The illegal Occupy protests saw massive sit-ins on Tim Mei Avenue and Fenwick Pier Street – major thoroughfares linking Wan Cha

i and Central – between Sept 28 and Dec 11 of 2014. It put the city in a standstill for 79 days.

China will lower the tax rates on a range of goods brought or mailed b

y individuals into the country, including food, medicines, textiles and information technol

ogy products, the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council announced Monday.

Starting Tuesday, the tax rate on inbound articles included on the No 1 taxable

item list, which includes books, computers, food, furniture and medicines, will be reduc

ed to 13 percent from the previous 15 percent, the commission said in an online statement.

Some medicines that are currently subject to a 3-percent import value-added tax r

ate, including anti-cancer drugs and medicines for rare diseases, will enjoy favorable tax rate.

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The capital will carry out supportive policies on finan

 land and talent recruitment to attract companies and people engaged in high-end industries to settle down in the city, he added.

Furthermore, Beijing will guide districts to cultivate different industries to avoid repetition and overlap.

Beijing’s Haidian district focuses on high-tech development and innovation. It realized a GDP of 648 billi

on yuan ($96 billion) in 2018, eight times the average district’s level in the city. GDP per capita in the

district reached $28,000, or eight times the standard of moderately developed countries.

At present, the tertiary sector has become the biggest contributor to Haidian’s economy, whic

h now makes up around 90 percent of the total and is similar to levels in New York and Tokyo.

Innovative and capital-intensive industries such as information technology, finance and education provide

the bulk of Haidian’s GDP. The district has attracted several well-known domestic and overseas companies inclu

ding 31 unicorn enterprises — startups worth more than $1 billion — and 933 listed enterprises.

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Minor earthquake in Beijing “normal, isolated event”

A 2.9-magnitude earthquake at a depth of 17 kilometers was detected at 1:25 pm on Sunday in Be

ijing’s Haidian district, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

Two earthquake experts said the minor quake was a normal activity in the

earth’s crust caused by changes in crustal stress, and th

ere is no need for the public to panic, according to a report on huanqiu.com.

“It is a normal and isolated event,” said Guo Xun, dean of the Civil Engineering

School at the Institute of Disaster Prevention.

“As Beijing is at the junction of the earthquake zones of Shanxi province, the

Hebei Plain and Yanshan Mountain, the city will e

xperience one to two earthquakes at around magnitude-3 degree every year,

according to past exper

ience,” Sun Shihong, a researcher at the

China Earthquake Networks Center, added.

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The water-delivering trains are a special service on the Hu

unbai Railway, a scenic line with diesel trains. They were launched to address the limited access to drin

king water in the area, where the underground water is undrinkable due to complex mineral components.

“Water coming out of the wells used to render us with Kaschin-beck disease, and we treated ev

ery drop of (safe) water like it was oil,” said Zhou Aiqin, another resident at Huojugou.

Running the train all year around is no easy task, especially in winter when temperatures easily dro

p below minus 20 degrees Celsius. Some of the fuel is spent heating the water during the journey to prevent freezing.

“Water often drips onto our clothes and instantly freezes. We cannot bend our arms or legs

and have to move like a gorilla,” said Jia Lin, a veteran worker at the line’s Quanyang station.

Train crew and station workers, like residents along the line, have been attached to

the delivery missions, even as demands have greatly shrunk due to improved water infrastructure and relocation o

f villagers. The trains now run three times a month, down from three times a week, to serve only 300 residents.

“But as long as the demand exists, our small train will keep on running,” said Xin Yuehong, head of Quanyang station.

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So, I think I won’t get married until I’m 33,” Gray said

Like Gray, more women and men in the US are single — more than 45 percent of all Americans age 18 or older, the US Census Bur

eau reported in 2017 — and the number of single households around the world also is increasing.

Singles make up about 14.6 percent — about 200 million — of Chi

na’s population, the largest singles population in the world, People’s Daily reported.

Sweden has the highest rate of people staying single, 51 percen

t of all households, according to 2017 data from the European Union’s Eurostat.

Sweden is followed by Denmark, Finland and Germany, which all have more than 40 percent one-person households.

The never-married population age 16 years and over in England a

nd Wales increased by 3.9 million from 2002 to 2017, while the number of married pe

ple increased only by 1.2 million during the same period, UK Census reported.

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seeks further delay to Brexit, compromise with Labour Party

 Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday she would ask the European

Union for a further delay to Brexit beyond

April 12 to give her time to sit down with the opposition Labour Party in a bid to

break the impasse over Britain’s departure.

Nearly three years since the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU in a shock referend

um result, British politics is in crisis and it is unclear how, when or if it will ever

leave the European club it first joined in 1973.

In a hastily arranged statement from her Downing Street office after spending

more than seven hours

chairing crisis cabinet meetings on how to plot a way out of the Brexit maze, May

said she was seeking a further extension to Brexit.

“We will need a further extension of Article 50, one that is as short as possible and which ends when we p

ass a deal. And we need to be clear what such an extension is for, to ensure we leave in a timely and orderly way,” she said.

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The country will also expand the use of pilot

epen reform of the administrative law enforcement system in the logistics industry to improve its efficiency; and it will str

eamline certain fees related to ports, highways and airports, he said. In addition, the ministry will step up its eff

orts to manage the effects of eliminating highway toll stations at provincial boundaries.

The ministry also called for small and medium-sized enterprises

to forge alliances for common development to consolidate the fragmented logistics sector.

In recent years, China’s logistics industry has been experiencing consistent gr

owth on the back of steady economic progress and a rising domestic market. According to the

National Development and Reform Commission, logistics expenditures rose 9.8 percent to 13.3 trillion yuan, amo

unting to 14.8 percent of last year’s national GDP. The share was slightly up from the previous year.

The logistics sector is of strategic importance in the development of the market eco

nomy, and the ministry has been making consistent efforts to reduce logistics costs and raise efficiency. It red

uced logistics spending by 56 billion yuan in 2016, 68 billion yuan in 2017 and 98 billion yuan in 2018.

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