Month: February 2019

Beyond “Black Panther,” Marvel’s highlights included “Spider

  Man: Into the Spider-Verse” swinging off with best animated movie, as the Sony release topped a pair of Disney sequels, “Ralph

Breaks the Internet” and “Incredibles 2.” “Free Solo,” a hit documentary about daredevil climber Al

ex Honnold, topped the documentary feature category, which also included the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biography “RBG.” In th

eir enthusiasm, one of the filmmakers blurted out an expletive that was promptly bleeped.

  ”Bohemian Rhapsody’s” other wins came in both sound categories as

well editing. Notably, none of the “Rhapsody” winners thanked credited director, Bryan Si

nger, who was accused of sexual abuse in January, allegations that the filmmaker has denied.

  In one of the more expected victories, the team that transformed Christian Bale into former Vice Pr

esident Dick Cheney won in makeup/hairstyling for “Vice.” Visual effects, however, were something of a

surprise, going to “First Man,” the moon-landing drama about Neil Armstrong.

  Lacking a host, the producers relied on music and comedy bits to enlive

n the evening, including a duet from “A Star is Born” by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga — la

ter the winner for best song — which drew a standing ovation from the Hollywood crowd.

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Extended talks raise hopes there’s a deal in the offingChi

The extending of the talks between China and the United States to resolve their trade and econo

mic frictions will hopefully give substance to the optimism expressed by both sides that they can reach a deal.

US President Donald Trump, senior US officials, and Vice-Premier Liu He, the special envoy of President Xi Jinping, who is h

eading the Chinese delegation, all expressed the belief on Friday that the two sides have made significant progress to

ward reaching a comprehensive agreement that will put an end to the current trade standoff.

It is to be expected that the discussions at this stage will be the toughest test ye

t for the two teams of negotiators, and their task is not one to be envied. However, the un

scheduled two-day extension to their discussions indicates that tangible headway is being made in their joint effo

rts to find a mutually acceptable way to resolve their differences and put an end to their quarrel.

Given what was said on Friday, it seems the talks have gone more deeply and ext

ensively into the bilateral relationship than either side initially anticipated. As US P

resident Donald Trump observed, “we’re covering things that we didn’t even know we’d be covering.”

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Boeing 767 cargo jetliner crashes near Houston airport

NEW YORK — A Boeing 767 cargo jetliner with three people on board crashed into a bay near Housto

n’s George Bush International Airport on Saturday, said the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

It is unlikely that anybody could have survived, said Brian Hawthorne, sheriff of the Chambers County of the US state of Texas.

Hawthorne told local newspaper Houston Chronicle that police have found human remains at the si

te of the crash and investigators have recovered parts of the plane, the largest at 50 feet (around 15 meters) long.

The twin-engine plane, operated by Atlas Air, was flying from Miami to Houston wh

en it crashed shortly before 12:45 pm local time (1845 GMT), said the FAA, add

ing that radar and radio contact was lost with the aircraft at around 30 miles (48 km) southeast of the airport.

The US National Transportation Safety Board will be in charge of the investigation, it said.

Meanwhile, Atlas Air said the flight was being operated for Amazon.

“Our main priority at this time is caring for those affected and we will ensure we do all

we can to support them now and in the days and weeks to come,” Atlas Air said in a statement.

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A screenshot of the Weibo account of the Nanchang Fire

A residential building located at Xihu district in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, collapsed on Sunday morning, trapping people under the rubble, according to CCTV.

By 11:00 am, three people, including two adults and one child, were successfully pulled out by the fire department. They suffered minor injuries.

The second and third floor of the three-story building, which is

made of wood and bricks, collapsed. The accident trapped three households.

The search-and-rescue operation is underway.

BEIJING – China will further enhance physical activities in primary and sec

ondary schools and promote students’ interests, said the Ministry of Education Friday.

Provincial-level regions in China have clearly included physics as

a subject scored in senior high school entrance exam, according to the ministry.

Details to evaluate the subject of physics are based on local conditions, it

said, adding swimming is used to assess the score in certain regions.

In 2016, the ministry released a guideline aiming to establish a senior high school ent

rance exam system based on both academic performance and comprehensive quality

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Soubry said the issue could prompt more defections. “There

are a number of our colleagues that are deeply unhappy, particularly about no-deal Brexit,” Soubry said, responding to a quest

ion about whether more Conservative MPs would follow their lead. “We do expect people to stand up for w

hat they know is right for our country, which is not a no-deal Brexit.”
The question now is whether the now 11-stron

g Independent Group will establish itself as a new party, and it if does, whether it will have any success at general election.

Britain’s electoral system makes it tough for any new political party to win re

presentation in Parliament. A group that broke from Labour in the 1980s, the Social Democratic Party, fizzled after some early successes.

But small parties can nevertheless wield significant influence over larger ones. “UKIP is an example of a party that won su

fficient votes to frighten the Conservatives into changing its policy very significantly, ultimately forcing a vote

on Brexit,” Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London, told CNN on Tuesday.

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In addition to the bomb blasts in Maiduguri, the Nigerian army

  said its troops had also repelled an attack Saturday morning by suspected militants on a security outpost in Geidam village in Yobe state.

  No one was injured, according to Col. Sagir Musa of the Nigeria army, who said the attempt would not affect voting in the area.

  ”The situation is calm and peaceful,” Musa said in a statement. “Peop

le have largely turned out to cast their votes without any hindrance.”

  The election delay has increased tensions in Nigeria, and there

have been instances of violence in the lead-up to the vote. The British and US governments hav

e warned they would deny visas to, and could prosecute, anyone found inciting violence during the election.

  Last week, a terror group with links to ISIS claimed responsibility for a deadly at

tack in Maiduguri on a motorcade carrying Kashim Shettima, the governor of Borno state.

  Shettima escaped unscathed. Isa Gusau, the governor’s media aide, told CNN on Thursday that the ambush killed three p

eople, although locals put the death toll much higher. The terror group claimed that 42 people died in the assault.

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Venezuelan troops defect at the border with Colombia

  Three members of the Venezuelan National Guard defected Saturday at Venezuela’s border with Colombia, the Colombian immigration department said.

  The troops abandoned their posts at the Simon Bolivar International Bridge on the Colom

bia-Venezuela border and requested help from Colombia’s immigration officials.

  Also Saturday, soldiers with Venezuela’s National Guard

fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who were demanding to cross the border at Ur

eña into Colombia to work, according to a CNN crew that witnessed the scene at the Tienditas Bridge.

  Workers faced off with the soldiers, chanting, “We want to work!” before being disperse

d by the tear gas. Men with shirts covering their faces started throwing rocks toward the guard.

  US argues momentum for change in Venezuela is growing despite border violence

  These tense scenes played out Saturday, a day after violence broke out at a Venezuelan town near the border wit

h Brazil over aid delivery, leaving two people dead and 17 others injured, local authorities said.

  Tensions are running high at Venezuela’s borders amid opposition plans to usher aid into the country this weekend

in defiance of President Nicolas Maduro’s wishes. Maduro called on Venezuelans to “mobilize” Saturday. “Let’s

all take to the streets to defend our independence with conscience and joy,” Maduro said on his official Twitter account.

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When the morality police personnel were issuing a wa

  rning to two ladies with improper hijab, people in the area surrounded them and prevented them from driving the two ladies a

way,” the police source told IRNA. “After the two ladies got off the police van, the crowd dispersed and that was the end of the incident.”

  Threatened with acid, rape, abuseotesting Iranmpulsory hijab law

  Threatened with ‘acid, rape, abuse’: Protesting Iran’s compulsory hijab law

  Video of the incident showed people honking their car horns in apparent protest. A man is

heard shouting “Let her go!” as a group of people surround the van. The sound of gunshots is then heard.

  The headscarf, or the hijab, has been a mandatory part of women’s dress in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution led to clerical rule of the country.

  But in recent years, some women have mounted opposition to headscarf rules by stagi

ng sporadic street demonstrations, some of which have gone viral on social media.

  Many women have also observed the dress rules more loosely in recent years. While signs instructing women to wear hijab ad

orn the walls of nearly every shop and restaurant, many wear short scarves which only slightly cover their heads.

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Labour won people over on a programme for the many

not the few — redistributing wealth and power, taking vital resources into public ownership, inv

esting in every region and nation, and tackling climate change,” Corbyn added.In the most

recent election, Ryan saw her vote share increase substantially, along with a countrywide swing towards Labo

ur, though in her own election material Ryan urged voters not to associate her with the Labour leader.
Whi

le the Independent Group — as the collection of largely centrist ex-Labour MPs is currently called — has so far dama

ged the opposition party, attention will now turn to the ruling Conservatives.
Several Tory MPs are reportedly consi

dering joining the group, over disagreements with Prime Minister Theresa May regarding Brexit, as the vote

to leave the European Union continues to cause chaos in British politics, with only 37 days until it is due to take effect.

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Modi reforms for foreign investment worth applause

India has accelerated its efforts to make it easier to do business in the country. As China’s labor cost ad

vantage shrinks, Chinese enterprises should pay attention to changes in the Indian economy.

In 2018, India saw more than $38 billion of inbound deals, outnumbering t

hat of China for the first time in two decades, the Economic Times reported. India is

moving in the right direction to make foreign investment a powerful engine for economic growth and poverty alleviation. It

is the same strategy adopted by China three decades ago at the initial stage of its industrialization process.

Ahead of a general election, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing growing discont

ent as people question whether his reforms can create enough jobs for young people. But the foreign inve

stment figures suggest that Modi has done a good job in addressing unemployment.

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