He fled Afghanistan to escape violence, only to watch a man

  When Ahmed Khan moved to New Zealand as a refugee from Afghanistan 12 years ago, he thought he had left violence and death behind.

  But on Friday, as he was praying at Linwood mosque in Christchurch, an armed man started shooting indiscrim

inately at worshipers — first outside the mosque, then through the windows as women and children huddled inside, screaming.

  Khan said he pulled one injured child out of danger and was holding a man who’d been shot in the arm when the gunman returned.

  ”(The wounded man) was asking for some water. I said to him, ‘calm down, the police are here now’ and stuff. And the g

unman came through the window again while I was holding him and shot him in the head. And he was dead,” Khan told CNN.

  Many people in the diverse city have ties to the community that stretch back generat

ions. Former refugees and migrants have told CNN they chose to make it their home because it was safe.

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North Korea says it may suspend nuclear talksorth Korea is conside

  North Korea is considering suspension of denuclearization talks with the United States, Deputy Foreign

Minister Choe Son Hui told reporters on Friday.

  ”We have no intention to yield to the US demands [put forward at the Hanoi summit] in any form, nor are we willing to engage in neg

otiations of this kind,” said Choe, according to Russian state news agency TASS, which attended the press event in Pyongyang.

  Choe said the North was deeply disappointed by the failure of the two sides to reach any agreements at last m

onth’s summit between Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.

  She blamed the breakdown of talks on the US side, saying the Am

erican delegation was being too demanding and inflexible: [The US] “were too busy with pu

rsuing their own political interests and had no sincere intention to achieve a result,” Choe added, according to TASS.

  However, US National Security Advisor John Bolton disputed Choe’s characterization of the breakdown of talks

as “inaccurate” and said he had discussed the reports from North Korea with his South Korean counterparts.

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Media Matters said, in effect, that the group is just highlig

  hting the Fox hosts’ own words and letting others decide.

  The first batch of “Bubba” show clips were released on Sunday evening. Carlson was heard making many misogy

nistic and crude comments. Before long a “fire Tucker” hashtag was trending on Twitter.

  Tucker Carlson refuses to apologize for his misogynistic remarks

  Fox News declined to comment on the controversy. The network has been battling Media Matters in various ways for many years.

  Some of Carlson’s comments on the radio show date back to a time when he worked at MSNBC. He j

oined Fox as an analyst in 2009 and he now hosts the 8 p.m. hour, one of Fox’s highest-rated time slots.

  During past controversies about his anti-immigrant point of view, some advertisers have bailed on his show. Later this week Fox is h

osting a promotional event for advertisers at its headquarters, with an eye toward promoting its newscasts like “Special Rep

ort” and “Shepard Smith Reporting.” So for the company, this new turmoil around Carlson’s show and the recent ou

tcry about another right-wing opinion host, Jeanine Pirro, is coming at one of the worst possible times.

  While Carlson was speaking out on his show Monday night, Media Matters president Ang

elo Carusone was on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” armed with additional examples from the “Bubba” show.

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And given the consensus reached by the international com

munity, China should more actively participate in the process to make rules for global academic research.

Li Xiaohua, a researcher at the Institute of Industrial Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Clear red lines must be drawn

Given that uncertainties and risks abound in the early st

ages of the development of cutting-edge technologies, the process is bound to involve some c

ontroversies. Still, there is a lack of strict regulations, especially those related to some emerging industries and technologies. Which me

ans the authorities need to expedite legislation for relevant laws and rules for research in science and technology.

But that should not prompt the authorities to forbid sch

olars from conducting research for the fear that they would violate the existing norms and invite

public ire. After all, progress made in science and technology in one country will propel the development of people acr

oss the world. The key is to set clear red lines to remove all confusions over scientific research.

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China has been pulling off a delicate diplomatic balanc

  ing act in South Asia in the past year, after easing some regional tensions.

  In July 2017, for example, there was a heated month-long territorial standoff between Chinese and Indian troops in Doklam, near the borders of India, China and Bhutan.

  The two powers nearly came to blows over accusations the Chinese gov

ernment was building a road inside the territory of close Indian ally Bhutan.

  Nearby, China also conducted live-fire drills with combat troops.

  But a warm, informal summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Pri

me Minister Narendra Modi in April 2018 helped put relations back on a positive track.

  ”The common interests of China and India far outweigh

their differences,” state-run newspaper China Daily said in an editorial at the time.

  The situation is much clearer for China across the border. Pakistan is a longtime f

riend and trading partner of Beijing, described by Chin

ese diplomats as enjoying an “all-weather friendship” with the country.

  Pakistan is also one of the largest buyers of Beijing’s weapons. Between 2008 and

2017, Islamabad purchased more than $6 billion of Chinese arms, according to think tank CSIS.

  It hasn’t all been easy sailing, however. Questions have been raised about the

large debts Pakistan has accrued as a result of Chinese government loans and infrastructure.

  But Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been determined to keep the special rela

tionship with Beijing strong. “We need to use China as an inspiration to lift our people out of poverty,” he said.

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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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Second, out of expectations of politicians from powerful

countries, who claim their nations represent public interest, globalism is becoming a tool in the fight between capitalist forces an

d national will. As a result, state power is eroded by capital, leading to alienation and political strains in some countries.

It is believed that some countries cannot bear the negative effects of globalization. The main reason for t

his is that capital is equipped with increasingly powerful characteristics that weaken nations’ capa

bility to control their capital and eliminates sovereign states’ ability to embody the will of the people.

The hit on state power by capital not only leads to financial chaos, triggering financial and economic crise

s, but can also generate social and political woes. Western countries’ easing financial regulations resulted in the 2008 financial c

risis. In recent years, developed countries are experiencing increasing economic and political challenges, which a

ctually are extensions of the 2008 financial crisis. Some of them are yet to be addressed.

Economic liberalization faces challenges in the developed and developing world.

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