The meetings on Thursday and Friday are all part of

f the 8th Summit of Central and Eastern European Countries & China.

At the China-CEEC economy and trade forum before the leaders meeting, Li called for strengthening trade facilitation and exp

anding two-way opening-up of markets. China is willing to expand imports of goods from CEE nations, particu

larly agricultural products that cater to the demand of Chinese consumers, he said. Trade of farm goods, machine

ry and electric devices should be further boosted and logistics sped up between the trading partners, he said.

Li said trade between China and the 16 CEE nations rose by 21 percent to a record high, de

spite a global trade slowdown. China is willing to strengthen cooperation with CEE nations in infrast

ructure based on market rules and following European Union rules and standards, he said.

Li advocated the great potential for trade and economic cooperation between China a

nd the 16 countries. China-CEEC cooperation is a helpful addition to China-EU ties, he said.

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But it doesn’t mean marriage is dead. It just means

 that marriage is no longer the only place where people make all their

major financial and personal decisions, or incur obligations to others,” Coontz said.

“First of all, I haven’t met my Mr. Right. Also, I’m extremely responsible with my own finances – I have to pay my rent and my stud

ent loans every month,” said Michelle Yu, a recent graduate of the University of Southern California, who just s

tarted her first job at a publishing company in Los Angeles. Yu has been single for more than four years.

“So, if my partner also has a ton of student loans or is in a bad financial situation, I’d r

ather be alone,” said Yu. “Now, I can well manage my own money and I’m saving the down payment for bu

ying an apartment in my neighborhood. I like to do that on my own pace.”

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The water cannon on the vehicles can spray water up t

Experts said that injuries to firefighters are mainly caused by close contact with flames or explos

ions, or by buildings collapsing as they enter a scene that fire engines have difficulty accessing.

Russia and Germany have also transformed old tanks into firefighting vehicles.

China’s poverty-relief achievements have contributed more than 70 percent to global pover

ty alleviation in the past four decades, a feat acknowledged by the United Nations and the World Bank.

China lifted 740 million people in rural areas out of poverty be

tween 1978 and 2017, or about 19 million people each year, according to the National Bureau of Statis

tics. The country had another 30 million people to lift out of abject poverty, according to the figures.

In 2018, official data showed that 13.86 million people were lifted out of poverty. The go

vernment aims to help another 20 million people in the next two years, in order to eradicate poverty in the country.

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Bank of Beijing planning venture with Dutch lender NV at a bra

Bank of Beijing Co Ltd said on Friday that it has got the necessary board approvals for the estab

lishment of a joint venture with Netherlands-based ING Bank NV, in which the latter will be the majority partner.

With a total investment of 3 billion yuan ($448 million), the forthcoming joint-venture bank, which is still waiting for regulat

ory approval, may become China’s first commercial lender in which a foreign shareholder has a controlling int

erest. According to the plan, ING Bank will hold a 51 percent stake, and Bank of Beijing 49 percent.

Drawing on the experience of ING Bank in the successful development of direct banking services, the joint venture will build

a brand in the area of digital banking with the help of financial technologies and try to become a benc

hmark in terms of the implementation of China’s push to further open up its financial sector to for

eign investors, said the mid-tier commercial lender BOB in an announcement.

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William, Kate, Harry and Meghan condemn “horrifying assault”today.

  William and Kate, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sus

sex, have said they have all spent time in Christchurch and its “open-hearted and generous” people.

  They condemned the violence on the Muslim community, calling it “horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship.”

  ”No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship,” the royal couples said in a statement.

  Here’s the full statement:

  Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives in the devastating attack in Christchurch.

  We have all been fortunate to spend time in Christchurch and have felt the warm, open-hearted and generous spirit that is core to its remarkable people.

  No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship.

  This senseless attack is an affront to the people of Christchurch and New Zealand, and the broader Muslim comm

unity. It is a horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship.

  We know that from this devastation and deep mourning, the people of New Zealand will unite to show that such evil can never defeat compassion and tolerance.

  We send our thoughts and prayers to everyone in New Zealand today.

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The most notable change ahead, as both reports indic

indicate, is the emphasis that is now being put on helping private companies and protecting intellectual property rig

hts. The top court’s report, for instance, vowed to “enhance judicial protection for intellectual property rig

hts, promote the transfer of old and new kinetic energies, and serve the economy’s high-quality development”. And

in addition to completing international business dispute resolution mechanisms related to the Belt and Road Initi

ative, it has pledged to offer “equal protection for legal rights and interests of all kinds of market entities”.

This reflects the importance the country has attached to unswervingly encouraging, supporting and guiding the develop

ment of the nonpublic sector and shows the judicial and procuratorial organs will play their due roles in pro

moting the country’s all-around opening-up by ensuring a level and rules-based playing field.

In essence, the two reports made clear that security, democracy, rule of law, fairnes

s and justice, and a better environment are the focus of judicial and procuratorial work in the new era.

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Carlson ended his monologue by saying he’s grateful for Fox’

  ”toughness.” Then he said “we’ve always apologized when we’re wrong, and will continue to do that” — but he pointedly did not apologize for any of his misogynistic comments from the past.

  Right after Carlson’s show on Monday, veteran Fox News analyst and former host Brit Hume

tweeted out Friday’s cable news ratings — which had Carlson in first place among total viewers — and said “doing well is the best revenge.”

  CNN analyst Joe Lockhart responded to Hume by expressing regret that “bigotry and misogyny sells so well.”

  ”It’s a stain on our country,” Lockhart wrote. “Ratings don’t trump values and I know you know that.””I hate flyin

g as it is,” she told CNN. “When I saw it was one of the new ones I was absolutely terrified.”

  Nevertheless, she boarded Turkish Airways flight 1969 for the four-hour flight.

  About two hours into the flight, she says she noticed something odd.

  ”Well they didn’t tell us straight away but I could feel some

thing was different,” she says. “And the map on the screens was showing we’d turned back.”

  The pilot then announced they would be turning back to Istanbul because UK airspace was closed, citing weather condi

tions. (Around that time, the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK closed the airspace to all Boeing 737 MAX model planes.)

  The flight turned around and landed about two hours later at the same airport from where they left.

  Tor says Turkish Airways told the passengers they will be put on a Wednesday morning flight instead.

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Because our global supply and value chains are well estab

lished, it is fairly critical for us to transform the operational mode from simply

producing and shipping rolling stock to other countries to deepening the degree of international cooperation,” said Lou.

His remarks came after China and Argentina enhanced their relations to boost t

rade, investment, infrastructure and development of services-related facilities.

More Chinese companies such as China Railway Construction Corp and China National Machine

ry Industry Corp have already expanded their market presence in Argentina in the second half of 2018.

To upgrade the public transportation system in Buenos Aires, the country’s capital, and modernize the city’s infrast

ructure, Argentina’s Ministry of Transport signed a purchase deal for 200 rail cars and related parts from CRRC in Apr

il last year. It was the third carriage order from the ministry. The deal is worth about 2 billion yuan ($299 million).

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Highlights of 2019 Government Work Report, opens its seco

  Premier Li Keqiang delivered the Government Work Report to the second session of th

e 13th National People’s Congress in Beijing on Tuesday mornng. Here are the highlights:

  China will raise its fiscal deficit target to 2.76 trillion yuan, or 2.8 percent of GDP, this year from 2.6 percent in 2018. Tota

l government expenditure is budgeted at over 23 trillion yuan, up by 6.5 percent from last year.

  The measure is being taken to stabilize economic growth by enlarging government spending. As a major me

asure to tackle economic risks, the proactive fiscal policy in 2019 will become stronger and more efficient.

  China set its GDP growth target for this year at between 6 percent and 6.5 percent as the country pursues higher-qua

lity development amid mounting uncertainties in the international economic landscape.

  China also set its target for consumer inflation growth at 3 percent for this year, wh

ile it will try to keep growth of the broad measure of money supply, or M2, largely at the same level as last year.

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It would seem to take just one more defection by a Republic

  an for the measure to have the votes it needs to pass the Senate. CNN’s Chris Cillizza put together a list of s

enators to keep an eye on, including Cory Gardner of Colorado, Joni Ernst of Iowa and Martha McSally of Arizona.

  There’s a big difference between forcing a veto and overturning it. Vetoes can be overridde

n only by a two-thirds supermajority vote in both chambers on Capitol Hill. In the House, Democrats have

235 seats, Republicans have 197 and there are three vacancies. Since the measure overturning the national emer

gency won 245 votes there, that means Democrats would have to pick up an additional 43 to 45 House Republican vote

s to get to 288-290 and a two-thirds majority, depending on how many lawmakers vote. Assuming the bill passes in

the Senate with four Republicans, they’d need to pick up an additional 16 Republican votes.

  How uncommon is Trump’s veto-free streak?

  We’re taking for granted that presidents would not want to use the veto, but some clearly relish their fights aga

inst Congress. Harry Truman, who issued 250 vetoes, ran a successful re-election campaign in 1948 against the “do n

othing” Congress. The most veto-happy President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, read a veto message aloud to Congress.

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