to ease permanent residency requirements in large cities

China said Monday it will ease the requirements for permanent residency in many large cities as part of its new urbanization push.

Restrictions on permanent residence permits should be scrapped in cities with populations betw

een 1 million and 3 million, according to a document outlining key urbanization tasks this year release

d by the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic planner.

For cities with populations of 3 million to 5 million, the qualifications for such permits should be “fully relaxed,” and the restrict

ions for certain key groups of people to get such permits should be removed, the document said.

Previously, the country has already gradually abolished permanent residency r

estrictions in small and medium-sized cities and towns with populations below 1 million.

The NDRC document also demanded cities with populations abo

ve 5 million to improve their policies and drastically expand the scale of permanent residency.

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Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Saturday that it w

was “extremely unlikely” any of the 27 countries would veto a delay.

AP”If one country was to veto an extension and, as a result, impose hardship on us, real problems for the Dutch and Belgians

and French as neighboring countries (to the UK)…they wouldn’t be forgiven for it,” he told Ireland’s RTE radio.

magnitude earthquake at a depth of 17 kilometers was detected at 1:25 pm on Sund

ay in Beijing’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 chan

ges in crustal stress, and there 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 experience one to two earthquakes at around magnitude-3 degree ev

ery year, according to past experience,” Sun Shihong, a researcher at the China Earthquake Networks Center, added.

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Guns, tanks are modified to fight forest firesguishing guns h

Fire departments across China are on high alert each spring, when forests are prone to erupt in flames.

At least eight forest fires have occurred since the start of this year, with the deadliest killing 30 people who were fighting it.

In an attempt to improve the efficiency of firefighting operations and reduce safety risks, fire depa

rtments have begun to adopt machines such as specially modified artillery guns and tanks.

According to China North Industries Group Corp, commonly kn

own as Norinco, eight long-range fire-extinguishing guns designed and built by the com

pany arrived in Guojiaping village in Changzhi, Shanxi province, on Sunday at the request of provincial auth

orities to help quench the fire that had raged on a nearby mountain for several days.

The guns were used on Monday to launch shells containing fire-exti

nguishing agents onto the hill. With their assistance, firefighters were able to put out

the blaze by afternoon, the State-owned defense conglomerate said on Wednesday.

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And if parliament *actually* says what it wantsad to ask, didn’t yo

  It’s very likely that any consensus that could be reached across the Commons would be a softer Brexit than the one May is currently pursuing.

  That, I am afraid, is still a fairly open-ended answer. It might mean the need to renegotiate, which would mean a longer exten

sion, which would mean being in the EU elections, which could mean a second referendum, ultimately.

  The key point here is that cross-party consensus might soun

d nice, but on an issue as divisive as Brexit, it’s as likely as anything to blow up both main parties.

  While things are far from rosy and three weeks is not enough t

ime to sort much, it’s worth noting that while Brexit might not be going terribly well, the last thr

ee years have been a huge learning curve for the entire UK. We know more now than we did.

  So while the next bit of the Brexit process might look crunchy, the decisions made in the coming days will not be made lightly.

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Iranian human rights lawyer sentenced to 38 years in prison, her

  Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes, according to her family.

  Sotoudeh is well known for representing human rights defenders, dissiden

ts and women who protested against the compulsory wearing of a headscarf in Iran.

  According to IRNA, Iran’s state-owned news service, the human rights lawyer w

as convicted of “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security” and for “insulting the Supreme Leader”.

  A Facebook post by her husband Reza Khandan said the ruling sentenced her to 33 years and 148 lashes. He added that the pu

nishment brings her prison time to 38 years. In 2016, she was sentenced in absentia to five years, according to Khandan.

  But state media said that Sotoudeh was sentenced to seven years in prison, citing the jud

ge in the case, Mohammad Moghiseh. The reasons for the discrepancy in the reports was not immediately clear.

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Trump rips into Mueller probe at CPAC during lengthy speech

  President Donald Trump attacked special counsel Robert Mueller’s credibility Saturday, disparaging former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and form

er FBI Director James Comey as Washington waits for Mueller’s report in the coming weeks.

  In a largely unscripted, wide-ranging speech at the Conservative Political Action Conferen

ce lasting more than two hours, Trump hit on several key issues in a characteristic fashion — mocking pro

ponents of the Green New Deal, vowing to protect free speech on college campuses with an executive order and tak

ing shots at his longtime rival and 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.

  But he made a point to take on Mueller, commenting exten

sively on key parts of the investigation, as the probe appears to be winding down.

  ”So now we’re waiting for a report, and we’ll find out … who

we’re dealing with,” Trump said. “We’re waiting for a report by people that weren’t elected.”

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Kim, Trump express hope, confidence in talks’ success

The second summit of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea top leader Kim Jong-un and United States President Donald Trump began on Wednesday in H

anoi, Vietnam, with both leaders expressing hope and confidence that this week’s talks will be successful.

The two leaders greeted each other with warm smiles and shook hands for several secon

ds in front of the flags of their countries at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi hotel.

Trump said his previous talks with Kim in Singapore were a great success and the Hanoi meeting

will “hopefully be equal or greater than the first”. He added their personal relationship constituted the bi

ggest progress and told Kim that the DPRK has tremendous economic potential.

Kim said he would do his best to produce a “great outcome” to be welcomed by all people.

The pair started a one-on-one meeting with their translators after t

he photo session. It was followed by a “social dinner” involving some of their top aides.

Two US officials — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mick Mulvaney, the White Hous

e’s acting chief of staff — joined the dinner session, which last about an hour and a half. Kim Yong-chol, a s

enior official of the Workers’ Party of Korea, and DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho were at the dining table as well.

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national zoo holds housewarming event at giant panda house

  WASHINGTON – The Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington DC held a housewarming

event inside the giant panda house on Saturday to celebrate the completion of a new visitor exhibit.

  The celebration featured frozen treats for giant pandas and red pandas, as well as interactive games and activities for visitors.

  The new exhibit, according to the zoo, teaches visitors about the ecology, history, reproduction, conservation and c

are of giant pandas and enables them to learn about these unique bears and their natural habitat.

  It also chronicles “the advances that panda scientists in China and at the Smithsonian have made during the past four decades.”

  ”So much has changed for giant pandas, for the better, in the past decade,” Steven Monfort, the John and Adri

enne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, said in a statement.

  ”This updated exhibit is really inspiring because it shows how much of a difference we can

make with science and cooperation,” he said, noting that “Smithsonian and Chinese scientists have bee

n collaborating for decades, and visitors can see the results of our work as they walk through the panda house.”

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The UK National Cyber Security Centre has concluded tha

ways to limit the risks from using Huawei in future 5G ultra-fast networks,” according to tw

o people familiar with the matter which has not been made public, The Financial Times reported.

The article comments that the conclusion is “a serious blow to US efforts to persuade

allies to ban the Chinese supplier from high-speed telecommunications systems.”

As a member of the Five Eyes (the anglophone intelligence alliance comprising Austral

ia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US), London may indeed have given a reason for other E

uropean countries to continue using Huawei based on the above conclusion.

Not a single country or organization has found any evidence so far demonstrating that Huawei has illegally collected its device users’ i

nformation. All accusations against Huawei of gathering intelligence for the Chinese government are only ba

sed on imagination. London’s conclusion provides a reliable basis for third parties to dispel such fears.

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meets with trade negotiatorsites important progress in

ina would like to address the problems of economic and trade frictions with the United States in a cooperative way to promo

te the conclusion of a deal accepted by both sides, President Xi Jinping said on Friday.

Xi made the remark while meeting with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuch

in in Beijing. The meeting came after the conclusion of two days of high-level economic and trade consultations.

Xi added that certain principles are necessary for cooperation.

Chinese and US consultation teams made important progress for the curre

nt stage, and the two negotiating teams will meet again in Washington next week for f

urther discussions, Xi said. He added that the both nations should make more efforts for a win-win deal.

The two countries’ economic and trade teams have had frequent and helpful consultatio

ns since December, Xi said. He has emphasized many times that cooperation is the best choice for China and the US.

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