The seized animals and products included ivory, rhinocer

The seized animals and products included ivory, rhinocer

ros horns, pangolin scales, dried sea horses, red corals, and hawksbill turtles, Zheng said.

A major overseas criminal gang once active in smuggling animals to Guangdong province has been busted following the crackdown, he said.

He suggested that further special campaigns will be launched to fight against such smuggling in the coming months.

Water pollution has forced many regions, especially in southern China, to change their sou

rces of drinking water, with many reaching out to the Yangtze River, a report said.

The contamination of water bodies has made drinking water in souther

n China more scarce, despite a dense network of waterways, according to the report, publ

ished earlier this year by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, an NGO.

A campaign to root out environmental violations at water intake sites is expect

ed to improve things, but environmental authorities should be aware that local governments may choose to aba

ndon their water intake sources to avoid rectifying problems, said Ma Jun, director of the institute.

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Intl professionals’ exchange conference wraps up in Shen

Intl professionals’ exchange conference wraps up in Shen

More than 3,000 cooperation intentions were reached between Chinese government dep

artments and professional organizations, training agencies and overseas talent at the 17th Conf

erence on International Exchange of Professionals, which wrapped up in Shenzhen on Monday.

Over 1,500 enterprises, including well-known companies like Tencent, Huawei, Pin

gan, Vanke and BYD, presented talent with nearly 40,000 job opportunities at the conference.

The employers received more than 180,000 res

umes from job-seekers. More than 30,000 people reached preliminary agreements on employment.

As a platform on which international professionals and talent gather to exchange

ideas and explore development opportunities, the conference also features international cooperation.

Several high-level entrepreneurial programs, including [email protected] China, and the Ch

ina (Shenzhen) Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition, were held during the event.

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Liu made the remarks during his meeting with US Presi

Liu made the remarks during his meeting with US Presi

dent Donald Trump at the White House Oval Office.

The vice premier, who is heading the Chinese trade negotiation te

am, conveyed greetings and a message from President Xi Jinping to President Trump.

In the message, Xi said that new substantial progress has been made on the text of the China-US economic and trade agreement in the past month or so.

Xi encouraged the two sides to maintain the spirit of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, and resolve issues of mutual

concern so as to conclude the negotiations on the agreement text as soon as possible.

Xi also said that a healthy and stable development of China-US relations needs, in partic

ular, their strategic leadership, and that he is ready to keep close contact with Trump through various means.

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Golden love: Wuhan seniors marry after age 80other Wu

Golden love: Wuhan seniors marry after age 80other Wu

A saying goes that love knows no age. One example is what happened between the 96-year-old g

randfather Han and the 85-year-old grandmother Wu in Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei province.

Their romance can be traced back to Spring Festival in 2017, when they met at their ch

ildren’s gathering for the first time, according to Changjiang Daily. They had been living alone since their spouses die

d. Their children, who happened to be friends, had worried about their parents’ loneliness and decided to fix them up.

Han thought Wu was nice after the meeting and decided to pursue a rel

ationship with his children’s support. He sent Wu a fan during the hot days and roses

on her birthday, and also talked with her over the phone from time to time. Wu gave him a pair of sneakers after

noticing that he wore leather shoes all the time, and Han would wear them whenever he went to meet her.

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After a two-hour hearing on Wednesday, the top court up

After a two-hour hearing on Wednesday, the top court up

held the original ruling, and said the two companies should stop their infringement immediately.

The Shanghai IP Court will further calculate the exact amou

nt of compensation that the two Chinese companies should pay to Valeo, accor

ding to the verdict. During the first trial, Valeo had requested compensation of 6 million yuan ($893,000).

Wednesday’s trial is of great significance as it shows China’s growing efforts in protecting IPR, the top court said in a release.

“It shows the country’s strong determination in fighting infringement, and intensif

ied judicial protection for IPR and innovation-driven development,” said Ma Yide, an intel

lectual property professor from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law who attended the hearing.

The final verdict was reached only two months after the original one.

Such a fast pace reflects improved efficiency in handling IP-related lawsuits in Chinese courts, he said.

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After hitting Mozambique, Cyclone Idai tore into Zimbabwe

After hitting Mozambique, Cyclone Idai tore into Zimbabwe

  killing many people as they slept.

  The 83-year-old husband of one Chimanimani resident was buried alive when their bedroom collapsed on them last Friday.

  ”We were sleeping in the house around 10 p.m. in the evening and it was raining. It

kept on pouring when rocks sliding from the hill started hitting our house,” said the 59-year-old.

  ”The stones we built our house with collapsed on us, and then I yelled, ‘oh my, I’m dying!’ The soils had

filled my mouth, nose and ears. Water filled the house to almost my neck level … I started to shake my husband’s body to no avail. He was alrea

dy dead.”People carry Chinese rice from a warehouse surrounded by water after Cyclone Idai hit the area, in Beira, Mozambique.

  Nearby, another family had abandoned searching for their 16-year-old missing son, who they suspect is buried under the mud.

  Efforts to bring aid to those affected by Cyclone Idai are under way in Zimbabwe. Pres

ident Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is airlifting food to some of the areas where people are still trapped.

  Mnangagwa has declared March 23 and 24 national days of mourning.

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he family of five had moved to Christchurch last July afte

he family of five had moved to Christchurch last July afte

fleeing fighting in Syria and spending years in a refugee camp in Jordan. They secured their v

isa for New Zealand under the country’s refugee program, said Ali Akil from Syrian Solidarity New Zealand.

Their new life lasted eight months.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern referred to the Mustafas during a

news briefing Wednesday, on her second visit to the city since Friday’s attack.

In the hours after the attack, Ardern said she’d been briefed on the victims and that a family of Syrian refugees, “should have been safe here.”

First burials

Khaled and Hamza Mustafa were the first of the 50 victims to be buried, five days after the massacre.

Some families have grown increasingly impatient about the length

of time authorities are taking to complete the autopsies and release bodies.

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Still no talks over trade dispute between China, US: MOC

Still no talks over trade dispute between China, US: MOC

BEIJING – There have not been any bilateral talks over trade frictions betwe

en China and the United States, China’s Ministry of Commerce said Thursday.

The United States submitted a file to the World Trade Organizat

ion on April 17 claiming that they are willing to negotiate over the trade dispute with China.

The US move follows WTO procedures, which order members to respond to a reques

t for settlement from another member within ten days, said MOC spokesperson Gao Feng.

Gao reiterated that US Section 232 and Section 301 measures to slap tariffs on Chinese products seriously violate WTO rules.

Gao said the two sides have not yet held any bilateral tal

ks over the US Section 301 investigation and the proposed US tariff list on Chinese goods.

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Earlier this month, a container ship docked in Pyeongtae

Earlier this month, a container ship docked in Pyeongtae

  harbor, on the southwest coast of Seoul. On board were 51 containers of mixed waste that South Korean company Green SoKo had exported to the Philippines last year.

  The company had claimed the waste was recyclable plastic, but most of it was not in fact recyclable an

d had been strewn over a 45,000 square meter patch (almost 500,000 square feet) of Mindanao island.

  Locals discovered that the trash included household garbage, used diapers, empty ca

ns of ham, and washing machine parts. Protests by environmental group EcoWaste Coalition put pressure on the South Korean govern

ment to take back the trash.What that container ship brought back to Seoul, however, was only a fraction of the 290

,000 tons of waste which South Korean Customs estimates was illegally exported in 2018.

  A report released last month by the Ministry of Environment

blamed the problem on the lack of affordable alternatives for disposing of solid waste.

  ”The cost of incineration used to be $53 per ton and now it’s over $230. The waste comp

anies cannot recycle or incinerate (affordably), so the waste is left abandoned,” ministry officials said at a briefing.

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He said Bayer will remain committed to bring innovative

He said Bayer will remain committed to bring innovative

 products, optimize integrated solutions for various crops, and provide

training to farmers to help them master the most suitable methods and get better returns.

“One of our future priorities will be to help growers better understa

nd the data from their own fields and use the insights in their farm management,” Huang said.

Speaking of the sustainable development of agriculture, Madrazo re

viewed the profound transformation that agriculture has experienced in the past 20 years.

“Farmers today are more aware that they need to do agronomic practices that are more precise, conserve natural resources and pro

duce more food in the same piece of land. The more we are able to produce food in the same piece of land, the more we

are saving trees and the more we are preserving bio-diversity, the environment has a better chance to thrive.”

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