He said he hopes that the Italian Senate will continue to pl

He said he hopes that the Italian Senate will continue to pl

play an active facilitating role, and create better conditions for and inject greater momentum into the development of bilateral relations.

The Italian Senate warmly welcomes Xi for his visit, Casellati said, notin

g that the Italian and Chinese peoples have always trusted each other and maintained pr

ofound friendship, with close ties in such fields as economy and trade, and culture.

The Senate speaker said she agrees with Xi on his remarks about the traditional friendly exchanges betwe

en the two countries dating back over 2,000 years, published in leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera ahead of his visit.

China and Italy are major countries that boast a rich culture, she said, adding that Italy is willing to boost communication and co

operation with the Chinese side in such fields as culture, art, language, heritage protection, tourism, science and tec

hnology, and innovation, and encourage their youths to increase exchanges and mutual understanding.

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Thai voters cast ballots in first general election since 2014 coup

Thai voters cast ballots in first general election since 2014 coup

BANGKOK – Thai voters flock to polling stations across the c

ountry on Sunday for the country’s first general election since the 2014 coup.

Eligible voters have been lining up at polling station since 6:00 am local time. Prime Min

ister Prayut Chan-o-cha cast his ballot at a station in Bangkok at about 8:30 am local time.

The prime minister asked voters to use their rights properly to bring about unity and better development of the country.

High ranking government officials and leaders of political parties also showed up at polling stations in the morning.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan reiterated that security of the coun

try is the top priority of the government, ruling out political unrest during election.

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The blast occurred on Thursday at the Chenjiagang Industria

The blast occurred on Thursday at the Chenjiagang Industria

Park in the city of Yancheng, in Jiangsu province, and the fire was brought under control on Friday.

Meng’s union has been offering free food and drinking water to those donating blood since the center was set up Thursday.

Gao Shuibao, a volunteer at the local Red Cross society, estimated at least 280 people don

ated their blood on Thursday and the number stood at more than 200 on Friday morning.

Zhang Yinlong, whose home is about 20 kilome

ters away from the donation point, had come in for the fourth time on Friday to give blood.

“I came at 5 pm yesterday, but only found an extremely long line. I went back home and came ba

ck again at about 8 pm, but had to give it up after waiting for two hours,” said the 38-year-old.

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Fans have now seen the home side lose its opening game

Fans have now seen the home side lose its opening game

of the China Cup in three consecutive years-2-0 to Iceland at the inaugural

edition in 2017, and 6-0 to Wales last year.

Thursday’s defeat-the first test of newly appointed coach Fabio Canna

varo who is also helming CSL side Guangzhou Evergrande-was harder to swallow bec

ause Team China had defeated Thailand in the round of 16 at the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in January.

The 45-year-old Caannavaro, who took over from compatriot Marcello Lippi last week, has made headlines and triggered controversy because of the dual club-and-country role.

“China now has the financial power to bring the best coach to manage its team, but that cannot bring any improvement overnight,” Cannavaro said after the loss.

“You need to set up a sustainable system in order to develop soccer over the long term.

“China cannot improve with only good tactics. I found that problem during this year’s Asian Cup. And what I saw tonight confirmed my judgment.”

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Belt and Road youths to show speaking talentEnglish Speakin

Belt and Road youths to show speaking talentEnglish Speakin

The Belt and Road Youth English Speaking Competition took place in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province on March 23.

The event brought together 31 contestants from about 30 countries and regions involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.

Jointly organized by China Daily, Hangzhou Municipal Govern

ment and the English-Speaking Union, the event aims to provide a platform for youngsters to ga

in a deeper understanding of China through language and cultural exchange and foster cross-cultural communication.

The Second Beilun River Bridge opened to traffic on March 19. It connects the Chinese city of Dongxi

ng with the Vietnamese city of Mong Cai, two important trade cities along the border between the two countries.

The new bridge spans 549 meters across the border river between China and Vietnam and is built to the first-class high

way standard. Construction started in 2014 and was completed in late 2017, costing a total of 220 million yuan ($33 million).

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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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Many banks have set up new offices in Germany, France,

Many banks have set up new offices in Germany, France,

  ther EU countries to safeguard their regional business after Brexit. Financial services companies also have to move substantial asset

s there to satisfy EU regulators. Assets worth at least £1 trillion ($1.3 trillion) are leaving the country, according to consultancy EY.

  Sony (SNE) and Panasonic (PCRFF) are both moving their European headquarters to the Netherlands.

  Manufacturing comapanies, which need their supply chains to function seamlessly, have also made changes. Nissa

n (NSANF) has scrapped plans to build a new model in the United Kingdom, citing uncertainty over Brexit. Ger

man engineering group Schaeffler (SCFLF) is shutting two of its three factories in Britain for the same reason.

  The biggest risk

  The most dangerous scenario — a disorderly Brexit — could still come to pass.

  EU leaders on Thursday granted the United Kingdom a short delay to Brexit, but the

country could still crash out of the bloc unless UK lawmakers agree a path forward.

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Mobile payments continue meteoric risepayment deals has jump

Mobile payments continue meteoric risepayment deals has jump

Use of China’s mobile payment services has skyrocketed over the past five years, with total transactions covered reaching 277.39 trillion yua

n ($41.51 trillion) in 2018 — a more than 27-fold increase from five years ago, according to the central bank.

A total of 60.53 billion mobile payment transactions were conducted last year, as a repor

t released by the People’s Bank of China Monday shows, while the figure was only 1.67 billion back in 2013.

From around 2013, with online payments dominant and mobile payments only nas

cent, to 2018, which saw mobile payments outpacing the domestic market, it is easy to observe a mo

bilization trend in payment structures, Xue Hongyan with the Suning Institute of Finance told Securities Daily.

The number of China’s online payment deals has jumped from 23.67 billion in 2013 to 2018’s 57.01 billion, and trans

action value more than doubled to 2,126.3 trillion yuan in 2018 from 1,060.78 trillion yuan five years earlier.

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In the latest case, which was discovered on March 12 in

In the latest case, which was discovered on March 12 in

Linshui county of Guang’an, Sichuan province, a transport truck carrying 150

 pigs, nine of them dead, was seized at a toll station.

It was the second case in March after an outbreak that killed 20 pigs on a

breeding farm in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region was confirmed on March 7.

The next step, Yu said, is to maintain the momentum of the ongoing disease preven

tion and control measures and strengthen oversight over the slaughtering sector.

On Friday, the ministry launched checks on slaughterhouses nationwide and

ordered them to carry out self-inspections.

Yu stressed the need to secure supplies of live pigs and pork products.

The domestic output of live pigs in China has been declining since the second half of last year beca

use of the disease, according to Yang Hanchun, a professor at the College of

Veterinary Medicine of China Agricultural University.

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an hopes more smart shelters will be set up in the neighborho

an hopes more smart shelters will be set up in the neighborho

The development of artificial intelligence is helping Beijing’s dogs, too. At the suggestion of the local government, AI sta

rtup Megvii developed a dog facial recognition system to help reunite owners with lost pets.

Just as humans can be identified by their unique fingerprints, dogs can be identified by their distinctive noses.

Xie Yinan, vice-president of Megvii, said the company has built a dog nose-print database with 1 million images to train the

machine-learning model, and the system is expected to help improve the stray dog problem in the city.

It is estimated that the population of stray animals in Beijing surpassed 1 million back in 2005. Homeless animals lead

to public health problems, but poisoning and shooting them has sparked debate about humane animal control methods.

Everyone has their own way to communicate with the wor

ld, said Wan. “I believe that technology can make the world a warmer and better place.”

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