hipmakers including Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx and Broad

hipmakers including Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx and Broad

roadcom will not supply Huawei until further notice, the report said.

However, blocking components to Huawei could also disrupt the businesses of American ch

ip heavyweights like Micron Technology and slow down the rollout of 5G wireless networks, Blo

omberg said, which in turn could hurt US companies that rely on the Chinese market.

In a Reuters report on Sunday, it said that Google has also suspended business with Huawei requiring the transfer of hard

ware, software and technical services, except those with open-source licenses publicly available.

Google China replied via email that the company is “complying with the order and reviewing the implications”, The Beijing News said.

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Huawei said in a statement on Thursday that restricting t

Huawei said in a statement on Thursday that restricting t

 company from doing business in the US will not make the US more secure or stronger.

“Instead, this will only serve to limit the US to inferior, yet more expensive alternatives, leav

ing it lagging behind in 5G deployment and eventually harming the interests of US companies and consumers.”

The company said it is ready and willing to engage with the US government to come up with effective measures to ensure product security.

In response to the ban on Huawei buying parts from US companies, the company said such a deci

sion will “do significant economic harm to the US companies with which Huawei does business, affect tens of t

housands of US jobs and disrupt the current collaboration and mutual trust that exist in the global supply chain”.

Wang Peng, deputy head of the China Center for Information Industry Development, said the new US moves will disrupt the whole global electronics in

ustry and hurt a string of US companies that supply chips and other components to Huawei.

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Mandatory payments by air carriers to the Civil Avia

Mandatory payments by air carriers to the Civil Avia

tion Development Fund will be halved. Charges for national cultural programs supported by cen

trally administrated enterprises and institutions will be cut in half, effective until the end of 2024.

It was also decided at the meeting to reduce mobile internet service rates and lower broa

dband service rates for small and medium-sized enterprises by about 180 billion yuan in 2019.

The State Council also decided to trim average electricity prices for gene

ral industrial and commercial businesses, lower prices for rail freight transport, cut or

merge port charges, and cancel charges for the certification of citizens’ personal ID information.

The measures identified at the meeting on Wednesday are the most recent moves for fee reductio

ns following the lowering of the social insurance contribution rate. Full delivery of these measures is expec

ted to lighten the fee burden on companies and individuals by more than 300 billion yuan in 2019.

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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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At smaller services, shovels are used to move the dirt. So

At smaller services, shovels are used to move the dirt. So

many people attended Wednesday’s service that Akil said guests were invited to throw a small handful each.

Zaid was too weak to hold a shovel, Akil said, so one was taken to him, piled with dirt.

‘It’s their names we need to keep telling’

Zaid stayed to accept condolences before being taken back to Christchurch Hospital, A

kil said. It’s likely to be some time before he’s well enough to return to Cashmere High School, which his brother also attended.

Ardern visited Cashmere High on Wednesday to address the students who’ve been payi

ng tribute to Hamza and another classmate who was killed, Sayyad Milne, 14. Former student Tariq Omar, 24, also died.

New Zealand terror suspect planned third attack, police chief says

“You know some of the young people who lost their lives on Friday,” Ardern told the students. “It’s their names and their stories we need to keep telling.”

The prime minister invited questions from the assembly. The first was: “How are you?”

“Thank you for asking,” Ardern said. “I’m very sad.”

New Zealand will fall silent for two minutes this Friday to remember the victims of the massacre.

The call to prayer will be also broadcast over national television and radio uniting a country wracked by grief one week on.

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Trump’s refusal to show weakness or humility in defeat

Trump’s refusal to show weakness or humility in defeat

  allied with a brazen, relentless temperament and an indifference to shame helps explain why he is so hard to bring down.

  Showing off sometimes diabolical but compelling political skills, Trump was audacious, prov

ocative and spiteful. He made outrageous boasts about his own success and hinted at his acute sense of hum

an nature and feral appreciation of weakness and discomfort in a political opponent.

  Trump also showed his indifference, or rude disregard for the political plights of allied leaders, indulged his willingness to tra

de in falsehoods, and betrayed his obsessions with his predecessor President Barack Obama.Trump vs. Beto

  At Thursday’s White House meeting, Trump was also asked by a reporter about the f

reshest entrant in the Democratic White House race — former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke. He was ready.

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Future of Sino-US ties lies in cooperationhina and the Uni

Future of Sino-US ties lies in cooperationhina and the Uni

More than 40 years ago China and the United States engaged in “ping pong diplomacy”, ea

sing the tensions between the two countries ever since the founding of New China in 1949.

With the People’s Republic of China retaining its rightful seat in the Un

ited Nations Security Council in 1971 and its international status continuously imp

roving, it had become apparent that the US policy to contain New China would be fruitless.

The US, on the other hand, was mired in the Vietnam War, which was sapping its national po

wer. So the US administration realized it should establish friendly relations with China in order to end the w

ar. Against this background, on Jan 1, 1979, the two countries formally established diplomatic relations.

But even before it established diplomatic relations with the US, China launched reform and opening-up in late 1978. As the leade

r of the Western world, the US played the dominant role in the global economy, as well as the technology, invest

ment, finance and other fields, with which China had to integrate to ensure its economic development.

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The sentencing combined with Manafort’s failure to expres

The sentencing combined with Manafort’s failure to expres

  express remorse sparked immediate speculation about the possibility that Trump could pardon his former campaign chair.

  ”The statement by Paul Manafort’s lawyer after an already lenient sentence — repeating the Pres

ident’s mantra of no collusion — was no accident. It was a deliberate appeal for a pardon. One inju

stice must not follow another,” Adam Schiff, D-California, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted.

  Manafort’s chances of a pardon may indeed have risen since to spare him a 47-month

sentence may be seen as less politically risky for the President than springing him from a 25-year jail term.

  But CNN legal commentator Carrie Cordero suggested that the judge’s decision

to show leniency also could serve to undermine arguments that Manafort deserved further mercy.

  ”(It is) very hard for the President to now suggest that Paul Manafort has been treated unfa

irly. He has in fact, by Judge Ellis, been given a bit of grace,” Cordero told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “AC360.”

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After 10 years of fastidious work, Zhang Weiren, a fruit

After 10 years of fastidious work, Zhang Weiren, a fruit

grower in Laixi of Qingdao, East China’s Shandong province, has been able to grow peach trees into the shapes of tab

les and chairs. The price of one of his peach branch chairs has now reached more than 20,000 yuan ($2,987).

In a farm in Jimo district of Qingdao, Zhang, 65, says that he plans to grow the tables and chairs at a ratio of four to one: four chairs to each table.

Zhang said that he started planting peach trees 15 years ago. He used to be a carpen

ter and often made wooden furniture, so, when planting peach trees, he liked to collect the roots of va

rious materials and use them for making ornaments, tables, chairs, figures, flowers, birds, and other root carvings.

As the raw materials became scarce however, Zhang had another idea, asking, “Can I p

lant tables and chairs myself?” Although his family were initially skeptical, Zhang persisted.

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rgency declaration, it will underline that he is pushing

rgency declaration, it will underline that he is pushing

  Still, presidential vetoes occur more often than you might think. Every president since Garfield has vetoed at least

one bill. The younger Bush was the first president since John Quincy Adams to go a full four years without a veto, acco

rding to the Congressional Research Service. The House, which was Republican-led for Bush’s entire first term,

was protecting him from bills he opposed. Barack Obama, similarly, had help on Capitol Hill for most of his pr

esidency, just as Trump has. But Obama did veto two bills even when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress.

  The President with the most vetoes was Democrat Roosevelt, wi

th 635, although he also served the longest in the White House (12 years). All those vetoes cam

e even though Roosevelt enjoyed Democratic majorities for his entire time in the White House.

  If you plot vetoes alongside how closely aligned Congress is

to the president, it used to be quite common for a president to veto bills from a House and Senate ali

gned with him. This data comes from The American Presidency Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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