approaching a European Council summit where thebehavior of

approaching a European Council summit where thebehavior of

the EU can’t easily be predicted.

The difficulty for the EU is that, long or short, any delay comes with complications. And this is where opinions in European capitals start to diverge.

If the UK hasn’t left the EU by May 22, it might have to take part in elections to the European Parli

amentary elections, which begin the following day. Not doing so could be a breach of the UK’s obligations as a

member state.And if that happens, there is a real concern in Brussels that hardline Euroskeptics could stand for elect

ion, in protest at Britain not yet having yet Brexited. They might find a receptive public, and in turn, join interesting new fr

iends in the European Parliament. Sound far fetched? An EU source recently told CNN of worries in Brussels that far-right figures like To

mmy Robinson could end up as Members of the European Parliament, with all the associated attention that brings.

So a short delay is the preferred option of many in Brussels, especially in the Parliament. But that brings its own set of issues. Fi

rst, there is no guarantee that by the end of it, the UK Parliament would have given a thumbs up to May’s deal. In reality, it cou

ld just mean a delay to a no-deal Brexit that almost everyone claims they want to avoid, but still remains the default legal position.

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May sent her “deepest condolenc

UK Prime Minister Theresa May sent her “deepest condolenc

  My thoughts are with all of those affected by this sickening act of violence,” she wrote.

  France has also stepped up security at places of worship in the light of the shootings.

  Interior Minister Christophe Castaner called for increased surveillance and patrols near “denominational spaces.”

  CNN’S Yazhou Sun, Paul Murphy and Eric Cheung, and journalist Matthew Mckew contributed to this report.

  ”I’m very lucky to come from a place like this and that’s why I became an activist,” says Toby Thorpe.

  Thorpe grew up in the Huon Valley in the far south of Tasmania. He

is helping to organize the strike in Tasmania’s capital – Hobart – because he wants to ensu

re that future generations will experience the island’s natural beauty and clean air.

  ”The reality of climate change really impacted my community this year, when bushfires r

avaged the Huon Valley, and burned over 200,000 hectares of wilderness across the state” he says.

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European Union to suspend all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at 3

European Union to suspend all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at 3

  The European Union is suspending all operations of all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in Europe beginning at 3 p.m. ET, according to a statement.

  “As a precautionary measure, EASA has published today an Airworthiness Directive, effect

ive as of 19:00 UTC, suspending all flight operations of all Boeing Model 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX aeroplanes in Europe.”

  ”In addition EASA has published a Safety Directive, effective as of 19:00 UTC, suspendi

ng all commercial flights performed by third-country operators into, within or out of the EU of the above mentioned models.”

  The announcement follows a growing tide of European countries that grounded or banned the airplane from flying overhead.

  The president of a major flight attendant union on T

uesday called for the Federal Aviation Administration to temporarily ground the Boeing 737 MAX fle

et “until FAA-identified fixes to the plane can be installed, communicated, and confirmed.”

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Thanks to the impact of the China-US trade conflicts,obal for

Thanks to the impact of the China-US trade conflicts,obal for

gn direct investment is in the dumps. The Global Investment Trends Monitor

issued by the UN Conference on Trade and Development shows global foreign dir

ect investment fell by a large margin-19 percent-last year, marking a third straight year of decline.

But China bucked the trend, as 60,533 foreign-invested enterprise

s started business in China last year with the actual use of foreign investment reaching $132

.12 billion, a year-on-year growth of 69.8 percent and 0.9 percent, respectively. Among which, high-tech ma

nufacturing grew 35.1 percent, reflecting foreign investors’ optimism on China’s growth potential.

The draft foreign investment law shows China’s firm resolve to build an open economy. And the strength of the draft law

is that it complies with the trends and changes in the global investment system and stipulates more thorough and expl

icit implementation of the pre-establishment national treatment with the negative list for foreign investment, and

embodies foreign investors’ appeal to ensure freer and more convenient investment.

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Zhang began experimenting with elms to make his tables

Zhang began experimenting with elms to make his tables

and chairs. “The first time I chose elms, but in the end I failed.”

He began to use peach trees in 2007, knitting four peach branches t

ogether and putting iron molds on them. Depending on the growth of the br

anches, the trees were shaped each year until they grew into the shapes of a table and chair.

“It took almost 10 years to grow into finished products. Now there are about 800 tables and chairs,” Zhang said, add

ing that once the products are grown, they are then cut, peeled, dried, and polished to be ready for sale.

Zhang took his first set of four peach tree chairs and a round table to the China Impo

rt and Export Fair (Canton Fair) in 2016, catching the attention of several merchants who offered to buy the set.

Zhang was not willing to sell just yet as the set were just sam

ples. The fair strengthened his confidence however, which has continued to pay off.

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Tests to start on launch of space stationtart preparatory tests

Tests to start on launch of space stationtart preparatory tests

hina will start preparatory tests for its manned space station mission in the

second half of this year, according to the China Manned Space Agency.

The agency said in a statement on Monday that the core module of the space station, as w

ell as a Long March 5B carrier rocket and payloads to be carried by the rocket’s maiden flight, will be tr

ansported to the Wenchang Space Launch Site in the island province of Hainan to conduct tests.

After those drills, the Long March 5B rocket will launch from the Wenchang s

ite for the first time when appropriate, the agency said, without giving an exact date.

Sources close to China’s manned space program said that after the maiden flight, Long March 5B rockets will be tasked w

th lifting parts of the nation’s first manned station into space, where those parts will be assembled by astronauts.

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This environment created a black market in which bro

This environment created a black market in which bro

  okers will offer to dispose of waste at below the market rate.

  Brokers charge between $130 and $170 to dump a ton of waste in a sparsely

populated part of the country, says Lee, Kim’s former boss.

  Not only can this be a lucrative source of income, the fines for illegal

dumping are only about $3,000, Lee says.

  Lee estimates that Kim pocketed upwards of $22 million this way, judging by the extra trash that was found at his site.

  A new dumping ground

  Since the China ban, South Korea has been using Southeast Asia as a

dumping ground for much of its non-recyclable waste.

  The country now exports 10 times more waste to the Philippines and

almost 30 times mor

e to Thailand than it did before Beijing’s ban. But not all the waste sent abroad is

disposed of legally.

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Madrazo said in the next 20 years, there will be more innovative

Madrazo said in the next 20 years, there will be more innovative

technologies to support farmers to practice sustainable agricultural production.

“The combining chance of advanced breeding technologies that makes the seeds smarter and

more productive, together with modern crop protection products that are friendlier to the envir

onment, coupled with biological technologies that really helps explore the power of microorganisms in the soil, w

ith digital tools as integrators, you bring all of these together.”

In June 2018, Bayer completed its acquisition of Monsanto, a US seeds and agrochemic

als company, and became the world’s largest supplier of seeds and agricultural chemicals.

“We are a leader of agriculture,” Madrazo said, “when you look

at our new, integrated company there are three specific aspects that excite us: First one is our

top innovation ability; Second one is leading the digital transformation in agriculture; and the third one is we have a re

al opportunity to shape sustainability for the benefit of farmers, consumers and our planet.”

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In 2018, the government introduced several policies to offer

In 2018, the government introduced several policies to offer

 more support to private hospitals. According to the policies, private hospitals will have the same assessment system as

public hospitals, the government will not limit the opening of general clinics, third-party medical insti

tutions will have their own standards, and internet hospitals will be encouraged.

Judging from the policies, opening up the incremental market will c

ontinue to be an important direction for medical reform in the nex

t few years. At the same time, the government will also tighten the supervision of private hospitals, in the ho

pe of forming a diversified system with public hospitals being the main body, supplemented by private institutions.

On Nov 5 2018, President Xi Jinping gave a speech during the opening

ceremony of the China International Import Expo, stating that China is steadily expanding the

opening-up of the financial sector, and will loosen limitations on foreign investment in the medical field.

Market insiders said that this is a positive signal for China’s medical sector to attract foreign investment.

According to the notice issued by the government in 2000, forei

gn capital can contribute up to a 70 percent share of China’s medical institutions.

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The negotiations remain are an invaluable final chance

The negotiations remain are an invaluable final chance

  to limit the North Korean nuclear program. The first priority in negotiations should be to codify and make perman

ent the limits that Pyongyang adopted voluntarily. Disabling the reactors at Yongbyon until they

can be safely and verifiably dismantled is a good first step. An agreement that prevents nuclear tests an

d certain types of missile tests could provide real limits on the arsenal and enable further negotiations.

  Why not, when faced with an impasse on disarmament measure

s, sign that agreement to maintain momentum through Hanoi? Instead, the president repo

rted that Kim Jong Un had promised to maintain his voluntary moratorium on nuclear and some missile tests.

  ”I trust him, and I take him at his word,” Trump said.

  The shift in tactics should start not within the Trump administration but within the US-So

uth Korea alliance. Seoul has developed a series of potential incentives that it can credibly offer in exc

hange for successive agreements. It was a mistake to allow Pyongyang to divide its negotiations with Washington and

Seoul onto two separate tracks. Developing a truly combined negotiating position and, if possible, a combined nego

tiating team could help to smooth out the volatility of the US administration and provide additional leverage in the talks.

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