Britain’s May to agree departure after latest Brexit deal bid

 British Prime Minister Theresa May will set out a timetable for her departure in early June after the latest attempt to get her Br

exit deal approved by parliament, the chairman of a powerful Conservative committee said on Thursday.

Three years after Britain voted to leave the European Union, there is littl

e clarity over when, how and even whether Brexit will happen, prompting some in her party to c

all for a new approach to the country’s biggest policy shift in more than 40 years.

May has promised to step down after her Brexit deal is approved by lawma

kers. But many in her party want her to set out clearly when she will quit if the agr

eement is rejected for a fourth time, and others are demanding her immediate departure.

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Today’s lower-income countries already face a tough task in

 trying to emulate the impressive growth of developing economies before them. An underperformi

ng global economy, and rising national and international tensions, will make that task even harder. If th

e world is serious about reducing poverty further, it must pay far more attention to their progress.

he US has repeatedly threatened to impose tariffs on about $300 billion of Chinese ex

ports to the United States. China showed the greatest sincerity in the Sino-US trade

talks and refused wild demands by the US side, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Tuesday.

China has become the most popular investment destination for global companies, since the country launched its reform and opening-up policy, said Geng Shuang.

The companies will choose which countries to invest in, or which partners to coope

rate with based on their interests and market rules. No words can influence them, Geng said.

China welcomes foreign companies to increase investment in the country, and the country will continue gi

ving efforts to create a more stable, fair, transparent and predictable business environment for foreign investors, said Geng.

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Film and TV show can facilitate people-to-people bonds

BUDAPEST, April 23 (Xinhua) — The Beijing Film and TV International Show inaugurated in the

Hungarian capital will enhance people-to-people bonds between Hungary and China, an Chinese official said here on Tuesday.

“Within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, more and more Chinese film and TV producti

on have become accessible for Hungarians,” said Wang Wei, director of the department of plan

ning and development, Beijing Municipal Radio and Television Bureau, at the opening of the show.

“This kind of cultural exchange can facilitate people-to-people bonds between Hungary and China

and will create a solid base for further cooperation between the two countries,” he stressed.

Maria Pap, an official from Hungarian National Tourist Office, said: “Budapest is a very important tourist att

raction and destination here in Central Europe. I am delighted to see more and more Chinese tourists coming to Hungary.”

She added that Budapest is a very important and beloved spot for film produc

ers, and more and more international film producers have chosen Budapest as their shooting place.

The Show kicked off with performances from Hungarian dancers and pop sing

ers, before showing trailers of the most exciting Chinese productions to Hungarian spectators.

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In my opinion, the price of an image depends on how d

 difficult it was to take the picture and the occasions when will be used,” he added.

Chen Jing, another Beijing lawyer, said, “Footage and photos have yet been priced as stan

dardly as written work, and without clear pricing, some companies may sell the images at an unreasonably high

price or claim an expensive compensation but fail to make a reasonable payment to the authors,” said.

“It results in the authors not being able to have adequate rights prot

ection, consumers paying too much and companies gaining relatively high profits, whic

h, from our current analysis, are illegitimate,” said Chen, from the Commerce & Finance Law Office.

She agreed with Wang on improving laws to change the situatio

n, and told China Daily a new version of Chinese Copyright Law is being discussed.

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McGill gave the Chinese super star no chance in t

 ninth with a break of 76 to make it 6-3 after the first session.

Ding, the 2016 runner-up, will resume the competition with the Scot o

n Sunday morning and look to reach the second round at Crucible for the 10th time.

Ding’s compatriot Tian Pengfei, ranked 81st in the w

orld, took a surprise 5-4 lead over 15th-ranked Stephen Maguire of Scotland.

Tian, one of six Chinese players in the field this year, took the opening frame with a brea

k of 52. Maguire levelled with a run of 80 then took

a scrappy third frame, before Tian made it 2-2 with a 59.

In frame five, Maguire came from 58-0 down to ta

ke it with a clinical 62 clearance, then he added the sixth for 4-2. But Tian rose to the occasion as the sessi

on progressed, winning the last three frames with runs of 45, 100 and 70. They resume on Sunday at 7pm.

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Shanghai, which in 2013 began promoting the etique

tte of standing on the right and walking on the left, is not the first city to abandon the

norm. Many cities in China, including Tianjin, Xi’an and Nanjing have dropped the practice.

“It used to be a courtesy not to block people walking on the escalat

or, but given the safety concerns and damage to the machines, holding the handrails and standi

ng still should be advocated,” lawyer Liu Linsheng was quoted as saying in the local news portal Eastday.

The new notices, although not compulsory, have won support from commuters.

“It’s been a habit for most to leave space on the left for those who walk

on escalators, so we may not be able to change our habits overnight,” said Peng Xu

an, a commuter in Shanghai. “But for the safety of everyone, if you want to walk or are in a hurry, you can use the stairs.”

Peng said he has seen some people fall while trying to move too quickly

on an escalator, adding that during peak hours standing on both sides is more efficient.

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But he also saw people heading back towards the flood zon

  Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique on midnight local time on

Thursday, March 14, with 175 kph (109 mph) winds,

  It wasn’t the strongest storm to have hit Mozambique, but the region had

recently been deluged by heavy rains. After lingering off the coast for days, gatherin

g strength, Idai finally dumped a huge amount of water on Beira — a city of

500,000 people — destroying “90%” of the area, according to aid agencies.

  One week later, thousands of people remain missing across Mozambique,

Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Millions of others acr

oss have been left destitute without food or basic services, according to reports.

he high commissioner for Mozambique in the UK, Filipe Chidumo, said

Wednesday that the country needs “a sustained effort on part of the

Mozambican government as well as the inter

national community” to help rescue stranded people, and provide, food,

sanitation and water for those at risk.

  ”This is a big tragedy of biblical proportions,” he said, adding that major

work will be needed, including the restor

ation of electricity, water and sanitation to prevent the emergence of waterborne

diseases, as well as repairs to public infrastructure.

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Most observers think he could be facing a decade behin

  bars in a sentence that could run concurrently or begin after the one handed down Thursday.

  Whatever happens next week, Ellis effectively handed Trump‘s team a welcome talking point, when he acc

urately pointed out that the tax and fraud crimes had nothing to do with colluding with Russia in electoral fraud.

  ”I think what most importantly what you saw today is the same thing that we said fro

m Day 1,” said Manafort’s lawyer, Kevin Downing outside court. “There is absolutely no evidence that Paul Man

afort was involved in any collusion with any government official from Russia.”

  Manafort’s lawyers had sought to show during the trial that their client was prosecuted more rigorously than another defe

ndant might have been owing to his close links to the President — an argument Ellis seemed to accept.

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In an interview with China Daily Website on Tuesday

 Jesus Madrazo, a member of Bayer’s executive leadership team and head of Agricultural Affai

rs and Sustainability for the Crop Science division of Bayer, said the company, sensing tremendous op

portunities in China, is constantly looking for opportunities to expand its operations in China.

“There is a broad recognition that China has made tremendous prog

ress in not only advancing food security, but also about the quality of what is grown, and gro

w it not only more but also better, better for the consumers and better for the environment.”

He said Bayer, having been operating in the Chinese market for more than 30 years, plans to be here for many decades to co

me to support the agricultural development and introduce the best products and technologies.

Bayer Crop Science Greater China Country Head Huang Weidong said China has bee

n vigorously supporting the development and upgrading of agricultural industry and opening the doo

r to new technologies, new business models, digital agriculture and digital-related applications.

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HK, Macao legal workers to be arbitrators in Guangzhou

Legal professionals from Hong Kong and Macao will be allowed to work as arbitrators in Nansha district of Guangz

hou as part of an effort by Guangdong province to strengthen cooperation with the two special administrative regions.

Nansha lies within the Guangdong Pilot Free Trade Zone.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security has approved the introduction of the legal professionals, who

will work at the Court of Arbitration for Labor and Personnel Disputes to settle competing claims.

Sources at the court said the Hong Kong-and Macao-based arbitrators will be signific

ant in promoting the business environment of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

“It will help provide high-quality, efficient and fast legal services for busine

sses, especially those whose investors include companies from Hong Kong and Macao,” the court said on Tuesday.

According to the development plan outline for the Greater Bay Area, which was unveiled on Mond

ay, Nansha district will develop into a pilot zone for closer overall cooperation in exchanges of h

uman resources, goods, materials, funds and information between Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao.

The court said the first group of labor arbitrators from Hong Kong and Macao will be appointed in late 2019.

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