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Its partial loss is a terrible blow to a proud country

 and to the world more widely,” said Macfarlane, the King’s College historian.

A woman identified only as Marie, who has lived in Paris for 20 years, said: “This is a monument b

uilding that belongs to the story of Paris, to the story of France. … Notre Dame is our story, our culture, our spirit.”

An experiment conducted by Chinese and US scientists on improving monkeys’ cognitive function has been

found to follow international animal rights standards, according to the Chinese research institute.

The study implanted 11 rhesus macaque monkeys with copies of the human MCP

H1 gene, which scientists believe is crucial for humans’ brain development and evolution.

The project is led by researchers from the Kunming Institute of Zoology of the Chinese Acade

my of Sciences, who are working with researchers from the University of North Carolina.

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Index results bode well for quarterly GDPprise mark

hina’s economic growth will remain stable in the first quarter, and is expected to land at 6.3 percent or even higher year-on-year when it is released this week, e

conomists said after some economic indicators for March surprised the market on the upside.

“Downside pressure began to ease in the first quarter, as signaled by the r

ather substantial recovery in various economic indicators in March,” said Yao Jingyuan, form

er chief economist at the National Bureau of Statistics and a researcher for the Counselors’ Office of the State Council.

Chinese banks’ lending in yuan, a leading indicator for the real economy

, surged in March by 1.69 trillion yuan ($252 billion), up 52 percent from a year earli

er, according to the People’s Bank of China, the central bank. The manufacturing purchasing managers inde

x for March, which was back into expansion territory, may be a sign of accelerating industrial activities.

Exports in March also picked up, rising 14.2 percent in US dollar ter

ms from a year ago, versus 0.1 percent for the January-February period, customs data showed.

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The company will not cancel social insurance and housi

sing funds for the sake of cost-cutting, Liu said, adding some staff made 80,000 yuan a

month in pilot areas for the new salary regime in southern China’s second and third-tier cities.

Earlier this year, rumors spread that China’s e-commerce giant would can

cel couriers’ basic salary and reduce welfare. The company confirmed the salary adjus

tment plan via its official Sina Weibo account on April 7, saying as the number of orders from individual clients incre

ases, the company is looking to adopt an incentive plan to reward outstanding employees.

JD will reduce its delivery staff members’ salaries by adopting a commis

sion-based payment scheme starting in June and low

er contributions to employees’ housing funds from 12 to 7 percent, Sina Finance reported.

An anonymous courier with JD Logistics said the task of getting more external delivery

orders under the new salary system would be hard to accomplish, and the new policy will reduce their salary, th

e report alleged, though the courier did not indicate an exact amount for the reduction.

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children and allocate more resources to the eyesi

ight examinations, and counselling services, he said.

Education departments will supervise schools to take concrete measures and eval

uate their performance, Minister of Education Chen Baosheng said at the meeting.

The State Council, China’s cabinet, said Wednesday it was necessary to amend laws and sup

porting regulations and policies to ensure the implementation of the foreign investment law.

Draft amendments for administrative licensing law, trademark law, construction law a

nd electronic signature law were passed Wednesday at a State Council executive meeting presided over by Premier Li Keqiang.

It was also decided at the meeting to submit the draft amendments to the Standing Committee of th

e National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, for deliberation, according to a statement after the meeting.

Suggestions for revisions include adding the principle of “non-discrimination” in administrative licensi

ng, substantially raising the amount of compensation for infringing exclusive rights to use trade

marks, and cutting approval time for applications for qualified construction permits.

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He recalled the concerns that the United States expressed

ssed in 2015 when the United Kingdom tried to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a China-initiated multilateral financial institution, and said

it was only when all other European countries signed up for it that those concerns began to dissipate.

“I expect the same thing to happen now (about the BRI),” he said.

Sun Zhaolong, a researcher at the Academy of Contemporary China and World Stud

ies, wrote in an article that Italy’s involvement in the BRI will play an exemplary role in attracting more cou

ntries to the platform for international cooperation while allaying concerns of some countries over the initiative.

Former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi also said in an interview with China N

ews Service that Italy could be a protagonist in Belt and Road cooperation with China.

During their talks, Xi and Conte also agreed that the two countries should jointly up

hold multilateralism, promote free trade and cement ties between China and the European Union.

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Her announcement that she was asking for a three-month

  delay caused uproar in the chamber.

The opposition Labour Party accused her of “blackm

ail, bullying and bribery” in her attempts to push her deal through, and one

prominent Brexit supporter in he

r own Conservative Party said seeking a delay was “betraying the British people”.

  Britain voted in 2016 to leave the EU by 52 percent to 48 – a decision that has

split the country, opening up divisive deb

ates over the future of the economy, Britain’s place in the world and the

nature of Britishness itself.

  A European Commission document seen by Reuters said the delay should

either be several weeks shorter, to avoid a clas

h with European Parliament elections in May, or last at least until the end of the

year, which would oblige Br

itain to take part in the elections – something that May said was not in Britain’s interest.

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New Zealanders have rallied around their fellow citizens in the

  wake of the Christchurch tragedy, laying flowers and messages of support on the side of Hagley Park, close to the Al Noor mosque.

  A makeshift memorial grew in the center of the main street, below traffic lights that flashed orange to indicate roads leading to the mosque were closed.

  No one was allowed to approach the building, not even local home owner Sue Harrison, whose c

ar was still parked in the driveway of her property behind the Deans Avenue mosque.

  Christchurch resident Sue Harrison heard the gunshots from her house, near to the Al

Noor mosque, and called the police. Her son Zin (right) called her to check she was alright.

  She remembers listening to the soothing chant of afternoo

n prayers when it was broken by gunshots. Harrison called the police and hid inside her

house as the gunman worked his way through the mosque, shooting as many people as he could.

  ”The time the shots were happening, it was terrifying, absolutely terrifying,” Har

rison said. “There was almost an immediate feeling that they’re being targeted.”

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Satellite images show activity at North Korean missile site, analy

  Satellite images appear to show that North Korea has begun rebuilding a portion of a facility previously used to test long-

range missile engines, analysts said Tuesday, raising potential questions about the future of US-North Korea negotiations.

  The Center for Strategic Studies’ Beyond Parallel project and 38 No

rth, both respected North Korea monitoring websites, each said it had observed activ

ity at the Tongchang-ri satellite launch facility, which has been dormant since about August of last ye

ar.Tongchang-ri is one of the few known missile component development facilities inside North Korea.

  38 North found that efforts to rebuild the site’s launch pad and missil

e engine test stand began sometime between February 16 and March 2, meaning work began

either in the days before, during, or immediately after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Don

ald Trump abruptly ended their second summit in Hanoi on February 28 without signing a deal.

  Satellite launches use similar technology as ballistic missiles, and experts have long cautioned that North Ko

rea’s attempts to shoot satellites into space could help them develop viable long-range ballistic missiles.

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China selects top 10 scientific discoveries ofoned monkeys us

  China’s Ministry of Science and Technology Wednesday selected the country’s top 10 sc

ientific discoveries of last year, including macaque monkey cloning, a DNA nanorobot and the pre

cise measurements of the gravitational constant. The following are highlights of the major discoveries:

  1.MACAQUE MONKEY CLONING

  Chinese researchers cloned the world’s first macaques from somatic cells by the same met

hod that made Dolly the sheep. It made research with customizable populations of genetically u

niform monkeys a possibility, with the potential of furthering human disease research.

  2.CREATION OF FIRST SINGLE-CHROMOSOME YEAST

  Chinese scientists have created a single-chromosome yeast, and its life functions show no difference from its wild c

ounterparts, making it the first time in the world that organisms with multiple chromosomes were artificially tra

nsformed into single-chromosome forms. The research shows that a complex genome system can be sim

plified through manual intervention. This study may also pave the way for new man-made species in the future.

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Venezuelan troops defect at the border with Colombia

  Three members of the Venezuelan National Guard defected Saturday at Venezuela’s border with Colombia, the Colombian immigration department said.

  The troops abandoned their posts at the Simon Bolivar International Bridge on the Colom

bia-Venezuela border and requested help from Colombia’s immigration officials.

  Also Saturday, soldiers with Venezuela’s National Guard

fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who were demanding to cross the border at Ur

eña into Colombia to work, according to a CNN crew that witnessed the scene at the Tienditas Bridge.

  Workers faced off with the soldiers, chanting, “We want to work!” before being disperse

d by the tear gas. Men with shirts covering their faces started throwing rocks toward the guard.

  US argues momentum for change in Venezuela is growing despite border violence

  These tense scenes played out Saturday, a day after violence broke out at a Venezuelan town near the border wit

h Brazil over aid delivery, leaving two people dead and 17 others injured, local authorities said.

  Tensions are running high at Venezuela’s borders amid opposition plans to usher aid into the country this weekend

in defiance of President Nicolas Maduro’s wishes. Maduro called on Venezuelans to “mobilize” Saturday. “Let’s

all take to the streets to defend our independence with conscience and joy,” Maduro said on his official Twitter account.

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