The collision broke the ship’s mast and left about 250 metr

  tons of snow and ice on its front deck. The rest of the ship was undamaged.

  The difficult ice conditions and active cyclones in the Amundsen Sea have

vexed Chinese explorers for decades. It was not until March that China’s 34th expedition succes

sfully completed the first marine survey of the sea.China has witnessed remarkable growth of tree coverage with th

e implementation of afforestation projects, a senior forestry official said on Tuesday, National Tree Planting Day.

  The forest coverage rate in China has increased by nearly 10 percentage p

oints in the past four decades, with the world’s largest planted forests and an 80 percent ex

pansion of forest areas, said Zhang Jianlong, head of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration.

  The green coverage rate in rural areas has reached 20 percent, while in urban areas it has hit 37.9 percent.

  According to a report released by the National Afforestation Committee on Tuesday, 7.1 milli

on hectares of trees were planted and 6.7 million hectares of degraded grassland were treated last ye

ar. Per capita greenery coverage in urban areas was 14.1 square meters in 2018, up by 0.6 square meters year-on-year.

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The reductions will be up by more than 50 percent on

with tax cuts alone accounting for more than 10 percent of the tax revenue target this year, according to the government budget, Wang said.

The cuts aim to reduce the burden on manufacturing companies, small

and micro-sized enterprises, and the working class, in an effort to stabilize em

ployment, the financial sector, trade, domestic investment and market confidence, Wang said.

He made the comments during an interview at the annua

l meetings of the national legislature and China’s top political advisory body.

“This scale of tax cuts and fee reductions has rarely been seen over the past decades, both

inside and outside China. It demonstrates the resolution, confidence, wisdom and power of our Party and gov

ernment to overcome difficulties and make great efforts to build a strong state,” he said.

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Nasrin Sotoudeh has dedicated her life to defending wom

  en’s rights and speaking out against the death penalty — it is utterly outrageous that Ir

an’s authorities are punishing her for her human rights work,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty Int

ernational’s Middle East and North Africa research and advocacy director, in a statement on Monday.

  Last June, Sotoudeh was arrested at her home in Tehran and taken to Evin prison, a notorious jail just outside the capital.

  According to Amnesty International, Iran conducted its “worst” crackdown in a decade in 2018, arresting over 7,000 dissidents.

  Women in Iran have been protesting the obligatory Islamic headscarf by taking theirs off and waving them on sticks.

  Sotoudeh, a winner of the European Parliament‘s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, is serving a jail sentence for a secon

d time. In 2010, she was sentenced to 11 years in prison on charges related to her work defending detained Iranian dem

onstrators during the 2009 Green Movement, a protest movement sparked by widespread accusations of electoral fraud.

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Two climbers killed in avalanche on Ben Nevisled to Ben N

  Two climbers have died and another two are injured after an avalanche on the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

  Police and mountain rescue personnel were called to the scene, in the Number 5 Gully area just before midday.

  ”We can sadly confirm that two people have died and two people have been injured,” Police Scotland said in a statement.

  Avalanche danger level ‘extreme’ in Colorado

  ”Volunteers from Lochaber and Glencoe Mountain Rescue Teams remain at the scene and were assisted by the Mariti

me and Coastguard Agency and Scottish Ambulance Service,” Police Scotland said, according to the UK’s Press Association.

  An air ambulance, three ambulances and a trauma team were lat

er sent to the peak, the Scottish Ambulance Service said in a separate statement.

  The Scottish Avalanche Information Service has warned that there is a high risk of avalanches in the area at the moment.

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In one clip, Carlson joked about wanting to invade Canad

  while Iraq, on the other hand, “is a crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semiliterate primitive monkeys — that’s why it wasn’t worth invading.”

  In another clip from the same year, 2006, he said he had “zero sympathy for them or th

eir culture” in Iraq, calling it “a culture where people just don’t use toilet paper or forks.”

  In a third clip, Carlson — evidently joking — used a pejorative term for homosexua

ls to express his respect for the radio show’s host that he loved him “in a completely f****t way.”

  Carusone told Hayes on MSNBC that Carlson seemed casual and comfortable in these radio chats.

  ”It sounds like you’re actually getting to see the real Tucker Carlson” in these clips, he said.

  Carlson responded earlier in the day to the first batch of audio clips by urging people to tune into his show.

  He opened on Monday night by describing what it’s like to be caught in “the great American outrage machine.”

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Because our global supply and value chains are well estab

lished, it is fairly critical for us to transform the operational mode from simply

producing and shipping rolling stock to other countries to deepening the degree of international cooperation,” said Lou.

His remarks came after China and Argentina enhanced their relations to boost t

rade, investment, infrastructure and development of services-related facilities.

More Chinese companies such as China Railway Construction Corp and China National Machine

ry Industry Corp have already expanded their market presence in Argentina in the second half of 2018.

To upgrade the public transportation system in Buenos Aires, the country’s capital, and modernize the city’s infrast

ructure, Argentina’s Ministry of Transport signed a purchase deal for 200 rail cars and related parts from CRRC in Apr

il last year. It was the third carriage order from the ministry. The deal is worth about 2 billion yuan ($299 million).

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The scale of second China International Import Expo, or CIIE

will be bigger than before, with the planned exhibition area of 330,000 square m

eters, and will attract more exhibitors, Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan said at a news conference on Saturday.

The second CIIE will show more new products, technologies and contents in various forms, Zhong said.

Moreover, China will provide more activities and professional s

ervice facilities to provide greater sense of gain to the exhibitors, said Zhong.

hile deputies to the National People’s Congress from Henan pr

ovince had a panel discussion with President Xi Jinping on Friday, some deputies pledged to co

ntribute to building the Belt and Road as it was required by Xi during his inspection tour to the province five years ago.

Zheng Xinwei, an NPC deputy and also mayor of the provincial capital, Zhengzho

u, said the city’s door had opened wider and wider in the past five years, greatly invigorating its economic development.

 

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And given the consensus reached by the international com

munity, China should more actively participate in the process to make rules for global academic research.

Li Xiaohua, a researcher at the Institute of Industrial Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Clear red lines must be drawn

Given that uncertainties and risks abound in the early st

ages of the development of cutting-edge technologies, the process is bound to involve some c

ontroversies. Still, there is a lack of strict regulations, especially those related to some emerging industries and technologies. Which me

ans the authorities need to expedite legislation for relevant laws and rules for research in science and technology.

But that should not prompt the authorities to forbid sch

olars from conducting research for the fear that they would violate the existing norms and invite

public ire. After all, progress made in science and technology in one country will propel the development of people acr

oss the world. The key is to set clear red lines to remove all confusions over scientific research.

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There was a brief lull in the negative coverage after Prince

  Harry instructed his spokesperson to issue a statement in November 2016 before the couple married, calling out “the racial

undertones of comment pieces and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.”

  Yomi Adegoke, author of Slay in Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible, said Meghan was very much a departure from what most people associate with the British royal family.

  ”She’s foreign, not just by being American, but she’s got black heritage, she’s a divorcee,” Adegoke said.

  ”She’s just a very different type of person and somebody that I don’t think your average British member of the public t

hinks of when they think of the word duchess or royal family at all.”Much of the trolling exploits the cla

ims of a rift between Meghan and her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge. Where Kate is lauded by the media for expo

sing her shoulder in a dress, Meghan is accused by the tabloids of breaking royal protocol for doing similar.

  When Meghan wears dark nail polish, the “vulgar fashion move” is criticized for breaki

ng royal protocol “again.” Meanwhile, Kate is said to opt for “subtle” shades more in keeping with the Queen’s preferences.

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During his first two terms in office, Bouteflika, who first

  came to power in 1999, won praise for steering his country back to stability followin

g “the black decade” of the 1990s when a bloody civil war left more than 150,000 dead.

  Bouteflika won a third term in 2009 — despite ongoing health problems — in a landslide victory which opposition can

didates labeled a “charade.” Algerian lawmakers, loyal to the president, paved the way for Bouteflika to run again by cha

nging the country’s constitution which previously capped presidential limits at two terms.

  Even though he suffered a stroke in 2013 and has rarely been seen in public since, he won

a fourth term in 2014. However, as another election looms, popular disillusionment has spiraled ove

r the undemocratic rule of le pouvoir, or the power, as the establishment clique propping up Bouteflika is known.

  While there were some smaller protests against his election in 2014, enough is finally eno

ugh for Algerians, according to Dalia Ghanem, an Algerian resident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center.

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