He said he believes that with the efforts of the French people and supp
ort from the international community, Notre Dame will be repaired and regain its glory.
The fire broke out around 6:30 pm on the roof of the cathedral, which was covered in scaffoldi
ng. The blaze spread quickly and destroyed the wooden interior before causing the spire to collapse.
It took more than 400 firefighters over 12 ho
urs to put out the fire, and the main structure and two bell towers remained standing.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, though officials said it could be linked to renovation work. Investigators were eag
er to question the workmen in an effort to determine the cause of the fire, according to media reports.
Visiting the scene of the fire in Paris, Macron vowed an immediat
e fundraising effort to rebuild the landmark, calling for international contributions.
More than 70 British legislators have urged the government to make sure WikiLeaks found
er Julian Assange faces Swedish justice if prosecutors there reopen a rape allegation against him.
The lawmakers signed a letter late Friday urging Home Secretary Sa
jid Javid to “do everything you can to champion action that will ens
ure Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden in the event Sweden makes an extradition request.”
Sweden suspended its investigation of serious sexual misconduct two years ago because Assange wa
s beyond their reach while he was living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London with political asylum status.
He was arrested Thursday after Ecuador withdrew his asylum a
nd is now in British custody facing an extradition request
from the United States on charges of conspiring to break into a Pentagon computer.
He is in Belmarsh Prison in southeast London wait
ing to be sentenced for jumping bail in Britain, and plans to fight extradition to the US.
up a fifth of the total number in China. Up to 51 companies in the district realized annual revenue of more than 10 billion yuan. Baidu Inc, Cambricon Techno
logies Corp and Beijing Dream Ink Technologies Co have become global leaders in various cutting edge technologies.
“The fruitful results in Haidian’s scientific innovation sector are due to the increasing investment i
n research and development,” said Dai Binbin, head of the district. “In 2018, Haidian’s R&D intensit
y was 4.6 times the national level, and higher than levels in the Republic of Korea and Japan.”
Beijing’s Xicheng district, where many domestic and oversea
s financial companies and organizations are located, has carried out a series of policies to boost the
financial sector’s development, and is another example of the capital’s high-quality growth.
For instance, the district government provides subsidies of up to
50 million yuan to newly set up financial organizations. For financial companies that m
ove into the district, the government gives subsidies to help them offset rent and capital purchases.
For high-end talent, both local and foreign, the district offer
s better resources in medical care, education and living arrangements.
cooperation in areas including education, culture, science and technology as well as ensuring the success of the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism events, he said.
Ardern expressed her appreciation for Xi’s condolences and support foll
owing the terrorist attack in Christchurch, adding that her choice to proceed with the vi
sit despite the event “does reflect the value New Zealand places on its relationship with China”.
She called the bilateral relationship “one of our most important a
nd far-reaching relationships”, a point she said she has made in speeches over the past year.
She said she hopes that through the visit, the two nations can strengthen their bilateral co
mprehensive strategic partnership and deepen cooperation in trade and people-to-people exchanges.
She also reiterated New Zealand’s adherence to the one-China p
olicy and its independent foreign policy, as well as its firm support for multilateralism and free trade.
Zhang Ying, 32, a white-collar worker in Beijing, is a jewelry lover. She prefers watching lives
treaming videos via some cross-border e-commerce platforms to buy foreign products in her spare time.
“Pictorial representations are not exactly the right way to purchase commodities online, I had som
e problems as the products did not match up to the expectations promised on the onlaine platform advertisements.”
Zhang said daigou (overseas shoppers who buy foreign products for customers on the Chinese mainland) can dem
onstrate details of products like jewelry in accordance with what the buyer wants through the livestreaming method.
“I can take a good look at the design, material, color, size and even every angle of the jewelry. It feels like that I can pick out the
products on my own. After comparing various necklaces and bracelets, I can decide which one fits me the best.”
trying to foment trouble across the Taiwan Straits. The US has already made a highly provocative move by
introducing the Taiwan Travel Act a year ago, as it allows high-level diplomatic exchanges between the US and the island. And now som
e in the US say Tsai, who doesn’t acknowledge the 1992 Consensus that there is only one China, should be invited to visit the US Congress.
By suggesting such an outrageous idea, these people are playing with fire, because if Tsai were
to visit the US, Sino-US relations would suffer a serious blow, and the security and stability across the Straits would be damaged.
US must not worsen already tense situation
To make matters worse, last week the US and Taiwan announced the launch of a new “dialogue
mechanism” to achieve closer “bilateral cooperation” and to defend and promote “shared values”. Titled
the “Indo-Pacific Democratic Governance Consultations”, the new “dialogue mechanism” is aimed at “exploring” way
s to increase “US-Taiwan exchanges” and pursue joint projects, said Brent Christensen, the highest-ranking US official posted in Taiwan.
President Donald Trump looks — and is acting — rattled and encircled by the Russia investigation. And a series of fresh d
isclosures on Tuesday show there is every reason for him to feel threatened by the vast shadow it is casting over his life, business and presidency.
Newly unsealed court documents detailing special counsel Robert Mueller’s activity reveal an investigative field
of breathtaking scope and a prosecutorial machine that ratcheted quickly up in mid-2017.
The search warrants targeting Trump’s ex-personal lawyer Michael Cohen offer a glimpse of the covert world of the probe. As
is often the case with Mueller, they give only a tantalizing hint of the wider, yet still hidden, puzzle.
In court filing, Robert Mueller’s team says it’s very busy this week
But such disclosures are almost never good news for Trump.
There is enough to explain from Tuesday’s reveal why the in
vestigation must be weighing on Trump’s spirits, and driving his angry Twitter outbursts.
The vast breadth of the investigation by various jurisdictions also could offer a rich seam for Democratic House chair
en should they eventually subpoena primary evidence uncovered by Mueller and other prosecutors.
ation of grasslands and push forward the establishment of pilot national parks.
China is rich in grassland resources – with nearly 400 million hect
ares of natural grassland accounting for 41.7 perc
ent of the country’s land. Protection and restoration of grassland resources will be strengthened, Zhang said.
Measures to be taken include finding out the entire picture of grassland resources, assessing
current pol2olkcimcn-2ting a guideline on how to strengthen grassland protection and restoration, he said.
As for national parks, Zhang said that after the central authorities released an overall plan for introducing a national park
mechanism, the administration drafted a layout of national parks and standards for their protection.
r Monday to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calling for the UN Security Council to drop the sanctions, North Korean state media reported.
”The ‘sanctions resolutions’ of the Security Council aga
inst the DPRK (North Korea’s official name), that prohibit even the shipment of computers and o
ther electronic devices widely used at societies and homes of today, are indeed the action against humanity to dest
roy modern civilization and turn the society back in a (medieval) dark age,” the letter read.
The issue of sanctions has been a key sticking point in talks between Washington and Pyongyang.
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said North Korea asked for removal of five of the 11 sets of sanctions levied
by the United Nations — those that “hamper the economy and the livelihood of our people.”
But the Trump administration has said that price was too steep for what North Korea was offering.
Delivering the Government Work Report to the national legislature on Tuesday, Premier Li Keqiang said the country would do mo