William, Kate, Harry and Meghan condemn “horrifying assault”today.

  William and Kate, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sus

sex, have said they have all spent time in Christchurch and its “open-hearted and generous” people.

  They condemned the violence on the Muslim community, calling it “horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship.”

  ”No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship,” the royal couples said in a statement.

  Here’s the full statement:

  Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives in the devastating attack in Christchurch.

  We have all been fortunate to spend time in Christchurch and have felt the warm, open-hearted and generous spirit that is core to its remarkable people.

  No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship.

  This senseless attack is an affront to the people of Christchurch and New Zealand, and the broader Muslim comm

unity. It is a horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship.

  We know that from this devastation and deep mourning, the people of New Zealand will unite to show that such evil can never defeat compassion and tolerance.

  We send our thoughts and prayers to everyone in New Zealand today.

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Mocking O’Rourke’s gestures might seem a frivolous at a time

  of national political angst and with a heavy duty policy debate already under way. But Trump is an expert at trivializing and belittling opponents, to de

tract from the gravity of their arguments and to feed the conservative media machine.

  His diagnosis of Jeb Bush’s “low energy” four years ago established a narrative about the former Florida gove

rnor’s campaign that hinted at a grain of truth. The one-time GOP front-runner could never recover.

  Trump vs. Brexit — and Obama

  At one point in the meeting Tump, said he wasn’t going to “comment on Bre

xit,” but characteristically unable to constrain himself, could barely leave the topic alone.

  At the start of his meeting, Trump welcomed Varadkar, and poin

ting out that his visitor was in a difficult position over Britain’s tortured attempts to comp

lete its withdrawal from the European Union, which could harm Ireland’s peace and prosperity.

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Song Yu, 34, a freelance writer in Beijing, said he traveled a

“I was about to be 30 and wanted to celebrate this special birthday in Europe, but I couldn’t find any companion to go with

me,” he said. “So, I visited Europe on my own and found doing so could be pleasant, as it enabled me to change my rou

te and meet interesting travelers. I even met a backpacker who guided me to the Alps.”

Xu Xiaolei, a spokesman for China Youth Travel Service, said the number of people traveling alone has grown steadily in rec

ent years. Last year, 10 percent of the company’s revenue came from single travelers, mostly ages 18 to 30.

“For the younger generation, experiencing unique cultu

res and relaxing their minds and bodies are the main reasons for traveling, rather than con

necting with others or sightseeing. So they won‘t stop travelling because they lack a companion,” Xu said.

In tour groups, guides will usually pay more attention to solo travelers, making them feel less lonely or embarrassed, he said.

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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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ollege entrance exam reform extends to more provinces

An ongoing reform of China’s college entrance exam and enrolling system, under which stude

nts used to be selected for their performance on a single test, has been extended to cover more pro

vinces in China, according to the Ministry of Education.

Initiated in 2014, the reform aims to make the selection of studen

ts and their enrollment in universities a more sc

ientific and fair procedure and promote education for students’ all-around development.

In 2018, the reform was expanded to eight provincial-level regions, n

amely Hebei, Liaoning, Jiangsu, Fujian, Hubei, Hunan, Guangdong and Chongqing, whe

re Year-1 high school students starting from fall 2018 needed to prepare for the change.

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Indian PM Modi’s reputation as a strong leader put to

  As tensions between India and Pakistan escalate yet again wit

h Delhi launching airstrikes on what it says was a terrorist training camp across its de facto bord

er with Islamabad, all eyes are on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  As the world’s biggest democracy heads into general elections in a few weeks, the

government’s stance on its nuclear armed neighbor comes at a critical time.

  Modi built up formidable support ahead of his 2014 campaign, in which his Bha

ratiya Janata Party (BJP) claimed a record-breaking 282 seats in the national parliament.

  Since joining the Hindu nationalist organization Rashtriya Sway

amsevak Sangh (RSS) in 1972, and joining ma

instream politics 15 years later as a member of the BJP, Modi has enjoyed a steady rise to power.

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DPRK leader leaves Pyongyang for Hanoi for second DPRK

PYONGYANG — Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), left here Saturday afternoon by train f

or Vietnamese capital Hanoi for the second DPRK-US summit, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Sunday.

Kim will meet with US President Donald Trump there on Feb 27-28. Their first meetin

g was held in June 2018 in Singapore, which resulted in improved bilateral relations.

Kim will pay an official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong before his meeting with Trump.

Kim was accompanied by Kim Yong-chol, Ri Su-yong, Kim Phyong-hae and O Su-yong, members of th

e Political Bureau and vice-chairmen of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of K

orea (WPK), Ri Yong-ho, member of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Com

mittee and foreign minister, No Kwang-chol, alternate member of the Po

litical Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and minister of the People’s Armed Forces, among others, said the KCNA.

Kim was seen off at Pyongyang Railway Station by Kim Yong-nam, Choe Ryong-hae and Pak Pong-ju, members of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Cen

tral Committee of the WPK, and other senior officials of the party, government and armed forces, said the KCNA.

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Labour won people over on a programme for the many

not the few — redistributing wealth and power, taking vital resources into public ownership, inv

esting in every region and nation, and tackling climate change,” Corbyn added.In the most

recent election, Ryan saw her vote share increase substantially, along with a countrywide swing towards Labo

ur, though in her own election material Ryan urged voters not to associate her with the Labour leader.
Whi

le the Independent Group — as the collection of largely centrist ex-Labour MPs is currently called — has so far dama

ged the opposition party, attention will now turn to the ruling Conservatives.
Several Tory MPs are reportedly consi

dering joining the group, over disagreements with Prime Minister Theresa May regarding Brexit, as the vote

to leave the European Union continues to cause chaos in British politics, with only 37 days until it is due to take effect.

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One of the goals of Pompeo’s visit is to rebuild the political

relationship between the US and Central and Eastern Europe. The US will also launch a Future Leaders Ex

change Program, providing one-year academic scholarships for Hungarian high school students to study in the US.

There are many aspects to US strategic return to Central and Eastern Europe. First, the US can

enhance energy cooperation with the region. The regional countries would prefer not to become overly dependent on Russia.

The US has already voiced strong opposition to the energy cooperation between Germany and Russia via the Nord Stream 2 project.

Given that the US is set to become a net energy exporting country in 2020, it could become a major source of energy for Central and Eastern European countries.

Second, the US will strengthen political cooperation with Central and Eastern European countries.

The region has undertaken multifaceted diplomacy, hoping to win more policy initiatives in tod

ay’s volatile geopolitical dynamic. As they receive less political and economic promises from the EU, they are turning to e

xternal powers such as China and Russia. The US wants to get back in as quickly as possible to make up for its absence.

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HK police Sina Weibo account brings nostalging Kong Spe

The police department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) set up the Sina

Weibo account Hong Kong Police on Jan 29, which was welcomed by a large number of netizens.

The official account so far boasts more than 140,000 fans, with some posts receiving more than 10,000 comments.

The account Hong Kong Police focuses mainly on practical information like crime prevention and event ar

rangements, such as the Lunar New Year fireworks display and traffic control measures during the celebration parade.

The latest data from the Hong Kong Tourism Board shows that among the 58 million visitors to H

ong Kong in the first 11 months of last year, Chinese mainland visitors accounted for almost 80 percent.

Hong Kong Police Force hopes to increase engagement through t

heir Sina Weibo account with Chinese mainland tourists, new arrivals, and students stu

dying in Hong Kong, and effectively convey important messages in a timely and effective manner.

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