es to the political declaration associated with the deal could be enough to meet the speaker’s requirements. It has even been suggested that the gover

nment could ask the Queen to prorogue Parliament and start a new session to get around his ruling.

  Solicitor General for England and Wales Robert Buckland told the BBC that “we’re

in a major constitutional crisis” and that Bercow’s ruling has “given us a lot to think about.”

  May already faced an uphill task to get her deal past parliament, requiring 75 MPs to chang

e their minds. In an effort to get her deal over the line, Cabinet ministers spent the weekend in talks with the No

rthern Irish Democratic Union Party, or DUP. The DUP’s 10 MPs, who prop up May’s minority government, ha

ve so far opposed the deal. It is thought that if they switch sides, Brexiteer Conservatives will follow.

  It seems unlikely the Prime Minister will attempt to hold a new

vote on her deal before a European Council summit in Brussels at the end of this week.

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  birth in office, and then by taking her three-month old daughter Neve to the United Nations, where Ardern was pho

tographed playing with the baby alongside partner Clarke Gayford. Neve looked on as her mother addressed the assem

bly while Gayford, whom the couple say is the main caregiver for their daughter, held the baby.

  Speaking to CNN after her address, Ardern said she wanted to “normalize” the ide

a of being a working mother, and described New Zealand as “incredibly progressive.”

  Since coming to power, Ardern has presented an image in stark contrast to leaders of many large Western nations. As co

untries, including the United States, have attempted to keep migrants out, Ardern has actively sought to bring them in.

  She’s made multiple offers to take in refugees languishing on Manus Island and Nauru,

the products of a Australia’s strict immigration policy. The offer has been repeatedly refused.、

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players, especially when they happen at home. I hope that 10 years la

ter this team of players will still be remembered for what they did at the World Cup.”

Around 8,000 spectators packed into the arena to witness the draw, whi

ch was conducted by Chinese pop star Yang Chaoyue, a member of the idol group Rock

et Girls 101, and NBA legend Kobe Bryant, and was staged in conjunction with FIBA’s global partner Tencent Sports.

After going 0-5 at the 2016 Rio Olympics and failing to qualify for the last World Cup, in 2

014 in Spain, Asian Games champion China is under heavy pressure to deliver an improved performance at home.

Should China emerge from Group A, it will face one of the top two

teams from a tougher-looking Group B, which features Argentina, Russia, South Korea and Nigeria.

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  Aug 31, followed by a match against Poland on Sept 2 before facing Venezuela two days later. All three games will be played at the 18,

000-seat Wukesong Arena in Beijing, where China finished eighth at the 2008 Summer Olympics to tie its best record at the Games.

  At the 2010 FIBA World Championship, China beat Cote d’Ivoire 83-73, but its last m

atch against Venezuela, at the 2016 Olympics, ended in a 68-72 defeat. China and Poland have never met before in official competition.

  Despite the favorable draw, Team China’s head coach Li Nan warned against undere

stimating the opposition.Spearheaded by former NBA player Yi Jianlian, fellow center Wang Zhel

in-a second-round draft pick for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2016-and young playmaker Guo Ailun, China’s primary aim

is to finish the tournament as the top Asian team in order to qualify directly for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

  However, Bryant, the tournament’s global ambassador, has urged China to aim even higher.

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product aimed at this market. But even it may not have anticipated the tremendous response.

The moment Starbucks launched its limited-edition “cat-paw cup”, it sparked a frenzy among Chinese consumers who own pet cats.

In scenes reminiscent of the pre-launch serpentine queues for snob-value smartphones, cat-owners stayed up all nig

ht in queues in front of Starbucks stores across Chinese cities a day before the cup’s formal sales launch on Feb 26.

Some female pet-owners, exasperated by the seemingly never-ending wait, got into cat-figh

ts, while others indulged in slanging matches on learning the cups were in short supply.

The craze and high demand were attributable to slick videos and images pos

ted on social media by key opinion leaders or KOLs, or influencers, market insiders said.

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ing in China. For one, pet cats are good stress-busters. And in these hectic, stressful times in urban areas, they could prove very useful, experts said.

Agreed Huang Xinyi, 28, a Beijing-based film producer. “Every time my cat purrs at me

, head-butts my face, and rubs against my leg, I want to hug him and kiss him all over.”

Many of her generation, aged 25 to 35, are busy pursuing busy careers in cities, far from their

hometowns. “I get lonely sometimes, but my cat has always been good company,” Huang said.

“Moreover, cats are more independent. I don’t have to walk my cat every day, but I play with him whenever I find some spare time.”

That is important for most young people struggling to find work-life balance in urban areas due to hectic lifestyles.

According to a report from Frost & Sullivan China, keeping cats for pets costs a little less than maintaining dogs.

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When visitors to the gigantic Palace Museum complex in Beijing feel a need to sit down for a cup

of tea or find a bathroom without a long line, they soon will be able to turn to their smartphones for the information they need.

This modern-day solution at the venerable compound comes thanks to an agreement

signed on Friday by the museum and Huawei Co, the telecommunication giant, to build a “sm

art network” using 5G technology, the fifth generation of mobile network communications.

Under the agreement, 5G Wi-Fi signals will cover the 720,000-square

-meter compound, China’s imperial palace from 1420 to 1911 and also known as the For

bidden City, and the branch museum of the institution under construction in northwestern Beijing.

But visitor comfort is not the only benefit of a 5G smart network.

Huawei will also provide the museum with cutting-edge technologie

s for the internet of things-devices or objects linked in a network-cloud computing and a

rtificial intelligence to facilitate such functions as management, security and preservation of cultural relics.

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BEIJING — China has made solid progress in alleviating the financing

problems of small and micro firms, a senior official said Friday.

Outstanding loans to such businesses amounted to 33.49 trillion yuan ($5 trillion) by the end of 2018, accounting for 23.

81 percent of the total outstanding loans, Zhu Shumin, vice chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, said in a statement.

In particular, outstanding inclusive loans to small and micro firms reached 9.36 trillion yuan

, growing 21.79 percent from the beginning of the year, 9.2 percentage points faster than the total loans.

The number of borrowers increased 4.55 million from the beginning of 2018 to 17.23 million, Zhu said.

Meanwhile, efforts have been made to cut financing costs, with the average interest rate of newly

issued inclusive loans to small and micro firms in the fourth quarter of 2018 down 0.8 percentage points from the first quarter.

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  China’s Ministry of Finance Saturday announced a favorable tax policy for overseas talent working in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

  Based on the individual income tax differentials between the Chinese mainland and Ho

ng Kong, overseas high-end talent and professionals in short supply that work in the Greater Bay Area will

get subsidies from Guangdong province and Shenzhen municipality to offset the differentials, according to the MOF.

  The subsidies will be exempt from paying individual income tax.

  The policy, effective from January 2019 to the end of 2023, applies to nine cities in Guangdon

g — Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing, the ministry said.

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  The President reacted with characteristic defiance to Congress’ repudiati

on of the national emergency declared in the cause of funding his border wall.

  ”VETO!” he tweeted, promising to crush the insubordination of lawmakers who had tr

ied, where many others had failed, to rein in his quest for power and contempt for constitutional norms.

  Trump’s crisis management reveals defining attributes of this most unique of political careers: The irrepressible energy

of a force of nature personality, a refusal to accept a loss and an instinctive reflex to seek a new opening.

  But it also showcases less positive traits, including his willingn

ess to trample the truth for his own benefit, a selfish streak for which friendly foreign leade

rs sometimes pay the price and even a shockingly casual way of talking about political violence.

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