As swine fever threat falls, most quarantines liftedrantines in

China has lifted pig quarantines in most of the areas where outbreaks of African swine fever have bee

n found, signaling a steady slowdown in the spread of the virus, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Tuesday.

Since the first outbreak of the deadly pig disease was discovered in Au

gust in Northeast China’s Liaoning province, 113 cases in 28 provincial-level regions have be

en confirmed by the ministry. Restrictions on the transport of pigs in 105 of those cases have been lifted.

The ministry has imposed strict quarantine measures in affecte

d areas and ramped up supervision of pig farms, transport businesses and the pork proc

essing industry after the onset of the highly contagious viral disease. Humans are not affected.

Yu Kangzhen, vice-minister of agriculture and rural affairs, said the spread of the virus has

slowed because of measures imposed by the authorities, but added that it’s difficult to wipe out the disease in the short term.

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an hopes more smart shelters will be set up in the neighborho

The development of artificial intelligence is helping Beijing’s dogs, too. At the suggestion of the local government, AI sta

rtup Megvii developed a dog facial recognition system to help reunite owners with lost pets.

Just as humans can be identified by their unique fingerprints, dogs can be identified by their distinctive noses.

Xie Yinan, vice-president of Megvii, said the company has built a dog nose-print database with 1 million images to train the

machine-learning model, and the system is expected to help improve the stray dog problem in the city.

It is estimated that the population of stray animals in Beijing surpassed 1 million back in 2005. Homeless animals lead

to public health problems, but poisoning and shooting them has sparked debate about humane animal control methods.

Everyone has their own way to communicate with the wor

ld, said Wan. “I believe that technology can make the world a warmer and better place.”

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But Friday’s outrage in New Zealand was more about the

  cancer of race hate than guns. It is an evil that has been with us for long, but it seems the cancer is now metastatic-it is spreading. It is be

ing spread by white, right-wing bigots who see conspiracies around every corner, and by religious zealots that are found in most religions.

  In the summer of 2011, an anti-Islamic right-wing extremist killed 77 people in Norway in a planned terrorist attack.

  Recent years have seen a surge in white supremacist violence in the United States. Every terrorist killing in the US last ye

ar was linked to right-wing extremism, according to the New York-based Anti-Defamation League.

  And let us not forget the part social media have played in providing a platform for a

ll racists and terrorists to spread their evil bile and distorted views of the world. Terrorism experts will say Ne

w Zealand was probably a soft target. Most of its police officers are not armed and the threat of terrorism is not high. Bu

t terrorist attacks have also taken place in countries where police officers are heavily armed and security is very tight.

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Modi and officials at the bank allegedly issued fraudulent Lette

Letters of Undertakings to overseas banks to obtain buyer’s credit, according to India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

“Investigation further revealed that the fraud was allegedly perpetrat

ed despite the knowledge of senior officials of Punjab National Bank, who did not impl

ement the circulars and caution notices issued by the Reserve Bank of India regarding safeguarding the SWIFT oper

ations and instead, misrepresented the factual situation to RBI,” according to a statement from the CBI last year.

The CBI has raided dozens of offices and seized property worth millions of dollars belonging to Modi, who denies all wrong

doing. He has already been charged by the bureau for criminal conspiracy, fraud and corruption.

Forbes once ranked Modi as India’s 85th richest man, with a net worth of $1.8 billion.

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On Tuesday Ardern hinted at major changes to come in light

  of the terror attack, especially when it comes to New Zealand’s gun laws.

  New Zealand Prime Minister says, ‘Our gun laws will change’

  The Prime Minister had previously announced that a government inquiry will look into the circumstances leading up to Friday’s attack.

  The inquiry will investigate what agencies knew — or should have known — about th

e gunman’s access to weapons or any impediments into the sharing of information, she said.

  Australian Brenton Harris Tarrant, 28, was charged with

murder on Saturday. He is believed to be the only person responsible for the attacks.

  Tarrant lived in New Zealand’s southern city of Duned

in, around 225 miles from Christchurch. Officials said he had no criminal history in New Zeala

nd or Australia and had not drawn the attention of the intelligence community for extremist views.Tarrant is esco

rted into Christchurch District Court on Saturday. The judge ruled pictures of the suspect in court must have his face blurred.

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Big breakthroughs at major events enshrine a generation of

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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we present some of the most million cats spawn ‘purrfect’ eco

Cups, slides, beds, hotels, salons and medical care are creating a huge pet market worth multibillion yuan

A purr-fect world, and loads of money-that’s what cafe chain Starbucks sees at least in its newest merchandise item.

It is a custom-made 199 yuan ($29.66) porcelain cup for pet cats-there are 67 million of them in China!

The new product was necessitated by China’s growing pet economy, where sales of pet-related products and services reached 172.2 billion yuan in 2018.

Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan China said in a recent report that last year’s market size

was three times that of 2013, and forecast it would grow to 472.3 billion yuan by 2023.

The pet cat market segment, worth 60 billion yuan, is the second la

rgest after the pet dog segment (98.5 billion yuan). It is predicted to be the most vibrant one.

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Small wonder, Starbucks thought it fit to launch a special

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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The President’s emergency Proclamation reasonably descr

  ribed the current situation as an ongoing ‘border security and humanitarian crisis,'” Boyd adds. “The cris

is at the border … may qualify as an emergency even though it, too, is not entirely new.”

  Twelve Republican senators banded together Thursday to deliver the f

orceful rebuke after expressing concerns that Trump’s use of the national emergency decla

ration as an end-run around Congress violates the separation of powers and sets a bad precedent that a woul

d-be future Democratic president could follow to unilaterally drive their agenda.

  The White House sought to pare back Republican defections leading up to the vote, with the President and White House aides

making clear to Republican senators that a vote against Trump on this issue would have ramifications come re-election time.

  Trump rejected entreaties from several Senate Republicans t

o agree to a compromise that would curtail his national emergency powers and instead fra

med the vote not as a matter of constitutional concerns, but rather as a litmus test on border security.

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minutes that explain the Trump presidencyTrump, a bad defe

  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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