short delay to Brexit is possible, but will be conditional on the House of Commons passing the Withdrawal Agreement. “The question remains open as to the duration of such an extension,” Tusk, the President of the European Council, said. Tusk said he spoke to Theresa May on the phone earlier this afternoon. “May’s proposal of the 30 June, which has its merits, creates a series of questions of a leg al and political nature,” he added. “Leaders will discuss this tomorrow.”1 hr agoDona ld Tusk speaking nowThe President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, is giving a press conference in Brussels. 1 hr 9 minRead More →

An off-duty pilot in the cockpit of a Boeing 737 Max 8 jet jumped in to help crew disable a malfu nctioning flight-control system as it experienced difficulties in October, according to Bloomberg. The next day, with a different crew, the same plane crashed into the sea off Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board. On doomed Lion Air Flight 610, pilots searched in a handbook f or a way to stop the plane from nosediving, according to an exclusive Reuters report. Reuters cites the information from three people with knowledge of the contents of the cockpit voice recorder that has never been made public.Read More →

  d on foreign governments and international aid agencies to”ramp up” resources and assistance for thousands of pe ople that have been displaced, and those that are still trapped in the aftermath of the disaster.   The international human rights organization urged authorities in Mozambique and Malawi, countries that are p rone to flooding to adopt climate change policies that could reduce the impact of such occurrences.   ”As the effects of climate change intensify, these ext reme weather conditions can be expected to revisit us more frequently. The devastation wro ught by Cyclone Idai is yet another wake-up call for the world to put in place ambitiousRead More →

repair roads, bridges, schools, communication lines and provide healthcare to those affected. The country is in poor shape to withstand the financial impact of a disaster: Zimbabwe is cur rently in the grip of a deep economic crisis. The Zimbabwe Information Ministry shared pictures of some pupils who had been res cued from a boarding school in Chimanimani District, one of the worst-affected areas in the east of the country. Br idges were swept away, and power and communication lines in the area have been cut off. St Charles Lwanga School children are now safely in Chiping e and currently receiving medical attention. —Read More →

one of China’s most popular video-sharing platforms. They are owned by the same person who posts their videos on an account called “Liu Erdou who can speak”. The account became very popular quickly, attracting over 46 million followers and 390 million “thumbups” (or “likes”). The account manager began to receive advertising opportunities from recogni zed brands. The latter requested her to endorse certain products in her short videos. That’s just one form of making money in the cat economy. Many people are making products, or offering services, that make cats’ lives fancier, and their owners happier. An electric scalp massager retails for about 120 yuan,Read More →

Chinese smartphone maker Oppo is making a strong push into overseas markets, after it strengthened its position as the second-largest player on its home turf. The Guangdong-based company believes that its 10 years of experience in explorin g foreign countries, and its growing pool of patents and international talent, will help it to go global in a better way. Two days ahead of the Feb 25-28 Mobile World Congress Barcelona, the largest annual telecommunications gathering in Spain, Oppo unveiled its first 5G sm artphone and announced that four foreign telecom carriers are to be among the first to sell the 5G model. Oppo said itsRead More →

More than 60 percent of children and teens do not get adequate sleep, which can put their health at risk, according to a repor t released on Sunday by the Chinese Sleep Research Society, ahead of the World Sleep Day that falls on March 21. Nearly 63 percent of Chinese youths ages 6 to 17 sleep less than eight hours a day, acco rding to the report. Among 13- to 17-year-olds the figure is more than 81 percent. The report was based on a survey at the end of last year and in January. It covered nea rly 70,000 children and teens ages 6 toRead More →

  dcast live on Facebook, and a “manifesto” denouncing immigrants as “invaders” was also posted online via links to related social media accounts.   It is customary in Islam to bury the dead within 24 hours but no bodies have been released because of the investigation, police said.   Arden said bodies would be handed over to families from Sunday evening.   ”It is likely, however, to be a small number to begin with,” she told a media briefing, adding that all should be returned by Wednesday.   Ardern said police would be posted at all mosques while they are open.   Police Commissioner Mike Bush said the body of theRead More →

he more than 40 people wounded, said hospital authorities. Thirty six people were still being treated on Saturday, of which 11 remained in intensive care. One victim died in hospital. “The wounds from gunshots are often quite significant,” Christch urch Hospital’s Chief of Surgery Greg Robertson told reporters. “Many of the peop le require multiple trips to the theatre to deal with the complex series of injuries they have.” Funerals were planned on Saturday for some of the victims, several of whom were bor n overseas. Dozens of people laid flowers at cordons near both mosques in Christchurch, whic h is still rebuilding after aRead More →

to New Zealand Governor-General Patsy Reddy on Friday over the deadly shooting incidents earlier Friday in New Zealand’s Christchurch City. In his message, Xi said he was shocked to learn about the serious shooting incidents which have caused heavy casualties. On behalf of the Chinese government, the Chinese people and in his ow n name, Xi expressed deep sympathy with and sincere condolences to the New Zealand gov ernment and the New Zealand people, while expressing grief for the victims and wishing the injured an early recovery. Also on Friday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang sent a message of condolence to New Zealand Prime Minister JacindaRead More →