While May was addressing her lawmakers, MPs in the mai

n chamber debated eight other Brexit options, ranging from leaving abruptly with no deal to revoking the divorce altogether.

While there was no majority support for any, the option calling for a referendum on any depa

rture deal, and another suggesting a UK-wide customs union with the EU, won more votes than May’s deal did two weeks ago.

Oliver Letwin, a Conservative former cabinet minister who led parliament’s unusual power grab, said it ha

d been expected that none would immediately win a majority, and lawmakers would have another chance on Monday.

The uncertainty around Britain’s most significant political and economic change since W

orld War II has left allies and investors aghast. Sterling dipped after Wednesday’s events.

If May’s deal were to pass, her office said there would be a contest to replace her after May 22, when Britain would leave the EU.

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According to the Ministry of Commerce, as of the end of N

ovember 2018, France had invested in 5,647 projects in China, with actual investment value amounting to $17.49 billion.

“There are no official rules for French enterprises to succeed in C

hina. The main rule is to respect the Chinese people,” said Raffarin.

Well-known by many Chinese people as a “good friend” of China,

the 70-year-old said he has visited China more than 100 times since his first trip in 1970.

Residents in Chinese mainland will be able to apply for passpo

rts and travel permits at every exit and entry management department across the coun

try starting from April 1, according to National Immigration Administration on Tuesday.

The travel permits refer to the documents allowing mainland residents to travel to and from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, it said.

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The Italian side looks forward to enhancing cooperati

tion with China on jointly building the Belt and Road, She said.

Noting that the history of Italy-China exchanges for the past 50 years has been a history of dia

logue and friendship, the speaker said the Italian Senate is willing to facilitate exchanges between the two cou

ntries’ legislative institutions, and continue to make contributions to deepening Italy-China friendly cooperation.

Xi arrived in Rome Thursday for a state visit to Italy, the first stop of his three-nation Europe tour, which will also take him to Monaco and France.

hinese authorities have unveiled detailed measures to implement valu

e-added tax reform, a key step to boost market vitality and stabilize economic growth.

Starting April 1 this year, the 16 percent VAT rate that applies to manufa

cturing and other sectors will be lowered to 13 percent, while the rate for construction, tran

sport and other sectors will be reduced from 10 percent to 9 percent, said a joint statement released on Th

ursday by the Ministry of Finance, State Taxation Administration and the General Administration of Customs.

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The Chagos Islands never got its independence day. Instea

  Britain has now been instructed to properly finish the process of decolonizati

on, and return the Chagos Islands, located half way between Africa and Indonesia, to Mauritius.

  The ruling, though non-binding, potentially creates a huge problem for the Unite

d States. Today, Diego Garcia is one of America’s most important — and secretive — overseas assets.

  Home to over 1,000 US troops and staff, it has been used by the US Navy, the US Air Force and ev

en NASA — the island’s enormous runway was a designated emergency landing site for the spac

e shuttle. Diego Garcia has helped to launch two invasions of Iraq, served as a vital landing spot for bombers that fly mis

sions across Asia, including over the South China Sea, and has been linked to US rendition efforts.

  Many in Britain, including Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the country’s opposition Labour Party, are now calling for the

UK to return the islands to Mauritius. Should that happen experts believe the ownership of Diego Garcia co

uld be up for negotiation — a move that would make Mauritius a much more important country geopolitically.

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An ailing 82-year-old refusing to relinquish the presidenc

  resentment against a ruling civilian and military cabal, and an economy in crisis have sparked mass protests across Algeria in recent weeks.

  President Abdelaziz Bouteflika praised the peaceful nature of the ongoing demo

nstrations and “maturity of our citizens, notably youth” in a message to mark International Women’s Day on Friday.

  Bouteflika also warned Algerians over “possible infiltration of misleading partie

s” who may seek to “provoke chaos” in a statement published by the Algeria Press Service.

  Why is everyone sick of Bouteflika?

  Protesters have been hitting the streets in the capital, Algiers, and other cities across the

North African country for weeks, demanding Bouteflika withdraw from contending forthcoming elections. The

announcement on Sunday that the octogenarian will seek a fifth term in office has sparked fury among Algerians.

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Yi said the new board aims to better serve innovation

orientated enterprises and will serve as a prelude to capital market reforms in a broader scope.

To better serve high-quality economic growth, the commission will carefully evaluate the effect of various reform and innov

ation measures on the new board, based on which fine-tuning measures for the ChiNext and the National Equities E

xchange and Quotations could be pushed forward in a coordinated way, Yi stressed.

The ChiNext and the NEEQ are both existing equity trading platforms, mainly servi

ng China’s Nasdaq-style high-growth enterprises and medium to small-sized enterprises, respectively.

The commission will “pay attention to keep a balance between differe

nt sub-markets” to launch the new board in a smooth and steady way, Yi said.
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President Donald Trump and DPRK top leader Kim Jong-un shake hands before their one-on-one chat during the sec

ond US-DPRK summit at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam February

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he eclectic nature of the winners — including several surprises

  seemed indicative of what was already deemed one of the most wide-open races i

n years, given the lack of consensus among guild awards leading up to Sunday’s event.

  Perhaps no surprise came bigger than best actress, as “The Favourite’s” Olivia Colman upset

seven-time nominee Glenn Close, who had marched through awards season with enough victories to m

ake her a presumptive favorite. (Colman, in an emotional speech, practically apologized to Close for wi

nning.)s for politics, a recurring theme involved the Trump administration’s immigration polices, including an early jo

ke from Maya Rudolph that among the things that wouldn’t be happening during the telecast, “Mexico is not paying for the w

all.” For his part, Malek referenced being a first-generation American, the son of Egyptian immigrants.

  Still, the most overt and rousing rejoinder belonged to Spik

e Lee — a winner for adapted screenplay for his movie “BlacKkKlansman” — who pointed to

the 2020 election, urging people to “be on the right side of history. Let’s do the right thing!” Congressman and civil-rig

hts icon John Lewis also received a prolonged ovation, introducing “Green Book.”

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Bernd H. Knöller, Riff’s head chef and owner, released a stat

  expressing deep regret over the incident and saying that he is collaborating with authorities to determine what happened.

  ”I have taken the decision to permanently close the restaurant until the cause of what happened ha

s been established and we can reopen with the necessary guarantees for the safety of staff and customers.”

  Riff holds one Michelin star, a prestigious award in the restaurant business.

  ”The owner-chef, who despite being German considers himself Valencian, conju

res up innovative cuisine,” reads the Michelin Guide entry for the restaurant.

  ”This is based around the highest quality, seasonal, local produc

ts to create successful culinary combinations and interesting set menus.”Crippling sanc

tions in Iran have seen its effect in the medical sector. CNN’s Fred Pleitgen reports on medical shortages in Tehran.

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hina refutes report of contact with Venezuelan opposition

ina said on Wednesday that it hoped relevant media would report news abiding by principles of being objective and fair.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying made the remarks when asked for comments on The Wall Street Jo

urnal reporting that Chinese diplomats had contact with Venezuelan opposition representatives in Washington.

“Recently, some media have been cooking up fake news. I don’t know what the purpose is,” said Hua at a press br

iefing. “We hope relevant media will report news abiding by principles of being objective and fair.”

As for the current Venezuela issue, China advocates seeking a political settlement through dialogue and consultation, Hua said.

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Air NZ flight to Shanghai turns back due to lack of lan

An Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Shanghai had to turn back midway on Sunday morni

ng after the aircraft was found to be lacking the required permission to land in China’s mainland.

The Boeing 787-9, operating as Flight NZ289, took off from Au

kland, New Zealand, around midnight on Saturday local time but turned back after flying for a

bout 4.5 hours. The flight was scheduled to land at Pudong International Airport at 7:05am Beijing time.

In a short message sent to passengers later, the airline said the “aircraft operating the flight did not have reg

ulatory approval to land in Chinese mainland and was required to return to Auckland.”

The B787-9, the bigger version of the Dreamliner, with the registration ZK-NZQ, has been flying wit

h the airline for five months, but has never landed in the Chinese mainland, according to its flying records.

According to China’s civil aviation regulation, foreign carriers are required to

submit a list of the type, nationality and registration mark of aircraft sch

eduled to land in Chinese mainland to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) before operating the flight.

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