that was put forward by Xi, and the initiative is expected to promote the interconnectivity of the Eurasian continent.
The BRI is also a road of cultural exchanges, he said, adding that Italy would like to enhance cooperation with China in tourism and culture. Italy ad
mires China’s achievements in economic development, and it appreciates China’s opening-up policies, he said.
Both Italy and China are ancient civilizations, and the people of the two countries have sufficient wisdom to deal with
challenges nowadays, he said, adding that China’s rejuvenation will bring new contributions to peace and prosperity.
China will take a solid step toward becoming a high-income country this year,
reating more space to deepen reform and expand opening-up, economists said on Friday.
A more balanced growth pattern will help the world’s second-largest ec
onomy pass the “middle-income trap”, with consumption and high-tech man
ufacturing leading growth, they said at a Beijing seminar leading up to the 2019 China Development Forum, which starts on Saturday.
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
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MPs surprised by “downright reckless” strategy, Starmer says
dow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer has opened the emergency debate into the Brexit delay by quoting Ther
esa May’s de facto deputy David Lidington, who said last week that if May’s divorce deal was not passed by parl
iament, seeking “a short and, critically, one-off extension would be downright reckless.”
Starmer says those statements led MPs to believe that May would reques
t a long extension if she hadn’t passed her plan — but May has asked for a delay only until June 30.
He adds that the confusion is symptomatic of May’s Brexit strategy to date — to “put parliament as far away as possible from the process.”
of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump — I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until
they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad,” Trump told the conservative website.
Trump’s incessant appeals for his base are undeniably effective.
One Republican, Sen. Thom Tillis, of North Carolina, made an 11th
hour switch of his vote on the declaration of national emergency, falling into line behind the President.
A top GOP official in North Carolina told CNN’s Jim Acosta that
Tillis was under fierce pressure ahead of a potential primary challenge next year.
The official said, Tillis is “getting hit hard in the state.”
It wasn’t quite a George Clooney or Brad Pitt heist, but police say a brazen robbery attempt ended with gunfire and the suspect hospitalized in Las Vegas.
About 9:45 p.m. local time Friday, an armed man entered a packed Bell
agio Hotel and Casino and demanded money from a caged poker area, Las Vegas Met
ropolitan Police Capt. Nichole Splinter said.
He then fled and tried to steal a vehicle that ha
d just pulled into the valet lot, but he was immediately confronted by four police officers, Splinter said.
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.
William, Kate, Meghan and Harry attend at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2018.
”It’s just clickbait,” a source close to both duchesses told CNN.
The pressure to produce ever more dramatic headlines to drive traffic is intense, perhaps even more so when it comes to Meghan than when Kate Mi
ddleton entered the royal family. Back then, the running theme was how Kate came from working-class roots.
So, is there any truth to the rift? The duchesses were in their 30s when they met, and already had their own esta
blished, close-knit groups of friends. And while the pair may not hang out together or call each other regularly, the so
urce tells CNN, they are friendly and they text one another — linked as they are by a common bond.
The alleged rift has also been cited as the reasons Meghan and Harry
are moving out of Kensington Palace and plan to establish their own office. But CNN’s sou
rce said this is more to do with Harry wanting greater independence, and William needing his own team in pre
paration for so-called “reign change,” when Charles will become King and William will step up as the Prince of Wales.