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the EU can’t easily be predicted.
The difficulty for the EU is that, long or short, any delay comes with complications. And this is where opinions in European capitals start to diverge.
If the UK hasn’t left the EU by May 22, it might have to take part in elections to the European Parli
amentary elections, which begin the following day. Not doing so could be a breach of the UK’s obligations as a
member state.And if that happens, there is a real concern in Brussels that hardline Euroskeptics could stand for elect
ion, in protest at Britain not yet having yet Brexited. They might find a receptive public, and in turn, join interesting new fr
iends in the European Parliament. Sound far fetched? An EU source recently told CNN of worries in Brussels that far-right figures like To
mmy Robinson could end up as Members of the European Parliament, with all the associated attention that brings.
So a short delay is the preferred option of many in Brussels, especially in the Parliament. But that brings its own set of issues. Fi
rst, there is no guarantee that by the end of it, the UK Parliament would have given a thumbs up to May’s deal. In reality, it cou
ld just mean a delay to a no-deal Brexit that almost everyone claims they want to avoid, but still remains the default legal position.
ijab as she stood in the center of a room, surrounded by families desperate to hear words of reassurance. They were tired, worried and m
any were grieving loved ones presumed killed in the hail of bullets fired by a man who singled them out for their beliefs.
Even before she said a word, Ardern’s simple decision to cover
her hair served to show families she respected them and wanted to ease their pain.
”People were quite surprised. I saw people’s faces when she was wearing the hijab — th
ere were smiles on their faces,” said Ahmed Khan, a survivor of the attack who lost his uncle at the Al Noor mosque.
Ali Akil, a member of Syrian Solidarity New Zealand who came to Christc
hurch to support the community, said wearing the hjiab was “a symbolic thing.”
”It’s saying I respect you, what you believe, and I’m here to help,” he said. “I’m very impressed.”
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.
”comment on Brexit,” but characteristically unable to constrain himself, could barely leave the topic alone.
At the start of his meeting, Trump welcomed Varadkar, and pointin
g out that his visitor was in a difficult position over Britain’s tortured attempts to com
plete its withdrawal from the European Union, which could harm Ireland’s peace and prosperity.
Trump also, as he often does, used his position to slyly shout out one of his businesses, in this case, a golf course in Ireland.
”I have a very warm spot for Doonbeg, I will tell you that and it just a great place really.”
While praising Ireland, Trump promptly switched to a characteristic boast about his own success, his mana
gement of the economy and how he held “all of the records … every single record for the stock market.”
Trump’s obsession with Obama — a defining characteristic — app
eared like a nervous tick twice in his photo-op, twinned with a willingness to spout untruths.
William and Kate, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Harry and Meghan, The Duk
e and Duchess of Sussex, have said they have all spent time in Christchurch and
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 bro
ader Muslim community. 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.
dworking, and bravely take responsibility,” he said. “There are no honorary members, only responsible members.”
Political adviser He Yun’ao, from Jiangsu province, said this year’s session was busy and substantial.
“I got up early and got to sleep late to read more material so as to im
prove my proposals,” he said. “The meeting was over, but Chairman Wang has given us man
y assignments. I will do more surveys and study this year and bring better proposals next year.”
Zhang Zhihao and Wang Kaihao contributed to this story.
hina’s poverty relief battle is the world’s biggest and toughest. Over the last 30-plus ye
ars, China has made determined and innovative efforts to reduce poverty and remarkable achievements have been witnessed.
In this exclusive interview, an episode of China Daily’s two sessions special coverage answe
ring questions put forward by media outlets from more than 20 countries, Lei Ming, dean of the Insti
tute of Poverty Research, Peking University, shares his view on the ways of the toughest poverty-relief battle.
dual responsibility of offering suggestions and building consensus, and shoulder its political responsibilities of impleme
nting the CPC Central Committee’s decisions and plans, of meeting its requirements for CPPCC wo、
rk, and of pooling the wisdom and strength of all Chinese people, at home and overseas, for national rejuvenation, it says.
ang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and cha
irman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), presides over the closing meet
ing of the second session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 13, 2019.
Basketball legend Yao Ming has always voiced his support for physical education during the two sessions.
This year is no exception. Utilizing his position as a member of the Chinese People’s Polit
ical Consultative Conference’s National Committee, Yao called for more cross-departmental coope
ration and better coaching to further expand a school basketball program launched last year.
The program is meant not just to deepen the sport’s talent p
ool but, more importantly, to teach students life lessons that classroom study cannot.