East China remained the most developed region in 2017, wit

Designated traffic lanes will be set aside on Beijing-Chongli Expressway for smooth traffic flow during the upcoming 2019 Bei

jing International Horticultural Exhibition, the capital’s transport authorities said on Monday, Beijing News reported.

The expo, which will kick off on April 29 and run until Oct 7, is expected to attract 16 million visitors from home and abroad.

The special lanes will be put in use on weekends and national holidays

(Labor Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day) during the ho

rticultural exhibition, according to Beijing Municipal Commission of Transportation.

While the special lanes are in use, only public transport vehicles, large pass

enger cars, certified Beijing Expo vehicles, road maintenance vehicles and emergency vehi

cles, such as police cars, firefighting vehicles and ambulances, will be allowed to run on these lanes.

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Xu said there have also been signs showing climate cha

ange has resulted in lower wind speeds in the region. There h

as been a downward trend for average wind speeds in the cluster si

nce 1960 and especially after 1990. This is in line with the weakening trend of wind speeds made up of cold air from L

ake Baikal in Russia, which penetrates into the region from the northwest

A multilateral tax cooperation mechanism under the Belt and Road Initiative was establ

ished on Thursday in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province. It aims to facili

tate cross-border trade and investment along BRI routes by helping resolve tax disputes.

The nonprofit mechanism, the Belt and Road Initiative Tax Admin

istration Cooperation Mechanism, or BRITACOM, includes tax authorities from 34 countr

ies and regions. Participating parties signed a memorandum of understanding and bec

ome council members on Thursday, including those from Kazakhstan, Uruguay and Nigeria.

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We hope that the hall not only will become a platfor

form for people from the two nations to enjoy excellent cinematic works of b

oth countries, but also a starting point for more and deeper cultural exchanges,” sai

d Hou Sheng, secretary-general of Dehong Dai and Jingpo autonomous prefecture.

Last year, a cross-border marathon was organized by the prefecture. Abo

ut 10,000 runners participated in the marathon, which started from Ruili and inclu

ded 7 kilometers in Muse, Myanmar, before re-crossing the border back to the Chinese city.

The first two films screened were Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, a 2011 3D m

artial arts film featuring Jet Li and Zhou Xun, and Am

zing China, a 2018 documentary reviewing the country’s achievements in science, technology and economy.

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As well as The Composer, two other domestic films ha

ve been nominated for a Tiantan Award-actor-director Chen Jianbin’s new comedy drama The Eleventh Chapter, and the sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth.

After drawing in box-office receipts totaling a whopping 4.6 billio

n yuan ($685 million)-or 24 percent of Chinese box-office takings during the first qua

rter-The Wandering Earth is now regarded as a game-changer for its role in reviving the fortunes of the Chinese sci-fi genre.

As the longest film among all the nominated movies, Turkish master

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s 188-minute The Wild Pear Tree will be screened for the first time in Chi

na. A Fortunate Man, the latest directorial epic by Danish auteur Bille August, is also a highly anticipated entry.

The other nominated films are Another World (Japan), Ben is Back (United States), Happ

ier Times, Grump (Finland), Here (Iran), Sunset (Hungary, France), Tehran: City of Love (Britain, Iran

and the Netherlands), The Keeper (Germany, Britain), The Unorthodox (Israel), Fear (India), and The Waiter (Greece).

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Yu said she has two very good friends who are single

We hang out together every weekend, and I enjoy being with my friends more than going on a date with

someone I just met — that’s why I think I will be not actively looking for a relationship in the next few years,” she added.

Coontz said one reason people are waiting longer to get married is because more of them, es

pecially women, are going to college. Even after graduation, most people want to wait until they have paid

off at least a good portion of their college debt and acquired a steady job, she said.

Two earners are increasingly necessary for people to establish a middle-class lifestyle, so mos

t individuals want to make sure that they and their partner have decent earnings prospects.

“Another part of the answer is that our expectations of marriage — especially women’s expec

tations — are much higher than in the past, and their options outside marriage are greater,” said Coo

ntz. “So, they can be more ‘picky’ about their mates, and they can afford to wait until they find one who suits them.”

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Taking into account the Trial Chamber’s conclusions reflec

ting the magnitude of Karadzic’s crimes, the Appeals Chamber is in agreement with the Prosec

ution’s position and considers that the 40‐year sentence inadequately reflects the extraordinary gra

vity of Karadžić’s crimes as well as his central and instrumental participation in four joint criminal enterprises,” said the judge.

“Given the above, the Appeals Chamber considers that the sentence of 40 years imposed by

the Trial Chamber underestimates the extraordinary gravity of Karadzic’s responsibility and his inte

gral participation in ‘the most egregious of crimes’ that were committed throughout the entire period of the con

flict in Bosnia and Herzegovina and were noted for their ‘sheer scale’ and ‘systematic cruelty,'” added Joensen.

The now 73-year-old Karadzic led the breakaway Serbian entity of Republic of Srpska, located w

ithin Bosnia, during the Balkan wars of the 1990s that were initiated by the breakup of former Yugoslavia.

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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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Authorities broadened the investigation after two other case

  of illness at the company in recent years were discovered.Klaus O was brought before a judge on May 17, who issued an arrest warrant for attempted murder.

  Fire brigade specialists found mercury, lead and cadmium in the suspect’s apart

ment in Bielefeld. Police said the man “has long tried to produce toxic substances, including heavy metal comp

ounds,” based on substances found in his home.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has provoked outrage on Inte

rnational Women’s Day by saying that men should not have to make way for women’s empowerment.

  ”We’re not about setting Australians against each other, trying to push some down to lift

others up,” Morrison told a function organized by Australia’s mining industry on March 8.

  ”We want to see women rise. But we don’t want to see women rise only on the basis of others doing worse.”

  On social media, the comments sparked instant derision of Morrison, who

has been criticized for the lack of female representation among his party’s leadership.

  ”Men who are threatened or worried of women achieving equality is the bloody problem,” tweeted Australian senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

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Trump-Kim summit shows need for more talks

United States President Donald Trump and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea top leader K

im Jongun did not sign any deal at their second summit in Hanoi on Thursday. So what will US-DPRK r

elations be like in the future? Two experts share their views with China Daily’s Pan Yixuan. Excerpts follow:

Both sides should show patience to continue talks

That no agreements were signed between the US and the DPRK in Hanoi came as a surprise since ex

pectations were high that the second Trump-Kim summit would yield at least a US-DPRK peace trea

ty, if not a pact on verifying the DPRK’s dismantled nuclear facilities or establishing a US liaison office in Py

ongyang, or an agreement on Washington partly lifting sanctions against Pyongyang.

In fact, the US tried to lower the expectations before the sum

mit by calling for long-term negotiations. It was confirmed at the post-summit news confe

rence of Trump that the sticking point between the two sides is Washington’s refusal to accept Py

ongyang’s demand to lift the sanctions in one fell swoop, and Pyongyang’s rejection of Washington’s proposal that it shoul

d do something “meaningful” to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula before getting any sanctions relief.

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How people are trying to end the India-Pakistan crisis one

  As tensions between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan simmer, some people — mostly youths — ar

e trying to build bridges and dialogue between the two neighboring countries.

  The #SayNoToWar campaign on Twitter comes shortly before Pak

istan announced that the captured Indian pilot, who was shot down over Kashmir, w

ould be released Friday in an attempt to defuse the gravest crisis in the disputed border region in years.

  It is unclear who launched the hashtag on Twitter, but Kashmiri journalist

Sagrika Kissu was one of the first to promote it on Tuesday, a check by CNN shows.

  ”Let’s trend the hashtag #SayNoToWar. We don’t want more lives to be snu

ffed out. We want peace. War has never solved any problem. It never will. Thanks,” she wrote on Tuesday.

  After being picked up by celebrities from both countries, politicians, rights group and common users, the hashtag began t

rending worldwide and was among the top trends in India and Pakistan before becoming a Twitter moment.

  The Dataminr social discovery platforms shows that more than 128,500 tweets were published using the hashtag in the

past two days, with peaks of 2,000 tweets every 10 minutes on Wednesday at noon, CNN analysis shows.

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