Li Ganjie, minister of ecology and environment, told a

 conference in March that a new round of central environmental inspectio

ns would be rolled out across the country in the next three years, starting this year, after the ap

proach proved successful in addressing environmental violations.

He said the new round will also cover central government bod

ies and State-owned enterprises, and inspectors will spend ano

ther year revisiting all areas to see whether or not the violations they found have been rectified.

The number of intellectual property rights cases handled by Chinese courts increased signif

icantly in 2018, showing that the country is increasingly aware of its importance in pursuing high-quality ec

onomic development, the Supreme People’s Court said on Monday in a white paper.

Courts at all levels accepted a total of 334,951 IPR cases in 2018, up

by 41.2 percent from the previous year, according to the court, which released the wh

ite paper – Intellectual Property Protection by Chinese Courts in 2018 – in Hefei, Anhui province.

Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces, together with Beijing and Shanghai, rema

in the top contributors of cases, with the number of first-instance civil cases accepted by local courts rea

ching a combined 185,337 and covering 65.4 percent of the national total for IPR.

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A number of entrepreneurs from across the world

 showed their innovative ideas, hoping to gain acc

ess to potential investors, mentors and business partners through the platform.

Wang Zhigang, minister of Science and Technology, said China

will further open up and strengthen international coop

eration in technological fields to promote a favorable environment for global talent.

The two-day event, with an exhibition area of 70,000 square meters, attracted more

than 4,000 professional organizations, training agencies, universities, tec

hnology enterprises and human resource agencies from 52 countries and regions across the world.

About 110,000 visitors were at the conference.China uses high-tech measures for cultural heritage protection

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Trump to attend 75th anniversary of Normandy landi

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he will attend the ceremonies t

o be held in France later this year for commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

Trump made the remarks when asked by a World War II veteran at the Oval Office in the White House.

“I’ll be there,” he said.

The Normandy landings, an unexceptionally big military operation launched by the Allied troops, commence

d on June 6, 1944, breaking Nazi Germany’s grip on France and changing the course of history during the World War II.

Trump made a trip to France for the 100th anniversary commemorations of the end of World War I last November.

He has frequently criticized European members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

for failing to meet the official annual defense spending target of 2 percent of gross domestic product set by the organization.

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Always referring to himself as the “gatekeeper” of the Pa

Palace Museum, Shan joked about applying for a volunteer position after retirement.

His successor Wang Xudong was formerly the director of the Dunhuang Academy. He has b

een dedicated to the preservation of Dunhuang murals since 1991 and became the director of the institution in 2014.

China saw 112 million domestic tourist trips during the three-day tomb-sweeping holiday, up 10.

9 percent from last year’s holiday, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

The tourism revenue reached 47.9 billion yuan (about $7.1 billion) during the holiday which lasts from Fri

day to Sunday, up 13.7 percent, according to the ministry.

Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor started a t

hree-day trip to Japan on Sunday to attend a symposium for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

The symposium, jointly held by Guangdong, Hong Kong and

Macao, will be on Tuesday in Tokyo, site of one of the world’s best-known and largest bay areas.

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Mobike announced Friday that it will raise its riding

 fees in Beijing – one yuan for 15 minutes and 0.5 yuan for each additional 15 minutes – with the new fees coming into place next Monday.

The move comes after Bluegogo’s fee increase in Beijing from March 21, where the compa

ny cut riding time for a one yuan from one hour to 15 minutes, with each additional 15 minutes costing 0.5 yuan.

Zhang Shule, an industry commentator, told Changjiang Times that price raises will not bother users.

Zhang said, as a niche market, the industry still has room to adjust prices.

ying continuing with warmer weather, the company should attrac

t increasing numbers of users, compared with the cold winter months.

International Financial News cited data showing the number of active users on Mobike and Ofo exceeded 20 million in February.

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Han lived in a 130-square-meter house before m

ng Wu. He planned to invite her to move in, but Wu didn’t want to leave her apartmen

t at the Social Welfare Institute of Wuhan in Jianghan district, where she had been residing for four years. So Han move

d to the institute, into an apartment across from Wu. He would call her every morning and they would eat three meals together.

On Nov 1, 2018, the two tied the knot. Han gave Wu a one-karat diamond ring at their wedding ceremony.

he institute arranged for them a suite, which has turned into a cozy home with their careful arrangement. Han’s books, newspap

ers and magnifying glasses and Wu’s handwork sit on the desk, while Han’s favorite calligraphy works hang on the wall.

Wu learns singing during the day and Han reads newspapers. When he plays Chinese che

ss, she sits and watches him. Sometimes they do handwork together, watch the TV news and order takeout food.

Han said he did astronomy research when he was young and Wu did oil exploration

, both areas requiring field work, so they have a lot of common topics to talk about every day.

On Thursday afternoon, they shot their wedding photos at the garden of the Social Welfare Institute. Han said, “I’m so happy.”

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The EU has indicated it could grant Britain a longer exte

tension if it plans to change course and tack toward a softer departure. That would, however, require the U.K. to particip

ate in elections for the European Parliament in late May — something both the bloc and the British government have sought to avoid.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the bloc was open to extending the departure process by “six or nine or 12 months.”

The political morass has left Britons on both sides of the debate frustrated and angry. S

ome Brexit supporters, who had planned to be celebrating Friday, were protesting instead.

Thousands converged on Parliament Square as lawmakers voted inside, waving Union Jack flags and singing, “Bye-Bye EU.”

Retired charity worker Mandy Childs, one of a band of hard-core Brexit supporter

s walking across England to London under the slogan “Leave Means Leave,” said she felt “heartbroken.”

“We were told over a 100 times by a British prime minister that we would be leaving on the 29th of March, 2019,” she said.

“To do that, promise the British people that and then say ‘Actually, no, we need to just put it back’ — absolute betrayal. And how dare she?”

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n a rainy day, Gao Ziren accompanied the girl home and

comforted her when she was frightened by thunder. Gao has also used his mobile phone to help the girl talk with her parents. Gradually, her performance improved.

“I have taught many students since being a teacher for so many years. Some students wo

uld like to visit during the holidays, and it feels good that someone remembers you,” Gao Ziren said.

“When rural children lack family education, schools and teachers need to do more in psych

ological education,” said Li Wu, a principal of Meiling Central School. He said rural areas need more teachers like Gao Ziren.

Growing the traditional herb on trunks of oak trees has lifted more than a thousand people out of poverty

It is still early spring in southwestern China’s Guizhou province, but the forest in Zhegui

village is already filled with vitality: oak trunks covered with orchid-like stalks, with branches swaying in the breeze.

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Chinese netizens have dubbed Wan Xi-he doesn’t give his

real name-”the most hardcore cat lover” for building the AI cat shelter.

The wooden box, 165 centimeters tall, is cozy with a small entry. Inside is a multil

evel cat den with a scratching post, plush resting places, dangling toys and hideaways.

The access control system features AI facial recognition technology. A high-definition camera on top can identify 174 kinds

of cats and let them enter or exit as they wish. It has night vision to let in any ginger toms or gray tabbies wandering by at night.

The camera can check cats for four common feline diseases, including inflammation of the mout

h and gums, skin problems and trauma. It can identify a neutered cat by spotting its ear tag within 300 milliseconds.

Once a sick or non-neutered cat is identified, volunteers get an alert on their cellphones and come to help.

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The ministry has promised to track the illegal disposal of w

  But what about the trash that has already been dumped in South Korea — such as the smoldering heap in Uiseong?

  The government has said it will relax regulations on incineration to allow for disposal, but that move has not thrilled environmental groups.

  Kim Mi-kyung, of Greenpeace Korea, says incineration “creates various environmental and health problems like greenhouse gases and toxic substances.”

  ”If we expand the (use of) incinerators, the plastic use will expand with it, because it w

ill be easy to just burn them,” she says, adding that the problem needs to be tackled at the production level.

  South Korea is one of the world’s biggest plastic consumers.

  In 2015, it consumed almost 300 pounds (132 kilograms) of plastic

per capita, surpassing both the US and China at 205 and 128 pounds (93 and 58 kg), resp

ectively, according to Euromap,an association for plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers.

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