Booing drowned out any cheers from British fans as Walk

den was announced as the winner and Zheng refused to acknowledge the Briton’s victory

before sensationally collapsing on the podium and leaving the competition area in tears.

“I have been doing this sport for 16 years, but this is the first time I have realized that a taekwondo match could be played like this.

Zheng, competing in her fifth world championships, said on hea

ring the British national anthem playing, she felt too weak to stand on the podium.

“I felt very guilty for not winning the gold for my coach, my teammates and my country. We h

ave been working so hard for this world championships. It is the biggest event before the Tokyo Olympic Games.”

“Many fans came up to console me and some of them are British. I know most people know what is fair play,” Zheng said.

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Ministry of Industry and Information Technology data show

ed China’s digital economy had reached more than 27 trillion yuan ($4 trillio

n) in 2017, a year-on-year rise of 20.3 percent, accounting for nearly 33 percent of GDP.

Lu said the growth rate of the number of people working as new media operators in 2017 was mo

re than 10 times that of 2013. The growth comes as more consumers turn from mass media to new me

dia, which provides more information, is faster, has a more diversified presentation and cheaper cost.

Algorithm engineers, in particular, grew at exponential rates. More than fi

ve times as many people worked as algorithm engineers in 2017 than 2013, he said.

“Algorithm is the foundation for artificial intelligence. AI has started to integrate with other industr

ies and already had been successfully implemented in AI plus marketing, finance and assisted medical dia

gnosis. AI engineers will have more value as AI becomes more closely tied with more businesses,” Lu said.

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The success case of Entertainment One in defending th

Last year, the Hangzhou Internet Court ruled in favor of Entertainment On

e which identified the infringement of the Peppa Pig copyright by two Chinese comp

anies. These companies were subsequently ordered to cease production and sales of their toy kitchen sets

that featured the image of Peppa Pig. They were also ordered to pay a combined 150,000 yuan ($22,150) in fines.

“As we are still a relatively new brand in China, the biggest achievem

ent is to have made such an impact on piracy in such a short space of time,” Pfeiffer said.

First broadcast in the UK in 2004 and formally introduced in China

in 2015, the cartoon chronicles the adventures of Peppa, her family and friends. The latest trai

ler for the theatrical release of the Peppa Pig generated more than 1.5 billion views in China, according to company stat

istics. Its popularity has generated a raft of toys, clothes and other spin-off products. Counterfeits are also rife.

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Li Qiang, director of the Shenzhou Institute’s postgradua

raduate department, said China has trained hundreds of foreign space engineers since the mid-1990s.

However, those training sessions were mostly occasional, often accompanied a satellite export deal, and were mainly focu

sed on ground-based control and applications of satellites rather than their design and production, the director said.

“However, in recent years, along with the expansion in our cooperation in the space indu

stry with other countries, many of our foreign partners voiced their hopes that we could hold some sort of syst

ematic training programs to help them create their own spacecraft designers and technicians,” he said.

Therefore, he said, “We decided to open a two-year postgraduate prog

ram and then sent the message to countries having space cooperation with China.”

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Guangdong province in South China will allow ove

erseas travelers from 53 nations and regions to enjoy a 144-hour visa-fr

ee visit starting in May, with an aim to further promote the province’s tourism industry.

Lin Weixiong, deputy director general of the Guangdong Departme

nt of Public Security, said foreign passengers can vis

it all of Guangdong’s 21 prefecture-level cities when they have entered the province.

“In addition to the international airports, foreigners can enter an

d leave Guangdong through the four railways, the eight land and 15 water ports in the pro

vince,” Lin said at a press conference in the Guangdong provincial capital of Guangzhou on Tuesday.

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Emperor Akihito abdicates, Japan embraces end of era

Japanese Emperor Akihito, in his final remarks as his three-decade reign drew to a close

on Tuesday, thanked the people for their support and expressed hope for a peaceful future.

Akihito, 85, was the first Japanese monarch enthroned unde

r a post-war Constitution that defines the role of the monarch as a merely a “symbol of the State.”

“To the people who accepted and supported me as a symbol, I express my heartfelt thanks,” Akihito, wearing a Western

-style morning coat, said at a brief abdication ceremony in the Imperial Palace’s Matsu no ma, or Hall of Pine.

“Together with the empress, I hope from my heart that the new Reiwa era that begins tomorrow will be peaceful and fru

itful, and pray for the peace and happiness of our country and the people of the world,” said a solemn Akihito, refer

ring to the new imperial era, standing flanked by Empress Michiko, who wore a long white and grey dress.

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fornia synagogue shooting suspect identified as

 The suspect of Saturday’s synagogue shooting in San Diego, C

alifornia, has been identified as 19-year-old John Earnest, authorities said.

The suspect has no prior contact with law enforcement, said San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore.

Authorities are aware of an online manifesto that Earnest wrote, and are looking

into digital evidence and checking the authenticity of the document, according to Gore.

“We are serving search warrants for the suspect’s home, car and the Ch

abad of Poway,” he said, adding that officials are checking Earnest’s possible involvement in the

arson and vandalism of mosque in Escondido, a city northeast of downtown San Diego.

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Torrential rains trouble traffic in Guangdongu Baiyun Airport

orrential rains have hit many cities in South China’s Guangdong on Friday, bringing traffic chaos.

Guangzhou Baiyun Airport had seen 104 flights canceled, 66 flights delayed for more than an hour,

and 19 flights diverted to other airports by 11:30 am. Huadu district, where Guangzhou’s airport i

s located, announced a red signal, the top-level warning for heavy rain, at 11:04 am.

The airports in Shenzhen and Zhuhai have also been affected by the downpour.

Many trains between Guangzhou and Shenzhen w

ere delayed, with stranded passengers waiting at the train stations.

Intercity coach stations in Guangzhou were asked by the ci

ty’s transport authorities to stop selling tickets and dispatc

hing vehicles from 11:40 am until the first-level heavy rain emergency response has ended.

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A report published by major Chinese travel agency Ctri

showed that 160 million Chinese people have travel plans during the upcoming four-day May

Day holiday. Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and Indonesia are the top destinations outside the mainland.

Malaysia, which receives around 10 million Chinese tourists annua

lly, began to issue e-visas for Chinese in 2017. “The number of visa stickers on passports of Chinese

nationals dropped by 70 percent in the first year after the service was introduced, showing its high popularity,” said Han.

Since last year, countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand and Sr

i Lanka have started to accept visa application documents online and issue e-visas, either a bar code or QR code.

“When more countries that are mainstream travel destinations launch such services for Chinese, more will follow suit,” Dai said.

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From the nine photos uploaded by Han, people could

 see three panda cubs frolicking behind a green fence and climbing the fence, along with two h

uman hands touching the nose and head of a cub. The one touching the head had red nail polish.

The post angered netizens who criticized Han for endangering the cub, fearing diseases from humans might pass to the animals.

A week later, Han deleted her posts, saying she loved pandas and would behav

e herself in the future. She also said she loved other animals and kept two dogs at home.

One netizen condemned Han for not considering the spread of the canine distemper virus to the panda cub from her two dogs.

The virus was reported to have caused the deaths of captive giant pandas in 1997, wh

en three of the bears died at the Chongqing Zoo in Sichuan’s neighboring Chongqing municipality.

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