Top officials at the Confederation of British Industry and t

  he Trades Union Congress said Thursday that Britain faces a “national emergency” if politicians allow that to happen.

  ”Firms and communities across the United Kingdom are not ready for this outcome. Th

e shock to our economy would be felt by generations to come,” they wrote in a letter to May.

  McDonald’s (MCD) and KFC (YUM) joined with UK supermarkets to warn that crash

ing out of the European Union would disrupt supplies. Airbus has said that it would be forced to redirect future inv

estment away from the United Kingdom.What can the UK achieve in three weeks that it couldn’t in three years?

  The most obvious answer to this is, worryingly for some, not very much.

  While the European Union offered Prime Minister Theresa May — and her vision fo

r Brexit — a final lifeline this week, it did so with caveats and, crucially, harder deadlines than before.

  It’s these deadlines that European leaders hope will focus the minds of British la

wmakers as they return to the House of Commons to try and find a way out of the Brexit deadlock.

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No-deal Brexit happens next week and no one knows if the EU

is deep into its most crucial week since the last one.

On Thursday, Theresa May travels to Brussels to meet with the remaining 27 EU leaders, where she is expected to request an extension to Article 50, the legal

process by which Britain is leaving the EU. If the EU27 agree, as they probably will, Brexit will be delayed beyond the current deadline of March 29. Lea

ving aside the gravity of this epic failure of British Brexit policy, the key question is how long will the delay last?

There are two likely options. The first is a short delay, which Downing Street said on Wedne

sday it would request. This would give the UK government a little more time to get its Withdrawal Agr

eement through Parliament, perhaps sweetened with some changes to the accompanying political declaration.

Or, the EU could offer May a much longer extension, possibly lasting years, to give to the UK more breathing space in which to u

ntangle its Brexit mess. The EU says it would only grant a longer delay if there was a good reason for doing so.

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After rejecting May’s Brexit deal last week, MPs voted in favor

  tension to the withdrawal process, given the unlikelihood of agreeing a deal before Mar

ch 29. May is expected to ask the remaining 27 EU member states for a delay at this week’s summit.

  It’s possible the EU may propose a long extension to the Brexit process and require the UK to take part in the upcoming European elections in May.

  Downing Street has used the prospect of a lengthy delay — which could be used to force a second

referendum — to try to persuade Brexiteer lawmakers that they risk losing Brexit altogether if they don’t vo

te for May’s deal.The man who opened fire on two New Zealand mosques last week may have succeeded in killing 50 pe

ople, but the country’s leader has promised to deny him the one thing he truly wanted: Notoriety.

  ”You will never hear me mention his name,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told the New Zealand Parliament Tuesday.

  ”He is a terrorist, he is a criminal, he is an extremist, but he will, when I speak, be nameless, and

to others I implore you: Speak the names of those who were lost rather than the name of the man who took t

hem. He may have sought notoriety but we in New Zealand will give him nothing — not even his name.”

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The shooting at the mosque on Deans Avenue next to Hag

  Park, is near to Cathedral Square, where children were taking part in a global protest to raise awareness for climate change.

  ”If your child was attending the climate change protest in Cathedral Square and you want to check if they are in the Civic O

ffices, please call the Council Contact Centre on 03-941-8999,” Christchurch City Council said.

  Christchurch is a coastal city of around 400,000 residents. It is the third most populous

city in New Zealand behind Auckland and Wellington. It has an agricultural economy.

  In 2010 and 2011 the city suffered a series of devastating earthquakes, with the most destructi

ve at 6.3 magnitude, which killed nearly 200 people and destroyed thousands of buildings.

  Just 1% of New Zealand‘s population of almost 5 million are Muslim, according to government statistics, less than 50,000 people in 2013.

  Journalist Chris Lynch, a radio host on New Zealand station ZB Radio, told CNN that o

ne of the shootings had occurred at “the biggest mosque in all of Christchurch.”

  He described Christchurch as a “very peaceful city” that is still getting over the devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake that hit in 2011.

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All the members should remain conscientious and har

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.

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Key GOP senator with aviation oversight says he would “pr

  Republican Sen. John Thune — who has oversight of the aviation industry and the FAA as a member of the Aviation subcommit

tee of the Commerce and Transportation Committee — said Tuesday he would “prefer flying on some other plane” rather than Boeing’s 737 MAX 8.

  Thune, who is also a the second-ranking Senate Republican leader, seemed to suggest he would be open to ground

ing the planes if the evidence pointed to it, but stopped short of saying the planes should be grounded at this po

int unless and until an NTSB investigation finds there is a problem with the plane.

  He said he will also wait for the investigation before considering hearings in

his subcommittee. He said he has not talked to anyone at Boeing about his concerns.

  Reporter: Would you safe flying a Super Max 8 right now? Would you fly on it?

  Senator Thune: “Uhh…well, I guess I would uh, probably like everybody else, prefer flying on some other plane.”

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As Manafort faced his judgment day, Cohen was facing

  fresh attacks on his credibility amid accusations that he lied to Congress during his explosive testimony last week.

  Trump’s former attorney told lawmakers that he had never asked for and would not ac

cept a pardon from Trump. Yet multiple sources told CNN’s Gloria Borger that the prospect of a par

don was raised more than once between Cohen’s lawyer and attorneys representing the President.

  The matter is being investigated in Congress following Cohen’s public and private testimony before three congressional committees over the past two weeks.

  In question is whether there was an effort to seek a pardon or offer a pardon in exchange for

the cooperation who will go to prison in May after admitting tax and financial crimes and lying to Congress.

  Rep. Elijah Cummings, the Maryland Democrat who chairs the House Oversight Com

mittee, said he told Cohen that he would “nail you to the cross” if he did not tell the truth to lawmakers again.

  ”I’m going to study the transcript first, that’s No. 1. I’m going to see what the allegations are and then I’ll go from there,” Cummings told CNN’s Manu Raju.

  Trump is not waiting for any investigation to take a new shot at his former legal fixer, tw

eeting an MSNBC headline: “Cohen’s lawyer contradicts Cohen’s testimony about never seeking a Presidential Pardon.

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While that struggle was raging, waste-to-energy pow

  plant business owner Lee Won-jeong in 2017 bought the site from Kim, but kept him on as manager. Lee is based in Busan, in the south of the country, and claims he was unaware of the problems at the site.

  Lee says that after the sale, Kim deposited more than 80 times the amount of g

arbage permitted at the site, including household waste, construction materials, and discarded polymer.

  The manager of the site had a permit to dump 2,000 tons of waste, the site holds more than 80 times that now.

  As the trash mountain decomposed, gas built up under the surface. In December last year, fires began to appear.

  Lee says that when he learned of Kim’s misconduct he fired him. Kim has since disappeared and CNN was unable to reach him for comment.

  Kwon Hyun-soo, the Uiseong county environmental supervisor, says local authorities ar

e using their own resources to tackle the trash but the flaming mountain is too big for them to resolve.

  ”The waste is mostly from outside of our region. It’s too much for us to take care of the issue at the local level,” says Kwon.

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During the TCT Asia trade show last week, Stratasys also

unveiled the voxel-level 3D printing solution that allows users to exercise control of their design at volumetric pixel level with access to more materials.

For instance, it has teamed up with one car manufacturer to allow customers to customize car body p

atterns using 3D printing solutions, which Agam called a ‘true revolution”.

“Till now the 3D printing remains largely a B2B business. This is for the first time that

customers can come and actually have an impact on what the products are going to look like,” he said.

The company has rosy prospects on the technology’s adoption in automotive, medical and consumer electronics.

The Chinese government is making the development of additive ma

nufacturing technology in the country a priority. Foreign companies are encouraged to set up b

ranches and R&D centers in China, and a few domestic companies, which have already had their products rec

ognized internationally and will be able to compete in the international market, will be fostered.

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Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, which are powered by electri

city produced by compressed hydrogen fed into fuel cells, are important in building a green ene

rgy future, as they are generally considered zero-emission and clean, according to Hu.

Such vehicles have long cruising ranges and can be refueled within three to five minutes.

In addition, the performance of fuel cell vehicles is not greatly affected by the change o

f seasons, he said, referring to winter’s adverse effect on the life of lithium batteries.

In recent years, the company has made moves to advance in the field, as bo

th the central and local governments are eyeing the potential of hydrogen fuel cells to upg

rade the manufacturing industry, and to achieve green and sustainable development.

China had around 1,200 fuel cell vehicles on its roads and fewer than 20 hydr

ogen fuel stations by the end of 2017, ranking behind the United States, Japan, Ge

rmany and South Korea, according to the International Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association.

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