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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delivery staff facing pay cutsy to make deliveries in Jinzh

hinese e-commerce giant JD is reducing salaries for its delivery staff across the country by a

dopting a commission-based payment scheme and reducing benefits, in a bid to reduce costs and boost margins

after three senior executives of the company announced their resignation.

JD will replace its couriers’ basic salaries with commission-based compens

ation starting from June, and lower contributions to employees’ housing funds fr

om 12 percent to 7 percent, a move that could result in wage reductions, according to media reports.

JD Logistics, the logistics arm of the Beijing-based tech heavyweight, responded via it

s official Sina Weibo account, saying that as the number of orders from individual clients increases, th

e company is looking to adopt an incentive plan to reward outstanding employees.

It said that the company’s deliverymen in the second and third-tier cit

ies of southern China could earn more than 8,00

0 yuan ($1,191) under the current pilot scheme. “We expect to add more than 10,000

positions this year as JD Logistics is providing services to more industry customers,” JD said.

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hina, Italy sign BRI MoU to advance connectivitynese Presid

ROME — China and Italy signed here Saturday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly advance the con

struction of the Belt and Road during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the country.

The two sides welcome the signing of the intergovernmental MoU on jointly advancin

g the Belt and Road construction, said a joint communique issued by the two countries.

The two sides realize the huge potential of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in promoting con

nectivity, and stand ready to strengthen the alignment of the BRI and Trans-European Transport Networks and

deepen the cooperation in ports, logistics, marine transportation and other areas, the communique said.

The two sides expressed willingness to join efforts under the Asian Infrastru

cture Investment Bank (AIIB) to advance connectivity in line with the AIIB’s mission and functions.

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Flooding is so extreme in Buzi, central Mozambique, that t

  The area is home to some 200,000 people, and CNN spoke to survivors arriving at Praia Nova by boat on Friday.

  One man, Abias Felipe, had arrived from the flooded village of Chikezana after surviving the cyclone.

  ”It broke everything — there’s nothing left there,” he told CNN, adding that rescue teams had started to arrive in the area.

  ”They’re starting to come but there’s still a lot of people trapped in their ho

mes,” said Felipe. “They say there’s a lot more rain to come today and tomorrow.”

  On Friday 700 survivors from Buzi gathered at the Escola Secundaria Samora Machel school in Beira after they were rescued.

  More than one week on from the storm’s initial impact, the U

nited Nations has confirmed 242 dead in Mozambique, with 259 lives lost in Zimbabwe and 56 in Malawi.

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Indian billionaire arrested in London over alleged $2B fraud

K police have arrested India’s billionaire diamond dealer Nirav Modi

in London over his alleged involvement in a bank fraud that could be worth $2 billion.

Modi was arrested Tuesday on “behalf of the Indian authorities,” acco

rding to a statement from London’s Metropolitan Poli

ce, and is set to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court Wednesday.

Punjab National Bank, one of India’s largest, reported fraudulent activity at one of its branches more than a year ago.

India then issued an Interpol Red Notice for Modi’s arrest and London authorities were asked to pr

oceed with it, said a spokesperson for India’s Enforcement Directorate. The Indian foreign ministry sai

d in a statement it welcomed the arrest, and would seek to extradite Modi as soon as possible.

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China will tip off its campaign against Cote d’Ivoire o

  Aug 31, followed by a match against Poland on Sept 2 before facing Venezuela two days later. All three games will be played at the 18,

000-seat Wukesong Arena in Beijing, where China finished eighth at the 2008 Summer Olympics to tie its best record at the Games.

  At the 2010 FIBA World Championship, China beat Cote d’Ivoire 83-73, but its last m

atch against Venezuela, at the 2016 Olympics, ended in a 68-72 defeat. China and Poland have never met before in official competition.

  Despite the favorable draw, Team China’s head coach Li Nan warned against undere

stimating the opposition.Spearheaded by former NBA player Yi Jianlian, fellow center Wang Zhel

in-a second-round draft pick for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2016-and young playmaker Guo Ailun, China’s primary aim

is to finish the tournament as the top Asian team in order to qualify directly for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

  However, Bryant, the tournament’s global ambassador, has urged China to aim even higher.

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Roger Federer claims 100th title with revenge victory

  Federer, who moves back to number four in the world, had endured a frustrating wait since lifting his 99th tour-lev

el trophy last October in Basel, while the 20-year-old Tsitsipas was fresh from claiming the Marseille Open crown last weekend.

  ”I’m delighted. It’s great to win my eighth here in Dubai and in combination with my 100th si

ngles title,” he said.Federer imposed himself on his youthful opponent from the start, brea

king him in the very first game and then saving two break points when serving for the opening set.

  The second was closer, but Federer made his breakthrough against the Tsitsipas del

ivery in the ninth game and served out to love to clinch the title and enter the tennis history books.

  ”I don’t know if he was born when I won my first title,” he joked about his youthful

opponent in the on-court interviews, but Federer’s longevity has been remarkable.

  Since his first title as a 19-year-old, Federer has won at least one trophy in every season si

nce with at least four titles in 16 of the past 18 seasons, including a record 20 grand slam crowns.

  Frenchman Julien Boutter faced him in that Milan final

and at the time had no inkling he would go on to dominate tennis for so many years.

  ”He was still so young, still far from the top 10, never mind the best

player in the world. It’s not possible to say, but it’s not impossible for him,” he told CNN.

  Only Connors with 109 titles stands ahead of him, within Federer’s reach if he can stay motivated and injury free.

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Xuelong’s northward route had been repeatedly revised

  and thus successfully averted gales and huge waves as high as 8 meters, according to the weatherman aboard the ship, Wang Lei.

  For example, with no ice areas in Prydz Bay to shelter the ship, Xuelong had to de

part from Zhongshan one day earlier than scheduled in order not be blocked by a whole gale and huge waves. After

leaving the bay, it was first headed northwest to the marine-based west Antarctic ice sheet.

  ”Then a strong cyclone is moving to us and its resulting waves will block our way to north,” Wang said.

  Due to the weather, Xuelong chose to sail westward at the edge of the westerlies to reach a haven area between two moving

cyclones, where it had spent two days before huge waves again blocked its way northward.

  ”After that, Xuelong had spent about 20 hours in waters east to the Kerguelan Is

lands in order to stay away from the winds and waves on Wednesday,” Shen said.

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