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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Fans have now seen the home side lose its opening game

of the China Cup in three consecutive years-2-0 to Iceland at the inaugural

edition in 2017, and 6-0 to Wales last year.

Thursday’s defeat-the first test of newly appointed coach Fabio Canna

varo who is also helming CSL side Guangzhou Evergrande-was harder to swallow bec

ause Team China had defeated Thailand in the round of 16 at the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in January.

The 45-year-old Caannavaro, who took over from compatriot Marcello Lippi last week, has made headlines and triggered controversy because of the dual club-and-country role.

“China now has the financial power to bring the best coach to manage its team, but that cannot bring any improvement overnight,” Cannavaro said after the loss.

“You need to set up a sustainable system in order to develop soccer over the long term.

“China cannot improve with only good tactics. I found that problem during this year’s Asian Cup. And what I saw tonight confirmed my judgment.”

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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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Barack Obama: “We grieve with you and the Muslim communi

  White House official on New Zealand attack: This “seems to be a terrorist attack”From CNN’s Betsy Klein

  National security advisor John Bolton expanded upon the White House’s statement on the

attack on New Zealand mosques, which he characterized as “what seems to be a terrorist attack” and a “hate crime.”

  Bolton said the US is “very concerned” and is following the events “very closely.”

  He told reporters Friday morning:

  “We’re obviously greatly disturbed on what seems to be a terror attack, this hate crime in New Zealand. We’ve been in touch

with our embassy overnight, we’re still getting details, but the State Department and others are following up on it.”

  Bolton continued, “We’re very concerned, we’re going to cooperate with New Zealand author

ities to the extent we can if there’s any role we can play, but we’re obviously following the events there very closely.”

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Despite a growing number of countries suspending use of

  f their aircraft, Boeing said they have “full confidence” in the safety of the 737 MAX, in a statement tweeted from their official account on Tuesday.

  Boeing said they “understand” the decisions made by customers, but reiterated that “safety” remains their “number one” priority.

  ”The United States Federal Aviation Administration is not mandating any further action at this ti

me, and based on the information currently available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators,” the statement also

said.hile there is no evidence of a link between the incidents in Ethiopia and Indonesia, similarities between the tw

o have prompted some airlines to take extra safety precautions while both crash investigations are ongoing.

  ”Given in both air crashes, the aircrafts were newly deli

vered Boeing 737 MAX 8, and both accidents occurred during the take-off, they share certain simil

arities,” the Chinese aviation administration said in a statement Monday. It added that it would contact Boei

ng and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to confirm “flight safety” issues before allowing the planes to fly again.

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All the votes — from the country’s 29 states and seven

  union territories — will be counted on May 23, the commission said at a press conference in New Delhi.

  Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ar

e seeking re-election after a landslide victory in 2014, winning 282 seats — the largest majo

rity by a single party in 30 years.The election is coming off the back of escalating tensions between India and Pak

istan over the disputed Kashmir region that almost brought the two nuclear armed neighbors to the brink of war.

  India took a hard line with Pakistan during the crisis, accusing

the country of not doing enough to stop terrorists active within its borders. While terrorist group Jaish-e-M

ohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility for a deadly bombing in the Pulwama district of Kashmir, which pre

cipitated the crisis, New Delhi also said Pakistan had a “direct hand” in the attack. Islamabad denied the claim.

  India also said it had launched airstrikes on what it alleged was a terrorist training camp across the Line of Con

trol, the de facto border between India and Pakistan in the disputed Kashmir region.

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Deeper reform can help meet new challengesThanks to China

sformation from high-speed economic growth to high quality development, its econo

my has reached a period of significant strategic opportunity. By 2035, China is e

xpected to achieve socialist modernization with its per capita GDP reaching 35,000 int

ernational dollars in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP). While the United States reached that level in 198

8, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Japan did so in 1998, 2001, 2003 and 2004, respectively.

But to realize that goal, China has to solve several significant long-term problems. First, it has to mai

ntain high total factor productivity (TFP), which at present is only 43 percent that of the US, whereas whe

n the main developed countries achieved economic modernization, their TFP was about 78 percent that of the US. To in

crease its TFP in the following years, therefore, China should expedite systemic reform in order to let the mar

ket play a leading role in factor distribution and give full play to factor efficiency.

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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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