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If Britain receives competing extradition requests, law

yers say the Home Secretary would have some leeway in deciding which takes priority. Considera

tions would usually include which request came first, and which alleged crime was more serious.

Most of the lawmakers who signed the letter are from the opposition Labour Party, whose leader, Jere

my Corbyn, wants Britain to refuse to send Assange to the US After Assange’s arrest, he prai

sed Assange for exposing US atrocities committed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Some Conservative Party members are also backing the move. Prom

inent lawmaker Alistair Burt, a former Foreign Office mini

ster, said the “minimizing of the issues in relation to sexual assault are really quite disturbing.”

He said the testimony of the women who have been involv

ed makes it “essential” that Assange face justice to either be cleared or convicted.

Assange, 47, has denied the sexual misconduct allegations, which he claims are politically motivated.

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Xu said the country’s urbanization may hit 70 percent by

“China’s urban development should take the road of sustainable development,” Xu said. “We sh

ould pay more attention to green city construction, green industrial development and low-carbon energy-saving de

velopment. And we should also ensure that migrant workers have the same social rights as native residents.”

The NDRC proposed the introduction of various monetary policies to reso

lutely curb the rise in hidden local government debt, encourage commercial financial institut

ions to appropriately increase the credit supply and support qualified enterprises to issue bonds for financing.

To implement the new urbanization tasks, China will improve the appro

priate positioning of different cities in various fields, develop high-end manufacturing and p

roducer services in big cities and guide small and medium-sized cities to consolidate manufacturing centers.

Xu Lin said with rapid urbanization, 80 percent of China’s urban citizens will live in some 20 city clusters in the future.

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Small train supplies water to mountain for 44 years

 For residents in Huojugou village in China’s Changbai Mountains, a train whistl

e is a euphonious sound that will bring gurgling water to their kitchen and bathhouse.

For 44 years, the mountainous village and several others in northeast China’s Jilin Province

have relied on a train, which only has one locomotive and one tank car, to provide their water supply.

The train commutes between the towns of Songshu and Baihe, nestled deep in Changbai Mountain. Since 1975, it has run for m

ore than 1.6 million km, delivering water to over 2,600 nearby villagers that had limited access to clean water.

Though cisterns have been built to store water unloaded from the trains, villagers along the line

still keep the tradition of welcoming the train in person, clanking their buckets and bottles.

Fetching water used to be a big headache. We had to travel to a far-away river to get water and e

ven make a hole in the ice during winter,” said Li Zuopei, an 80-year-old resident in Yingbishan village.

“Then the small train sent water right to our doorsteps, and it’s amaz

ing that the service has been going on uninterrupted for so many years,” said Li.

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Obscure parliamentary procedures have been resurrecte

 providing daily drama from the House of Commons but making the future of Britain’s biggest change in generations no clearer.

After finally recognising that her minority Conservative g

overnment could not push through a Brexit deal on its own, May started talks this w

eek with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the hope of coming up with a cross-party solution.

But that means accepting the need for more time, including the possibility of Britain hol

ding European Parliament elections on May 23, which May has long hoped to avoid at all cost.

“The United Kingdom proposes that this period should end on 30 June 2019,” May said in the letter.

“The government will want to agree a timetable for ratification that allows the United Kin

gdom to withdraw from the European Union before 23 May, 2019, and therefore cancel the European Parlia

ment elections, but will continue to make responsible prepara

tions to hold the elections should this not prove possible.”

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The UK now faces a deadline of April 12 to present the EU

  with a new plan, or crash out of the bloc without an agreement.

  But May’s government is considering a fourth vote on her deal, bolstered by their suc

cess in narrowing margin of defeat to 58 votes on Friday from 230 votes in January.

  The EU has given Britain until April 12 — two weeks away — to decide

whether it wants to ask for another postponement to Brexit. The bloc has called an eme

rgency Brexit summit for April 10 to deal with a British request, or prepare for a no-deal Brexit.

  Without a delay, Britain will leave the bloc at 11 pm U.K. time (6 pm EDT) on April 12 without a divor

ce agreement to smooth the way. Most politicians, economists and business groups think such a no-deal scenario would be disa

strous, erecting customs checks, tariffs and other barriers between Britain and its biggest trading partner.

  Parliament has voted repeatedly to rule out a no-deal Brexit — but it remains the def

ault position unless a deal is approved, Brexit is canceled or the EU grants Britain another

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The telescope can observe about 4,000 celestial bodies

 at one time, and can also help calculate the age of more than a million stars.

According to Zhao Yongheng, a researcher from the National Astronomical Ob

servatories of China, LAMOST’s latest spectra data is the world’s most complete astronomical data set,

providing a reference for the formation and evolution of the Milky Way as well as other galaxies.

More than 100 institutes and universities from the US, Germ

any, Belgium, Denmark and other countries and regions around the world are using this dat

a to carry out research on the evolution of the Milky Way, stellar physics and special celestial bodies.

With LAMOST, Chinese astronomers have discovered the most lithium

-rich giant star ever known, as well as more than 10,000 metal-poor star candidates, wh

ich may help shed light on the early universe and the emergence of the first stars and galaxies.

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EU ready to grant Brexit delay if UK parliament backs dealpe

LONDON – The European Union could grant Britain’s request for a short Brexit delay if parliament vote

s next week in favour of a stalled departure deal, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Theresa May asked the European Union to allow Britain to delay its de

parture date by three months to June 30, and EU leaders are expected to discuss the matter at a summit on Thursday.

Tusk said it would be possible to grant Britain a short postponement if parlia

ment next week backs May’s divorce agreement, which it has already voted down twice.

Should that happen, Tusk said no extraordinary EU leaders’ summit would be need

ed next week before the current Brexit date of March 29. Otherwise, he might call another summit.

“I believe that a short extension will be possible, but it will be conditional on a positive v

ote on the Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons,” Tusk told journalists.

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In June 2018, Oppo launched its high-end smartphone mod

Find X in Paris, marking its official foray into Europe. As of January, it had entered nine European markets, including Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Wu Qiang, who is in charge of Oppo’s overseas business, said the company is not adopting an aggressi

ve strategy in overseas markets. Instead, it strictly follows CEO Chen Mingyong’s principle of “eating rice bite by bite”.

“We will only enter the next market after doing a good job in existing markets,” Wu said.

Oppo’s intensified interest in foreign countries came after the Chinese sma

rtphone market hit a saturation point, with shipments declining for several quarters.

From September to December of 2018, smartphone shipments in China plunged almost 10 pe

rcent year-on-year, according to data from market research company International Data Corp or IDC.

Though Oppo outgrew the industry average to achieve an annual expansion rate of 1.5 pe

rcent in that time-frame, there is still a pressing need to look for new opportunities, Wu said.

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North Korea’s coal sales have historically been some of

  the country’s most valuable exports. UN sanctions meant to punish Pyongyang for its 2017 missile

and nuclear tests put a cap on the amount of coal the country was allowed to sell internationally. The mea

sures also capped the amount of oil and energy products the country was allowed to import.

  The report accused banks and insurance companies across the wor

ld of “unwittingly” facilitating and providing “coverage for vessels involved in ever-lar

ger… illegal ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products, and an increasing number of ship-to-ship coal transfers.”

  It added that North Korea “has attempted to supply small arms and light weapons and other military equipment to Hou

thi rebels in Yemen, as well as to Libya and the Sudan, via foreign intermediaries.”

  North Korea has long sought the removal of UN sanctions and portrayed the measures as violations of its sovereignty.

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secret/sensitive compartmentalized information” interim clea

  rances saw their access changed to “secret,” a classification for less sensitive material. In the months after Kushner’s cleara

nce was downgraded, Trump badgered aides about the hold up with his daughter and son-in-law, remarking that he did

n’t see what the issue was in granting them clearances because they would likely move back to New York in the c

oming months. Sources tell CNN that, for now, neither of them are expected to leave the West Wing.

  House Oversight Committee issues ultimatum to White House over security clearance information

  Asked for comment, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, “We don’t comment on security clearances.”

  ”We cannot respond to every anonymous source,” she added.

  Kelly could not be reached for comment. McGahn declined to comment for this story.

  Because they are a married couple, concerns that surfaced during one person’s secu

rity clearance investigation could stall or block both of them from receiving a full clearance. But officials had

concerns about granting Trump a clearance that were separate from those raised about her husband, according to one

of the sources, though it’s unclear what the concerns regarding her were. At the time, the couple told associates they beli

eved Kelly was blocking them from getting clearances because he did not feel like they belonged in the West Wing.

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