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North Korea withdraws from DMZ joint liaison office after new US

  North Korea is withdrawing from a joint liaison office near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) with Sout

h Korea, a key symbol of the rapprochement and ongoing peace process between the two countries.

  The move comes after the US slapped two Chinese firms with sanctions for doing busin

ess with Pyongyang, the first action taken by Washington against North Korea since the second summit bet

ween North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in Hanoi ended early with no agreement.

  South Korea’s Unification Ministry announced the move Friday, say

ing the decision had been taken by the North on “instructions from the superior authority.”

  In its communication with the South, Pyongyang said it would not mind Seoul’s representatives “remaining in the office,” whi

ch is based in Kaesong, a part of North Korea near the de facto border between the two countries.

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Xi added that he is glad that US President Donald Trump

also voiced his support for bilateral exchanges and cooperation in education during their meeting at the G20 Summit in Argentina in December.

The rising level of education has been a major contributor to

China’s rapid development in its 40 years of reform and opening-up, he said.

China remains committed to advancing the modernization of its education, making

itself an education powerhouse and developing education that people are satisfied with, he added.

During this process, China is willing to conduct broader exchanges and cooper

ation with education and research institutions including Harvard University, he said.

Bacow, who last year became the 29th president of Harvard U

niversity, said he is glad to make China his first overseas stop since his inauguration.

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The visit was not only for Harvard but also on behalf of

  all of US higher education in order to promote bilateral educational exchanges, he said.

  ”I am here precisely because, like you, I believe these ties are extremely import

ant for our academic institutions, but even more importantly, for our nations,” he said.

  He noted that there are a large number of overseas students from China at Har

vard, and the Chinese language is among the most popular foreign languages at the institution.

  He also expressed his admiration for the great emphasis the Ch

inese government has placed on education and its efforts to enhance higher education, addi

ng that Harvard University is ready to move forward with exchanges with Chinese education and research inst

itutions.He calls for tapping partnership potential in such sectors as shipping, telecommunications

  China stands ready to work with Italy on the Belt and Road Initiative by strengthening its alignment with the Eur

opean country’s development strategies to bring bilateral ties to a new level, President Xi Jinping said.

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May’s spokesman said Tusk’s comments were in keepi

  ing with her request for a short delay.She herself told a rowdy session of parliament that she c

ould not countenance the prospect of a long delay – which could give time for notional alter

native approaches to emerge, but would infuriate Brexit supporters in her own party.

  ”As prime minister, I am not prepared to delay Brexit any further than the 30th of June,” she said.

  May said she planned to ask parliament to vote a third time on her departure

deal, which lawmakers have voted down twice. She did not say when the vote would happen.

  ”RATIFY OR EXIT”

  If May cannot win over enough reluctant lawmakers to pass her deal next week, Britain faces the choice of reque

sting a longer delay or leaving the EU as planned on March 29 – without a deal to cushion the economic upheaval.

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The pound fell on the uncertainty surrounding the poten

ial delay and the fact that a no-deal Brexit remained possible. By 1800 GMT it was down around 0.4 percent against the dollar.

Nearly three years after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, there is still no

clarity over how, when or even whether the world’s fifth largest economy should leave the bloc it joined in 1973.

When May set the March 29 exit date two years ago by serving the formal

Article 50 divorce papers, she declared there would be “no turning back”. But parliament’s ref

usal to ratify the withdrawal deal she agreed with the EU has thrust her government into crisis.

The Labour Party said that, by choosing a short delay, May was forcing

lawmakers to decide between accepting a deal they have already rejected or leaving without a deal.

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Short Brexit delay possible, but conditionalonald Tusk has said

short delay to Brexit is possible, but will be conditional on the House of Commons passing the Withdrawal Agreement.

“The question remains open as to the duration of such an extension,” Tusk, the President of the European Council, said.

Tusk said he spoke to Theresa May on the phone earlier this afternoon.

“May’s proposal of the 30 June, which has its merits, creates a series of questions of a leg

al and political nature,” he added. “Leaders will discuss this tomorrow.”1 hr agoDona

ld Tusk speaking nowThe President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, is giving a press conference in Brussels.

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MPs surprised by “downright reckless” strategy, Starmer says
Labour’s Sha

dow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer has opened the emergency debate into the Brexit delay by quoting Ther

esa May’s de facto deputy David Lidington, who said last week that if May’s divorce deal was not passed by parl

iament, seeking “a short and, critically, one-off extension would be downright reckless.”

Starmer says those statements led MPs to believe that May would reques

t a long extension if she hadn’t passed her plan — but May has asked for a delay only until June 30.

He adds that the confusion is symptomatic of May’s Brexit strategy to date — to “put parliament as far away as possible from the process.”

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ameras found by police hidden inside a hotel wall outletand hair

The site had more than 4,000 members, 97 of whom paid a $44.95 monthly fee to access extra features, such as the ability to replay certa

in live streams. Between November 2018 and this month, police said, the service brought in upwards of $6,000.

“There was a similar case in the past where illegal cameras were (secretly installed) and were consistently and secretly

watched, but this is the first time the police caught where videos were broadcast live on the internet,” police said.

South Korea has a serious problem with spy cameras and illicit filming. In 2017, more than

6,400 cases of illegal filming were reported to police compared to around 2,400 in 2012.

Last year, tens of thousands of women took to the streets of Seoul and other cities to p

rotest against the practice and demand action, under the slogan “My Life is Not Your Porn.”

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In response, Seoul launched a special squad of women inspectors, w

ho have been conducting regular inspections of the city’s 20,000 or so public toilets to searc

h for spy cameras, though some critics have denounced the move as a superficial response to a societal issue.

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Amnesty International in a statement on Tuesday calle

  d on foreign governments and international aid agencies to”ramp up” resources and assistance for thousands of pe

ople that have been displaced, and those that are still trapped in the aftermath of the disaster.

  The international human rights organization urged authorities in Mozambique and Malawi, countries that are p

rone to flooding to adopt climate change policies that could reduce the impact of such occurrences.

  ”As the effects of climate change intensify, these ext

reme weather conditions can be expected to revisit us more frequently. The devastation wro

ught by Cyclone Idai is yet another wake-up call for the world to put in place ambitious climate change mitigation me

asures,” said Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa.

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The brotherly bailout is striking because Mukesh Ambani pla

  yed a part in bringing his younger brother’s business to the brink of collapse.

  The Mumbai billionaire stunned India in September 2016 when he launched a ne

w mobile network called Reliance Jio that offered customers six months of free high-speed internet.

  The move triggered a brutal price war, forcing some companies to quit the market altogether, including Reliance Communications.

  Indian billionaire turns to bankruptcy court after losing 4G price war with his brother

  Anil Ambani’s company, once one of India’s biggest mobile pl

ayers, announced in late 2017 that it would sell its main consumer mobile business to Reli

ance Jio in order to focus on providing data services to corporate clients.

  That deal has now been abandoned, the two companies said Monday. An Indian bankruptcy court will instead auct

ion off Reliance Communications’ mobile assets to pay off the company’s $7 billion debt.

  The Ambani brothers have had a tumultuous and often acrim

onious relationship. After the death of their father in 2002, they waged a bitter succe

ssion battle for control of the vast Reliance business empire that he had spent decades building.

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In the fall, Musk agreed to a court-approved deal with the SEC in

  r to settle charges over his controversial tweet in August about his plans to take Tesla private. The settlem

ent stipulated that Musk receive pre-approval for any social media posts containing information that is “material” to Te

sla shareholders. At the time, the electric carmaker said it would establish a board committee to oversee its CEO’s posts.

  But the SEC has since found fault with Musk’s tweeting. In late February, the commissi

on filed a motion asking a federal judge to hold Musk in contempt for violating the terms of the settlement.

  The SEC cited a tweet from February 19 in which Musk said Tesla

would build 500,000 cars in 2019. He then tweeted a clarifying message that Tesla would be build

ing at an annual rate of 500,000 cars by the end of the year, but would actually only make 400,000 cars in 2019.

  Musk fired back last week, arguing that the tweet didn’t contain material information about Tesla, that he diligent

ly tried to follow the court settlement, and that the SEC’s request is a breach of his constitutional right to free speech.

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