ment from ISIS spokesman, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, accusing Ardern and other Western leaders of shedding “crocodile tears.”   Al-Muhajir called upon ISIS supporters to “take vengeance” in the aftermath of the attack in an almost 45-min ute audio recording. It’s believed to be the first recording released by al-Muhajir in months.   New Zealand Members of Parliament gathered in the House on Tuesday to share condolenc es for the victims. They will meet again on Wednesday, the same day Ardern intends to return to Christchurch.   On Saturday, she visited members of Christchurch’s Muslim community wearin g a hijab in what observers lauded as a meaningful gesture ofRead More →

say playing well at one tournament isn’t enough, we want more,” said the Los Angeles Lakers legend, a frequent visitor to China since 1997. “Now you have to take it to another level … can’t just be comfortable being here. It’s time to push the next generation to try to get on the medal podium.” Rescheduled from 2018 to avoid a clash with FIFA’s soccer World Cup, this year’s tournament has expanded from 24 to 32 teams, who emerged from a revamped quali fication system that lasted 18 months and aimed to involve as many countries as possible. “This allows us to go into moreRead More →

better serve the public,” said Shan Jixiang, director of the Palace Museum. Shan said there is still much room for improvement in the handling of a huge number of cultu ral relics, such as when the priceless painting Along the River During the Qingming Festival is exhibited again next year. The Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) landscape painting is considered the best-known a ncient Chinese work of art. When it was last exhibited in 2015, visitors stood in long lines until 3 am to get a glimpse. The museum ended up preparing instant noodles to serve the hungry visitors. “I don’t want that scenario to recur,”Read More →

Outpatient drugs for chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, will be reimbursa ble by 50 percent through China’s basic medical insurance program this year, Premier Li Keqiang said at a news conference on Friday. The measure will relieve financial burdens on patients with the two diseases, which number 400 million in China, he said. The government will also take steps this year to further relieve medical expenditure by patients with serious diseases through adjusting medical insurance policies, Li said. The government has been making efforts to improve people’s access to quality medical services and reduce their medical expenditure, Li said. Last yearRead More →

ce the efficiency of financing services, shortening the approval time from two to three months to five to seven working days, according to Zhu. To increase financial support for small and micro firms, the country also vows to strengthen control and su pervision of counter-cyclical adjustment, urge banks to provide better loan services, and improve the financial service enviro nment, Zhu added.China should step up the construction of underground gas storage facilities to meet increasing dema nd during the peak consumption period in winter, according to Zhang Mingsen, former deputy chief engineer of the Beijing Research Institute of Che ical Industry under the State-owned oilRead More →

  a voice to all the nation’s many minorities.   ”I am Hindu, I come from a privileged background, so for people like me, no matter which part y comes to power, we aren’t going to face the brunt of it. The most affected are the minorities and the poor… If a certain party comes to power, these people will face huge problems.   ”They are the people I want to keep in mind when I choose a party.”   For Aastha Kulshrestha, a 23-year-old law student from New Delhi, her expectation of the n ext government is that it should not pit one group or religion against theRead More →

  inside the mosque when the shooting began and that he heard the gunman “continuously shooting for 10 to 15 minutes.”   ”It’s a big mosque and there were more than 200 people inside. The gunmen came from the backside. Gunshots wen t on for a long time. We had to jump the wall to escape. I saw lots of broken glass and bricks on the backside of the mosque,” he said.   ”I came to the street I saw one person got shot on his chest,” he said, adding that the ambulance and police then arrived on the scene.   He said that he had a friend inRead More →

  Australian Prime Minister Morrison said he has asked for flags to be flown at half-staff out of respect for those killed in the attack.   ”Australians stand with all New Zealanders today during this dark time where hate and v iolence has stolen their peace and innocence. Kia kaha (stay strong),” Morrison tweeted earlier.   US President Donald Trump said in a tweet: “My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to t he people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so sen selessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anythingRead More →

This year crucial for realizing five-year plan on development of the armed forces President Xi Jinping urged the military on Tuesday to make all-out efforts to ensure its goals for 2020 are fully realized in a timely manner. Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Milit ary Commission, told national legislators from the People’s Liberation Army and the People’s Armed Police Forc e that this year is crucial to fulfilling the armed forces’ 13th five-year development plan, from 2016 to 2020. He asked all military personnel to understand the significance and urgency of the plan’sRead More →

ment plan should fit with national strategies in development, security and the milita ry, and should integrate their current and future needs to pursue sustainable, consistent growth. Xi insisted on the military understanding the determination and intention of the Party’s leadership, exerting itself to en hance combat preparedness and firmly safeguarding China’s sovereignty, safety, development interests, and social stability. He also instructed the military to support the country’s economic and social development, environmental endeavors and d isaster and accident relief work. It should also play its part in poverty alleviation, he added. Governments at all levels should, in turn, support the military’s work, make appropriateRead More →