talian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said he may sig

  a series of memorandums of understanding on Belt and Road infrastructure investments during Xi’s upcoming visit to Italy, Reuters reported. If the

y are signed, Italy would be the first one of the Group of Seven industrialized nations to participate in the BRI.

  Speaking at a news conference in Beijing on Wednesday, Vice-Foreign Mi

nister Wang Chao said the country appreciates Italy’s active involvement in the BRI.

  ”We believe the signing of relevant cooperation documents conforms to the common interests of both countries,” Wa

ng said, adding that Belt and Road cooperation aims to generate mutually beneficial and win-win results.

  Regarding skepticism about the BRI, Wang said practice will prove that the initia

tive will have positive effects on countries’ economic development and bilateral cooperation.

  He added that the infrastructure investment of Chinese companies in Europe is purely business practice and will ab

ide by market rules and business principles on the basis of equality, mutual benefit and transparency.

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Tax cuts on the way as steps taken at meetingplement a g

China will implement a group of measures to cut value-added ta

x rates, ensuring that the tax burden on all industries will only go down, according to a

decision made by the State Council’s executive meeting presided over by Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday.

The Government Work Report this year set out a plan for l

arger tax cuts, including lowering the VAT rate in manufacturing and other industries from 16 t

o 13 percent and the VAT rate in transportation, construction and other industries from 10 to 9 percent.

A number of concrete measures were decided upon at the

Wednesday meeting to achieve the targets, which will be enacted on April 1.

Input VAT eligible for deduction will be expanded and will cove

r passenger transportation services. Taxpayers will be able to get their input tax on real esta

te payments deducted in full on a one-time basis, instead of on two occasions in two years.

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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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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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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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A preliminary KNKT report said the crew of Air Lion Flight 610 stru

ruggled to override the plane’s automatic systems in the minutes before it plunged into the oc

ean. The system pulled the plane’s nose down more than two dozen times, the report said.

The report said the MCAS system was responding to incorrect data transmitted by an AOA sens

or. A different flight crew experienced the same issue on a flight from Denpasar to Jakarta the previous day,

but had turned off the MCAS and took manual control of the plane, the report said.

Once in Jakarta, a Lion Air technician checked the plane again and gave it the green lig

ht to fly on its final flight, from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang on the Indonesian island of Bangka.

The jet crashed 13 minutes after takeoff.

Experts have pointed to similarities between the Lion Air crash six months ago and last w

eek’s Ethiopian Airlines crash, which killed all 157 people on board. Both were Boeing 737 Max 8 pla

nes that were equipped with the same automated flight software and both crashed minutes after takeoff.

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He responded to Trump’s Wednesday attack moments lat

You seem determined to prove my point. Good for you! #NarcissisticPersonalityDisorder.”

In another tweet, he simply wrote, “You. Are. Nuts.”

While politically opposed couples are far from an oddity in Washington

, it is unprecedented for a sitting president to publicly criticize an aide’s spouse. Likew

ise, it is unprecedented for an aide’s spouse to question the mental health of a sitting president.

Kellyanne Conway’s allies, including Trump and his 2020 campaign manager Bra

d Parscale, fired back earlier this week, with the President calling him a “total loser.”

Long a top Trump defender, she sided with her boss, telling reporters

she did not share her husband’s concerns that Trump’s mental health is deteriorating.

Kellyanne Conway: How she became the ultimate Trump White House survivor

“I have four kids and I was getting them out of the house this morning to talk to the Presid

ent about substance so I may not be up to speed on all of them (his tweets),” she said Monday.

In interviews with The New York Times and The Washington Post on Tuesday, George Conwa

y said he uses Twitter as an outlet for his frustrations with the administration so he doesn’t argue with his wife at home.

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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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This may sound catastrophic, but images being sharedf Decembe

  ’s fireball are actually quite poetic in scale. This atomic, otherworldly force appears as a simple red blip above the clouds.

  Some colour views of the #meteor that flew over the North Pacific in December 2018, taken by Japan’s #Himawari satellite.

  The meteor is really clear here – bright orange fireball against the blue + white background!

  But you likely didn’t know about it until now, because scientists only just noticed it.

That’s because the area where the fireball exploded, over the Bering Sea, is extremely remote.

  NASA’s Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson told the BBC s

uch a powerful meteor event only happens a few times every 100 years. (As a side no

te, “Planetary Defense Officer” is probably as close to a real-life “Avengers” title as you’re gonna get.)

  CNN has reached out to NASA for additional comment.

  In case you’re not uneasy enough about the reality that flaming extraterr

estrial objects are continuously pelting our fragile planet, they do so with alarming regularity.

  NASA keeps track of most of the notable fireballs and bolides (a similar astronomical term) that reach Earth. So far in

2019, there have already been five notable fireball events. Don’t worry, though! Most are super tiny.

  And if the big one ever comes along to make dinosaurs of us all, NASA’s Planetary Defense Office has our backs.

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Apple on Monday quietly announced new versions of the

  Pad Air and iPad mini, the company’s first refresh for those products in years.

  Typically Apple (AAPL) creates fanfare around the arrival of new hardware. But this year it wants the focus of its upcoming spring press event to be on

its rumored streaming service. That’s why the company let the world know about its new iPads in a press release.

  The iPad Air comes with a bigger 10.5-inch display (starting at $499), and the iPad mini has

the same 7.9-inch screen (starting at $399). The devices support the Apple Pencil for the first time and

a processor that’s three times faster than the previous models.The iPad mini will mostly serve as an entertainment devi

ce, likely to attract students and teenagers, while the lightweight iPad Air replaces the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

  The iPads don’t offer any revolutionary experiences and probably won’t move the

needle too much in terms of sales. However, they may appeal to consumers looking to adopt some of the fun

ctionality of a higher-end iPad Pro, according to Ben Stanton, a senior analyst at Canalys.

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