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Investigation underway to find out cause of fire that claimed 41 lives at Moscow airport

President Xi Jinping extended condolences to his Russian counterpart Vladimir

Putin on Monday over the victims of a fire on a passenger plane on Sunday in Moscow.

The landing plane was engulfed in flames, leaving at least 41 dead on Sunday at Sheremetyevo Airport.

Xi said in his message that he was shocked that the plane burst into flames as it ma

de an emergency landing at She­remetyevo Airport in Moscow, which led to major casualties.

On behalf of the Chinese government, the Chinese people and himself, Xi extended deep co

ndolences to the victims and his sincere sympathy to the bereaved families and the injured.

Also on Monday, Premier Li Ke­qiang sent a condolence message to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev over the accident.

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teps aimed at helping further develop countryside opt

hina will undertake key measures to further integrate the country’s rural and urban areas

and encourage the transfer and free flow of people and resources throughout the nation.

Measures include relaxing hukou (household registration) barri

ers, reforming zoning regulations for rural and residential land, marketing collective land

in rural areas for development purposes and increasing infrastructure spending in the countryside.

Experts said the new plan, announced by the Communist Party of China Ce

ntral Committee and the State Council late on Sunday, is aimed at helping realize steady progr

ess in rural revitalization, driving up the process of urbanization and further boosting the economy.

China has a three-step plan. First, it will initially build a framework an

d mechanism for integrated development of urban and rural areas, and gradually rem

ove limits on hukou registration in cities by 2022. Second, it will bring about an improved framewo

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hina will provide proposals for World Trade Organ

ization reforms and enhance communication with member countries and regions to deal with trade issues. That will stre

ngthen the WTO and jointly maintain free trade and the multilateral trade system, he said.a

Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition welcomed its first tourist peak by serv

ing more than 320,000 tourists during the four-day May Day holiday, the organizer said Saturday.

Lei Lei, an official with the organizing committee, said the Chinese Pavilion, the Inte

rnational Pavilion, the Life Experience Pavilion, the Botany Pavilion and the Gui

Some 132 activities, including float parades, world ethnic and folk cultural perform

ances, and culture and art carnivals staged by central and eastern European countries, were held during the holiday.

With the theme of “Live Green, Live Better,” the expo opened to the public on M

onday at the foot of the Great Wall in the capital’s Yanqing District and will last until Oct 7.

rui Theater were among the most popular destinations, which h

ave received a total of over 734,000 visitors during the holiday.

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China, CEECs agree on more connectivity cooperation

Croatia, April 13 — China and the Central and Eastern European Count

ries (CEECs) on Friday agreed to enhance connectivity to achieve more development.

The agreement was part of the Dubrovnik Guidelines for Cooperation between China and t

he CEECs, which was released after the eighth China-CEEC leaders’ meeting in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik.

According to the guidelines, China and the CEECs are willing to pro

mote railway projects cooperation in line with respective laws and regulations and through

consultations, in particular by strengthening exchanges and cooperation on railway planning, railway organiza

tion development, management, technology development, logistics and freight terminal construction.

China and the CEECs will jointly explore utilization and construction of logistics hubs, said the guidelines, adding that China is

welcome to participate in joint development of new freight lines in connecting markets in Asia and Europe, u

nder the understanding that it respects the principles of transparency and non-discrimination.

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President Xi Jinping meets Myanmar Commander-in

China would like to enhance strategic communication and deepen cooperation with Myanmar

no matter how the international situation changes, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday.

Xi made the remark while meeting with Myanmar Commander-in-Chief of Defen

se Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

The two countries should deepen their comprehensive strategic cooperation to bring more practi

cal benefits for the people of both countries and contribute to regional stability and prosperity, Xi said.

Noting that military cooperation is an important part of China-Myanm

ar relations, Xi said that the two armies should enhance pragmatic cooper

ation and build bilateral military relations on the basis of mutual trust and benefit.

Xi said that China supports the peace process of Myanmar and pays attention to t

he development of the political and security situation in the northern part of Myanmar.

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Xi said he agreed with Mattarella’s proposal that Italy and

China should be good partners with inclusive interests and pursue common development. Xi called on the two count

ries to boost mutual political trust, enhance communication of policies and support each other’s major concerns and core interests.

China appreciates Italy’s contributions to promoting relations between China and Europe, Xi said, adding that China would like to enhance cooperation with Italy under

multilateral frameworks, including the United Nations and the G20, to support multilateralism and free trade.

Saying that the world is facing unprecedented challenges, Xi added that China w

ould like to make joint efforts with the international community to build a more beautiful world.

This year is the 15th anniversary of the China-Italy comprehensive strategic partners

hip, and next year will be the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries.

China and Italy have respected, trusted and helped each other for nearly half a century, and t

he two countries have strengthened high-level exchanges and boosted strategic mutual trust, Xi said.

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Death toll of New Zealand mosque shooting rises to 50adaily.co

  Several gunmen opened fire at two mosques in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday afternoon, leaving 50 people dead.

  • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the attack as one of her country’s “darkest days”

  • An Australian citizen in his late 20s appeared in court Saturday, charged with murder

  • Two others were arrested in the immediate aftermath of the shootings

  • Suspect reportedly uses modified semi-automatic weapons

  • Arden said the nation’s gun laws will change

  • Major social media remove shooting video of terror attacks

  The death toll in the New Zealand mosque shootings rose to 50 on Sunday after police found another victim at one of the m

osques, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said bodies of those killed would begin to be released to families for burial.

  Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday. Tarrant w

as remanded without a plea and is due back in court on April 5 where police said he was likely to face more charges.

  Friday’s attack, which Ardern labeled as terrorism, was the worst ever peacetime m

ass killing in New Zealand and the country had raised its security threat level to the highest.

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Iranian human rights lawyer sentenced to 38 years in prison, her

  Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes, according to her family.

  Sotoudeh is well known for representing human rights defenders, dissiden

ts and women who protested against the compulsory wearing of a headscarf in Iran.

  According to IRNA, Iran’s state-owned news service, the human rights lawyer w

as convicted of “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security” and for “insulting the Supreme Leader”.

  A Facebook post by her husband Reza Khandan said the ruling sentenced her to 33 years and 148 lashes. He added that the pu

nishment brings her prison time to 38 years. In 2016, she was sentenced in absentia to five years, according to Khandan.

  But state media said that Sotoudeh was sentenced to seven years in prison, citing the jud

ge in the case, Mohammad Moghiseh. The reasons for the discrepancy in the reports was not immediately clear.

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Holiday week spending over 1 trillion yuannd day of the Chin

Chinese consumers opened their wallet during Spring Festival, not only on things like digital home appliances and importe

d fresh food but also on experiences such as travel and entertainment, government figures showed.

Shopping, dining out, travel and entertainment accounted for most of the consumer spending during the week-long hol

iday. Analysts and officials said the strong domestic demand will inject further growth momentum into the eco

nomy in 2019 as the government unveils more policies to spur consumption.

Spending on retail and food services during the Spring Festival period, from Feb 4 to Sunday this year, exceeded 1 trilli

on yuan ($147.41 billion) for the first time, up 8.5 percent year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Commerce.

The ministry said a key term for Lunar New Year holiday spending was “seeking higher quality” as the government’s em

phasis on upgrading consumption continues. Emerging areas for spending such as the internet, customized pr

oducts, experiences, digital products and services were growth areas during the holiday.

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