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China’s customs officers have seized 2,748 ivory tusks weighing a combined 7.48 metric tons after cracking a major smuggling case.
It was the biggest haul of tusks ever recorded in an anti-smuggling bust conducted in
dependently by customs officers, the General Administration of Customs said on Monday.
The case was solved in March after a combined operation of differ
ent customs offices lasting three months. A total of 238 custo
ms officers took part from cities around the country, including Hefei, Nanjing, Beijing, Fuzhou and Qingdao.
Twenty suspects were detained for further investigation, accor
ding to Sun Zhijie, director of the administration’s anti-smuggling bureau.
Sun said the tusks, illegally shipped from African countries, were imported into China labeled as wood.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged civil affairs authorities to focus on poverty alleviation, special groups and issues of public concern to better fulfill their duties.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commis
sion, made the statement in an instruction read at a national civil affairs conference held in Beijing Tuesday.
Editor’s Note: While Boeing struggles with the crisis following the crash of two 737 Max aircraft in
less than half a year, European aerospace heavyweight Airbus inked a record deal during President Xi Jinpin
g’s recent visit to France to sell 300 aircraft to China. Will Boeing‘s struggles prove to be a boon for Chinese airplane manu
facturers, as some media outlets claim? Two experts share their views on the issue with China Daily’s Liu Jianna. Excerpts follow:
A very long way to go for China
Ning Zhenbo, lead consultant for the Center of Information Technology, Aviation Industry Corporation of China, Ltd.
Boeing’s loss does not mean Chinese aircraft manufacturers’ gain, simply because China la
gs far behind the West in the aerospace industry. The fierce competition between Boeing and Airbus, the t
wo aerospace heavyweights, will not have any impact, positive or negative, on China because it is not a player in the field.
It’s very likely that any consensus that could be reached across the Commons would be a softer Brexit than the one May is currently pursuing.
That, I am afraid, is still a fairly open-ended answer. It might mean the need to renegotiate, which would mean a longer exten
sion, which would mean being in the EU elections, which could mean a second referendum, ultimately.
The key point here is that cross-party consensus might soun
d nice, but on an issue as divisive as Brexit, it’s as likely as anything to blow up both main parties.
While things are far from rosy and three weeks is not enough t
ime to sort much, it’s worth noting that while Brexit might not be going terribly well, the last thr
ee years have been a huge learning curve for the entire UK. We know more now than we did.
So while the next bit of the Brexit process might look crunchy, the decisions made in the coming days will not be made lightly.
of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump — I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until
they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad,” Trump told the conservative website.
Trump’s incessant appeals for his base are undeniably effective.
One Republican, Sen. Thom Tillis, of North Carolina, made an 11th
hour switch of his vote on the declaration of national emergency, falling into line behind the President.
A top GOP official in North Carolina told CNN’s Jim Acosta that
Tillis was under fierce pressure ahead of a potential primary challenge next year.
The official said, Tillis is “getting hit hard in the state.”
It wasn’t quite a George Clooney or Brad Pitt heist, but police say a brazen robbery attempt ended with gunfire and the suspect hospitalized in Las Vegas.
About 9:45 p.m. local time Friday, an armed man entered a packed Bell
agio Hotel and Casino and demanded money from a caged poker area, Las Vegas Met
ropolitan Police Capt. Nichole Splinter said.
He then fled and tried to steal a vehicle that ha
d just pulled into the valet lot, but he was immediately confronted by four police officers, Splinter said.
At least 49 people were killed and 20 seriously injured in two mass shootings at mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.
The victims: Forty-one people were killed at the al Noor mosque. Seven people died at the Linwood mosque, and one person died from their injuries in hospital.
The suspect: Police said a male in his late 20s has been charged with murder and will appear at the Christchurch court Saturday morning local time.
The manifesto: In a social media post just before the attack, an account that is believed to belong to one of the attackers posted a l
ink to an 87-page manifesto that was filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim ideas and explanations for an attack. The manifesto was not signed.
National security advisor John Bolton expanded upon the White House’s statement on the
attack on New Zealand mosques, which he characterized as “what seems to be a terrorist attack” and a “hate crime.”
Bolton said the US is “very concerned” and is following the events “very closely.”
“We’re obviously greatly disturbed on what seems to be a terror attack, this hate crime in New Zealand. We’ve been in touch
with our embassy overnight, we’re still getting details, but the State Department and others are following up on it.”
Bolton continued, “We’re very concerned, we’re going to cooperate with New Zealand authori
ties to the extent we can if there’s any role we can play, but we’re obviously following the events there very closely.”