Her calls for unity and vigilance came amid a rare state

  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 of compassion and respect.

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China has been working to increase the access speed

 and reduce costs of internet services, which will be good not only for consumers but also for industrial upgrading.

The country’s three telecom carriers — China Mobile Communications, China United Network Comm

unications Group and China Telecommunications Corp — announced steps to scrap domestic long-distan

ce and roaming charges from Oct 1, 2017, and cancel data roaming fees within the country starting July 1, 2018.

However, increasing speed and cutting charges doesn’t bring less

revenue for telecom operators. According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, du

ring the first half of last year, revenues from the telecom business rose 4.1 percent year-on-year to 672 billion yuan.

Mobile internet traffic jumped 199.6 percent to 26.6 billion gigabytes. Among them, inter

net usage via phones soared 214.7 percent to 26.2 billion gigabytes, accounting for 98.3 percent of the total.

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Cat-owners spend about 3,117 yuan per cat each year

on average, while the corresponding number for a dog is 4,723 yuan, said the report.

Much of a pet’s expenses are on food. For a cat, it is about 1,340 yuan, with medical care requiring 742 yuan on average.

“About 41 percent of the 99.8 million pet-keeping Chinese households now have cats,

and the number is still growing,” said Neil Wang, president of Frost & Sullivan China.

In addition to 67 million pet cats, there are more, adopted or given by friends and families, the company’s report said.

This has spawned a cat culture of sorts, spanning a variety of business activities.

For instance, specialist apps offer a service called “cloud petting” for those who

do not own a pet cat. The latter can follow “cat celebrities” on social media platforms.

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st time voter Eshna Kutty, 22, wants India’s next leader to giv

  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 the other. “It is a great impe

diment to the growth of the nation, a nation that is democratic, socialist and a republic,” she told CNN.

  ”If you want to make a change… you vote”oung voters could have a huge influence on the

outcome. For some, casting their ballot is an exciting “coming of age” moment. But many are disenchanted.

  John Simte, 22, a law student in Bengaluru, says he is “thrilled to be a part of the world’s la

rgest democratic project.” He admits a “deep sense of apathy” amongst his peers but is nonetheless optimistic.

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minutes that explain the Trump presidencyTrump, a bad defe

  The President reacted with characteristic defiance to Congress’ repudiati

on of the national emergency declared in the cause of funding his border wall.

  ”VETO!” he tweeted, promising to crush the insubordination of lawmakers who had tr

ied, where many others had failed, to rein in his quest for power and contempt for constitutional norms.

  Trump’s crisis management reveals defining attributes of this most unique of political careers: The irrepressible energy

of a force of nature personality, a refusal to accept a loss and an instinctive reflex to seek a new opening.

  But it also showcases less positive traits, including his willingn

ess to trample the truth for his own benefit, a selfish streak for which friendly foreign leade

rs sometimes pay the price and even a shockingly casual way of talking about political violence.

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Of the other three people apprehended, two were arrested in

  possession of firearms and police are still trying to understand their involvement, said New Zealand Police Com

missioner Mike Bush. On Friday night local time police tweeted that the pair remain in custody.

  Police said a fourth person was arrested Friday but “that was not related to these events.”

  Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that at least one of those arreste

d is Australian. He said the shooting was the work of an “extremist right-wing, violent terrorist.”

  Police said they do not believe there are any other suspects but added that it was still an open investigation.

  None of the four people arrested had been on any security watch lists prior to the attack.

  Attack apparently broadcast live on social media

  Authorities said they “will not be discussing the offenders’ possible motivations or the causes of this incident” at this stage.

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One witness, who did not want to be named, said he was

  driving by the scene and saw a man with a “with his 3- or 4-year-old

daughter” who had been shot in the back.

  ”He was screaming like get her to the hospital and the ambulance couldn’t come in until it was secured so I just got my truck a

nd loaded up him, and his daughter, and this other guy had been shot in the leg,

and took them to the hospital,” he said.

  One man outside the mosque said that he prayed that the gunman would “run out of bullets.”

  ”I was thinking that he must run out bullets you know, so what I did was

basically waiting and praying to God, oh God please

let this guy run out of bullets,” he said. He said a man told him to remain still

and then the gunman shot the man “straight in the chest.”Christchurch was put

on lockdown, with all schools and council buildings shut and roads closed across the city.

  By 6 p.m. local time New Zealand police said the lockdown on schools had been lifted.

  Police can now confirm the lock down of schools throughout Christchurch has been lifted. We would like

to reassure members of the public that there is a large Police presence in the city

and the safety of the community is our priority.

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All the members should remain conscientious and har

dworking, and bravely take responsibility,” he said. “There are no honorary members, only responsible members.”

Political adviser He Yun’ao, from Jiangsu province, said this year’s session was busy and substantial.

“I got up early and got to sleep late to read more material so as to im

prove my proposals,” he said. “The meeting was over, but Chairman Wang has given us man

y assignments. I will do more surveys and study this year and bring better proposals next year.”

Zhang Zhihao and Wang Kaihao contributed to this story.

hina’s poverty relief battle is the world’s biggest and toughest. Over the last 30-plus ye

ars, China has made determined and innovative efforts to reduce poverty and remarkable achievements have been witnessed.

In this exclusive interview, an episode of China Daily’s two sessions special coverage answe

ring questions put forward by media outlets from more than 20 countries, Lei Ming, dean of the Insti

tute of Poverty Research, Peking University, shares his view on the ways of the toughest poverty-relief battle.

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The program, customized for primary school student

nts, features smaller basketballs, lower rims and more accessible courts on campus to make the already popular sport even more appealing.

Yao, at 2.26 meters tall, has been a towering figure at two sessions meetings since 2013. But this year, instead of making

new proposals, he chose to focus on gathering more support from governmental departments to expand the program.

“It has to be a collaborative effort between the sports and educa

tion departments,” said Yao, an eight-time NBA All-Star with the Houston Rockets.

“To make it campus-based means we don’t count on it to cultivate future pro players. … We b

elieve participation in team sports helps children grow stronger as individuals physically and mentally.”

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ident Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party

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-ou

t 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 Military Co

mmission, told national legislators from the People’s Liberation Army and the People’s Armed Police Force th

at 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 significa

nce and urgency of the plan’s realization and spare no effort to turn its goals into reality.

Xi ordered the military to focus on improving its comb

at readiness and capability. It should also deepen its reform, foster innovation and present new

achievements for the coming 70th birthday of the People’s Republic of China in October, he added.

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