Xi added that he is glad that US President Donald Trump

also voiced his support for bilateral exchanges and cooperation in education during their meeting at the G20 Summit in Argentina in December.

The rising level of education has been a major contributor to

China’s rapid development in its 40 years of reform and opening-up, he said.

China remains committed to advancing the modernization of its education, making

itself an education powerhouse and developing education that people are satisfied with, he added.

During this process, China is willing to conduct broader exchanges and cooper

ation with education and research institutions including Harvard University, he said.

Bacow, who last year became the 29th president of Harvard U

niversity, said he is glad to make China his first overseas stop since his inauguration.

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Xi made the remarks in a signed article published in the

Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera on Wednesday ahead of his European tour, with visits to Italy, Monaco and France.

Though far apart from each other, China and ancient Rome were linked by the old Silk Road over 2,000 years ago, Xi said in the ar

ticle, mentioning the cultural exchanges between the two countries in the distant past.

He said Beijing is willing to deepen cooperation with Rome in such areas as land and marine transportation, avia

tion, aerospace and cultural exchanges to build the Belt and Road in the new era.

“I’m willing to avail myself of this visit to work with Italian lea

ders on the blueprint of Sino-Italian relations and lead the ties into the new era,” Xi said.

He called on the two sides to tap more potential for partnership

in port logistics, shipping, energy, telecommunications and medicine, and encourage enterprises fr

om both countries to develop third-party cooperation to seek mutual benefit and win-win results.

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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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The revelation that an extra pilot saved the plane the day

before the crash has never been reported before, according to Bloomberg.

Aviation analyst and editor in chief of Airlineratings.com, Geoffrey Thomas, said it was not unusual for off-duty pilots, known as dead heads, to fly in the cockpit of planes.

“It could well be that the flight is full and he needs to get back t

o Jakarta — so as long as he is authorized to do so — then it’s absolutely fine,” he said.

However, the presence of the third pilot in the cockpit did not appear in the National Tra

nsportation Safety Committee’s (KNKT) November preliminary report into the crash.

Thomas said this fact should have been reported “as you could argue that the pilot was a distraction or an assistance,” he said.

Wall Street Journal: Transportation Department inspector general investigating FAA’s approval of Boeing 737 Max

CNN contacted Lion Air Group Captain Daniel Putut for comment and he directed questions to the KNKT.

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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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he EU’s preference is that Britain ratifies the Withdrawa

Agreement. This is where the prospect of a lengthy delay plays into the thinking of some.

A long delay presents the UK, potentially, with a choice. If it is to take part in the European elections, then it must legislate to do so before April 11. In that scenario, the

EU could propose a longish delay of around two years, with a fixed end point, but with a neat get-out clause. Were the Hous

e of Commons to approve May’s Brexit deal within that period, the UK would flip out of the EU and the Article 50 ex

tension would be reincarnated as the two-year transition, as per the current Withdrawal Agreement.

If that all sounds a little fiddly, here it is in simpler language. UK lawmakers would be presented with a choice of voti

ng to leave the EU with a deal that they may not love, or remain as a full member state and what that leads to is any

one’s guess: A general election, another referendum — take your pick of undesirable outcomes.

All of this was complicated further on Monday, when the Speaker of the House of Commons lobbed in a constitutional hand g

renade. John Bercow pronounced that Theresa May could not bring her Brexit deal back for a new vote in Parl

iament without the question being asked sufficiently differently from the one defeated last week.

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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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In the fall, Musk agreed to a court-approved deal with the SEC in

  r to settle charges over his controversial tweet in August about his plans to take Tesla private. The settlem

ent stipulated that Musk receive pre-approval for any social media posts containing information that is “material” to Te

sla shareholders. At the time, the electric carmaker said it would establish a board committee to oversee its CEO’s posts.

  But the SEC has since found fault with Musk’s tweeting. In late February, the commissi

on filed a motion asking a federal judge to hold Musk in contempt for violating the terms of the settlement.

  The SEC cited a tweet from February 19 in which Musk said Tesla

would build 500,000 cars in 2019. He then tweeted a clarifying message that Tesla would be build

ing at an annual rate of 500,000 cars by the end of the year, but would actually only make 400,000 cars in 2019.

  Musk fired back last week, arguing that the tweet didn’t contain material information about Tesla, that he diligent

ly tried to follow the court settlement, and that the SEC’s request is a breach of his constitutional right to free speech.

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The SEC sought to remove Musk as CEO of Tesla last year

  after he tweeted in August that he had secured funding to take the company private. It was eventually revealed that while

he’d spoken with investors, he hadn’t secured anything. The SEC said the tweet was “false and misleading.”

  The settlement allowed Musk to stay on as CEO, but he had to give up his role as chair

man of Tesla. He and Tesla were fined a total of $40 million, which Musk paid himself.

  The US District Court for Southern New York, which approved

the original settlement in October, will decide whether Musk’s February 19 tweet viol

ated the deal.While you were living your life on December 18th, 2018, a giant space rock exploded 16 miles above the Ea

rth’s surface, giving off 10 times the energy of the atomic bomb detonated over Hiroshima. No big deal.

  The event is properly called a “fireball,” NASA’s term for “exceptionally bright meteors that are spectacular enough to to be seen over a very wide area.”

  With an impact energy of 173 kilotons, December’s fireball was the second-most powerful to enter Earth’s atmosp

here in 30 years. You may recall the first — it was that huge, blinding fireball that rocked parts of Russia in 2013.

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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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