Monthly Archives: February 2019

An announcement by Alibaba Pictures said the Beijing

based company decided to invest in Green Book in July, as the decision-maker

were attracted by its heartwarming theme, positive values and quality narrative.

Following the decision, the Paper said, Alibaba Pictures recommended the film to Hu

axia Film Distribution, and both sides agreed to introduce Green Book to Chinese audience.

Only four days after the film was announced, Chinese audience could watch it in the nearby theaters. Yu said af

ter watching Green Book on Monday that the cooperation between Alibaba Pictures and Huaxia Film Distribution m

akes the fastest release in China for an imported movie, which is also attributed to the country’s reform and opening-up.

As of the publication time, Alibaba Pictures shares increased 1.39 percent to HK$1.46 on Tuesday in Hong Kong.

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State Councilor Wang Yi said Sino-US trade negotiations

have once again made concrete progress and provided positive pro

spects for bilateral relations and the global economy. Wang, also minister of foreign affa

irs, made the remark at an event on Monday, according to a statement issued by the ministry.

Yao Yang, dean of the National School of Development at Peking University, said, “It is encouraging that both sides have begu

n to work on the text of an agreement, which indicates a speeding up toward sealing a trade deal.”

“The progress also showed that effective economic diplomatic meas

ures can help resolve cumbersome issues and reduce confrontation between two nations,” Yao said.

After tit-for-tat exchanges of hefty import tariffs, President Xi Jinping and hi

s US counterpart, Donald Trump, agreed in December to halt new tariffs for 90 days to a

llow for talks. Since then, negotiations have been conducted on a wide array of topics.

Early Sunday afternoon in Washington, Trump tweeted that he “will be delaying” the incr

ease of tariffs on Chinese imports scheduled for March 1, due to “very productive” trade talks between the two countries.

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Trump could try to sell North Korea a Vietnam model. But

The night before his historic summit with US President Donald Trump last June, North Kore

an leader Kim Jong Un took a surprise stroll in downtown Singapore to see the sights of the wealthy capitalist city.

The inference seemed clear. If cash-strapped Pyongyang chooses to engage the world — and ditch its nuclear weapons — this could be its future.

Trump and Kim will this month have an even more symbolic backdrop for their next mee

ting: Vietnam, a country which transformed itself from bitter US enemy to peaceful partner in less than 50 years.

Experts believe the Trump administration plans to sell North Korea on a model such as communist Vietnam, hig

hlighting its relationship with Washington as well as its economic boom since adopting market reforms. And all th

e North Koreans have to do, Washington is expected to say, is give up their nukes.

Yet analysts are wary such a sales pitch will produce any tangible outcome. North Korea

knows how capitalism and market economies work: it’s just chosen not to embrace them.

China has for years been prodding the North to embrace economic reform, dragging for

mer North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on tours of capitalist enterprises whenever he visited.

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Some with extensive experience inside North Korea

  worry about overzealous use of the Vietnam comparison.

  Jean Lee is one of the few Western journalists who has worked in North Korea on a consistent basis. She opened the Associated Press’s bureau in Py

ongyang in 2012 after extensive haggling with the government, spending a total of three years on the ground in the country.

  She says that while Vietnam does boast options that “Kim Jong Un wants to show his people,” North Korea still sees itself as a superior nation.

  ”They will go into this discussion saying exactly that — hey, there’s no comparison here, we’re a nuclear power. And they’re goi

ng to be busting out this image of North Korea as a nuclear state as much as they can because it gives No

rth Korea much more leverage and a much stronger place at the table than if they were just another poor country,” Lee said.

  Andrei Lankov’s assessment is more blunt.

  ”Donald Trump and many other people in Washington essentially say if North Korea s

urrenders nuclear weapons and accepts foreign investment — like China did — it will become a very ric

h country, and the North Korean leaders will enjoy a lifestyle they cannot even dream of now,” Lankov said.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences endu

  red a series of missteps leading up to the telecast, beginning with the proposal to introduce a “popular film” category. That id

ea was quickly scuttled, as was a subsequent plan to move four awards into the commercial breaks to help st

reamline the ceremony, which prompted a rebellion from Academy members.

  In between, Kevin Hart was chosen to host the awards, before the resurfacing of homophobic socia

l-media posts prompted the comic to withdraw. After a period of confusion, it was finally co

nfirmed the awards would be mounted without a host, the first time that’s happened in 30 years.

  Much of the tumult surrounding the 91st annual Oscars can be traced back to la

st year’s awards — and more specifically, a precipitous ratings decline, fall

ing to an all-time low. Shortening the ceremony to three hours, or close to it, has been among the solutions that host net

work ABC has advocated as a means of stopping the bleeding from a Nielsen standpoint.

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In their article, the Conservative ministers warned that econom

  national security, and peace in Northern Ireland would be compromised in the case of a no-d

eal Brexit, and added the scenario would risk inflaming the nationalist sentiment in Scotland.

  ”Far from Brexit resulting in a newly independent United Kingdom, stepping boldly into t

he wider world, crashing out on March 29 would see us poorer, less secure and potentially splitting up,” they write.

  Rudd, Clark and Gauke also cautioned members of the European Research Gro

up (ERG), a Parliamentary alliance whose members advocate for a no-deal Brexit and have previously voted do

wn May’s deal, that their lack of cooperation would be responsible for a postponement in the Brexit process.

  ”It is time that many of our Conservative parliamentary colleagues in the ERG recognized that Parliament will stop a disastrous No Deal Brexit on Mar

ch 29. If that happens, they will have no one to blame but themselves for delaying Brexit,” they wrote.

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Guaido has been working with a raft of global partners to br

  Venezuelans desperately needed food and medical supplies. The White House urged the Venezuelan military to allow aid into the country in a statement Friday.

  ”The United States strongly condemns the Venezuelan military’s use of force against unarmed civilians and innocent v

olunteers on Venezuela’s border with Brazil,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

  ”Egregious violation of human rights by Maduro and those who are following his orders will not go unpunished. The Unite

d States strongly urges the Venezuelan military to uphold its constitutional duty to protect the citizens of V

enezuela. The Venezuelan military must allow humanitarian aid to peacefully enter the country. The world is watching.”

  Aid is piling up on Venezuela’s border. Here’s why it’s not getting in

  The violence came as dueling concerts kicked off on the country’s western border with Colombia, where aid deliver

ies from the United States have been languishing since Maduro blocked the Tienditas Bridge.

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Patients and their families are doubly affected by plum

  meting purchasing power across the country. It’s a situation, Emami says, that has made a lot of treatable cases lethal.

  ”I have a patient upstairs … I diagnosed him with brain cancer. The cost of biopsy, the chemotherapy and medication is

very high. So, the family asked me if I could leave him be,” says Emami. “Every day, we see this story here.”

  Even when families can afford medical equipment they often join long waiting lists. Cardia

c pacemakers are in short supply in the country, and patients must abandon their regular lifestyles, an

d become admitted to hospitals where they are hooked up to a cardiac machine.

  Emami tells CNN that some families are opting out of paying for feed

ing tubes for relatives with advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Without the feeding tubes, the pat

ients spend the rest of their days wired to machines in hospitals, instead of receiving home care.

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In Iran’s ski resorts, for instance, signs admonish female

  to “obey Islamic affairs,” but many swap their headscarves for ski hats. The morality police

who for years were said to chase transgressors down the slopes on skis, have a dwindling presence in these areas.

  The penalty for breaking hijab rules is also being reduced, with fines of around $15 becoming more common than arrests.

  For commentators and activists, the incident in Tehran may be a sign of more acts of rebellion against the morality police to come.

  ”Iranians are very angry with morality police these days,” tweeted Masih Alineja

d, the Iranian activist behind the “White Wednesday” social media campaign against mandatory hijabs.

  Update: This article has been updated to remove a tweet containing images that CNN c

ould not independently verify. This is a developing story and will continue to be updated.

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This photo was taken in a restroom in an airport during a

  ”Good girls” do what they’re told, are quiet, don’t argue or risk embarrassing their families. Reem and Rawan say they had turned being “good girls” into a fine art.

  ”In our house, we (were) always the good girls they wanted us to be. So, if they want us to

clean, we will clean. If they want us to cook, then we will cook,” 18-year-old Rawan says.

  ”The last two years it was really bad, because I just forget who I am, I am just pretending (to be) like an Islamic girl,” says her 20-year-old sister, Reem.

  They went to school, studied hard and avoided confrontation. Of course, the same rules d

idn’t apply to their brothers. Beat your sisters, the siblings say their brothers were told, it’ll make you better men.

  Reem and Rawan are reluctant to talk about the abuse at the hands of their family. They say it

didn’t happen all the time, just enough to remind them of the rules. And enough to fill them with terror ab

out what might happen if anyone found out about their plan or, worse still, caught them carrying it out.

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