The Abuja–Kaduna Railway, as the first segment of the

 Lagos–Kano standard gauge project, the first standard gauge railway in Nigeria and West A

frica, was officially inaugurated and started commercial operation on July 26, 2016.

The railway, constructed by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, is the first overseas railway fully adopting the Chinese r

ailway standard. Spanning 186.5 kilometers, it alleviates traffic tension, improves the investment envir

onment and promotes the coordinated development of regional economy and society.

By Jan 11, the train service had delivered 1.23 million passengers and had safely operated for 900 days without any major accident recorded since its inception.

The China-funded Colombo Port City, the largest project between C

hina and Sri Lanka under the Belt and Road Initiative, completed land reclamation of 269 hectares in January.

In addition, hydro-structure construction will be completed by the middle

of this year. The port city’s municipal facilities construction is expected to be completed in J

uly 2020. At the same time, investment promotion of the city is also being carried out.

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China is willing to work with New Zealand to enable

their bilateral relations to continue to play a pioneering role in China’s relations with the West, he added.

Xi also called on both sides to step up mutual understanding, trust

and respect each other’s core interests and major concerns with an open, inclusive spirit.

Xi added that China welcomes New Zealand to take part in building the Belt and Road.

He also urged greater bilateral cooperation in international affairs, jointly pro

moting the development of an open world economy and safeguarding multilateralism and the multilateral trading regime.

China has prioritized coping with the challenges of the climate change and is willing to wo

rk with New Zealand to jointly promote the sustainable development of Pacific island countries, he said.

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Mikaela Shiffrin extends record run as Marcel Hirscher hints

  She’s ski racing’s undoubted new queen, but Mikaela Shiffrin finished the

slalom season in regal fashion with victory in the final race in Andorra.

  The 24-year-old clinched her 16th win of a record-breaking season

Saturday to take her tally to 59 World Cup titles overall.

  The victory was also her 40th slalom win to equal the record of Swedish great

Ingemar Stenmark, who heads the all-time list with 86 World Cup wins.

  Overall champion Shiffrin, who topped the slalom standings from Slovakia’s P

etra Vlhova and Swiss Wendy Holdener,

is hot favorite to clinch the giant slalom crystal globe Sunday.

  The American has a 97-point lead over Vlhova, with 100 points available to the winner in Andorra.

  Shiffrin, who passed Vreni Schneider’s mark of 14 wins in a season

earlier this month, could become the first skier — mal

e or female — to win the World Cup title in overall, slalom, giant slalom and the

faster super-G discipline in the same season.

  She secured a third straight World Cup overall crown earlier this season and first super-G c

rystal globe to add to a fourth consecutive slalom world title in Sweden last month. She also won super-G gold in Are.

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One in every seven smartphones in the world is produced

d in the city, and one in every eight buses is produced by Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Co, he said.

Through such efforts as opening cargo train routes to Europe and encouraging cross-border e-co

mmerce, Zhengzhou has helped implement the Belt and Road Initiative and benefited from it, he added.

“We truly feel that the Belt and Road has turned into roads of peace, prosperity, openness, innovation and civilization,” he said.

Tang Yuxiang, an NPC deputy and also board chairman of Zhengzhou Yutong Bus, said that since the Belt and Road Init

iative was put forward in 2013, the company has made overseas markets a strategic priority.

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There’s been a lot of talk on Twitter, not just from racists

  but also people who are very pro-Meghan, about recessive genes, about whether the baby will have an afro, whether the baby will have its mother’s nose,” she said.

  ”There’s all these coded conversations happening about what the baby will look like, and it sounds really horr

ible to think, but a lot of people offered up the idea that the blacker the baby looks, the worse its treatment will be.”

  Hermansson said the anti-Meghan trolls have also seized on themes like so-called “cultural decline.”

  ”Meghan Markle fits into this bigger idea of the West and the UK in d

ecline,” he said. “She does that by not fitting in, by being who she is, which is mixed race. Pe

ople tie these things so much to what they think it means to be British, which is white. So, it has a racial element to it.”

  ”But there’s also this idea of cultural decline — [that] what we were before, a strong palace, a monarchy, an empire … is falli

ng apart, and that of course is brought on by these other far-right conspiratorial ideas, like what mass imm

igration is doing with our society, the replacement of British people of British culture.”

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According to the report, job choice is the biggest contributo

 the gender pay gap. Men generally are more inclined to take jobs with high work intensity and high sala

ries, such as technician or salesman, for example. Women, on the other hand, prefer jobs with average work intensity and

moderate salaries, such as administrative, operational and marketing positions. In the past two ye

ars, more and more women have taken up senior technical, senior management and other senior posts. How

ever, in most well-paid positions, the ratio of men to women is still seriously unbalanced.

In terms of industries, the engineering and manufacturing industries, including mining, smelting and chemistry, have a bigg

er gender pay gap. In the science and tech industries, such as the internet, medical care and electronic co

mmunications, large differences in earnings between women and men also exist, the report said.

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Her son was shot dead in front of her. And she says a policeman

Tires were burning in nearby streets. Tear gas was in the air. Crowds were gathering. So Pricil Journ

al told her son Roberto to hide the wheelbarrow they used as a cookie stall outside the general hospital.

There was a snap and a loud crack — and Roberto lay dead. A bullet had torn through his right arm, just above the elbow,

and into his chest.
In almost two weeks of mayhem, since Haiti was shut down by opposition pr

otestors demanding the president and his government step down, there have been no official numbers for those killed and injured.

No medicines, records or equipment: Haiti hospital struggles during protests
No medicines, records or equipment: H

aiti hospital struggles during protests
But Pricil knows that her son is dead. And she’s convinced that a policeman did it.

“When he was done killing my son…That cop then swapped guns with another nearb

y cop – and he then went to hide inside the hospital,” she said in an interview with CNN.

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Modi’s visit to disputed region imperils thaw in ties

Recently, China and India were engaged in a jagged excha

nge of words over Modi’s visit to South Tibet, a mountainous region under substantial dispute b

etween the two Asian giants. Although China’s stance on the boundary issue is cons

istent and crystal-clear that it has never recognized the so-called “A

runachal Pradesh” and is firmly opposed to any Indian leaders’ presence there, it was Modi who has repeatedly touched the raw nerve.

Such exchange – though it has happened in the past during China’s Spring Festivals in February 2015 and February 2018 – is p

articularly noteworthy: Modi’s latest visit followed the in

formal leadership summit in Wuhan in April 2018 which was widely seen as the key effort

from both sides to improve diplomatic ties and rebuild trust since the 73-day-long armed standoff in Doklam.

Such actions by Modi would inevitably affect the progress

ade by both sides, further complicating the boundary issue and exacerbating mutual suspicion.

Modi’s recent presence in South Tibet was largely driven b

y electoral considerations, aimed at mobilizing support for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahe

ad of the general elections, which are due in India in April and May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha.

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Talks can produce fresh progress toward a dea ina Daily editorial

It is encouraging that after the deputy-level meetings on Monday and Tuesday

to work out the technical details for an agr

eement — including a mechanism for enforcing any deal — the face-to-face discussions being conducted between d

ecision-makers from both countries are being held amid a general air of optimism.

The negotiations are being led by Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Treasury Secr

etary Steven Mnuchin, whose cordial discussions in Washington on Jan 30 and 31 raised hopes that the two s

ides are genuinely doing their utmost to reach an agreement ahead of the March 1 deadline when US tariffs on $

200 billion worth of imports from China are set to rise to 25 percent from 10 percent.

But there are still obstacles to be overcome, and no one should underestimate how daunting a task the two s

ides face trying to resolve all the differences that have long existed between them in one clean sweep.

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Global economic growth entering slowdown growth in

The global economy is projected to grow at 2.6 percent between 2020 and 2035 and enter a low

-speed growth period, Economic Daily reported citing the Development Research Center of the State Council.

Considering changes in major factors such as technology, urbanization, population and environment, global eco

nomic growth is expected to experience a declining trend with slower growth rate long-term, the center said.

Developed economies’ overall growth is predicted to slow down further to about 1.7 percent — below t

he average growth rate over the past 50 years — while for developing countries, the annual average growth rate is expected to be 4.9 percent.

Over the next 15 years, some developing countries will continue their urbanization process. A new round of tec

hnology revolution and urbanization still carries potential for economic growth in some developing countries.

The global urbanization rate is expected to be 61.7 percent by 2035, becoming a key driver for future growth, the center asserted.

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