Trump to attend 75th anniversary of Normandy landi

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he will attend the ceremonies t

o be held in France later this year for commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

Trump made the remarks when asked by a World War II veteran at the Oval Office in the White House.

“I’ll be there,” he said.

The Normandy landings, an unexceptionally big military operation launched by the Allied troops, commence

d on June 6, 1944, breaking Nazi Germany’s grip on France and changing the course of history during the World War II.

Trump made a trip to France for the 100th anniversary commemorations of the end of World War I last November.

He has frequently criticized European members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

for failing to meet the official annual defense spending target of 2 percent of gross domestic product set by the organization.

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But he said legislators should clarify the respective

The head of one of the world’s best-known museums is retiring, and as the news spread l

ate Monday, netizens praised him as a tireless guardian and promoter of the nation’s heritage.

The retirement of Palace Museum Director Shan Jixiang, 65, whose name has frequently been

in the news, was announced on Monday at a meeting at the museum, also known as the Forbidden City.

Shan “has made the Forbidden City shift from a luxury beyond reach to one that is accessible to ordinary people”, Feng Kaitai, a la

wyer and Weibo user, posted on Monday. “He makes more younger people fall in love with the Forbidden City.”

The museum named Wang Xudong, director of Dunhuang Academy in Gansu province sinc

e 2014, as Shan’s successor. The academy manages and studies the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, also known as th

e Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, including hundreds of temples at a Silk Road crossroads.

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How China contributes to ICH safeguarding in the

A country with a long history and rich culture, China, by 2018’s end, h

ad 40 elements listed as UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritages (ICH).

Many of these are in need of urgent safeguarding. How can we best do this? How can we i

ncrease public awareness of the issue? These are problems facing many countries.

Thanks to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible C

ultural Heritage, adopted in 2003, there is now widespread recognition of the impo

rtance of safeguarding living practices, expressions, skills and knowledge.

To better safeguard ICH, the Chinese government and UNESCO signed an agreemen

t in Beijing in 2012 to establish a professional institution – the International Training Centre for Intan

gible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (CRIHAP) – to give countries in the re

gion the capacity-building service under the framework of the 2003 Convention.

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The EU has indicated it could grant Britain a longer exte

tension if it plans to change course and tack toward a softer departure. That would, however, require the U.K. to particip

ate in elections for the European Parliament in late May — something both the bloc and the British government have sought to avoid.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the bloc was open to extending the departure process by “six or nine or 12 months.”

The political morass has left Britons on both sides of the debate frustrated and angry. S

ome Brexit supporters, who had planned to be celebrating Friday, were protesting instead.

Thousands converged on Parliament Square as lawmakers voted inside, waving Union Jack flags and singing, “Bye-Bye EU.”

Retired charity worker Mandy Childs, one of a band of hard-core Brexit supporter

s walking across England to London under the slogan “Leave Means Leave,” said she felt “heartbroken.”

“We were told over a 100 times by a British prime minister that we would be leaving on the 29th of March, 2019,” she said.

“To do that, promise the British people that and then say ‘Actually, no, we need to just put it back’ — absolute betrayal. And how dare she?”

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The approach — particularly the threats of re-election reperc

  ussions — stemmed defections from several Republicans up for re

-election in 2020, but ultimately failed to stop the Senate from passing the resolution.

  Trump tweeted about the political advantage he expects those who supported him will receive.

  ”I’d like to thank all of the Great Republican Senators who bravely voted for Strong Bo

rder Security and the WALL. This will help stop Crime, Human Trafficking, and Drugs entering our Cou

ntry. Watch, when you get back to your State, they will LOVE you more than ever before!” Trump tweeted Friday.

  Trump’s veto sends the resolution back to the US House of Re

presentatives, which is expected to pick it up after the week-long congressional recess. The Hous

e is not expected to have the two-thirds of the chamber’s support needed to override the President’s veto.

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