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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However, there is no way of knowing if anything other tha

  n coincidence is to blame. Boeing’s 737 historically have an outstanding safety record, and no potential causes — includ

ing human error, random malfunction or terrorism — have yet been ruled out.

  Furthermore, eyewitnesses told CNN that they saw the plane swerving, dipping and emitti

ng smoke as it came down. Those details don’t immediately match with the Lion Air crash.

  We don’t know what technical problems the pilot reported

  Little is known about the Ethiopian Airlines pilots flying the jet on Sunday morning. One of the pilots had flown mo

re than 8,000 hours, according to company CEO GebreMariam. He had an “excellent flying record,” GebreMariam added.

  GebreMariam also told reporters at a press conference that the pilo

t in contact with air traffic control had reported technical difficulties, and later elabo

rated to CNN that he reported “flight control problems.” He asked for clearance to return to Addis Ababa, which

he was granted. What particular problems he cited in those communications are unclear.

  The Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane had flown into Addis Ababa Sunday morning from Johannesburg on Flight ET858.

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Bayer will continue to support green and digital developmen

German company Bayer’s agriculture division Bayer Crop Science in China and China’s National Ag

ricultural Technology Extension Service Center (NATESC) under the Ministry of Agriculture jointly lau

nched the Action Plan for Enhancing Green Development Capability in Beijing on Wednesday.

The plan, a large non-profit training project co-sponsored by Bayer and the NATESC, is an

important topic under the framework of Sino-German agricultural cooperation.

To respond to the needs of green and quality development in Chinese agriculture, it a

ims to build green development capacities among key players, such as local officials and tec

hnicians in agriculture, executives in new types of agribusinesses, serve organizations and lead in co-operatives.

The project will be implemented for five years from 2019, covering all provincial regions.

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rump picks US ambassador to Canada for UN ambassador

  President Donald Trump said Friday he intends to nominate the current Ame

rican ambassador to Canada to be the new US ambassador to the United Nations.

  Trump tweeted on Friday evening that he plans to nominate Kelly Knight Craft for the position, following former Ambassador Nikki Haley‘s resignation last year.

  ”I am pleased to announce that Kelly Knight Craft, our current Ambassador to Canada, is be

ing nominated to be United States Ambassador to the United Nations,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

  He followed up in a second tweet, saying, “Kelly has done an outst

anding job representing our Nation and I have no doubt that, under her leadership, our Cou

ntry will be represented at the highest level. Congratulations to Kelly and her entire family!”

  Trump’s announcement comes a week after his first pick to replace Haley, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, withdrew her candidacy.

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The UK government described the plant closure as “a

  ating decision for Swindon and the United Kingdom.”

  Business Secretary Greg Clark said in a statement that it was “deeply disappointing that this decision has been taken now” b

ecause Britain is a leader in developing new technologies needed by the auto industry.

  Britain is set to leave the European Union in less than 40 days, but the details of what happens then are uncertain.

  Car company executives have warned that crashing out of the bloc without a deal

on March 29 would snarl their supply chains and disrupt production.

  BMW (BMWYY) plans to close its Mini factory in England for one month of maintenance imm

ediately after Brexit because it can’t be sure of getting the parts it needs. Ford (F), which has 13,000 wo

rkers in the United Kingdom, has estimated that a disorderly Brexit would cost it $800 million in 2019.

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