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Ataul Rahman Saleem, deputy head of the High Peace Council - a government body charged with negotiating an end to the war - told the AP that the deal could be completed on Sunday, after two years of negotiations.
Hezb-i-Islami is led by warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, whose forces killed thousands of people in Kabul during the 1992-96 civil war. Hekmatyar, in his late 60s, is designated a "global terrorist" by the United States and blacklisted by the United Nations. The Obama administration has welcomed the progress toward a peace agreement and said it supports an Afghan-led resolution to the conflict.
US officials declined to say publicly whether the US would consider lifting the terrorist designation subjecting the group to sanctions if the agreement is reached.
Ghani's spokesman, Zafar Hashemi, would not comment directly on the Hezb-i-Islami deal, telling reporters on Saturday that "the doors are open for peace talks" to all groups.
Negotiations began in July 2014, Karim said, when Hekmatyar received a letter from Ghani, who was then campaigning to become president. But progress stalled after President Barack Obama decided against a complete withdrawal and instead to leave a 10,000-strong, largely noncombat force in the country through the end of 2016.
The multinational forces fighting the Islamic extremists of Boko Haram have arrested five of the group's leaders and freed dozens of captive women and children, Cameroon's government announced on Saturday. The raids targeting Boko Haram bases in the northern Madawaya forest earlier this month freed 28 children and at least 18 women, government spokesman Issa Tchiroma said.
Boko Haram had set up camp in the forest after fleeing another military operation in neighboring Nigeria and had been training captive young girls and women as suicide bombers, he said. The news came as French President Francois Hollande joined several West African leaders at a summit in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, where they discussed progress in the fight against Boko Haram and how to resolve the humanitarian crisis it has created.
Both leaders stressed the success of a multinational force of Nigeria and its neighbors - helped by training, intelligence and information-sharing by France, Britain and the United States - that has recaptured territory where Boko Haram had declared an Islamic caliphate. But many refugees say they will not return home until it is safe and there are doubts Nigeria's military can secure the vast rural areas where Boko Haram now roams. Police identified the suspect as Shariful Islam Shihab, a former member of the banned Islamic group Harkatul Jihad. Shihab, 37, was arrested in the southwestern district of Kushtia, Munirul Islam, head of a newly formed police counterterrorism unit, told a news conference. There have been a series of recent attacks targeting atheists, moderates and foreigners in Bangladesh. Islam said that Shihab allegedly killed Xulhaz Mannan, who worked for the US Agency for International Development, because he was a gay rights activist and promoted the gay community's cause through a magazine as an editor. He said Shihab told police during questioning that he took part in stabbing to death Mannan and his friend as ordered by his group's high command.
Police earlier said they identified at least five people who took part in the killings on April 25 from video footage collected from buildings near the crime scene in Dhaka's Kalabagan area. The Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaida had claimed responsibility for the April 25 killing of Mannan and his friend, Tanay Majumder. Police escort suspect Shariful Islam Shihab in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Sunday after his arrest in connection with the murder of two gay rights activists. The celebration comes after a three-year redesign that nearly tripled the building's gallery space and added sculpture gardens, education spaces, a giant living wall and outdoor terraces with sweeping city views. The $305 million expansion includes almost 170,000 square feet of new and renewed indoor and outdoor galleries, museum officials said.
It opened to the public with 19 inaugural exhibitions showcasing painting and sculpture, photography, and architecture and design work by top artists, including Frida Kahlo, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, Charles Ray, Diane Arbus and Mark Bradford. Highlights include 260 pieces of art from the collection of Doris and Donald Fisher, who founded the Gap, more than 600 works promised through the museum's Campaign for Art, and pieces from the New Pritzker Center for Photography Inaugurate Museum, museum officials said.
The renewed museum, whose lobby welcomes people with a massive spiraling sculpture by Richard Serra, will also offer free access to 18-year-old and younger visitors and will open every day. Yachiyo Hamilton of Richmond, California, was one of about 5,000 people who snatched free tickets last month to visit the museum on opening day. She said she and her mother are also excited about the living wall, which is sustained by rain and recycled water and features more than 15,000 plants.
A truck and an overcrowded motorized rickshaw collided in southern India, killing 16 people, half of them from a single family, police said on Sunday. Ex-London Mayor Boris Johnson has compared the European Union's aims to those of Adolf Hitler, arguing that the 28-nation bloc is creating a superstate that mirrors the attempt of the Nazi leader to dominate the European continent. A fire in a slum in Brazil has consumed scores of homes and other wooden structures and displaced hundreds of people.
Italy's health minister is proposing doubling a 'baby bonus' incentive for couples to have more children to combat what she calls a catastrophic decline in the country's birth rate. The Islamic State group launched a coordinated assault on Sunday on a natural gas plant north of Baghdad that killed at least 12 people, according to Iraqi officials. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says most Canadians have yet to grasp the lengths to which firefighters went to save nearly 90 percent of the oil sands capital of Fort McMurray from a massive wildfire that forced the evacuation of more than 88,000 people. After living in a state of emergency for four months, Venezuelans learned on Saturday they have to continue this way for another 60 days, and possibly through 2017. After signing a decree for the extension, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the decision aims to help restore production capacities, provide better protection for the populace, maintain national stability, and uphold peace. Speaking at a massive gathering of supporters in central Caracas on Saturday, Maduro announced some of the actions to be taken under the decree, which has not yet been published.
He said anyone trying to sabotage the country would be held responsible: They would be expelled from the country or thrown into prison. The Venezuelan leader said a day earlier on national TV that some domestic forces were scheming with foreign ones to stage a coup in the country. Maduro on Saturday also ordered the military to hold war games within a week to counter perceived foreign threats. The decision to get troops ready for battle came after former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe in an interview on Thursday urged Venezuela's armed forces to take up arms against the state.
When talking about the situation in Venezuela, Uribe, now a Colombian senator, said the Venezuelan military should use their weapons to defend human rights and political freedom, rather than fighting for a dictatorship, local media reported. On Saturday, Venezuela's Armed Forces issued a statement reaffirming their allegiance to the government, saying they categorically condemn "the systematic campaign orchestrated abroad to discredit and provoke Venezuela". Venezuela announced a 60-day state of emergency on Jan 14 amid a soaring inflation and a severe shortage of products.
The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah said on Saturday that the explosion in Damascus that killed its top militant commander was caused by insurgent shelling and vowed to continue fighting alongside the Syrian government until the rebels are defeated. Mustafa Badreddine was the highest-ranking Hezbollah militant to be killed since the group joined Syria's civil war four years ago. Hezbollah said the blast near the Damascus International Airport was caused by artillery shelling from "takfiri" groups, a term Hezbollah uses to refer to Sunni extremists.
The area on the southern edge of the Syrian capital is known to host positions of several militant groups, including al-Qaida's branch in Syria, known as the Nusra Front. A Lebanese politician with close links to the Syrian government told The Associated Press that Badreddine was killed on Thursday night when a shell exploded near him outside a Hezbollah center near the airport.
He said Badreddine might have been killed by the pressure of the blast since his shrapnel wounds did not appear to be fatal. Hezbollah and the Syrian army have a heavy presence around the airport, which includes a military base, the politician said. Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that according to his network of activists in the area, there has been no shelling in the airport area since Wednesday. Hezbollah's statement said Badreddine's killing will only boost the group's "will and intention to continue fighting these criminal gangs until they are defeated". It added that defeating insurgent groups in Syria was "the wish" of Badreddine, who was also known among the group's ranks as Zulfiqar.
Hezbollah's statements indicate it will continue to be deeply involved in the conflict next door, which has killed more than 250,000 people since 2011, including more than 1,000 Hezbollah fighters. Up: Crew members of the Harmony of the Seas cruise ship attend the delivery ceremony of the boat in Saint-Nazaire on Thursday. The world's biggest-ever cruise ship, the 120,000-ton Harmony of the Seas, a luxury home on the waves for 8,500 passengers and crew, was handed over by a French shipyard on Thursday after a 40-month engineering feat. At 66 meters, it is the widest cruise ship ever built, while its 362-meter length makes it 50 meters longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower. The floating town, which cost close to one billion dollars, has 16 decks and will be able to carry 6,360 passengers and 2,100 crew members. The ship was built for US-based Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd by the STX France boatyard in Saint-Nazaire on the Atlantic coast, where a spectacular ceremony marked the handover on Thursday.
Among the onboard attractions are "The Ultimate Abyss", a 10-story slide from the top deck to the main deck which RCCL bills as the world's biggest ship-mounted waterslide.
A giant climbing wall, a rope slide, mini-golf, surf simulator, floating jacuzzis, a casino and 1,400-seat theater playing Broadway musicals are among the other attractions. The ship even has its own high street, and a "Central Park" deck featuring 12,000 plant species. Harmony of the Seas will produce 20 percent less CO2 emissions than the next two largest ships in its class, partly thanks to air pumped into the hull to lighten its load. It took 2,500 workers at STX France around 10 million work-hours to complete the enormous vessel after work began in September 2013.
STX has built 120 cruise ships over its 150 years, and has another 11 lined up for the next decade. Several hundred workers were still busy putting finishing touches to Harmony of the Seas before it leaves the port on Sunday, weather permitting, sailing for Southampton in southern England. From there, it will embark on for its official maiden voyage on May 22 to its new home port of Barcelona, after which it will begin regular cruises through to late October.
The International Rhino Foundation said the female calf was born on Thursday, weighs about 20 kilograms and looks healthy and active. Only an estimated 100 Sumatran rhinos remain, mostly on the island of Sumatra, and several are in captivity. The species was rediscovered in the Indonesian part of Borneo through trails and footprints in 2013. But one member of the small population on Borneo died in April after a wound from a poacher's trap became infected.
The calf is the second to its mother Ratu, who gave birth to a male named Andatu in 2012, which was the first rhino birth in captivity in Indonesia in 124 years. The foundation said Ratu was given a hormone supplement daily during her pregnancy to help ensure it went to full-term.
Brazil's interim President Michel Temer gives a thumb up after the Senate voted to impeach President Dilma in Brasilia on Thursday. Brazil's interim president Michel Temer kicked off his new administration on Friday, seeking to resuscitate Latin America's largest economy and steer clear of the corruption scandal that helped bring down his predecessor.
The former vice-president installed a business-friendly Cabinet on Thursday, just hours after senators voted to suspend his boss-turned-enemy, Dilma Rousseff, and open an impeachment trial against her. The tumultuous transfer of power ended 13 years of rule by the Workers' Party, which helped lift tens of millions of people from poverty but became mired in corruption scandals, recession and political paralysis.
But Temer faces many of the same stumbling blocks as his predecessor, plus a few of his own.
Political analysts warned his honeymoon may not even last until he opens the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Aug 5 - South America's first.
He will also face a deeply hostile left resentful of being sidelined in what it calls a "coup". Temer appealed on Thursday for "dialogue" to heal the wounds of the impeachment battle, but stoked opponents' outrage with his cabinet appointments: all 24 of his ministers are white men. And Temer remains exposed to the swirling scandal at state oil company Petrobras, which has snared top members of his party, the PMDB, as well as Rousseff's PT. A one-time guerrilla tortured under Brazil's military dictatorship in the 1970s, Rousseff was suspended over allegations she illegally used loans from state banks to boost public spending and hide the depth of the budget deficit during her 2014 reelection campaign.
She claimed the accounting maneuver, known as "fiscal backpedaling", was commonly accepted practice in Brazil and is not an impeachable offense. But in the all-night Senate session leading up to the impeachment vote, it was clear lawmakers were holding her responsible for far more than that, as one speaker after another attacked her for presiding over an economic collapse, a multi-billion-dollar corruption scandal and political gridlock.
She lost the vote 55 to 22 - far more than the simple majority the pro-impeachment camp needed in the 81-member Senate.
Defiant to the end, she used what may have been her last speech from the presidential palace to condemn the "coup" against her yet again and urged her supporters to mobilize. The International Olympic Committee and Rio 2016 Organizing Committee said on Thursday that preparations for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics will not be affected by the Brazilian Senate's vote to continue the impeachment process against the president. With less than three months to go, the Rio Olympics is facing political turbulence, the Zika virus and the country's economic recession. Carlos Arthur Nuzman, president of Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, said: "We are private, not politics. At a news conference in Tokyo, Masuzoe apologized for causing public concern and said any incorrect balance in payments regarding his expenses claimed from his former political funds body would be returned.
The scandal-plagued governor said the suspicion was caused by the fact that his family were staying at the same hotel at which he was also attending an official conference and said any funds that were mistakenly expensed would be returned. Masuzoe's remarks follow harsh public criticism for his lavish lifestyle which has called into question on Japan's political funding laws and the Tokyo governor's possible misappropriation of funds. Earlier this week, Masuzoe's expenses were called into question by a weekly magazine claiming that he paid $3,400 for a two-day stay at a luxurious resort hotel in Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture, and expensed them as "conference fees" which were paid through his political fund group called Global Network Kenkyukai. The Tokyo governor has also been implicated in previous scandals, and spent $82,800 on art which he expensed through his fund group, listing the valuable collectibles as "supplies" and "expenses". Masuzoe, a former upper house member and governor of Tokyo since 2014, has also faced a public backlash this week for using an official car to make private trips to his villa located in the exclusive hot spring town of Yugawara in Kanagawa Prefecture, as well as traveling to a slew of international destinations using business class, and dining at expensive restaurants in Tokyo, including Italian and sushi restaurants.
In terms of the official car, Masuzoe has been found to have used the car 48 times to travel to and from his private villa since May last year, as well as using the car to travel to different work locations.
Under Japan's Political Funds Control Law, politicians must report the use of political funds to both the internal affairs ministry and election administration commission.
Straining to mend their party after months of chaos, Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan declared themselves "totally committed" to working together after a fence-mending personal meeting on Thursday. The surprisingly fervent show of unity capped a remarkable week that began with Ryan, the GOP's top elected officeholder and its 2012 vice-presidential nominee, turning his back on his party's presumptive presidential nominee just days after Trump had effectively clinched the nomination.
Ryan said at the time he was not yet ready to back Trump, who had succeeded in insulting women, Latinos, disabled people and many conservatives in the course of a brutal primary season. The two also issued a joint statement in which they pledged to work together to beat Clinton. Pilot Bertrand Piccard boards the experimental solar-powered aircraft before taking off from Phoenix, Arizona, on Thursday.
A solar-powered airplane has landed in Oklahoma after taking off from Arizona on the latest leg of its around-the-world journey. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 took off from Phoenix Goodyear Airport about 3 am on Thursday. It departed from northern California in the early hours of May 2 and landed at the airport southwest of Phoenix 16 hours later. The globe-circling journey began in March 2015 from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and has made stops in Oman, Myanmar, China and Japan. After Oklahoma, the plane is expected to make at least one more stop in the United States before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Europe or northern Africa, according to the website documenting the journey.
The newspaper reported the crew likely will have to stay in Tulsa a few days to wait out the weather.
The Solar Impulse 2's wings, which stretch wider than those of a Boeing 747, are equipped with 17,000 solar cells that power propellers and charge batteries. Ideal flight speed is about 45 kilometer per hour, although that can double during the day when the sun's rays are strongest. The plane had a five-day trip from Japan to Hawaii and three-day trip from Hawaii to California's Silicon Valley. The crew was forced to stay in Oahu, Hawaii, for nine months after the plane's battery system sustained heat damage on its trip from Japan. Project officials say the layovers give the two Swiss pilots - Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg - a chance to swap places and engage with local communities along the way so they can explain the project, which is estimated to cost more than $100 million. The solar project began in 2002 to highlight the importance of renewable energy and the spirit of innovation. With her arms stretched out and her hands elegantly curved, the young dancer stamps her feet with aplomb, defying prejudice. Her art is reviled by many in religiously conservative Pakistan, where it is often linked with prostitution. Graceful and poised in her richly colored sari, she practices the odissi form of dance, in which movements of the face and hands are perfectly timed. Dance is deeply embedded in Pakistani culture, in marriages, folk festivals and films - the complex choreography similar to that found in Bollywood. But for women to be seen dancing outside of a family setting, and worse still to perform for money is deeply frowned upon in the Muslim-majority country. Historically, classical dance in the subcontinent was the domain of tawaifs, courtesans of the Mughal Empire, which ruled India for hundreds of years until the advent of British rule in the 19th century. Like the geishas of Japan, they were known as connoisseurs of the fine arts before their status deteriorated, especially under British rule, to mere prostitutes. It is therefore necessary "to create this bifurcation and say that no, this is art also", according to Kazmi. Dance was banned in 1981 as part of an Islamization drive led by military leader Zia-ul-Haq.
His directive specifically targeted dancers wearing ankle bells, an essential accessory of the main classical forms which the authorities associated with obscenity and nudity.
The directive exists to this day but its application has eased, though new threats have emerged.
Anyone in the audience "who feels that he might get to heaven by killing you can just walk up to the stage and do so," she said.
Feriyal Aslam remains optimistic for the new generation, pointing out that these challenges are also an opportunity for innovation as dancers adapt traditional forms to the modern, local context. Pakistani classical dancer Suhaee Abro talks during an interview at her home in Karachi in February. Neither of the two star lots had ever been auctioned, bearing out the prevailing wisdom that despite uncertain times, top quality works fresh to the market can perform well. Driven in part by what Sotheby's said was its highest-ever number of registered bidders from Asia, the sale saw spirited and competitive bidding both in the salesroom and via telephone. A record was set for Sam Francis, whose Summer #1 fetched $11.8 million, just shy of its high estimate.
Most lots sold for within or above estimates, and Sotheby's officials were clearly pleased. Sotheby's announced that two lots, including an untitled work by Christopher Wool which sold for $13.9 million and achieved the night's fourth-highest price, were bought by Japanese businessman Yusaku Maezawa. On Wednesday, Christie's identified Maezawa as the buyer who paid a record-setting price for Jean-Michel Basquiat's untitled self-portrait, which soared to $57.3 million against an estimate of about $40 million. The collector also spent heavily on Adrian Ghenie's Self Portrait as Vincent Van Gogh, paying $2.6 million for a work estimated at just $200,000 to $300,000.
Other highlights included an untitled Alexander Calder mobile which soared to $8.3 million including Sotheby's' commission of just over 12 percent, more than double its high estimate.
The spring sales wrap up on Thursday with Christie's auction of Impressionist and modern art.
Malaysia's government said on Thursday that two more pieces of debris, discovered in South Africa and Rodrigues Island off Mauritius were "almost certainly" from Flight 370, bringing the total number of pieces believed to have come from the missing Malaysian jet to five. The aircraft mysteriously disappeared more than two years ago with 239 people on board, and so far an extensive underwater search of a vast area of the Indian Ocean off Australia's west coast has turned up empty. Though the discovery of the debris has bolstered authorities' assertion that the plane went down somewhere in the Indian Ocean, none of the parts have thus far yielded any clues into exactly where and why the aircraft crashed. An international team of experts in Australia who examined the debris concluded that both pieces were consistent with panels found on a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft, Liow said.
The jet, which vanished on March 8, 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, is believed to have crashed somewhere in a remote stretch of the southern Indian Ocean about 1,800 kilometers off Australia's west coast. Investigators are examining marine life attached to the debris to see if it could somehow help them narrow down where it entered the ocean, but haven't discovered anything useful yet.
The interior part, identified by its decorative laminate, is a panel from the main cabin and believed to be part of a door closet, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said in a technical report. But even this interior piece is also unlikely to prove very helpful to investigators, said Dell, the accident investigation expert. The lower Chamber of Deputies voted 372-51 with 99 abstentions to approve legislation already passed in February by the Senate. Gay rights activists hailed the vote as historic, given that Italy was the last of the European Union's 28 nations to grant legal recognition to civil unions. The legislation grants same-sex couples many of the same rights as married couples: the possibility of having the same last name, inheritance rights, hospital visitation rights and medical decision-making rights.
The Vatican, which holds sway politically and socially in overwhelmingly Catholic Italy, maintains that marriage is a lifelong bond between man and woman. A man dressed as a friar speaks out against samesex civil unions outside the Italian Parliament in Rome on Wednesday, as a gay rights supporter, right, tries to drown him out with a bullhorn. Libya has not faced the same risk to its antiquities as Syria and Iraq, though there is evidence Islamic Sate is involved in the smuggling of antiquities, Libyan and international experts said on Wednesday. The most famous classical sites have remained largely undamaged, though some illegally excavated artifacts are being smuggled out of the country and Islamist fighters have targeted mosques and Sufi shrines, the experts said on the sidelines of conference on how to protect Libya's cultural heritage. Libya is rich in ancient sites, including some of North Africa's finest Roman and Greek ruins as well as prehistoric rock art in the desert region of Fezzan. Islamic State took control of the coastal city of Sirte last year and established a presence in several other parts of the country, leading to fears that it would attack and damage key ancient sites as it has done in Syria and Iraq. Though Islamic State may still try to attack classical sites as they "search for visibility", a bigger risk is from illegal excavations and looting, and illicit construction by locals, said Stefano De Caro, the director-general of the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property. Ahmed Abdelkarim, head of Libya's department of antiquities, said extremist violence was the top risk one year ago, but that since Islamic State recently lost ground in and around the eastern cities of Benghazi and Derna, preventing illegal building around ancient sites was now the primary concern. Looting is also a problem, he said, with international mafia-style groups smuggling artifacts through Libya, and security forces had found antiquities last week in the recaptured house of an Islamic State commander in Benghazi.
Authorities had recovered artifacts on two other occasions in Benghazi and Derna, Abdelkarim said.
Ramadan Alshebani, a senior official from the department of antiquities in Tripoli, said Roman ruins at Leptis Magna and at Sabratha, where local brigades forced out Islamic State fighters after a U.S. But Alshebani said there was a "major problem" with attacks on mosques and Sufi shrines that the militants consider un-Islamic, with more than 20 such sites attacked in the capital alone. Activists say many of the more than 2,200 animals at the zoo in the city of Surabaya are crowded into cages and enclosures far too small for them, and they also face a shortage of proper feed. Zoo keepers attribute most of the deaths to natural causes, and said the tiger's death was still unexplained. An 18-month African lion was found hanging dead in its cage in 2014 and a dead giraffe was found with about 18 kg of plastic in its stomach - rubbish thrown into its cage by visitors. About 45 Komodo dragons, a large species of lizards only found in eastern Indonesia, died in battles they fought against each other in their overcrowded cage.
Veterinarians treat Fitri, 35, a female elephant at a Surabaya zooin East Java province on July 26, 2011. Allen brought his 1930s Hollywood romance Cafe Society, along with stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, to Cannes to kick off the French Riviera festival.
No reporters asked Allen about Farrow's column or the decades-old sex abuse allegations at the press conference and Allen's publicist didn't return an email requesting comment on Wednesday.
The famed festival is coming six months after the Paris terrorist attacks that killed 130 people and as France remains in a state of emergency. The United States switched on an $800 million missile shield in Romania on Thursday, a step it sees as vital to defend itself and Europe but which the Kremlin said is aimed at blunting its own nuclear arsenal. To the music of military bands at the remote Deveselu air base, senior US and NATO officials declared operational the ballistic missile defense site, which Washington said is capable of shooting down rockets from countries such as Iran that could one day reach major European cities. Before the ceremony, Frank Rose, deputy US assistant secretary of state for arms control, warned that Iran's ballistic missiles can hit parts of Europe, including Romania. Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov, chairman of the Russian State Duma's defense committee, called the missile defense site a threat to Russia. The readying of the shield also comes as NATO prepares a new deterrent in Poland and the Baltics.
Poland is concerned Russia may retaliate further by announcing the deployment of nuclear weapons to its enclave of Kaliningrad, located between Poland and Lithuania. The Kremlin said the shield's aim is to neutralize Moscow's nuclear arsenal long enough for the US to strike Russia in the event of war. However, Douglas Lute, the US envoy to NATO, said NATO would press ahead with NATO's biggest modernization since the Cold War.
The US said Russia has ballistic missiles, in breach of a treaty that agreed the two powers must not develop and deploy missiles with a range of 500 kilometers to 5,500 km. The local prosecutor said on Wednesday the young woman threw herself under a commuter train at the suburban Egly station, south of Paris, after claiming she had been raped by her former boyfriend.
The teenager, whose name was not released, sent a text message to a friend of her former boyfriend a few hours before she killed herself on Tuesday, prosecutor Eric Lallement said.
On Tuesday, the woman spent more than two hours overall on Periscope in five live sessions. The video then cuts to a black screen, and what appear to be the voices of emergency personnel can be faintly heard. In her own messages, the woman spoke a lot about her life and her difficult relationship with her former boyfriend, Lallement said. The video has been removed from Periscope, a cell phone live video-streaming app particularly popular among young people.
Political leaders and analysts warned tensions could erupt into unrest as the opposition staged rallies across the crisis-hit South American country. Protesters were demanding electoral authorities quickly approve their call for a vote on dumping the leader.
Security forces blocked the street to keep demonstrators away from the headquarters of the National Electoral Board in Caracas. Democratic Unity Roundtable, the opposition coalition known as MUD, said one of its top leaders, Henrique Capriles, was affected by the tear gas as he led the march. The Democratic Unity Roundtable blames Maduro for an economic crisis in which Venezuelans are having to queue for hours for rations of basic food and other goods. Maduro has also imposed daily electricity blackouts and has public employees working just two days a week due to power shortages.
Thousands of supporters of Maduro also rallied separately on Wednesday in the center of the capital. Maduro also said he was extending the special emergency powers he has to rule by decree on economic policy for the rest of 2016, to "get past the economic emergency". The Democratic Unity Roundtable a week ago handed in 1.8 million signatures petitioning for a referendum. Under electoral rules, the National Electoral Council was supposed to count those signatures by May 1 and then authenticate them within five days before authorizing the opposition to seek a further four million signatures to call a referendum. Venezuela has the biggest oil reserves in the world but its revenues have plunged in line with the price of crude in the past two years, starving the country of dollars to import goods. Maduro blames the crisis on a plot by capitalists and accuses the opposition of trying to mount a coup against him. An opposition supporter is squeezed between policemen during a rally to demand a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on Wednesday. The Kenyan government said on Wednesday that it will close the Dadaab refugee camp, which has hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees and is often referred to as the world's largest camp.
Two suicide bombers attacked a police station west of Baghdad on Thursday, leaving two security personnel dead and eight others wounded, police and medics said.
Fourteen people, including children, have been rescued off the Solomon Islands after being lost at sea for more than five weeks, surviving on betel nut skins, reports said on Thursday.
Britain's internal security service, MI5, increased the threat level of a mainland terror attack from moderate to substantial on Wednesday. Artist Randy Barton stands in front of severalmurals he painted inside an Albuquerque, New Mexico hotel room, which he transformed into an installation work he titled All Direction Protection. Dade Lahar stepped into the hotel room with splashes of electric blue and tepees outlined in neon green before scanning a mural that offered a contemporary take on Native American reservation life.
It's also unique, and part of an ongoing project at Nativo Lodge, a boutique hotel in New Mexico's largest city, to transform guest rooms into spaces that owners say can be considered art pieces unto themselves. In cities from Tokyo to Marseille, France, the concept of commissioning artists to convert guest rooms into contemporary, large-scale installation works has taken hold at a handful of hotels. For New Mexico, where art connoisseurs and collectors may be more likely to hit places like Taos and Santa Fe, the collection of rooms at Nativo Lodge has created a new art stop along Interstate 25 amid a string of mostly chain hotels and businesses. She started recruiting emerging artists to paint rooms at the hotel several years ago with the idea of making contemporary Native American art more accessible to the general public outside of a gallery or museum setting, and at an affordable property, she said.
Guests who want to stay in an artist room can call in and request the room of their choice after viewing options online. So far, 12 artists - all from New Mexico - have transformed rooms at Nativo Lodge with large-scale paintings and murals. Scenes in the rooms convey Southwestern landscapes, figures from tribal stories and other Native American imagery. In one room, Randy Barton, who started out as a street artist, painted a room last year with an abstract study on the 50 arrowheads of the Navajo Nation flag. Estella Loretto, a sculptor and painter from Jemez Pueblo, said she wanted to create a room that reflected on the sun and the "gift of a new day." Behind the room's queen-size bed, a turquoise sun rises against a yellow backdrop in one of several murals in the room. Last week, the hotel publicly unveiled its four newest artist rooms, which included Loretto's work and the ultracontemporary space that wowed Dade, the 9-year-old, at an open house. A selfportrait by HaitianAmerican artist JeanMichel Basquiat, who died at age 27 of a drug overdose.
A huge self-portrait by Jean-Michel Basquiat brought $57.3 million at auction in New York on Tuesday, a record for the late US artist, Christie's said. On Tuesday, an unnamed Asian collector bought the massive two-and-a-half by five meter untitled self-portrait from 1982, painted in Italy.
The young Haitian-American artist, who pictured himself in the work with a demonic image among popping colors, died of a drug overdose at age 27 in 1988.


Auguste Rodin's Eternal Springtime marble sculpture of lovers fetched more than $20 million on Monday, a record for the French sculptor, at Sotheby's in New York. A statue of Adolf Hitler on his knees was auctioned on Sunday for $17.2 million, a record for a work by the Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. Basquiat's large, vibrant, untitled work from 1982 had been estimated to sell for about $40 million but two determined telephone bidders drove the final price to break the late artist's auction record by $8.5 million.
The sale took in a total of $318.4 million, well within the pre-sale estimate of about $280 million-$390 million. The Basquiat record was especially significant in the current cautious climate, which follows years of soaring prices.
Both Christie's and rival Sotheby's have assembled markedly smaller spring sales this week, with no works carrying estimates much beyond $40 million.
With hardship rising due to job cuts and inflation, Argentina has adopted a scheme from Europe's economic crisis: putting food in outdoor "social fridges" for the needy.
So-called social or solidarity fridges, where people leave food for those who need it, popped up in countries such as Spain and Germany in recent years during the recession in Europe.
Pondal launched his fridge in February and says there are now at least 50 others around the country. With its countless fields and livestock, Argentina is one of the world's biggest food producers. But with inflation close to 40 percent, domestic prices are soaring and Argentines are finding their salary is not enough to buy the food they need. Researchers at the country's Catholic University estimated in a study that 1.4 million people fell into poverty in the first three months after Conservative President Mauricio Macri took office on Dec 10.
Out in the open air during the day and shut up in a wooden cabin at night, the fridge is run by the charity Red Solidaria. The investment, announced on Friday, is the largest single investment that Didi has received. Apple declined to elaborate on the intentions of the deal, but Cook told Reuters that he saw opportunities for Apple and Didi to collaborate in the future.
Didi, which delivers more than 11 million rides a day via its platform, has an estimated valuation of $25 billion. The investment comes at a time when Apple is seeing its sales tumble in China, its second-largest market.
Wu said Apple has been building its ecosystem in the auto industry with the rumored Apple Car and its CarPlay infotainment system. James Yan, research director at Counterpoint Technology Market Research, said that by teaming up with Didi, Apple is also expected to boost the loyalty of Chinese users. He added that the company's payment service, Apple Pay, may also get a boost in China as an increasing number of people now pay by smartphone after booking a ride on Didi. Cheng Wei, founder and CEO of Didi, said in a statement that the endorsement from Apple is an enormous encouragement and inspiration for the 4-year-old firm.
The US Department of Defense released its research - Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China 2016 - on May 13 as an annual report to Congress mandated by law.
Abraham Denmark, deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia, said in a briefing on May 13 that China's investment in military and weaponry operations continues on a path to increase its power projection, anti-access and area denial and its operations in cyberspace, space and electromagnetic emerging domains. Talking about the Chinese military modernization program entering a new phase in 2015, Denmark expressed concerns about Chinese activities in the South China Sea, the growing global military presence and large-scale military reforms. Yang Yujun, spokesman for China's Ministry of National Defense, said that the report continues to play up the clich of a "China military threat" and "opacity of Chinese military capability".
In a statement posted on the ministry website on May 14, Yang called the report "improper talk" when it comes to issues such as Chinese military reform, overseas military operations, development of weaponry and military equipment, the military budget, space, cyberspace and Taiwan. Yang reiterated that China sticks firmly to a national defense policy that is defensive in nature, and Chinese military reform and modernization is aimed at ensuring China's national sovereignty, security, territorial integrity and peaceful development of the nation. He said the US side continues to harbor suspicions about China's strategic intentions and labels China's normal weaponry and military equipment development as "anti-access" or "area denial". He also defended China's construction on reefs and isles in the Nansha Islands as not only meeting the necessary requirements for national defense, but even more so in serving civilian purposes and carrying out China's international obligations. He blasted the US' flexing its muscle by dispatching military planes and vessels in the South China as exercising hegemony and militarizing the region. He said Chinese overseas military operations, such as peacekeeping, rescue and disaster relief, are effectively fulfilling international obligations and providing public good for the international community. Of the five permanent UN Security Council members, China now contributes the most personnel to peacekeeping efforts, a fact that was praised last week in a seminar in Washington by Joseph Nye, a Harvard professor and former US assistant secretary of defense. Yang described the Pentagon's annual report as gravely damaging to mutual trust and running counter to the development of the China-US military relationship. Editor's note: China Daily is publishing a series of reports on cross-Straits relations ahead of the inauguration of Taiwan's new leader.
As Friday, inauguration day for Taiwan's new leader, approaches, businesspeople across the Straits are concerned about uncertainties brought by the political change in Taiwan. They have urged the new government, led by Democratic Progressive Party politician Tsai Ing-wen, not to destroy the good basis for peaceful development built up over past years. They also say that people on both sides of the Straits should not suffer from political confrontation between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan. Taiwan investor Nien Shun-jung said he is confident about his business on the mainland even though Tsai's inauguration could bring uncertainties to cross-Straits relations. Nien, 38, CEO of Crown Wei Pingtan Trading Co, runs a gift shop named Taiwan Gege at the Aoqian township duty free market in Pingtan, Fujian province, the closest place on the mainland to Taiwan. Last year, cross-Straits trade volume reached $188.56 billion, and about 40 percent of tourists visiting Taiwan came from the mainland, which is also the island's largest investment source and its prime export destination. Reflecting the advanced development in exchanges across the Straits, nearly 100,000 Taiwan companies have set up operations on the mainland, while last year alone, 9 million people traveled across the Straits in various capacities. Tsai is replacing Ma Ying-jeou, from the mainland-friendly Kuomintang, as Taiwan's top leader. But mainland-based Taiwan businesspeople say the challenge lies in the fact that change won't happen that soon. With observers waiting to hear Tsai's comments on cross-Straits relations in her inauguration speech, Taiwan businesspeople said her main challenge is to find the "political language" that can please Beijing.
Beijing has called repeatedly for Taipei to continue peaceful development of cross-Straits relations, adding that it must accept the 1992 Consensus - that the mainland and Taiwan belong to "one China".
On May 5, People's Daily said in an editorial that if Tsai refuses to accept the 1992 Consensus, this will be considered an act that jeopardizes cross-Straits relations. During the annual session of China's top legislature in March, President Xi Jinping told lawmakers that the mainland's policy toward Taiwan is clear and consistent, and it will not change with Taiwan's political situation. Ni Yongjie, deputy director of Shanghai's Taiwan Research Institute, said the mainland has sent a strong signal to Taiwan authorities that accepting the 1992 Consensus is the premise for further developing cross-Straits relations. Zhang Zhijun, head of the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, said in March that cross-Straits relations could be affected by unknown factors.
But observers said that Tsai and the DPP appear to prefer political ambiguity in an attempt to maintain the status quo in cross-Straits ties.
Lai said, "From what I understand, Beijing doesn't allow such ambiguity." As a result, cross-Straits relations are now "stuck" and it will take great wisdom from both sides to resolve the issue. There are measures Beijing can take to punish Taiwan - for example, by squeezing the flow of mainland tourists to the island, he said.
Hopefully, both governments won't jeopardize the momentum built up over the years and will adopt pragmatic approaches that benefit both economies, he said. Justin Mo, 25, who owns the Sanyou Duty Free Shop in Pingtan, said Beijing and Taipei should not quarrel or fight, as business development needs a stable environment.
Taiwan's political parties should not play cross-Straits relations "as a card" to cater to a small group of people, as this could harm the island's economy, he said.
Ho Hsi-hao, chairman of the Taiwan Business Association in Zhangzhou, Fujian, said Tsai has promised to maintain the status quo. Although Tsai won the election in January, her support came mainly from her core constituency.
Asked how Taiwan businesses on the mainland may be jeopardized by any tension that arises after Tsai takes office, Ho said the impact will be limited. Taiwan and its residents will bear the brunt of any tension, he said, citing the recent decline in mainland tourists visiting the island as an example. Chiang Pin-kung, former chairman of the Taipei-based Straits Exchange Foundation, advised the new government to maintain social harmony for both sides. Nien, the Taiwan businessman who worked on the mainland from 1999 to 2010, said there might be uncertainties arising from the island's political transition, but the direction of peaceful development will not be changed. He has moved his family - including his son who is in primary school and his daughter who is in kindergarten - from Kaohsiung in Taiwan to Pingtan. Lyu Yajun works on an embroidery product to be shipped to Taiwan in Fenglingtou, a township in Shangrao county, Jiangxi province, in March.
The new Japanese Ambassador to China, Yutaka Yokoi, a China expert who previously worked in the country in other roles for more than five years, arrived in Beijing on Sunday. Yokoi, 61, takes the post as Sino-Japanese ties have been overshadowed by the high profile adopted by Tokyo over the South China Sea issue, in addition to long-standing historical and territorial issues. Yang Bo-jiang, deputy director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' Institute of Japan Studies, said he hopes that Yokoi will play a key role in improving communication and promoting understanding between the two countries. Liu Jiangyong, deputy dean of the Institute of Modern International Relations at Tsinghua University, expects Yokoi to take advantage of his previous experience in China.
Daisuke Kondo, an editor at a Japanese magazine who once worked in China, told Hongkong-based Phoenix TV in March that Yokoi likes Peking Opera and the Chinese comedian and crosstalk performer Guo Degang.
On Friday in Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Yokoi and Masato Kitera, his predecessor, at the Prime Minister's residence, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported.
At a farewell ceremony attended by Kitera and Cheng Yonghua, the Chinese ambassador to Japan, in the Japanese capital the same day, Yokoi said he feels honored but has a great deal of responsibility in coming to China amid the present state of relations between the two countries. With Japan being "outstanding" in technology and China having a very promising market and a population of 1.3 billion, it is imperative for the two nations to build relations in a new age, he said. Asked by China Daily last month for any advice he would offer his successor, Kitera said the diplomat who replaced him should do things differently. About 5 million Chinese visited Japan last year and the number of Chinese visitors to the country each month continues to set records. Yutaka Yokoi, born in 1955 and from central Japan's Toyama prefecture, graduated from Tokyo University in 1979 and then entered Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Yokoi is known as a member of the ministry's "China School", a term used to refer to Japanese diplomats who receive Chinese language training and specialized studies after entering the ministry. The last China School diplomat that worked as ambassador to China was Yuji Miyamoto, who served in Beijing from 2006 to 2010, according to Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper.
He became Japan's consul general in Shanghai in June 2008, then was named a minister of the Japanese Embassy in Beijing in July 2010. Alibaba Group Holding's membership was suspended by the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition on Friday. The suspension came only about a month after the company became the first e-commerce member of the nonprofit global organization that fights counterfeit products and piracy.
The coalition announced the suspension after questions were raised about conflicts of interest involving the organization's president and complaints from some members, who view Alibaba as a haven for cheap counterfeits.
Alibaba said on Sunday the suspension will not affect its relations and cooperation with the coalition. The coalition has more than 250 member companies, including leading brands such as Apple and Rolex.
According to people familiar with the matter, the suspension is likely to lead to Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma calling off his plan to deliver a keynote speech at the coalition's annual spring conference in Orlando, Florida, from Wednesday to Friday. The suspension comes as Alibaba is transitioning from a platform attracting buyers with cheap goods to providing good quality, genuine brands.
Tian Hou, an analyst at TH Capital in Beijing, said Alibaba is keen to seek global recognition in line with its status as the world's largest online retailer. China is to increase the number of organ transplant hospitals from 169 to about 300 by 2020, according to the chairman of the National Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee. Huang Jiefu said the increase will enable the nation to become the world leader in terms of the number of lifesaving procedures performed.
Huang, the former deputy minister of health, was speaking on Sunday at an annual awareness-raising event held by the National Health and Family Planning Commission and the Red Cross Society of China in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province. In 2010, the two organizations set up China's public organ donation system in an attempt to end long-term dependence on death row inmates as major organ donors for transplants.
By February, 6,238 Chinese citizens had donated organs after death, saving 16,827 patients, according to the Red Cross.
China currently has 169 organ transplant centers, performing about 10,000 surgeries annually. In contrast, the United States has more than 300 transplant centers, performing the most transplants worldwide.
Ye Qifa, director of the transplant center at Central South University in Wuhan, said Chinese organ transplant surgeons are highly capable but in short supply.
Huang said more surgeons are being trained, and with increasing organ donation awareness, "we'll open more centers to save more lives". The number of organ donations will be made public on the website of the China Organ Transplant Development Foundation.
He said that in China a kidney transplant costs more than 300,000 yuan (about $46,000) and a liver transplant about 630,000 yuan.
China's top legislator Zhang Dejiang is scheduled to be in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region from tomorrow until Thursday to attend the Belt and Road Summit sponsored by the Hong Kong SAR government, Xinhua News Agency reported. At the invitation of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Jean-Marc Ayrault, France's minister of foreign affairs and international development, will pay an official visit to China today and tomorrow, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. To mark the International Day Against Homophobia tomorrow, the United Nations Development Programme will launch a survey report on social attitudes toward sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Many companies, including Volvo, Baidu and Chang'an, announced driverless car programs in April. Of course, I'm well aware of the animosity between the cities, and this column may even get some hackles up. An article I read online asked readers if they were on "Team Beijing" or "Team Shanghai", as if answering that question would define your personality.
Oddly, as we set out on our little holiday, I brooded a little on the bullet train after it left Beijing South Railway Station to head south. The truth is, in some ways, I had never felt quite young, wealthy or cool enough for the Shanghai scene. Well, like most stereotypes, there seems to be a grain of truth and a dollop of oversimplification to that. While Beijing largely lacks the turn-of-the-century charm of Shanghai, it has amazing historical architecture and fascinating hutong areas.
As for weather, I actually like a drier climate, but, for comfort, Beijing's frigid winters pretty much offset Shanghai's humid summers.
The only real problem I have with Beijing is, of course, the higher level of air pollution some days.
These two rival sisters have different climates, cuisines, personalities, advantages and disadvantages, but the wonderful thing is that they are a living demonstration of China's variety. When I tell friends and family back in the States about these cities, I tell them to imagine Beijing as Washington and Shanghai as New York. Fast food has become wildly popular in the past three decades since Kentucky Fried Chicken established its first outlet in Beijing in 1987.
Rapid expansion across the country has seen the market valuation of KFC's operator Yum Brands, which also owns Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, soar to about $32 billion. But things haven't been easy for these outlets in recent years, with the surge in domestic fast-food restaurants. Yonghe King, which is known for its soybean milk and deep-fried dough fritters, expanded the number of its stores to more than 300 last year in China.
To cater to diners' diverse tastes, many Western fast food chains are introducing Chinese dishes to their menus. A high-tech system to help find missing children was put into operation on Sunday as a result of joint efforts by Chinese police and Internet companies.
The Emergency Response System, led by the Ministry of Public Security, is similar to Amber Alert, a system for emergency information broadcasts about missing children in the United States. Chinese police working on cases of missing children first post messages, including photos and physical characteristics, on an internal system developed by Alibaba, the e-commerce giant. The identities of officers from public security departments are verified at each level to ensure the veracity of what's posted, according to Chen Shiqu, deputy inspector of the ministry's criminal investigation bureau. The system helps spread information in an effective manner by specifying the broadcast range, said Chen Jianfeng, director of the bureau's anti-abduction office. Information is broadcast to areas 100 kilometers from the place a child went missing within one hour, Chen Jianfeng said. The range is extended to more than 500 kilometers if a child is missing for more than three hours, he said. On Sunday, the weibo account of the platform already had attracted more than 90,900 followers. Cao Zenghui, vice-president of Sina Weibo, said the platform will deter the posting of fake information on missing children by netizens. Liu Zhenfei, chief risk officer at Alibaba, said it should lead to more family reunifications across the country.
A publicity campaign and a DNA database set up by the ministry in 2009 helped in the recovery of more than 440 abducted children last year, officials said. Chen Shiqu said that the new online platform was created to improve the capacity for finding children, not because the number of such cases has greatly increased. The year-on-year growth of fixed-asset investment, industrial production and retail sales all cooled in April after a recovery in the first quarter, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. In the same month, industrial production registered year-on-year growth of 6 percent, down by 0.8 percentage points compared with March. Wang Baobin, senior statistician with the NBS, said in a note that the slower year-on-year fixed-asset investment was caused mainly by weaker investment growth in infrastructure. Despite the falling year-on-year growth of the indicators, structural improvement has become apparent with efforts to foster new growth engines as both domestic and external demand weakens. He Zhicheng, an independent economist, said that the drop in manufacturing investment is inevitable with restructuring and the search for new growth impetus.
He said the government might not further ease monetary policy in response to the new data, given that the central bank said on Saturday that its monetary policy stance remained unchanged, pledging to maintain a "prudent" policy. Economists said what is more concerning is slowing private investment growth that may affect the vitality of the broader economy. Growth of fixed-asset investment by private firms, around 62 percent of overall fixed-asset investment, rose only by 5.2 percent year-on-year in January-April, the slowest in four years. Xu Kunlin, head of the fixed-asset investment department with the National Development and Reform Commission, said on Friday "a series of measures" will be taken to boost private investment, including lowering market entrance barriers and helping private firms with access to financing channels.
China started to construct a number of large-scale science facilities in the past two decades, such as the 500-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope in Pingtang, Guizhou province, which will be the world's largest single-dish telescope.
Although the facilities' research - from subatomic particles to galaxies - may seem difficult for the public to understand, Chen Xuelei, a researcher at the National Astronomical Observatories affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is confident of grabbing people's interest. Beijing municipality has increased the allowance for soldiers who join the People's Liberation Army for the third consecutive year, with higher amounts for better-educated recruits. A university student or graduate who has a Beijing hukou, or household registration permit, will receive at least 186,000 yuan ($28,500) in cash in allowance if they join the PLA this year and serve at least two years, the Beijing Municipal Conscription Office announced on its website on Friday. The money, 9,000 yuan higher than last year, includes subsidies for the soldier's family, reimbursement for university expenditures, service pay as well as job-finding assistance. The PLA intends to recruit more well-educated young people to fill in its intellectually demanding positions that are rapidly emerging along with the military modernization drive. An associate degree holder or student at an associate college will receive 178,000 yuan for a two-year service term while a high school graduate will get 154,000 yuan. A soldier serving in high-altitude plateaus in the Tibet autonomous region will receive an extra subsidy of at least 56,200 yuan, the office noted.
In 2014, the total allowance for a university student or graduate who became a PLA soldier that year was increased by nearly 20,000 yuan to 159,000 yuan.
In addition to the financial incentives, Beijing also promises that students from universities in Beijing who interrupt their studies to serve the PLA will be given special favors when they take part in postgraduate exams, apply for a job in the government and State-owned enterprises, and apply for a Beijing hukou after graduation. Government departments, State-owned companies and publicly funded organizations in Beijing have been asked to set aside a certain proportion of their vacancies for university graduates who served with the PLA, the conscription office said. Last month, the PLA released a rap-style recruitment music video for the first time to cater to the tastes of young people. We read about their sumptuous lifestyles, latest loves and multimillion-dollar contracts in the celebrity pages and on gossip websites. But Jiang Yilei, 29, has become a star virtually overnight in China - not from being snared by a big film studio, but thanks to the internet and social networking sites.
Jiang, widely known as Papi Jiang, previously was an unknown graduate student at the Central Academy of Drama. She has attracted some 13.1 million followers on the Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo over the past few months. Trying to make a name for oneself on the internet, either in China or elsewhere, is not exactly new.
Online celebrities in China have far more opportunities than their overseas counterparts because of the sheer scale and diversity of Chinese sites in their many manifestations, whether it be e-commerce, social media or something else.
When Chinese people used to think about online celebrity, by and large they pictured porcelain-faced young women, but now the idea has been stretched to take in any number of people who have a huge following on the internet, according to Da Shan, founder of Today's Online Celebrity, a WeChat public account devoted to analyzing China's online celebrity economy. Today's Online Celebrity recently published a report about the potential commercial value of such celebrities, measured by number of followers, and the influence and business model of the platforms on which they are active. The most eye-catching group of online celebrities - who have a whole sales and production team for goods they hawk to online fans as part of their business model - are those closely connected with China's e-commerce companies, such as Alibaba's Taobao. In this case, you can forget the idea that a Little Miss Nobody working alone, crouched over an old computer in a shed in a village, is behind all this. The woman that is the face of the operation usually also deals with an incubator or agencies that connect her with manufacturers, suppliers and advertising agencies and guide her in maintaining, or if need be changing, her image so as to keep followers loyal, says Yang Ping, general manager of an incubator of online celebrities in Hangzhou.
Fang Qihe, a blogger and Taobao shop owner in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, is one of those who puts on stylish garb, takes photos of herself and posts them online. In the apparel industry in China, online celebrities are responsible for sales worth 100 billion yuan a year, according to Guotai Junan Securities. Another large group of online celebrities consists of those who perform on live streaming sites.
The Ministry of Culture says about 200 million people in China use online live streaming, and that at the busiest times 3,000 to 4,000 rooms are streaming simultaneously, with a combined viewership of between 2 million and 3 million. Others who are cashing in on online fame include many who do not show their face, but provide entertainment or information in the form of novels and other written content, astrological advice, cartoons or stock market analyses. The many ways online stars can cash in show that the online celebrity economy has begun to run in a more cohesive, organized and professional way, the emerging online celebrity incubators and agencies say. Moreover, as online celebrity becomes more mainstream, those who have gained fame in more conventional ways are increasingly turning to social media to keep in contact with their fans, and they, too, are beginning to develop online personalities. More than 10 million viewers watched a live-streamed online games contest featuring musician, record producer, director and actor Jay Chou, who is famous throughout Asia, and controversial figure Wang Sicong, known for buying his dog two gold Apple Watches. Given the size, reach and pace of change in the industry, authorities overseeing it are struggling to keep up.
The Ministry of Culture has ordered more than 12 live streaming sites to make changes to comply with regulations. The desire by online celebrities to milk their fame to the fullest may be because a cyberstar's shelf life seems to be relatively short. Yang Ping, general manger of a Hangzhou incubator, says that as competition between online celebrities heats up, the critical thing will continue to be the quality of content.
Da says: "Online celebrities are usually highly attractive physically, but that's not enough. Even for Papi Jiang - as commenters note that "aesthetic fatigue" for her videos is starting to creep in - finding a workable business model and sustainable popularity will still remain a question, he says. As a result, the next generation of religious professionals and leaders, such as those studying at the China Islamic Institute in Beijing, will play an important role in guiding their congregations and ensuring that they follow the path of peace. The young graduates' informal approach and their modern take on religious faith have seen them became increasingly popular among believers in mosques around China. Students read the Quran during a class at the China Islamic Institute, the country's top academy for Quranic studies, in Beijing.
After four years at China's leading center for Islamic studies, the graduates can recite the Quran in flawless, unaccented Arabic. People often find it hard to reconcile Ma Jiacheng's youth with his status as the imam, or religious leader, of the biggest mosque in North China. Ma is among a number of recently appointed young imams taking a new approach to religious teaching by combining their understanding of Islam with new ideas, in the hope of generating and reinforcing positive images of China's Muslims. He first visited the Doudian Mosque in Beijing's Fangshan district in 2013, when he was a student at the China Islamic Institute. He was appointed to the post after he graduated last year, replacing the previous incumbent, who retired. Young graduates of institutes across the country have become a major force in driving Islam in China forward, helping young Muslims to identify and reject extremism.
Ma, from Shihezi, a city in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, came to Beijing to study at his "dream school" in 2011.
A member of the Hui ethnic group, he says he loves to speak in a loud voice, which he believes is characteristic of men from China's northwestern regions, and that helps when he's leading prayers.
His father and grandfather are both imams in Xinjiang, and he learned about Islam from older religious leaders in the local mosques.
Despite his short time at the mosque, Ma has already developed his own style of leading the congregation: "I want people to feel I am easy to talk with, or just have a laugh with.
His appointment was initially greeted with skepticism by worshippers at the mosque, which opened in 2013. Liu Qingli, who owns a restaurant beside the mosque, says he enjoys Ma's addresses during jumah, the Friday prayer meeting that's the most important gathering of the week.
Founded in 1955, the China Islamic Institute is in Niu Street, the spiritual home of about 10,000 Muslims in Beijing. To meet the rising demand for graduates, the institute plans to double enrollment to 50 in September. Recruitment is also set to rise in places such as Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang and home to the Xinjiang Islamic Institute, one of the 10 such institutes in China and the only one where classes are taught in the Uygur language. Abudulrekep Tumniyaz, the director, says the start of the academic year in September will see student numbers rise to 120 from the current 80.
Back in Beijing, the prayer hall at the China Islamic Institute also serves as a classroom, where the students learn essential skills for imams, such as interpreting the Quran and leading prayer gatherings.
During jumah on April 8, Xie Shunchao addressed the meeting as part of a practical lesson for final year students.
He says life at the institute is never boring, and even though they are studying religion, the students are lively. Like many students, Xu Fuguang studied at a mosque in his hometown for a year before taking the entrance exam for the institute in 2012. The 24-year-old from Hebei province often visits other universities to attend lectures on Middle Eastern history and Islamic culture around the world, which is something he would have missed if he had continued studying at his local mosque.
He says people sometimes ask for his views on religious extremism, which the authorities say has been behind a series of deadly attacks in China and elsewhere in recent years. Xu adds that he wants to help his co-religionists gain more confidence, "which is badly needed". Unlike Ma, some graduates may be appointed to mosques that already have older imams, meaning they have to learn how to handle delicate relationships. Walking along the carpet that runs down the middle of the prayer hall at Doudian Mosque, Ma says it is the path he takes to lead the jumah. Sitting at a computer, turning on the camera and clicking on the microphone, 22-year-old Xia Keke smiles, chats, sings and sometimes stands up and dances inside a pink room filled with dolls. Xia Keke, who has more than 6 million fans online, amassed earnings of more than 5 million yuan last year.
Born into a conventional, white-collar family in Jinan, Shandong province - her mother is a judge and her father an engineer - Xia says she has been learning singing and dancing since childhood.
After high school, she became a flight attendant, but her hobby of playing online games made her want to do live broadcasts of such games. Xia says that she likes to project her own personality on live broadcasts, and she also makes fun of herself and cracks jokes, to get closer to her audience. She says although many people think the career of a live online broadcast host must be very short, she disagrees and has just signed a four-year contract. Xia recently had to have surgery to treat a vocal cord tumor, and had to stop broadcasting for more than a month. A Tencent report of online celebrities says many incubators are now in operation, and the number is growing quickly.
Although no specific figures are available yet about how many incubators there are in China, Yang Ping, general manger of Hangzhou Online Celebrities E-Commerce Co, says growth of online celebrity incubators in the past few months has been explosive, and she can feel the competition getting fiercer.
Yang set up the incubator in June and has signed six online celebrities, most of whom are young, attractive women. Ruhan E-commerce Ltd, one of the biggest incubators, in July 2014 signed its first online celebrity - the model Zhang Dayi - and helped Zhang manage her first Taobao online shop. A report by Guotai Junan Securities shows that, among Ruhan's online celebrities, about 50 have online shops, and by the end of 2016 the number of shops will reach more than 100. Feng Min, founder of Ruhan, says three qualifications are needed for online celebrities: being a leader or specializing in one area, having the desire and passion to share with others, and knowing how to interact well with clients and followers. He says there are three primary services that incubators provide to celebrities: first, discovering, researching and cultivating people who have expertise in a certain area, and to help them showcase the best of their expertise and talent to make them famous, and help them stay that way.
Yang says before she started the incubator, she worked in the international clothing trade and in factories.
She also is in contact with potential online celebrities overseas, and is trying to cultivate a crop from the US, Thailand, Japan and South Korea.
A large number of e-commerce platforms, including the major players, are testing the water in live and recorded netcast services in China. Taobao, the online marketplace, has a stream that shows recorded video clips featuring online celebrities. Bolome is the first off the block in terms of introducing live and interactive video streams on its platform. Cosmetics e-tailer Jumei rolled out a channel in November that beams four live shows a day. These live shows intend to stoke a desire to shop, but they are not linked directly to shopping channels. Amazon, the multinational e-commerce company, entered the netcast segment in the United States with Style Code Live in March.


Cross-border e-commerce platform Bolome, which is based in Shanghai, was the first to introduce live, interactive video streams on its platform, starting last July 1, after receiving funding from angel investors, including Shanghai's Chengwei Capital, Vickers Capital of Singapore, and South Korea's LB Investment. So far, the company has received $43 million in investment, while its estimated value is $200 million.
The idea of launching a live, interactive stream came from a news story about a Tokyo trader who sold fish using an iPad, says Lei Tingting, one of the founders of Bolome. It usually takes at least eight people to do a traditional live show, but Bolome's online stream requires just three, including the host.
Bolome's prime-time stream attracts more than 60,000 viewers, and more than 20 percent buy the products on display, she adds.
Not only are new products rolled out live, but executives also appear in the studio to share additional information, while viewers can get a virtual tour of the company's offices, laboratories, factories and stores.
Senior military officials from Beijing and Washington have pledged to try to manage their differences in a constructive way and effectively control risks, following recent maritime tensions in the South China Sea. Observers said it will take time to see if Washington will match its words with deeds, as the United States may seek to increase its military presence in the region.
During a video conference on Thursday night Beijing time, Chinese Chief of the General Staff Fang Fenghui told US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford that China values freedom of navigation in the South China Sea "more than any other country in the world".
Fang, also a member of China's Central Military Commission, urged the two sides to bear in mind the overall situation and to constructively manage their differences. Dunford was quoted by Xinhua News Agency as saying that the US is willing to work with China to establish an effective mechanism for risk control in order to peacefully maintain stability in the South China Sea.
The conversation came at a time when Beijing and Washington have exchanged barbs after US military patrols and exercises near China's Nansha Islands. Fu Mengzi, vice-president of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said both countries agree on the need to maintain stability in the South China Sea, and neither wants conflict. During a regular news conference on Friday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang blamed "a certain country" that is thousands of kilometers away from the South China Sea for "stirring up tensions in the region". China's stance on the South China Sea has won wide support from the international community, with nearly 40 countries voicing support for its statements. Meanwhile, a statement issued at the close of the seventh ministerial meeting of the China-Arab Cooperation Forum on Thursday said that the participating Arab nations support China's efforts to peacefully resolve territorial and maritime differences through dialogue. Fu of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations said Washington is likely to continue to take advantage of the South China Sea issue to realize its goal of an Asia-Pacific rebalance. European experts said the parliament's decision could result in the China-EU relationship becoming embroiled in a tit-for-tat scenario.
On Thursday, the European Parliament voted to refuse China market economy status, with many members saying that China has not met the five criteria for a market economy set by European institutions. China is recognized as a market economy by 80 countries including Russia, Brazil, New Zealand, Switzerland and Australia. An unidentified representative of China's Ministry of Commerce said on Friday that the European Union must observe the accession articles of China's entry into the World Trade Organization. These stipulate that China should be automatically given market economy status in December this year after a 15-year transition period.
The ministry said this international obligation must be shouldered by all WTO members and the European Union is no exception. Beijing maintains that granting market economy status is dependent on international rules rather than domestic criteria.
To deny such status to China would be a strong political signal from the EU and could well lead to deterioration of the recent warming political relationship between the two economies, said Luigi Gambardella, president of ChinaEU, a non-profit organization in Brussels that promotes bilateral digital and internet cooperation. Lin Guijun, a professor of international trade at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, said that imposing anti-dumping investigations on European wine, auto parts or vehicles could be a way for China to warn the EU that it is not reasonable to persist in trade protectionism, especially in the current global business setting. The EU has remained China's top trading partner for 12 years, while China has remained the EU's second-largest trading partner for 13 consecutive years. Ma said that is why the EU is unwilling to offer such status to China, since it does not want to see China's foreign trade become more flexible under the WTO framework. The EU has repeatedly launched defensive trade measures since last year, seeking to impose punitive tariffs against China's competitive steel products.
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A senior representative of Hezb-i-Islami, Amin Karim, also said he expected Ghani to approve the final version of the agreement on Sunday.
He is believed to be in Pakistan, though Karim has said he is in an unspecified location in Afghanistan. Hezb-i-Islami should be part of the negotiations along with all other insurgent groups, a senior Obama administration official said in a statement.
Karim said he expected the president to give his final approval to the agreement soon after his return. Ghani pointed out that one of Hekmatyar's key conditions for peace - the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Afghanistan - was about to be met. The extremist group has forced more than 2 million people to flee their homes, some across borders. Marginalization and corruption has allowed the Islamic extremists to flourish in northeast Nigeria. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond was at the summit along with US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The extremists have turned to using suicide bombers, often women and girls, to hit soft targets like mosques and marketplaces. Mannan was also a cousin of former Foreign Minister Dipu Moni of the governing Awami League party.
All the victims came from the rickshaw and were on their way to a temple in Adilabad district of Telangana state on Saturday night.
Johnson, the most prominent political figure arguing that Britain should leave the EU, says the past 2,000 years of European history have been dominated by doomed attempts to unify the continent and recreate the Romans' golden age. Fire officials say the blaze began on Saturday evening in the Paraisopolis slum in west Sao Paulo, the country's largest city. The attack started at dawn with a suicide car bomber hitting the main gate of the plant in the town of Taji, about 20 kilometers north of Baghdad. The politician spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to reveal information about the incident.
They are threatened by destruction of their tropical forest habitat and poachers who kill the animals for their horns.
It praised the sanctuary's staff as "topnotch experts" and said the second birth shows that the expertise exists in Indonesia to increase the rhino population. A recent poll found he would receive just two percent of the vote in a presidential election.
However, the IOC and Rio 2016 Organizing Committee show strong support and confidence toward the first Olympics in South America. Ryan suggested that after initial hesitance, he may well end up endorsing the GOP candidate for president. It landed without incident at Tulsa International Airport around 11:15 pm, the Tulsa World reported. My heart does not feel anything wrong," said anthropologist and professional dancer Feriyal Aslam, who practices Bharatanatyam, a form from southern India.
Those elusive answers lie with the flight data recorders, or black boxes, which may never be found, said Geoff Dell, a specialist in accident investigation at Central Queensland University in Australia. Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said one is an engine cowling piece with a partial Rolls-Royce logo, and the other is an interior panel piece from an aircraft cabin - the first interior part found from the missing plane. Authorities had predicted that any debris from the plane that isn't on the ocean floor would eventually be carried by currents to the east coast of Africa. It won't, for example, answer the question that some have raised about whether anyone was still at the controls of the plane at the end of its flight, or whether the plane spiraled uncontrollably into the water after running out of fuel. But they voiced disappointment that the government had sacrificed a provision to allow gay adoption to ensure passage. But their preservation has been threatened by the political chaos and security vacuum that followed the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. But activists point to a string of unusual incidents that undermine their confidence in the zoo, which was founded in 1916. They say poor staff training and outdated facilities are to blame for the zoo's woeful record. But just minutes before their press conference, a column by Allen's son Ronan Farrow was posted online by The Hollywood Reporter in which he reiterated sexual abuse allegations against his father. Allen has previously denied that he molested Dylan, allegations first leveled in 1992 when Dylan was seven and Allen and Mia Farrow were in the midst of a bitter divorce. Led by Mad Max director George Miller, it includes Donald Sutherland, Kirsten Dunst and Son of Saul director Laszlo Nemes. Moscow said the US-led alliance is trying to encircle it close to the strategically important Black Sea, home to a Russian naval fleet and where NATO is also considering increasing patrols. In response, Russia is reinforcing its western and southern flanks with three new divisions. Russia has stationed anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles there, able to cover huge areas and complicate NATO's ability to move around. The last one lasted 29 minutes and seemed to have been recorded moments before she killed herself, he said. The Dadaab camp, with an estimated 328,000 refugees, mostly from Somalia, the government says compromises Kenya's security because it harbors some of Somalia's al-Shabab Islamic extremists and is a conduit for smuggling weapons. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts, but they followed the bloodiest day in the city this year that saw at least 93 people killed by Islamic State bombs. Another woman on their boat died from dehydration and her body was thrown over board, with two of those picked up seriously ill. MI5 officials cited a threat of Northern Ireland-related terrorism for the change in threat-status. Owners of Nativo Lodge unveiled four new guest rooms they consider art pieces unto themselves.
From one end of the wall to the other where the room's television stands, Barton painted lines shooting in nearly every direction to create asymmetrical geometric shapes in hues of beige, orange and brown. Economic hardship has led individuals to set up the refrigerators where food is placed for the needy to take.
One is plugged in and operating in the central Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires, in front of the presidential palace.
It also is a rare one for Apple, since the US tech giant tends to buy out companies rather than inject capital into them.
The $1 billion investment makes Apple a strategic partner joining other Didi investors such as China's internet giants Alibaba Group and Tencent Holdings. China is the world's largest automobile market, and Didi is the dominant player in China's ride-sharing sector, which offers a great test field for Apple. The shop opened three months ago and all goods sold there are imported from Taiwan and are exempt from customs duty. No matter who the top leader of Taiwan is, he or she will not turn a blind eye to the mainland's huge market," he said. She has said that once she takes office, she will expand the island's export markets to Southeast Asia and attract more tourists from countries in that region. The editorial, which set an unprecedentedly serious tone, has been viewed as a warning from Beijing toward Taiwan's new government. If not, there are likely to be consequences for the economies on both sides of the Straits, and "this may be particularly hurtful to Taiwan," Lai said. If she keeps cross-Straits relations on good terms, Taiwan merchants will support her re-election.
Japan may interfere deeply in the South China Sea issue thanks to the implementation of its security legislation," Yang said.
Membership in the coalition is the type of endorsement the company is looking for to back this transition.
As a result, the health authority is carrying out research to initially cover kidney transplants under health insurance.
China launched the annual fishing ban in 1999 "to promote sustainable development of the fishing industry in the South China Sea and to protect the fundamental interests of fishermen". Over the coming days, China Daily will publish interviews with industry insiders and law experts in a series of in-depth stories, to investigate the opportunities and challenges of the driverless car industry, such as safety issues and defining responsibility in the event of an accident.
Some Shanghainese women were startlingly gorgeous, as if teleported from a catwalk in Paris or Milan. Sure, it had been an adjustment to leave Shanghai, but as I spent more time in Beijing, I became more and more comfortable.
Chinese people in Shanghai (including a Beijing native) had told us that the knock on Beijing is that everyone here is concerned about power, whereas Shanghai is a mercantile city, where compromise is paramount. I liked a lot of the Beijingers I met, and mostly they seemed like the "regular" people that I'm comfortable with. It is especially onerous once you have some blue-sky days here and see how gorgeous a city it is.
China is not a simple place, and the definition of "Chinese" doesn't fit into a neat little box. It's a useful tool to help them understand, but it just barely scratches the surface of what these places are. HeheGu, a fast-food chain operator founded in Beijing in 2004, has found remarkable success focusing on serving gai fan - rice topped with meat, vegetables and other ingredients. Rice congee and soybean milk are now popular breakfast items in both KFC and McDonald's, for example. Meanwhile, it is also intended to simplify complicated reporting procedures and help officers do their jobs more efficiently and effectively, he said.
But now it is extended and covers cyberspace, which is a quicker way to find missing children," Chen said. More than 10 of the company's engineers voluntarily worked in their spare time since November to set up the internal system. Also, manufacturing has been trapped by weak demand and overcapacity problems that "remain severe", Wang said.
Investment in consumer goods manufacturing rose by 10 percent year-on-year in the January-to-April period, 4 percentage points higher than that of all manufacturing investment, in line with restructuring strategies, Wang said. A temporary slowdown shown by monthly data should not raise concerns over the stabilizing trend of the world's second-largest economy, which is moving away from the inefficient investment-led model and shifting toward a consumption-driven growth pattern. Others include the Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopy Telescope in Xinglong, Hebei province, which is expected to conduct a 5-year spectroscopic survey of 10 million Milky Way stars. As a result, it is necessary to let the public learn more about scientific frontiers by displaying these facilities," said Chang Jin, chief scientist of China's Dark Matter Particle Explorer satellite, which was launched in December to detect dark matter in space. So we should explain to the public how we work with them through this face-to-face communication," he said. They will be given to the soldier and his or her family during the service term and after he or she retires from the military.
The effort was applauded by young people, many of whom said the music succeeded in raising their aspirations to have a military career. But behind many a film star there are long periods of joblessness and menial work before they make the big time. Eight months ago she began to produce, star in and distribute online dozens of short videos in which she plays a variety of characters and lampoons those in everyday situations such as dating. This year heralds the beginning of the online celebrity economy in China," says Zhang Xiaorong, a researcher with the Tencent Research Institute, in a recent report. Many online celebrities are going to emerge this year," says Xue Yongfeng, a researcher with Beijing internet consultancy Analysys International.
But it is only in recent months in China - particularly through Papi Jiang - that the tremendous commercial value of these celebrities has begun to crystallize in the public mind, and more talent, investors and capital are beginning to pour into the market.
It has produced many more ways in which they can make a name for themselves and then turn that into cash. The online celebrity market, still in its infancy, could be worth hundreds of billions of yuan, Da says.
Pictures or videos of these celebrities - and they are almost without exception attractive young women who dress to the nines - appear on social media, accompanied by advice for their followers on subjects such as choosing the right clothes and the right cosmetics.
Instead, most of these celebrities have a savvy back-up team that helps them in their business dealings and with the content they post. She now has 490,000 followers, and about 50 to 80 percent of what her Taobao shop sells is snapped up by that entourage.
Taobao says more than 1,000 shops connected to online celebrities who hawk women's clothing each have a sales revenue of more than 1 million yuan a year. Against decorated backdrops in various styles, the central character may sing, dance, play games or tell jokes. There are more than 200 live streaming platforms, and the ministry says the industry was worth about 7.77 billion yuan last year.
They also give expert opinions or advice on talk shows or spread gossip about other celebrities.
He is the son of Wang Jianlin, one of China's richest men and chairman of mainland property and entertainment conglomerate Wanda Group. Some live streaming platforms cross into controversy as a result of host behavior considered inappropriate or illegal, such as wearing overly skimpy attire, using lots of vulgar words or, in some cases, simulated or actual sexual behavior. Several weeks ago, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television gave Papi Jiang a dressing down for using "swear words and insulting language" and ordered her to clean up her act. The Tencent report says that the online celebrity of half of those now enjoying it is likely to dissipate after only six months to three years, even though those with more staying power may remain for five years or longer. The best are those with strong personalities who are innovative, hardworking and talented, and those who are excellent communicators. To meet the rising demand for young imams, the school has decided to raise student numbers in September, the start of the academic year. Meanwhile, their youth means they understand how to use social media platforms to spread religious knowledge and answer questions about issues - both domestic and international - that concern Muslims. They expect to meet a grave, elderly man, not a smiling 26-year-old who left college only last year. Now, he is entering his ninth month as the imam of the center, which features a prayer hall big enough to hold 2,000 worshippers. Last year, he was one of the first 26 students to be awarded a bachelor's degree in Islamic studies by the institute, which had only awarded certificates of graduation before then. Although religious leaders have traditionally been trained that way, Ma said younger imams are concerned that the system can promote a narrow perception of religion.
They initially felt Ma's youth would prevent him from fulfilling his responsibilities, but they have gradually been won over by his cheerful nature and deep religious knowledge.
About 100 worshippers, including Muslims from overseas, usually attend the session, and some members of the congregation visit Doudian just to participate in Ma's services. At the moment, most of the students are Hui, but the college will open a class specifically for students from Xinjiang. Like other students, they enjoy playing computer games, watching NBA games and shopping online. Her beautiful V-shaped face, sexy figure and funny, bold and straightforward personality helped attract followers, who now number more than 6 million, and helped her amass earnings last year of more than 5 million yuan ($767,000; 674,000 euros).
Online streaming has a very low entry threshold - as long you have a computer, you can register with a website and start broadcasting - and the online streaming industry is growing fast. According to a report from Beijing-based iResearch Consulting Group, the public is likely to connect live broadcasting with eroticism, and online streaming scandals are frequent.
So in her spare time, she trains in singing and dancing, and prepares new styles of cosplay - wearing costumes to represent characters - or checks out online games to play with her followers. While unable to talk to fans much, she would still record short videos to say hello to her fans on her mobile phone. The competition will be fierce, and I will need to make more effort to improve myself," she says. This year, the agency she signed with plans to produce an online television program, and she expects to have a role in it. Although the result of their work is not entirely clear yet, it does mean cyber celebrities can be made in batches, offering endless streams of content. The birth of incubators means that in the online celebrity area, star-making factories have appeared," says Zhang Xiaorong, a senior researcher at the Tencent Research Institute, in a recent report. The company has 50 employees and she plans to sign two dozen celebrities by the end of this year.
Second is to find good supply chain partners to best showcase the online celebrities' products and content. When she works with them, she tries to respect their unique style and find the way to help them showcase it. These include user-generated content, as well as promotions and advice about its skincare and cosmetics products.
The vendor, she explains, connected consumers in the Japanese capital to a fish stall in Hokkaido via a video call, allowing them to check out the fresh seafood. Lawrence entered Chinese waters on Tuesday off Yongshu Reef in the South China Sea in what the US claims was a "freedom of navigation" operation. Bush, told China Daily that although there are areas of converging interests with China, areas of tension will continue to exist. Germany supports it, in principle, but wants safeguards for sensitive industries, while Italy is strongly opposed.
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Firefighters got it under control after about three hours, after about an area of 1,000 square meters had been torched. Then several suicide bombers and militants broke into the plant and clashed with the security forces, an official said, adding that 25 troops were wounded. In March, investigators confirmed two pieces of debris found along Mozambique's coast were almost certainly from the aircraft.
He said the director of the archaeological site of Medinat Sultan, about 30 km east of Sirte, had told him by telephone about two months ago that it was also intact. Farrow questioned Cannes' continued embrace of Allen and chastised the press, who she said don't ask "the tough questions".
Festival president Pierre Lescure says about 500 highly-trained security agents will be on guard around Cannes' red-carpeted headquarters, the Palais des Festivals. Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick also serenaded festivalgoers with an acoustic performance of Cindi Lauper's True Colors in a promotion for the upcoming DreamWorks Animations release Trolls, in which they voice the main characters. Over the next 10 days, they will screen an especially strong slate of films vying for the Palme, including new releases from Pedro Almodovar, Jim Jarmusch, Asghar Farhadi, Andrea Arnold, Sean Penn and the Dardenne brothers.
The Papua New Guineans were attempting to travel between two islands on their country's east coast on April 4 but they had engine problems and ended up "helplessly drifting around parts of the Pacific Ocean", media reported.
The warning means a terrorist attack in England, Scotland or Wales is now "a strong possibility". Asking Siri to help hail a ride can certainly help increase user experience in China," he said. The first, by China Daily reporters An Baijie and Hu Meidong and China Post reporter John Liu, looks at how businesspeople are viewing the joint ties. On April 21, after fierce bidding among those vying to place advertisements alongside her videos, the hammer fell with a bid of 22 million yuan for the first ad to go with one of her online video clips.
The potential worth of the most valuable online celebrity, the online writer called the Third Master of the Tang Family, is put at 1.47 billion yuan. The brands behind the pictures then parse and weigh fan feedback in the form of product orders as they start to roll in before deciding how much more to produce for their linked Taobao stores.
These online celebrities' income is derived mainly from gifts and money sent through the website by fans.
This group of online celebrities is the largest but also the most difficult to pin down since their business models usually are not well developed yet and they are widely dispersed in cyberspace. They're the sort of people who will pose numerous times just for one shot that is going to be placed online. Younger people find it easier to communicate with religious leaders of similar age who share many of the same interests. Those who recite the prayers five times a day and then commit violent acts will cause great damage because people will believe these atrocities are being carried out by devout Muslims. The report says that about 77 percent of China's netizens think online live streaming platforms have vulgar content. But she thinks it important to have a support team to help keep her career going for the long term. Third is to sell their products and content through e-commerce sites like Taobao and other channels to fully realize their commercial value.
So she has been able to help online celebrities navigate the clothing supply chain, she says. It is distributed daily and is a paid publication as well as the only Chinese daily newspaper in the southeast region.The Atlanta office is responsible for all the ads running in the whole eastern region. Lawmakers in the lowerhouse Chamber of Deputies backed a vote of confidence in the government which granted final approval of a civil unions bill. In addition to awarding bachelor's degrees, the center plans to offer postgraduate and doctoral courses, too. There are 6 editions on the east coast including New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, Boston, Southeast and Chicago. The daily circulation for the 7 states is around 20,000 and 3,000 in metro Atlanta every day. The Chinese World Journal is also distributed on the West Coast covering Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancover as well as many more.



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