Fans have now seen the home side lose its opening game

of the China Cup in three consecutive years-2-0 to Iceland at the inaugural

edition in 2017, and 6-0 to Wales last year.

Thursday’s defeat-the first test of newly appointed coach Fabio Canna

varo who is also helming CSL side Guangzhou Evergrande-was harder to swallow bec

ause Team China had defeated Thailand in the round of 16 at the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in January.

The 45-year-old Caannavaro, who took over from compatriot Marcello Lippi last week, has made headlines and triggered controversy because of the dual club-and-country role.

“China now has the financial power to bring the best coach to manage its team, but that cannot bring any improvement overnight,” Cannavaro said after the loss.

“You need to set up a sustainable system in order to develop soccer over the long term.

“China cannot improve with only good tactics. I found that problem during this year’s Asian Cup. And what I saw tonight confirmed my judgment.”

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In unusual but true stories this week, we have a surreal an

s creator, a spineless hedgehog recovering by massages, a performer transforming unusual items into musical instrume

nts, a restaurant beneath waters opening in Norway, and creating realistic masks replicating your pets’ faces.

All the odd and interesting anecdotes from around the world are her

e in our review.This one-of-a-kind graphy performance project has seen an artist alt

er ego create a series of surreal and wild self-portraits – where everyday objects are stuck all over his face.

The absurd works of David Henry Nobody Jr. feature face attachments ranging

from ice creams and toothbrushes to hamburger meat and even pictures of Donald Trump.

Not stopping with those additions, David Nobody – the creation of artis

t David Henry Brown Jr. – has even included peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and plastic toys i

n his face shots. To date, David estimates he has taken around 700 self-portraits in this style since starting the project in 2014.

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Most Chinese and Myanmar students are Dai people and som

 of them are relatives, so the close ties between them are not broken by national borders. W

hat the school has been doing is to further strengthen the special bond between the two peoples,” he said.

The school has preschool classes and first through third grades and all classes are taught in Chinese, Dai dialect and Bu

rmese, Sun said, adding that students can take advantage of free tuition and nutritious breakfasts.

Jie En, 11, a Myanmar student at the school, said, “The teache

rs do not treat us differently because we come from a different country, and people cannot tell wh

ether we are from China or Myanmar because we can also speak fluent Chinese.”

Myanmar students only need to show proof of identificatio

n and a birth certificate to register at the school and are allowed four entries into China a day, he said.

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Belt and Road youths to show speaking talentEnglish Speakin

The Belt and Road Youth English Speaking Competition took place in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province on March 23.

The event brought together 31 contestants from about 30 countries and regions involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.

Jointly organized by China Daily, Hangzhou Municipal Govern

ment and the English-Speaking Union, the event aims to provide a platform for youngsters to ga

in a deeper understanding of China through language and cultural exchange and foster cross-cultural communication.

The Second Beilun River Bridge opened to traffic on March 19. It connects the Chinese city of Dongxi

ng with the Vietnamese city of Mong Cai, two important trade cities along the border between the two countries.

The new bridge spans 549 meters across the border river between China and Vietnam and is built to the first-class high

way standard. Construction started in 2014 and was completed in late 2017, costing a total of 220 million yuan ($33 million).

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Harrowing scenes after Cyclone Idai with inland ocean visibl

  As many as “300 to 400” bodies line the banks of a road out of the city of Beira in Mozam

bique, according to an eyewitness account, and flood waters have formed an inland

ocean that is visible from outer space.The harrowing scene, described by Zimbabwea

n Graham Taylor, suggests that the human toll of Cyclone Idai is likely to far exceed officiaal estimates. It follows reports fr

om aid agencies on the ground detailing how entire villages and towns have been completely flooded in the wake of last Thursday’

s high-end Category 2 storm.Taylor said the bodies were located on a 6 kilometer (3.7 mile) t

rack of highway, where flood waters had created an inland ocean, submerging entire villages around a “densely populated” s

ugar-cane plantation. The area is a mere fraction of the land in the southeast African nation left flooded after two major rive

rs burst their banks in the days following the storm.The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red

Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Friday that the destruction left by the cyclone is “worse than

we imagined” and warned that the humanitarian needs “will tragically only deepen in the coming weeks.”

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raujo said IFRC is sending staff to Malawi, Mozambique and

  Zimbabwe to help families who don’t have access to phone or internet find their missing relatives.

  About 1.7 million people are affected by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, according to UNICEF.

  ”The situation on the ground remains critical,” said Christophe Boulierac, UNICEF sp

okesperson in Geneva, describing the scene in Beira.”There is no electricity or running water.”

  Thousands of people are congregating in informal camps in desperate c

onditions, according to UNICEF representative Marco Luigi Corsi, who has traveled to affected areas.

  Eyewitness account

  Taylor, 62, who has lived in Mozambique for 10 years, became stranded on Satur

day on the highway to Zimbabwe from Beira, where Cyclone Idai made landfall, after flood waters one-meter high blocked the road.

  At 3 a.m. on Monday, he abandoned his car and joined the stre

ams of people wading in the pitch black through the waters along the raised highway.

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The UK essentially now has three options, and each come

  with increasingly urgent logic.

  Option one: Approve the Withdrawal Agreement. The UK will then leave the EU on May 22 and enter the transition period. More on that later.

  If MPs vote the deal down, then they have a decision to make by April 11: stand in the EU parliamentary elections or don’t.

  Option two: Don’t stand in the elections, held between May 23-26, and leave the EU before then. It is unlikely that

any substantial new deal could be struck by this point. What the EU would do at this point is unclear.

  Option three: Stand in the elections and request a long extension. This makes softer Brexit all but inevitabl

e and undoing Brexit a lot more likely.At some point next week, May will bring her Withdrawal Agreement back to the Com

mons. She needs to flip 75 MPs if she’s to win by a margin of one. Given she dedicated some of this week to accusing them of betraying the nation, it’s hard to see

them feeling charitable. All the PM can hope for is that the EU has bought a new level of focus to London.

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Mobile payments continue meteoric risepayment deals has jump

Use of China’s mobile payment services has skyrocketed over the past five years, with total transactions covered reaching 277.39 trillion yua

n ($41.51 trillion) in 2018 — a more than 27-fold increase from five years ago, according to the central bank.

A total of 60.53 billion mobile payment transactions were conducted last year, as a repor

t released by the People’s Bank of China Monday shows, while the figure was only 1.67 billion back in 2013.

From around 2013, with online payments dominant and mobile payments only nas

cent, to 2018, which saw mobile payments outpacing the domestic market, it is easy to observe a mo

bilization trend in payment structures, Xue Hongyan with the Suning Institute of Finance told Securities Daily.

The number of China’s online payment deals has jumped from 23.67 billion in 2013 to 2018’s 57.01 billion, and trans

action value more than doubled to 2,126.3 trillion yuan in 2018 from 1,060.78 trillion yuan five years earlier.

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As swine fever threat falls, most quarantines liftedrantines in

China has lifted pig quarantines in most of the areas where outbreaks of African swine fever have bee

n found, signaling a steady slowdown in the spread of the virus, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Tuesday.

Since the first outbreak of the deadly pig disease was discovered in Au

gust in Northeast China’s Liaoning province, 113 cases in 28 provincial-level regions have be

en confirmed by the ministry. Restrictions on the transport of pigs in 105 of those cases have been lifted.

The ministry has imposed strict quarantine measures in affecte

d areas and ramped up supervision of pig farms, transport businesses and the pork proc

essing industry after the onset of the highly contagious viral disease. Humans are not affected.

Yu Kangzhen, vice-minister of agriculture and rural affairs, said the spread of the virus has

slowed because of measures imposed by the authorities, but added that it’s difficult to wipe out the disease in the short term.

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Stunning subway station lights up Chongqings a train leaving a

  The question many New Zealanders are asking themselves in the wake of Friday’s deadly terrorist attacks on two mosques is: Why?

  Why was this island nation with fewer than 5 million people in the southwestern c

orner of the Pacific chosen for such a savage crime? Why should there be attacks on men, women an

d children who have gathered to pray? Why couldn’t the white supremacist be prevented from going on the killing spree?

  In native Maori language New Zealand is “Aotearoa”, or roughly the “land of the long w

hite cloud” which appeared to offer a quiet sanctuary from many of the evils that beset our world today.

  All that changed last Friday. By a crime of pure hate.

  The brutality of the attacks in Christchurch has stunned New Zealanders. It

was the sort of thing that happened in “other places”. They thought their land is a “proud nation” of more than 200 ethnic gr

oups and 160 languages-a land of diversity in which “we share common values”, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said.

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