Cyclone Idai: Fears for 500,000 people as 90% of Mozambiqu

  Fears are growing for more than 500,000 people in the Mozambique city of Beira, after a

id agency officials warned that 90% of the area had been “destroyed” by Cyclone Idai.

  The cyclone slammed into the southeast African country as a high-end Category 2 storm with 175 kph (110 mph winds) at midn

ight Thursday, causing widespread devastation, before moving inland into Zimbabwe and Malawi.

  In an address on national radio Monday, Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi warned that while the official death toll

stood at 84, “everything indicates that we can have a record of more than 1,000 dead.”

  Nyusi described seeing “bodies floating” in the water after two rivers broke their banks “wiping out entire vil

lages ” and isolating others. “It’s a real humanitarian disaster of large proportions,” said Nyusi.

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If Nyusi’s estimated death toll is confirmed, Tropical Cyclon

  clone Idai would be the deadliest tropical cyclone on record to have hit southern Africa.

  Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said there was no power in Beira and surr

ounding areas, and nearly all communication lines had been destroyed.

  ”Main roads leading into Beira have been cut off, buildings have been submerged and se

verely damaged, and all business has been shut down,” said the aid agency, adding that “medical acti

vities in Beira hospital, in local health centers, and throughout the community have ceased completely.”

  Though the cyclone hit Mozambique on Thursday, the extent of

the damage has taken days to come into focus due in part to the country’s poor infrastructure.

  The scale of #CycloneIdai in Beira, Mozambique, is truly heartbreaking. Initial assessments from @ifrc estimate at le

ast 90% of the area is completely destroyed. Read what IFRC aid workers are witnessing in the ar

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This may sound catastrophic, but images being sharedf Decembe

  ’s fireball are actually quite poetic in scale. This atomic, otherworldly force appears as a simple red blip above the clouds.

  Some colour views of the #meteor that flew over the North Pacific in December 2018, taken by Japan’s #Himawari satellite.

  The meteor is really clear here – bright orange fireball against the blue + white background!

  But you likely didn’t know about it until now, because scientists only just noticed it.

That’s because the area where the fireball exploded, over the Bering Sea, is extremely remote.

  NASA’s Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson told the BBC s

uch a powerful meteor event only happens a few times every 100 years. (As a side no

te, “Planetary Defense Officer” is probably as close to a real-life “Avengers” title as you’re gonna get.)

  CNN has reached out to NASA for additional comment.

  In case you’re not uneasy enough about the reality that flaming extraterr

estrial objects are continuously pelting our fragile planet, they do so with alarming regularity.

  NASA keeps track of most of the notable fireballs and bolides (a similar astronomical term) that reach Earth. So far in

2019, there have already been five notable fireball events. Don’t worry, though! Most are super tiny.

  And if the big one ever comes along to make dinosaurs of us all, NASA’s Planetary Defense Office has our backs.

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Xiang Ligang, director-general of the Information Consum

ption Alliance, said if Chinese smartphone makers want to trul

y grow into global brands, they cannot just stay in China or Southeast Asia or Africa. Th

ey need to establish a presence in more advanced markets such as Japan, Europe and the United States.

“They had made significant technological advancements as well as product designs in recent y

ears. They are now in a relatively good position to venture out into the advanced battlefields,” Xiang said.

Even as Oppo steps up expansion in Europe, it has filed over 33,000 patent applications worldwide as of January.

It has also inked a multi-year global patent license agreement with Swedish telecom equi

pment giant Ericsson. Under the deal, the two sides will also collaborate on a number of business projects.

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tudents sleep at noon in the classroom, in East China’s Anhui prov

More than 60 percent of children and teens do not get adequate sleep, which can put their health at risk, according to a repor

t released on Sunday by the Chinese Sleep Research Society, ahead of the World Sleep Day that falls on March 21.

Nearly 63 percent of Chinese youths ages 6 to 17 sleep less than eight hours a day, acco

rding to the report. Among 13- to 17-year-olds the figure is more than 81 percent.

The report was based on a survey at the end of last year and in January. It covered nea

rly 70,000 children and teens ages 6 to 17 across the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

The report found that the heavy school homework load and the popu

larization of electronic devices were the two top causes for the inadequate sleep. From Mon

day to Thursday, 8.4 percent of the group would still be busy with their homework after 11 pm.

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Major world social media including Facebook, Googl

  and Twitter are working hard to take down posts containing graphic footage of terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch Friday.

  One of the shooters appeared to have live-streamed the attacks on Facebook that pur

portedly showed a gunman walking into a mosque and opening fire on the prayers.

  The account of the shooter has now been removed from Facebook, and many other pos

ts that had originally shared the footage have also disappeared from the platform.

  Mia Garlick of Facebook’s New Zealand office said in a statement to American internet media BuzzFeed journa

list Ryan Mac that the company is working to block the shooting video from spreading in the Facebook community.

  Twitter also pulled down the original video and suspended the account that shared it on

its platform, saying the user had violated its policies banning graphic, hate or terror content.

  YouTube stated on its Twitter account that it was working vigilantly to suspend any violent footage.

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The Chinese community in New Zealand’s Christchurch has

stood out following Friday’s terrorist attacks on two mosques, condemning terrorism and expressing their support for the victims by donating money.

Although there was no Chinese casualty in the attacks, the Chinese commu

nity is closely following the situation and cares about all victims, Canton Chamber of Co

mmerce in New Zealand, an organization of local Chinese merchants, said in a statement Saturday.

“No racism, no violence, no terrorism of any form!” said the statement.

The chamber has asked all its members to donate money for the victi

ms and is in contact with the Consulate General of China in Christchurch to voice support and

condolences for the victims on behalf of all Chinese in the city, said the statement.

The University of Canterbury Chinese Students & Scholars Society also expressed shock and regret over the atta

cks on Saturday, saying the atrocities have destroyed many people’s lives and aroused deep anger.

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China offers tax relief to overseas talent working in Greater

  Based on the individual income tax differentials between the Chinese mainland and

Hong Kong, overseas high-end talent and professionals in short supply that work in the Greater Bay Area will g

et subsidies from Guangdong province and Shenzhen municipality to offset the differentials, according to the MOF.

  The subsidies will be exempt from paying individual income tax.

  The policy, effective from January 2019 to the end of 2023, applies to nine cities in Guangdo

ng — Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing, the ministry said.

  It said the move aimed to encourage the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

  Consisting of the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions and the nine cities in

Guangdong, the area covers 56,000 square km. It had a combined population of about 70 million at the end of 2017.

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I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support

  of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump — I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until

they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad,” Trump told the conservative website.

  Trump’s incessant appeals for his base are undeniably effective.

  One Republican, Sen. Thom Tillis, of North Carolina, made an 11th

hour switch of his vote on the declaration of national emergency, falling into line behind the President.

  A top GOP official in North Carolina told CNN’s Jim Acosta that

Tillis was under fierce pressure ahead of a potential primary challenge next year.

  The official said, Tillis is “getting hit hard in the state.”

It wasn’t quite a George Clooney or Brad Pitt heist, but police say a brazen robbery attempt ended with gunfire and the suspect hospitalized in Las Vegas.

About 9:45 p.m. local time Friday, an armed man entered a packed Bell

agio Hotel and Casino and demanded money from a caged poker area, Las Vegas Met

ropolitan Police Capt. Nichole Splinter said.
He then fled and tried to steal a vehicle that ha

d just pulled into the valet lot, but he was immediately confronted by four police officers, Splinter said.

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William, Kate, Harry and Meghan condemn “horrifying assault”today.

  William and Kate, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sus

sex, have said they have all spent time in Christchurch and its “open-hearted and generous” people.

  They condemned the violence on the Muslim community, calling it “horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship.”

  ”No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship,” the royal couples said in a statement.

  Here’s the full statement:

  Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives in the devastating attack in Christchurch.

  We have all been fortunate to spend time in Christchurch and have felt the warm, open-hearted and generous spirit that is core to its remarkable people.

  No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship.

  This senseless attack is an affront to the people of Christchurch and New Zealand, and the broader Muslim comm

unity. It is a horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship.

  We know that from this devastation and deep mourning, the people of New Zealand will unite to show that such evil can never defeat compassion and tolerance.

  We send our thoughts and prayers to everyone in New Zealand today.

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