All 15 films were selected from 775 aspiring nomina

tions from across 85 countries and regions worldwide, a noticea

ble rise from the pool of 659 films from the 71 nations and regions last year.

Helmed by US director Rob Minkoff as president, the jury panel consists of six other

members: Chilean director Silvio Gayoqi, Chinese director Cao Baoping, Russian director Sergei De Wattsvoy, Hon

g Kong actress Carina Lau, Iranian director Majid Majidi and British director Simon West.

Starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sha

rma, the Bollywood movie Zero will be screened as the closing film of the festival.

While the race for the awards is attracting insiders, a special segment titled Film in Panorama will screen 261 new

and classic films in 30 theaters over 15 days, providing a visual feast for film fans in the capital.

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Mafia-style gang crimes are acts that include eleme

ments of outrage and public oppression. Crimes committed solely for economic gain

without such elements should not be handled as gang crimes, Jiang said. Also, to be iden

tified as a gang members, suspects must be aware of the mafia-style nature of the activities they are involved in.

“We’ve seen cases where judicial workers at the grassroots level have wrongly identifie

d mafia-style criminal gangs, so clarifying the legal definition is very important. Such g

angs are sometimes associated with crimes such as organizing prostitution and drug traffic

king, but it doesn’t mean that any group that is involved in such criminal activities can be handled as a mafia-style gang,”

said Lin Wei, vice-president of the University of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and an expert in law.

According to the directive, gang members who commit minor crimes or who cause little bodi

ly harm to others, and who confess, can be given lenient sentences or even exempted from punishment. But those w

ho commit brutal crimes and cause severe harm to society won’t receive leniency, even if they confess.

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Health, education authorities step up intervention on child

China’s health and education authorities pledged to work together to control child myopia on April 3.

Health departments will help schools and parents to conduct targeted intervention, said Ma Xia

owei, head of the National Health Commission, at a meeting between the commission and Ministry of Education.

Ma said priority would be given to young students, and health departments would assist scho

ols in measures such as increasing outdoor activities, as well as reducing electronic device use and homework.

Health departments will also carry out a special monitoring program on the eyesight of s

chool-age children and allocate more resources to the eyesight examinations, and counselling services, he said.

Education departments will supervise schools to take concrete measures and eval

uate their performance, Minister of Education Chen Baosheng said at the meeting.

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The research was done by scientists from Tsinghua Un

niversity and the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Genetics and Development Biology. Their findings were published in the journal Science on Friday.

About 20 years ago, scientists discovered that plants, like animals, have robust immune sys

tems that can protect them from pathogens including viruses, fungi, bacteria and parasites.

Plants also have a unique “lure and catch” immune response to de

al with pathogens that have breached their cellular defense, but exactly how this work

ed remained unknown, said Zhou Jianmin, a researcher at the institute and one of the main scientists behind the study.

To probe this mystery, Zhou and his team investigated a protein called AvrAC, which is pro

duced by a bacterial pathogen that causes black rot on cabbage. The bacterium injects AvrAC int

o plant cells, where it acts as a “biochemical weapon” weakening the plant’s immune system.

They discovered that some plants have evolved to carry a resistance protein called ZAR1 that can detect bacterial prot

eins like AvrAC. These plants use special proteins as “bait” and trick the bacterial protein into attacking them inst

ead. While the bait is being attacked, ZAR1 is activated to form a multiprotein structure called resistosome, Zhou said.

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Bank of Beijing planning venture with Dutch lenderCo Ltd said

Bank of Beijing Co Ltd said on Friday that it has got the necessary board approvals for the esta

blishment of a joint venture with Netherlands-based ING Bank NV, in which the latter will be the majority partner.

With a total investment of 3 billion yuan ($448 million), the forthcoming joint-venture bank, whic

h is still waiting for regulatory approval, may become China’s first commercial lender in which a for

eign shareholder has a controlling interest. According to the plan, ING Bank will hold a 51 percent stake, and Bank of Beijing 49 percent.

Drawing on the experience of ING Bank in the successful development of direct ba

nking services, the joint venture will build a brand in the area of digital banking with the help of financial tec

hnologies and try to become a benchmark in terms of the implementation of China’s push to further open

up its financial sector to foreign investors, said the mid-tier commercial lender BOB in an announcement.

Different from the traditional counter-based model, the direct banking model uses e-cha

nnels to provide financial products and therefore has no restriction of time, regions or geographic branches.

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But Bercow ruled that, according to parliamentary proc

  edure, the government could not repeatedly put a motion before lawmakers if it had been previously rejected in the same session.

  May’s deal suffered a second, crushing defeat last week when it was rejected by 149 votes.

  ”What the government cannot legitimately do is resubmit to the House the same pr

oposition — or substantially the same proposition — as that of last week, which was

rejected by 149 votes,” Bercow said in an unannounced statement on Monday.

  Third time lucky for Theresa May’s Brexit vote?

  Bercow said that, in his view, the first two motions on May’s Brexit deal were sufficiently different not to have broken parliamentary convention.

  The speaker did not set out what tests the government would have to meet if it was to succ

essfully submit its deal for a third vote, saying only it would have to be “fundamentally different.”

  In response, a Downing Street spokesperson said, “We note the speaker’s statement. This is a statement that requires proper consideration.”

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I still felt very nervous but I tried to calm down since I am ra

ther more experienced than my new partner Lu. It is our second time competing together, we should encou

rage each other,” said Zhang, who won both individual and synchro in the first leg of the World Series in Sagamihara, Japan.

Shi Tingmao/Wang Han ruled the women’s 3m springboard with 339.30 and Maddison Keene

y/Anabelle Smith of Australia took the silvers at 300.93, Grace Reid/Katherine Torrance of Britain had the bronzes.

The three-day second-leg World Series attracts 78 elite divers from 14 countries and regions.

NBA China and Alibaba Group today announced an expansion of their partnership that will bring NBA content to Alib

aba’s platforms for the first time, along with an enhanced online shopping experience for consumers in China.

An “NBA Section” will be launched across Alibaba’s platforms.

The Section will leverage Alibaba’s technology and consumer insights, allowing fans in China to enjoy pers

onalized and engaging content, in addition to shopping for NBA merchandise all in one ecosystem.

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Yongbyon is the only publicly known complex where North

Korea produces fissile material for nuclear weapons, but experts

have long believed North Korea operates a series of covert sites that contribute to its ballistic mis

sile and nuclear weapons program.
Trump appeared to hint at the existence at least one of those during his news con

ference following the Hanoi summit, a second uranium enrichment plant. South Korean lawmaker Lee Eun-jae’s off

ice said that an “additional uranium facility” was discussed during the Hanoi summit.

While it’s unclear what or where this site is, a tea

m of North Korea open-source analysts published findings in the online news site The Diplomat in July revealing a c

overt uranium enrichment facility which the US government calls Kangsong.

CNN’s Zachary Cohen, Yoonjung Seo, Will Ripley and Sophie Jeong contributed to this report

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South Korea’s plastic problem is a literal trash Uiseong, a pictu

  ue South Korean farming county, was a backwater until homegrown heroes the Garlic Girl

s became breakout stars and curling silver medalists at last year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

  In recent months the spotlight has again fallen on Uiseong for a far less glorious rea

son: a smoldering mountain of garbage which highlights the trash crisis in the densely populated nation.

  Among the rice paddies and beside the Nakdong River in the

country’s east, a horseshoe-shaped, 170,000-ton heap of trash is spontaneously combusting, spe

wing out plumes of smoke and the nose-scorching, chemical stench of burning plastic.

  On a cold February morning, six workers wearing grimy overalls a

nd gas masks clamber over the 50 feet-tall (15 meters) man-made hill, dousing the smo

ke with fire hoses. But as soon as one smoldering spot is extinguished, another flares up.

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ijing Jiangong Hospital was once an enterprise-owned hospital

Statistics from Beijing-headquartered think tank iyiou.com revealed that by last September, there were a total of 20,011 private hosp

itals in China, accounting for nearly half of the country’s medical institutions. According to Hao Deming, exec

utive vice-president and secretary-general of the Chinese Nongovernment Medical Institutions Association, starting from

2013, the number of China’s private hospitals has grown at an annual rate of 15 percent.

Capital also favors private hospitals. “The number of private hospitals in China accounts f

or half of the total, and is growing at a much higher rate than the number of public hospitals. The invest

ment from the capital market into the sector is an unprecedented blockbuster expansion,” said Xia Xia

oyan, a partner and managing director of Boston Consulting Group, during an interview with pppod.net.

The report from BCG showed that since 2012, investment in medical in

stitutions has grown at a compound annual growth rate of 80 percent, realizing a fiftyfold incr

ease from 2012 to 2018. Between 2015 and 2016 a record number of deals took place.

From the beginning of 2017 to May 2018, China’s private healthcare institutions had attracted roughly 11 billion yuan of inve

stment, and each deal surpassed 200 million yuan, according to the report issued by iyiou.com.

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