Explosive device found in Ireland appears similar to thos

  A “viable improvised explosive device” contained in a plastic envelope was found in

a postal collection center in Limerick, western Ireland, the Irish police said in a statement.

  Police were alerted to a suspicious item shortly after 6 a.m. local time on Friday, authorities said in an earlier statem

ent. The army’s bomb disposal team arrived at the An Post’s collection center at 9:50 a.m. local time, where the package was found.

  ”On arrival a cordon was established and the building was evacuated for the duration of the operation. A viable impr

ovised explosive device contained in a plastic envelope was identified and made safe,” the Irish police statement said.

  London’s Metropolitan Police is cooperating with the Irish police on these investigations, both forces

said in separate statements on Friday. group calling itself the IRA previously claimed responsibility for sending five packages cont

aining improvised explosive devices to the UK earlier in March, but British police said they had only recovered four.

  On March 5, three devices were sent to major London transport hubs — Waterloo Stati

on and offices at Heathrow and City Airports — in what police said appeared to be part of a “linked series.”

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From Israel to Brexit to France: Trump dips into allies’ politics

  He’s trashed the British Prime Minister. He’s cheered protesters in France. And now he’s handed Israel’s embattled leader a win days before a re-elect

ion. When it comes to other countries’ domestic politics, President Donald Trump hasn’t hesitated to put his thumb on the scale.

  When he first met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office weeks after his inau

guration, Trump heard out the Israeli prime minister’s appeal to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

  But Trump didn’t immediately deliver. Instead, he waited until less than three weeks before the most consequential election of Netanyahu’s polit

ical career to announce “it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.”

  Combined with the warm embrace Trump will offer Netany

ahu in Washington next week and the White House’s silence on the timing of the annou

ncement, experts quickly identified Trump’s recognition of the Golan Heights as a brazen attempt to boost Netanyahu’s re-el

ection chances, giving him a foreign policy achievement to tout in the final stretch of the campaign.

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Greater opening-up pledged to bolster education meets

China will expand opening-up in education, enhance mutual learning with different countri

es and jointly push forward the development of education, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday.

Xi made the remark during a meeting with Ha

rvard University President Lawrence Bacow at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Xi said China advocates mutual learning, encourages its students to

study overseas and supports exchanges and cooperation in education with other countries.

He said he hopes more positive outcomes can be achieved from people-to-people exchanges between China and the United States.

Bilateral exchanges and cooperation in education are impor

tant for China-US relations because they help enhance public support for those relations, he said.

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Xi added that he is glad that US President Donald Trump

also voiced his support for bilateral exchanges and cooperation in education during their meeting at the G20 Summit in Argentina in December.

The rising level of education has been a major contributor to

China’s rapid development in its 40 years of reform and opening-up, he said.

China remains committed to advancing the modernization of its education, making

itself an education powerhouse and developing education that people are satisfied with, he added.

During this process, China is willing to conduct broader exchanges and cooper

ation with education and research institutions including Harvard University, he said.

Bacow, who last year became the 29th president of Harvard U

niversity, said he is glad to make China his first overseas stop since his inauguration.

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In the Government Work Report, Li said that the govern

ment’s moves to cut taxes on this occasion aim at an accommo

dative effect to strengthen the basis for sustained growth while also considering the need to ens

ure fiscal sustainability. It is also a major measure to lighten the burden on businesses and boost market dynamism.

Participants at Wednesday’s meeting also decided on adjustments to the export tax rebate rates of certain goods and services and

to the tax deduction rate of purchases of farm produce. They decided to increase transfer payments to local gov

ernments, focusing on supporting the central and western regions and counties and prefectures experiencing difficulties.

“The share that goes to enterprises in the national income distribution ne

eds to be increased to boost market vitality. This will

help keep employment stable, expand tax sources and make public finance sustainable.” Li said.

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Vice-Premier Liu to hold trade talks with US officials in Beijing

  Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He will hold a new round of high-level China-US economic and trade consultation with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer a

nd Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in Beijing from March 28 to 29, the Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday.

  Liu will visit Washington in early April for further cons

ultation, the ministry said.The Government Work Report released on March 5 has charted a co

urse for China’s economic development for this year. By setting fairly robust growth targets, the country is s

et to be the locomotive pulling the world economy amid global economic headwinds. A number of pro-growth eff

orts have been unveiled to spur innovation and continue opening-up. The country has also released the Foreign Inv

estment Law to better protect the rights of foreign businesses in China. China Daily polled senior executives from mul

tinational corporations to understand their positioning, perception and predictions of the Chinese market.

  Q1: The year 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. What in your opini

on are China’s biggest achievements to date? What are the biggest achievements made by your company so far?

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Hundreds of hotel guests were secretly filmed and live-stream

Around 1,600 people have been secretly filmed in hotel rooms in South Korea, with th

e footage live-streamed online for paying customers to watch, police said Wednesday.

Two men have been arrested and another pair investigated in connectio

n with the scandal, which involved 42 rooms in 30 accommodations in 10 cities around the coun

try. Police said there was no indication the businesses were complicit in the scheme.

In South Korea, small hotels of the type involved in this case are generally referred to as motels or inns.

Cameras were hidden inside digital TV boxes, wall sockets and hairdryer holders and the foota

ge was streamed online, the Cyber Investigation Department at the National Police Agency said in a statement.

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Extra pilot averted disaster on previous Boeing 737 Max 8 flight

An off-duty pilot in the cockpit of a Boeing 737 Max 8 jet jumped in to help

crew disable a malfu

nctioning flight-control system as it experienced difficulties in October, according to Bloomberg.

The next day, with a different crew, the same plane crashed into the sea off Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.

On doomed Lion Air Flight 610, pilots searched in a handbook f

or a way to stop the plane from nosediving, according to an exclusive Reuters report.

Reuters cites the information from three people with knowledge of the contents of the cockpit voice recorder that has never been made public.

Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) has refused to comment to CNN on the content of the voice r

ecorder as the investigation is still ongoing. Boeing also refused to comment to CNN on the matter Wednesday.

Indonesian authorities found the cockpit voice recorder in the Java Sea on January 14 and said it could take up to a year to publish a full report into the crash.

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The revelation that an extra pilot saved the plane the day

before the crash has never been reported before, according to Bloomberg.

Aviation analyst and editor in chief of Airlineratings.com, Geoffrey Thomas, said it was not unusual for off-duty pilots, known as dead heads, to fly in the cockpit of planes.

“It could well be that the flight is full and he needs to get back t

o Jakarta — so as long as he is authorized to do so — then it’s absolutely fine,” he said.

However, the presence of the third pilot in the cockpit did not appear in the National Tra

nsportation Safety Committee’s (KNKT) November preliminary report into the crash.

Thomas said this fact should have been reported “as you could argue that the pilot was a distraction or an assistance,” he said.

Wall Street Journal: Transportation Department inspector general investigating FAA’s approval of Boeing 737 Max

CNN contacted Lion Air Group Captain Daniel Putut for comment and he directed questions to the KNKT.

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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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