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Group to map way out of vaccine morassational w s to ens

China has set up a national work group for immunization planning that will suggest ways

to ensure vaccines are safe, the head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday.

The work group, led by a vice-minister of health, will analyze all incidents involving vaccine safety over the past few years to find

the root sources of problems, Gao Fu, head of the center, said at a news conference. He didn’t name the minister.

“Vaccines made in China are some of the best in the world,” said Gao, who is also a member of China’s top poli

tical advisory body. “We should have no doubt about the role of vaccines in disease prevention or the quality of vaccines made in China.”

For example, he said, by promoting immunization, some infectious diseases that

once seriously harmed people’s health in China, such as smallpox, have been eliminated.

Hepatitis B once infected more than 10 percent of the population of China, but now only 0.3 p

ercent of children under 5 years old are carriers because of mandatory immunization.

Gao made the comments in light of a series of incidents involving vaccine safety over the past few years.

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he eclectic nature of the winners — including several surprises

  seemed indicative of what was already deemed one of the most wide-open races i

n years, given the lack of consensus among guild awards leading up to Sunday’s event.

  Perhaps no surprise came bigger than best actress, as “The Favourite’s” Olivia Colman upset

seven-time nominee Glenn Close, who had marched through awards season with enough victories to m

ake her a presumptive favorite. (Colman, in an emotional speech, practically apologized to Close for wi

nning.)s for politics, a recurring theme involved the Trump administration’s immigration polices, including an early jo

ke from Maya Rudolph that among the things that wouldn’t be happening during the telecast, “Mexico is not paying for the w

all.” For his part, Malek referenced being a first-generation American, the son of Egyptian immigrants.

  Still, the most overt and rousing rejoinder belonged to Spik

e Lee — a winner for adapted screenplay for his movie “BlacKkKlansman” — who pointed to

the 2020 election, urging people to “be on the right side of history. Let’s do the right thing!” Congressman and civil-rig

hts icon John Lewis also received a prolonged ovation, introducing “Green Book.”

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Beyond “Black Panther,” Marvel’s highlights included “Spider

  Man: Into the Spider-Verse” swinging off with best animated movie, as the Sony release topped a pair of Disney sequels, “Ralph

Breaks the Internet” and “Incredibles 2.” “Free Solo,” a hit documentary about daredevil climber Al

ex Honnold, topped the documentary feature category, which also included the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biography “RBG.” In th

eir enthusiasm, one of the filmmakers blurted out an expletive that was promptly bleeped.

  ”Bohemian Rhapsody’s” other wins came in both sound categories as

well editing. Notably, none of the “Rhapsody” winners thanked credited director, Bryan Si

nger, who was accused of sexual abuse in January, allegations that the filmmaker has denied.

  In one of the more expected victories, the team that transformed Christian Bale into former Vice Pr

esident Dick Cheney won in makeup/hairstyling for “Vice.” Visual effects, however, were something of a

surprise, going to “First Man,” the moon-landing drama about Neil Armstrong.

  Lacking a host, the producers relied on music and comedy bits to enlive

n the evening, including a duet from “A Star is Born” by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga — la

ter the winner for best song — which drew a standing ovation from the Hollywood crowd.

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Controversial Serena Williams cartoon ruled not to have br

  A widely criticized Australian newspaper cartoon showing tennis legen

d Serena Williams jumping up and down next to a broken racket and a pa

cifier which she had spat out was not racist, according to the country’s media watchdog.

  The Australian Press Council ruled that the drawing, published by Murdoch group newspaper the Hera

ld Sun, did not breach Australia’s press standards and instead was capturing Williams’ “on-co

urt tantrum” at the 2018 US Open final “using satire, caricature, exaggeration and humor.”

  The cartoon was published shortly after the bad-tempered final, in which Wi

lliams had a dispute with the umpire over his allegedly sexist treatment. The pr

ess watchdog received a number of complaints about the image, which drew international condemnation.

  The press council said the newspaper “was depicting the moment when, in a high

ly animated tantrum, Ms Williams smashed a racquet and loudly abused the ch

air umpire, calling him a thief, a liar and threatening that he would never umpire her matches again.

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ashington DC held a housewarming event inside the giant pa

  ”Giant pandas are China’s national treasures,” said Minister Xu Xueyuan, the Chinese embassy in the United States. “Although they are large in size, they are also charm

ing, tolerant, and peace-loving, representing many values of China itself, and are loved by people all over the world.”

  ”Giant pandas are also symbolic of the China-US friendship,” she told a ceremony at the giant panda house.

  The housewarming was jointly hosted by the zoo and the Chinese embassy.

  Giant pandas live mainly in southwest China’s Sichuan Province as well as neighboring Shaanxi and Gansu.

  The latest census in 2014 found there were 1,864 giant pandas alive in the wild. The number of pand

as bred in captivity reached 548 globally as of November, 2018, according to China’s National Forestry and Grassland Administration.

  At the zoo’s David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat currently live three giant pandas, Mei Xiang, Tian Tian and their three-year-old son, Bei Bei.

  The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is one of Washington DC’s most popular tourist desti

nations and is part of the Smithsonian Institution, a world-renowned museum and research complex.

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multi-level banking system with wide coverage and div

  erse expertise should be established, while personalized and differentiated financial products that suit market demand should be developed, he said.

  The number of small and medium-sized financial institutions as well as their proportion o

f businesses should be increased, while financial services to the small and micro firms as well as agr

iculture, rural areas and rural people should be improved, Xi said.Xi stressed the need to establish a standard, tra

nsparent, open, dynamic and resilient capital market that has sound fundamental institutional arrangements, pr

oper management on market access and exit and tightened full-process supervision on transactions.

  He said that financial services conducive to the development of industr

ial, market, regional and green development systems of a modernized economy shall be provided.

  An all-around and multi-level financial service system including ve

nture capitals, bank loans and bond and stock markets shall be put in place, he said.

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He called on the country to go along with the general

  development trend of relying more on innovation, creation and creativity to foster a change in the structure and quality of financial services.

  When it comes to the support of financially-strained private enterprises, he said that

market laws shall be respected more and that targeted financial services are needed.

  Private firms who are temporarily in difficulties but engage in businesses that match well with the national industrial development plans or focus on the real eco

nomy, possess leading technologies and enjoy an advantage in the market shall be prioritized, he said.

  ”The healthy development of the real economy is the foundation to prevent and defu

se risks,” he said, adding that risk prevention must be based on steady economic growth.

  He said that the counter-cyclical adjustment roles of fiscal and monetary polic

ies must be strengthened so as to ensure the Chinese economy could run at a reasonable growth range.

  ”Risk prevention must be done in a way that can push ahead high-quality economic development,” he said.

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In addition to the bomb blasts in Maiduguri, the Nigerian army

  said its troops had also repelled an attack Saturday morning by suspected militants on a security outpost in Geidam village in Yobe state.

  No one was injured, according to Col. Sagir Musa of the Nigeria army, who said the attempt would not affect voting in the area.

  ”The situation is calm and peaceful,” Musa said in a statement. “Peop

le have largely turned out to cast their votes without any hindrance.”

  The election delay has increased tensions in Nigeria, and there

have been instances of violence in the lead-up to the vote. The British and US governments hav

e warned they would deny visas to, and could prosecute, anyone found inciting violence during the election.

  Last week, a terror group with links to ISIS claimed responsibility for a deadly at

tack in Maiduguri on a motorcade carrying Kashim Shettima, the governor of Borno state.

  Shettima escaped unscathed. Isa Gusau, the governor’s media aide, told CNN on Thursday that the ambush killed three p

eople, although locals put the death toll much higher. The terror group claimed that 42 people died in the assault.

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On Friday, a standoff occurred between a local indigenous comm

  unity and the military over aid delivery near Gran Sabana, on the Brazil-Venezuela border, said the town’s mayor, Emilio Go

nzalez. He told CNN the military opened fire on an indigenous group trying to facilitate the passage of aid into Venezuela.

  Gonzalez said soldiers shot and killed a 34-year-old indigenous Venezuelan woman and injured 17 others.

  National Assembly member Americo De Grazia said on his official Twitter feed that two

people had died. The second victim was an indigenous man, according to De Grazia.

  Gonzalez said indigenous guards detained 27 Venezuelan military members. Venez

uela’s Ministry of Defense told CNN it had no information on the incident.

  Tensions escalate over aid

  Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who invoked a constitutional provision last month to declare himself acting

president, condemned the incident in a tweet Friday, saying such acts by the military “will not go unpunished.”

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This year I saw the greats of the Obama-era Iran nuclear

  deal breeze between meetings in a way impossible at the height of those negotiations.

  Yet a few years later, their sage experience is the valued currency of many backroom conversations.

  John Kerry’s sidekick, Wendy Sherman, strolled down t

he street past former US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, also a member of the Iran nuclear dea

l negotiating team. He was loitering on a street corner waiting for a car. If you had a question for them, you could ask it.

  These people are the unseen grease in the cogs of international diplomacy.

  But the showstopper at the conference was the Yin and Yang of US foreign policy — delivered by Vice President Mike Pence and the guy who had the

job before him, Joe Biden.They spoke on the same day, but could not have been more different in tone, style and substance.

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