Lack of sleep among children and teenagers deserves high

attention, because it can seriously affect their health and growth,” she said. Such a group should sleep at least eight hours a day, she added.

Zhao Zhongxin, a professor specialized in treating sleep disorders

at Shanghai Changzheng Hospital, said getting adequate sleep is very important.

“Sleep promotes growth, protects the brain and improves the immune system,” he said. “Long-term deprivation of sleep will

bring risks of diseases and conditions such as dementia and cause lasting health damage.”

Wang Guanghai, a member of the Chinese Sleep Research Society and a psychological consultant, said the exces

sive use of electronics products in China is depriving children and teens of sleeping time.

“Some of them use tablets for more than four hours a day,” he said. “It has become a serious problem that affects minors’ health.”

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New Zealanders have rallied around their fellow citizens in the

  wake of the Christchurch tragedy, laying flowers and messages of support on the side of Hagley Park, close to the Al Noor mosque.

  A makeshift memorial grew in the center of the main street, below traffic lights that flashed orange to indicate roads leading to the mosque were closed.

  No one was allowed to approach the building, not even local home owner Sue Harrison, whose c

ar was still parked in the driveway of her property behind the Deans Avenue mosque.

  Christchurch resident Sue Harrison heard the gunshots from her house, near to the Al

Noor mosque, and called the police. Her son Zin (right) called her to check she was alright.

  She remembers listening to the soothing chant of afternoo

n prayers when it was broken by gunshots. Harrison called the police and hid inside her

house as the gunman worked his way through the mosque, shooting as many people as he could.

  ”The time the shots were happening, it was terrifying, absolutely terrifying,” Har

rison said. “There was almost an immediate feeling that they’re being targeted.”

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Luan Shengjun, founder of the restaurant chain Kum

Canteen, which specializes in Japanese food, said that in each of its outlets about 10 seats are spec

ially designed for solo diners, where they can watch chefs making sushi and sashimi at close hand. The r

estaurants also offer small-sized portions of classic dishes so that solo diners can taste a variety of food.

“If solo customers feel like talking, we encourage our chefs to respond enthusiastically. For example, they intro

duce customers to the process of making food and sometimes even have a drink with them,” he said.

Chinese singles, many of whom are well-educated and financially independent, also like traveling alone.

Figures from travel service provider Tuniu.com show that solo travel h

as become increasingly popular with those born in the 1990s. Last year, the number of pe

ople born in that decade who traveled alone rose by 10 percent compared with 2017.

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Rule of law strengthens social stability in new era: Editorial

Among all the reports submitted for review to the national legislature at its annual session, those by the Supreme Peop

le’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate have been a focus of attention in the past.

Their comparatively high rates of disapproval have corresponded to the dissatisfacti

on with such hated phenomena as the corruption, inaction and inability of officials. The pressure has

thus been heavy on the two institutions to improve both their performance and reports.

This year, not only have they been more serious about the documents — the Supreme Pe

ople’s Court set up a drafting panel as early as October, and the less than 11,000 character text reportedly unde

rwent 35 “major revisions” before it was delivered to the National People’s Congress on Tuesday — but they also sho

wed that they have made targeted efforts to alleviate public concerns.On its part, the procuratorat

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In January, President Xi Jinping spoke at a gathering mark

ing the 40th anniversary of the Message to Compatriots in Taiwan and stressed that Chinese people sh

ould help each other. The two sides should be connected in all aspects, he said, noting that it is nec

essary to improve economic and trade cooperation, infrastructure connectivity and sharing of energy resources.

He proposed that Fujian coastal areas can take the lead in connecting Jinmen and Matsu with water, gas and electrical supplies.

“Xi’s words show that we always think about the people and the comm

on interests of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Straits,” An said, adding that sha

ring opportunities with Taiwan will help solve practical problems in the local economy and people’s welfare.

Fujian has been supplying water to Jinmen through a pipeline that went into operation in early A

ugust. It brings 34,000 cubic meters of water daily from Jinjiang’s Longhu Lake, the second-largest lake in Fujian.

In 2002, a tanker shipped 2,300 metric tons of fresh water from Fuzhou, Fujian, to Matsu to alleviate the drought.

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The country will also push for high-quality developmen

of the sector with a focus on improving financial services and forestalling financial risks.

Opening-up of China’s financial factor has sped up, as the country re

moved foreign ownership caps of banks and financial asset management firms last year.

Richard Turnill, global chief investment strategist of BlackRock, an American global investment man

agement corporation, is also positive on China’s stocks market, according to the Barron’s report.

Turnill said stronger inflows into Chinese A-shares, and China’s efforts to boost credit growth and sti

mulate its economy are also helpful to a bullish stock market.

However, selectivity of stocks is needed, Turnill said, adding that BlackRock favors b

rokers and companies related to the domestic consumer that can benefit from the efforts to stimulate growth locally.

Major securities traders in China, such as the Merchants Securities, CITIC Securities, and Fo

under Securities are all optimistic about China’s stocks market this year, according to a report from finance.sina.com.

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Venezuelan troops defect at the border with Colombia

  Three members of the Venezuelan National Guard defected Saturday at Venezuela’s border with Colombia, the Colombian immigration department said.

  The troops abandoned their posts at the Simon Bolivar International Bridge on the Colom

bia-Venezuela border and requested help from Colombia’s immigration officials.

  Also Saturday, soldiers with Venezuela’s National Guard

fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who were demanding to cross the border at Ur

eña into Colombia to work, according to a CNN crew that witnessed the scene at the Tienditas Bridge.

  Workers faced off with the soldiers, chanting, “We want to work!” before being disperse

d by the tear gas. Men with shirts covering their faces started throwing rocks toward the guard.

  US argues momentum for change in Venezuela is growing despite border violence

  These tense scenes played out Saturday, a day after violence broke out at a Venezuelan town near the border wit

h Brazil over aid delivery, leaving two people dead and 17 others injured, local authorities said.

  Tensions are running high at Venezuela’s borders amid opposition plans to usher aid into the country this weekend

in defiance of President Nicolas Maduro’s wishes. Maduro called on Venezuelans to “mobilize” Saturday. “Let’s

all take to the streets to defend our independence with conscience and joy,” Maduro said on his official Twitter account.

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Geovanis was quoted by the Moscow Times in 1996 as saying

  officials were “very receptive” to the original Trump Tower project, but Trump’s early designs on the Moscow skyline never got off the ground.

  Discussions two decades later to build another Trump Tower in the Russian capital have been a focal point in the Mueller investigation.

  Trump has often denied that his dealings with Russia continued into the 2016 campaign. Even in late 2018 Trump twe

eted he “never met a single Russian official.”It is not clear what prompt

ed the Senate Intelligence Committee’s interest in Geovanis. But multiple sources famil

iar with its activities tell CNN their inquiries date back to spring last year when it sent him a letter requesting he give

evidence. The sources say he has not yet done so but added that he had appointed US legal counsel.

  Lebow and Lorber changed their company name from Brooke Group to Vector Group, a Nasdaq-listed cigarette and real estate compa

ny. Vector Group’s top three shareholders include Renaissance Technologies, the hedge fund once run by Robert Mercer, the co

nservative donor who was once a patron of business and political ventures of Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist.

  A spokeswoman for Vector did not reply to CNN’s emails requesting comment. A fa

x to BSL Capital, Lebow’s family firm, went unanswered, despite an assistant confirming it had been received.

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Terrorist issue could be better addressed by Indiarror strike by P

A terror strike by Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed killed at least 40 India paramilitary police and injured many others in the India

n-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, Indian media reported. Blind anger toward China was ignited after it.

Some Indian analysts sought to link the deadly attack to “China’s continued protection” of the perpe

trators. By refusing to back India’s appeal to list Masood Azhar, leader of terrorist outfit Ja

ish-e-Mohammed, as a global terrorist by the UN, they argued, China is supporting terrorism against India.

Citing China’s refusal to support the bid to have Azhar blacklisted by the UN, India in recent years has aggressively bl

amed China for allying with Pakistan in shielding terrorists. It disregards the fact that as a victim of terrorism itself, China has

pledged to support the international community’s anti-terrorism efforts and stands ready to work with India and all other countries to fight terrorism.

As for the issue of listing Azhar, Beijing has reiterated its stand several times that New Delhi should pr

ovide solid facts and proofs for banning Azhar. China has reason to cautiously handle the issue. Observers worry that blacklisting Azhar co

uld be used by India to increase its military pressure on Pakistan, thus risking exacerbating tensions between the two countries.

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Freight service to Europe gains momentum inxpress train

A China Railway Express train hauling cargo en route to Europe leaves the Zhengzhou Railway Station’s cargo center in early August. China-Europe frei

ht service this year has made more trips than all previous years since the service began in 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

The establishment of international and intercity coordination agreement has enhanced rail freight service between China and Europe this year.

The freight service linking China and Eurasia, China Railway Express, is seen as a critica

l to boost trade and economic ties. National rail operator China Railway Corp’s latest figures show there had been 6,

000 freight train trips to or from China and Europe by October, and more than 3,000 of those were in 2017. This is more tha

n the total number of trips in all the previous years of service since its 2011 launch.

The growth has been attributed to an international collaboration agreement that sets specific rules and procedures in place, according to China Railway Corp.

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