With Green Book won best picture at the 91st Academy Awards ceremo ny, its co-producer Alibaba Pictures Group, the movie unit of the world’s largest e-com merce company, claimed to be the first internet film company to co-produce an Oscars winning movie. Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba Group, said a good movie does not necessarily have to cost a lot, nor tell an earth-shattering story, according to the Paper, which also said Ma watchedGreen Bo ok with some of his friends, including Chinese computer giant Lenovo Founder Liu Chuanzhi and Chinese studio Bona P resident Yu Dong in a Beijing cinema on Monday, though the film will notRead More →

Chinese stocks market surged on Monday with benchmark indices in Shanghai and Shenzhen jumping over 5 percent, mak ing daily turnover break through 1.04 trillion yuan ($155.5 billion), a new record since 2015. The Barron’s, a fin ancial weekly published by Dow Jones & Company, said the performance of Chinese stocks is much better than the S& P 500. Global investment management corporation BlackRock also suggested lasting gains of the bull market. Barron’s said the CSI 300 index, which tracks the largest stocks traded in the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges, rose 6 percent on Monday, with a year-to-date gain of nearly 24 percent, twiceRead More →

  said Van Jackson, a former Defense Department official in the Obama administration.   ”Historically, there have been many — I know of half a dozen instances myself personally — where senior North Korean officials were brought around and shown what capi talist industrialism looks like. They were shown what the stock market floor looks like on the New York Stock Exchange, or they were brought out to so me tech lab in Silicon Valley,” said Jackson, author of “On the Brink: Trump, Kim, and the Threat of Nuclear War.”   ”We’ve shown them what capitalism looks like … the idea that they will see something in VietnRead More →

  Marvel’s “Black Panther” looked like a contender by claiming a pair of early awards, and made history in the process: Ruth E. Carter and Hannah Beachler became the first African-American w omen to win for costume design and production design, respectively. The film was also honored for its musical score.   ”Roma” didn’t walk away empty handed, earing best foreig n-language film. Its director, Alfonso Cuaron, was honored for directing and cin ematography for the black-and-white period drama, a deeply personal look back at the women who raised him.   Cuaron’s marks the fifth time a Mexican director has won that award in the past six years,Read More →

  d to persuade the world to use its 5G technology and not cave to pressure from Washington.   ”This is not something that should be decided by politics,” Huawei’s chairman Guo Ping said on Sunday, ahead of the formal start of Mobile World Congress.   Guo said he was hoping “independent sovereign states” will make “independent decision s based on their own understanding of the situation and will not just listen to someone else’s order.”   Huawei is taking the center stage at this year’s MWC in Barcelona. The event is expected to attract around 100,000 visi tors. To get in, they will all need a badge likeRead More →

  WASHINGTON – The Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington DC held a housewarming event inside the giant panda house on Saturday to celebrate the completion of a new visitor exhibit.   The celebration featured frozen treats for giant pandas and red pandas, as well as interactive games and activities for visitors.   The new exhibit, according to the zoo, teaches visitors about the ecology, history, reproduction, conservation and c are of giant pandas and enables them to learn about these unique bears and their natural habitat.   It also chronicles “the advances that panda scientists in China and at the Smithsonian have made during the past four decades.”   ”SoRead More →

NEW YORK — A Boeing 767 cargo jetliner with three people on board crashed into a bay near Housto n’s George Bush International Airport on Saturday, said the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). It is unlikely that anybody could have survived, said Brian Hawthorne, sheriff of the Chambers County of the US state of Texas. Hawthorne told local newspaper Houston Chronicle that police have found human remains at the si te of the crash and investigators have recovered parts of the plane, the largest at 50 feet (around 15 meters) long. The twin-engine plane, operated by Atlas Air, was flying from Miami to Houston whRead More →

  (2 a.m. ET) and close at 2 p.m. (8 a.m. ET) Saturday, but reports soon emerged of widespread delays.   In the megacity of Lagos, CNN visited multiple polling stations, all of which opened hours la ter than planned. Voters said they had lined up for hours before electoral officers arrived with voting materials.   To cast their ballots Saturday, voters were expected to complete an accreditation process in which officials from Nigeria’s Independent National Elec toral Commission take their fingerprints and scan their permanent voting cards.   A nurse told CNN she turned up at a polling station after working a night shift, only to face aRead More →

  Ali only had two hours to save his baby’s life. He careened through traffic and sped along highway s to an east Tehran government pharmacy. When he saw some 800 people queued outside the fac ility, he dropped to his knees. Like him, they were waiting to obtain state-funded medications.   ”I cried and screamed, begging people to let me get through,” Ali — whom we have not fully identified for security reasons — recalls.   Eventually, he skipped the line and returned with the medicine in time for his one-year-old daughter, Dory, to recover.The incid ent happened just as Iran’s landmark nuclear deal with six worldRead More →

  who rebel against the system. Permission is needed from a male guardian for many basic activities, including international travel.   Reem and Rawan say they had been planning their escape in secret for two years. They didn’t dare discuss it in case they were overheard, so, instead, they swapped WhatsApp messages, even while alone at night in their shared room.   Before they fled, the Sri Lanka vacation was just like any other. They wore their niqabs to the beach and sat away from the surf while their brothers swam and joked. They cooked the meals, and spent most of their days inside. It was humid. TheirRead More →