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With the federation’s support, these women have also lear

learned to sell their work online.

Meanwhile, Lyu registered an online store on Taobao in 2016 and says she has since earned 50,000 yuan.

Speaking about the efforts, Luo Shumei, the president of the Wo

men’s Federation of Changdao village, Xihe county, says: “It’s a good thing to see embroidery pro

duction in Xihe county is shifting from being scattered to being more organized.

“But one drawback is that we are yet to find a good market.”

Separately, in 2016, the Xihe Culture, Radio and

Broadcasting Administration designated Luo, now 32, as a Xihe Qiqiao culture “inheritor”.

As for the future prospects, Luo says: “To be honest, o

ur production is at a bit of a standstill now because we don’t know when the next order will come in.

“And we are reluctant to produce en masse beca

use of the risk of overstocking. But when an order does come in, we’ll work very hard.

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One key attraction for many academics is the chance to

fulfill their ambition in scientific research. And with China becoming a key driving force in so ma

ny key technology sectors, such as big data and AI, life sciences, clean energy and quantum co

mputing, faculty members can quickly find themselves operating in a cutting-edge research environment, supported by

a larger budget and more-skilled support team than might be possible elsewhere.

This trend reflects steps by the Chinese government to make working in the country more attr

active to overseas academics, including the Thousand Talent Plan, which was initiated in 2008 an

d has already attracted more than 7,000 overseas Chinese and 300 to 500 foreign experts. While the FBI has raised so

me questions about the intentions of this program, it is clear that the vast majority of the participants are largely in

terested in nothing more than open, mutually beneficial, cross-border research collaboration.

At joint-venture universities, all full-time faculty members, irrespective of t

heir nationality, are eligible to apply for domestic Chinese funding to support thei

r research activities. With overall research and development expenditures in China growing at 15 to 20 percent a

nnually over the past few years, this represents a major point of attraction for foreign scholars and faculty members.

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His attorney described his client as an innocent man, saying Foxx

  succumbed to public pressure.

  ”I think all the women are lying,” attorney Steve Greenberg said. “Mr. Kelly is strong, he’s got a lot

of support and he’s going to be vindicated on all these charges — one by one if it has to be.”

  Kelly turned himself in Friday night, just hours after Chicago police issued a warrant for his arrest. He arrived in a large,

black van wearing a hoodie under an electric blue puffer jacket. He waded through a sea of reporters asking que

stions like “What do you have to say to the fans?” and “What do you have to say to the black women of Chicago?”

  Kelly did not respond. Once he entered the building, he was handcuffed and led away by police. His arraignment is set for March 8.

  New evidence involves a tape and an underage girl

  Homeland Security Investigations is involved in an investigation of Kelly, a US Im

migration and Customs Enforcement official said. The official did not provide any details.

  A grand jury was convened in Cook County this month in connection with new allegations against Kelly, two sources close to the case told CNN.

  Greenberg told CNN this month that he had not been notified of a grand jury. Days before, attorney Michael Avenatti announc

ed he had given the State’s Attorney’s Office a videotape that he said showed Kelly having sex with an underage girl.

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This tape leaves no question as to whether R. Kelly is gui

  multiple sexual, illegal acts against a 14-year-old girl,” he told reporters Friday. He said Foxx’s investigation was “very thorough … dedicated and methodical.”

  CNN has seen the VHS tape, which is 42 minutes and 45 seconds, clear and explicit

. It appears to show Kelly having sex with a girl who refers to her body parts as 14 years old.

  In a news conference Friday, his attorney told reporters he did not know what was

on the tape.Greenberg brought a point of contention to one of the cases in the indictment.

  ”One of the charges appears to involve the same alleged victim from the earlier case and double jeopardy should bar that case,” he said.

  Kelly has been associated with accusations of abuse, manipulation and inappropr

iate encounters with girls and young women for more than two decades. He has strongly denied the accusations.

  What is on the latest video mirrors some of the alleged acts for which Kelly was arrest

ed in a child pornography case in 2002 when he was 35 and then acquitted six years later.

  He has been sued by multiple women accusing him of having sex with them when they w

ere underage. Most cases, with the exception of the trial where he was acquitted, have been settled out of court.

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rump picks US ambassador to Canada for UN ambassador

  President Donald Trump said Friday he intends to nominate the current Ame

rican ambassador to Canada to be the new US ambassador to the United Nations.

  Trump tweeted on Friday evening that he plans to nominate Kelly Knight Craft for the position, following former Ambassador Nikki Haley‘s resignation last year.

  ”I am pleased to announce that Kelly Knight Craft, our current Ambassador to Canada, is be

ing nominated to be United States Ambassador to the United Nations,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

  He followed up in a second tweet, saying, “Kelly has done an outst

anding job representing our Nation and I have no doubt that, under her leadership, our Cou

ntry will be represented at the highest level. Congratulations to Kelly and her entire family!”

  Trump’s announcement comes a week after his first pick to replace Haley, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, withdrew her candidacy.

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Dianne Feinstein’s climate change discussion with schoolchild

  Sen. Dianne Feinstein clashed Friday with a group of children over climate change policy, criticizing their requests that she back the Green New Deal, ac

cusing them of presenting an ultimatum and contrasting their inability to vote with her three decades in office.

  The exchange comes as moderate Democrats grapple with the Green New Deal, a 10-yea

r plan to mitigate climate change championed by progressives such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

  In a video posted on Facebook by the Sunrise Movement, a youth climate-change advocacy group, more than a dozen ch

ildren and several adults meet with the senator to present her a letter they wrote and ask her to vote yes on the d

eal. The California Democrat argues that the policy is unworkable and says she doesn’t agree with it.

  ”There’s reasons why I can’t, ’cause there’s no way to pay for it,” she says, adding, “I don’t agree with what the resolution says. That’s part of it.”

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When Feinstein tries to conclude the meeting, a woman says

  the children “have decades of life that they hope to still have, and your leadership is so be

autifully, beautifully possible,” the senator replies, “That doesn’t work with me, thank you.”

  A woman urges the children to read the letter aloud.

  Once most of the children exit, several women stay and calmly chat with Feinstein. One of them says voting to support the deal is important even thou

gh it “isn’t something that’s aimed at passing right now” and the 16-year-old inquires about internship opportunities in F

einstein’s office.Even if everything goes according to plan, it will likely be months before construction on President D

onald Trump’s sought-after border wall can even start, according to senior defense officials.

  Trump recently declared a national emergency on the southern border, a move that in theory will allow his admini

stration to tap and repurpose more than $3 billion in military construction funds to build sections of the wall.

  The declaration has been challenged by several states and some members of Congress.

  Trump also said that his administration would use the Pentagon’s counter drug fund to build sections of the wall.

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Pope Francis vows action on clergy sex abuse but US pros

  As the Vatican began a historic summit on combating clergy sexual abuse, pros

ecutors in the United States slammed the Catholic Church, saying it should not be trusted to police itself.

  In Michigan on Thursday, State Attorney General Dana Nessel held a press conference to update the public on her investigation of the state’s seven Cat

holic dioceses. In October, Michigan police seized hundreds of thousands of pages from church offices.

  Nessel’s office said it is investigating 300 tips and has asked the dioceses to suspend their own internal review processes until the investigation is over.

  At the press conference, Nessel said the dioceses should stop “self-pol

icing,” according to Detroit News. She also accused church officials of asking victims to r

eport abuse only to the dioceses and pressuring victims into non-disclosure agreements or confidential settlements.

  Nessel urged clergy sexual abuse victims to report their abuse to the police, not the church.

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If an investigator comes to your door and asks to speak

  to you, please ask to see their badge and not their rosary,” she said.

  The Archdiocese of Detroit took issue with Nessel’s “broad generalizations” during Thursday’s press conference.

  Since 2002, the archdiocese has reported all accusations of clergy sexual abuse to law

enforcement and has not entered into any non-disclosure agreements with victims, said spokesman Ned McGrath.

  ”The Archdiocese of Detroit does not self-police,” McGrath said.

  Related: Vatican faces growing list of scandals

  US momentum against church builds amid summit

  The Michigan investigation of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church is joined by a fe

deral investigation and similar probes in at least 12 other states and the District of Columbia.

  The investigations follow a damning report released by a grand jury in Pennsylvania last Augu

st that accused more than 300 “predator priests” of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children in six dioceses since 1947. The vas

t majority of cases occurred before Catholic bishops in the US instituted new child-safety protocols.

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Maduro sees the opposition-led plan as a trap, and has

  rejected the humanitarian aid it would bring in. Accepting foreign supplies during the curren

t political crisis would be tantamount to accepting foreign political intervention, from Maduro’s point of view.

  When the US sent a shipment of medical and food supplies to the Venezuelan border last we

ek, Maduro’s regime installed a blockade on one of the bridges that connect Venezuela and Colombia.

  Just a week ago on state television, Maduro dismissed Guaido’s init

iative, saying “Venezuelans are not beggars.” But patriotism did not prevent Maduro fro

m accepting $9 million from the UN in November 2018.It’s hard to see how the opposition, which controls little real p

ower on the ground in Venezuela, can guarantee that aid will enter the country by Sunday.

  While Guaido has described a “human wave” of volunteers heading to the b

order to carry supplies, very few aid professionals have lifted their hands to join in the effort.

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