A Syrian refugee and his son are first victims to be buried in Chri

Christchurch, New Zealand (CNN)Zaid Mustafa should have been at school on Wednesday.

Instead, he was being pushed in a wheelchair to the graves of his father and brother,

surrounded by mourning strangers in a country he had only recently made home.

The 13-year-old was shot in the leg last Friday when a gunman opened fire on worshipers at two mosques in the New Zeala

nd city of Christchurch, killing 50 people and shocking a nation that thought it could never happen there.

The Mustafas didn’t think it could happen there, either.Zaid Mustafa, 13, whose father and brother were killed in the Chri

stchurch terrorist attack, attends a funeral at Memorial Park Cemetery on March 20, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Khaled, 44, and Hamza, 15, were at Al Noor Mosque on Deans Ave

nue when they were gunned down, leaving behind Zaid, his mother, Salwa, and younger sister, Zaina.

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No-deal Brexit happens next week and no one knows if the EU

is deep into its most crucial week since the last one.

On Thursday, Theresa May travels to Brussels to meet with the remaining 27 EU leaders, where she is expected to request an extension to Article 50, the legal

process by which Britain is leaving the EU. If the EU27 agree, as they probably will, Brexit will be delayed beyond the current deadline of March 29. Lea

ving aside the gravity of this epic failure of British Brexit policy, the key question is how long will the delay last?

There are two likely options. The first is a short delay, which Downing Street said on Wedne

sday it would request. This would give the UK government a little more time to get its Withdrawal Agr

eement through Parliament, perhaps sweetened with some changes to the accompanying political declaration.

Or, the EU could offer May a much longer extension, possibly lasting years, to give to the UK more breathing space in which to u

ntangle its Brexit mess. The EU says it would only grant a longer delay if there was a good reason for doing so.

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Guenveur believes the new 10.5-inch iPad Air could stru

  uggle to find a place in the market considering the 11-inch iPad Pro is still a more powe

rful option that also supports the pencil. The iPad Mini, however, could push a decent amount of people to upgrade.

  ”There is certainly a market for the iPad Mini, especially among

students and teens, but I don’t know for how long the upgrade cycle for it will be,’ Guenveur said. “I

suspect it will do very well for one large upgrade cycle for the rest of the year and then slowly drop off.”

  Correction: An earlier version of this story detailed incorrectly what ships with the new iPads.The

Speaker of Britain’s House of Commons has thrown a constitutional curve ball into the Brexit process.

  Citing a convention that dates back to 1604, John Bercow thwarted an attempt by Prime

Minister Theresa May to hold another vote on her beleaguered Brexit bill this week.

  Parliament has already rejected it twice by substantial margins. But with a deadline of March 29 approaching — at which t

he UK crashes out of the EU unless an agreement is reached — May’s government hoped to bring the deal back a th

ird time. There were even reports that if it failed again, she might return for a fourth attempt.

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Ardern also impressed — both inside New Zealand and ov

  verseas — with her quick action following the attack.

  She was quick to label the incident a terrorist attack, a designation that can be lacking fo

r far-right killings, and within hours had vowed to change the law to prevent future atrocities.

  ”Our gun laws will change,” she said, evoking memories of former Australian Prime Minister John Howard who clam

ped down on guns within two weeks of the 1996 massacre at Port Arthur in Tasmania, which killed 35 people.

  True to her word, New Zealand’s cabinet met Monday and agreed on “in prin

ciple” changes to be detailed next week. They’re expected to include a ban on semi-automatic weapons.

  The move has proved popular on the streets of Christchurch wher

e heavily armed police stand guard at roadblocks heaped with flowers in remembrance of the dead.

  ”I think a lot of us in New Zealand have watched what’s happened in America and we sure as hell don’t want to see th

t here,” said Trish Jamieson, a social worker who was laying flowers near the Linwood mosque on Sunday.

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Her calls for unity and vigilance came amid a rare state

  ment from ISIS spokesman, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, accusing Ardern and other Western leaders of shedding “crocodile tears.”

  Al-Muhajir called upon ISIS supporters to “take vengeance” in the aftermath of the attack in an almost 45-min

ute audio recording. It’s believed to be the first recording released by al-Muhajir in months.

  New Zealand Members of Parliament gathered in the House on Tuesday to share condolenc

es for the victims. They will meet again on Wednesday, the same day Ardern intends to return to Christchurch.

  On Saturday, she visited members of Christchurch’s Muslim community wearin

g a hijab in what observers lauded as a meaningful gesture of compassion and respect.

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We are not here to deliver the Cup and leave. We are here

to stay by making big investments,” said the 38-year-old Greek.

“Of course our sport is very popular in China and organizing the Cup will make it even more popular. A good perfo

rmance by the national team will give it an extra boost. We are harnessing our potential under the leadership of Yao Ming.”

FIBA’s footprint in China has become more noticeable in recent ye

ars. Last June, the governing body unveiled plans to build a “one-of-a-kind” basketball aca

demy in Beijing in conjunction with Beijing Enterprises Group Company Limited to foster young Chinese talent.

And, in collaboration with the CBA, the first-ever FIBA World Basketball Summit was held in Xi’an, Shaanxi province in October.

President Xi Jinping on Monday presided over a symposium in Beijing for teachers of ideological and political theory.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee

and chairman of the Central Military Commission, delivered an important speech at the symposium.

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On Feb 28, Starbucks organized an online competition

a flash sale, if you will-for the limited-edition cups. Consumers would wait in front of their com

puters for long hours just to click “buy” several times in quick succession over a period of four days to March 3.

Only, millions of their ilk would also do the same thing at the same time. This meant, most of their attempts were destined to prove unsu

ccessful as buyers vastly outnumbered the special cups on sale. The cat-cups were sold out in nanoseconds after the sale opened.

Disappointed consumers accused Starbucks of resorting to “hunger market

ing”, a strategy to drive up demand by deliberately limiting supply, a charge that the cafe chain denied.

The Starbucks cup episode is the latest proof that pets, particularly cats, are stoking big-ticket

spending among affluent consumers in China, an economy that is witnessing consumption upgrade acr

oss all sectors-a topic close to the hearts of the Chinese lawmakers and political advisers who attended the annu

al sessions of the country’ top legislature and top political advisory body this month.

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hina to establish first Great Wall restoration center surrounded

BEIJING – China’s first Great Wall restoration center will be established in Beijing, combining academic research, restoration and protection of the ancient wall.

The center will have archaeologists, designers and craftspersons w

orking together to make targeted plans for the restoration of the Jiankou section of the Gr

eat Wall, which is located in the northern Huairou District of Beijing, according to Beijing Daily.

“The new method will effectively tackle unpredictability in excavation and protection

of the Great Wall,” Zhang Tong, an official at the cultural relics administration of Huairou, was quoted as saying.

The center will also regularly check the conditions of the Great Wall for preventive c

onservation. It will keep records of the restoration for future use, the newspaper said.

With a total length of 7,952 meters, the Jiankou Great Wall was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It was once neglected and became damaged over time.

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It aims to increase the share of gas in its energy mix to

percent of the nation’s primary energy demand by 2020, according to the commission.

“Demand for gas has surged in China in recent years, which has posed a pot

ential threat to the country’s energy security. Underground gas storage, on the other hand, could w

ell meet the peak for gas consumption and is a necessary part of the natural gas industrial chain,” he said.

“Sufficient storage facilities and competent peak load regulation capacity is necessary for a stable supply of natural gas.”

According to Zhang, major gas consumers around the world have set up gas storage sy

stems, with gas in storage contributing more than 10 percent of annual gas consumption.

Bloomberg Intelligence estimated earlier that nationwide gas storage will rise to 4.1 percent of demand in 2020, compared with 2.8 percent in 2015.

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While China is already the world’s biggest gas importer, with

billion cu m of gas shipment last year, a

year-on-year increase of 31.7 percent, it has only 26 gas stora

ge sites with just 8 billion cu m in storage as of 2018, contributing 3 percent of the country’s total gas consumption.

Analysts believe insufficient infrastructure, including underground gas storage an

d natural gas pipelines, is standing in the way of a more open and liberalized domestic gas sector in the country.

Li Li, research director at energy consulting company ICIS China, also suggested that the government should encourage the construction of gas storage ta

nks to prevent future gas shortages during cold snaps, considering the country’s high dependence on oil and gas imports.

To ensure sufficient gas supply, the country’s national oil majors are also ramping up loc

al oil and gas output, adding thousands of wells at oil basins, shale rocks and deepwater fields nationwide.

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