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.
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.
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.
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.