when he flew into his Turnberry golf course in 2016. In fact, Trump arrived on the west coast of Scotland hours after the result of the referendum was announced.

  Whether the President knows he’s lying, or has convinced himself of the truth of his alternative reality, is unclear. But

his continued use of a discredited fact is a core element of his political technique.

  Trump also put Varadkar on the spot — asking him to comment on Brexit, threatening to expose their differences on the issue.

  Then Trump interrupted Varadkar, who watched with a bemus

ed look as the President savaged the EU alongside one of its national leaders.

  ”The European Union treats us very, very unfairly,” Trump s

aid, in a screed that included another characteristic political device — a flagrant threat.

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  made a jarring comment that hinted at the possibility of political violence.

  ”I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the milita

ry, the support of the Bikers for Trump — I have the tough people, but they don’t play it to

ugh — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad,” Trump told the conservative website.

  Trump’s incessant appeals for his base are undeniably effective.

  One Republican, Sen. Thom Tillis, of North Carolina, made an 11th hour switch of hi

s vote on the declaration of national emergency, falling into line behind the President.

  A top GOP official in North Carolina told CNN’s Jim Acosta that Tillis was under fierce pressure ahead of a potential primary challenge next year.

  The official said, Tillis is “getting hit hard in the state.”

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  terpart and we’ve discussed their reaction and our reaction, but I would like to speak further within US govern

ment before we respond,” Bolton told reporters on the White House North Lawn Friday.

  It comes after the US special representative for North Kore

a said Monday that Washington would not accept a phased denuclearization by Pyong

yang and maintained that the two nations remain closely engaged despite the collapse of the Hanoi summit.

  ”Let me start by saying the obvious — that diplomacy is still very much alive,” Stephen B

iegun said at the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference in Washington, DC on Monday. “While we haven’t made as much progress in the six

months as I would’ve hoped coming in on the first day, we stay closely engaged with our counterparts in North Korea.”

  He downplayed recent satellite images that analysts say show activity at North Korea

n missile sites and urged against making any “snap judgment” on the significance of the images that appear to sho

w that North Korea has begun rebuilding a portion of the Sohae facility previously used to test long-range missile engines.

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months on how the petition has been processed, according to the SPP.

Prosecuting authorities have been treating the protection of human rights as being as important as fighting crime, Zhang said.

“Our work is based on facts and laws as well as the principle of ‘no one is let off, no one is wronged’,” he said.

Last year, prosecutors turned down police requests to formally arrest

168,458 people and dropped charges against 34,398 others — up by 15.9 percent and 14.1

percent year-on-year — because of insufficient evidence or because their actions did not constitute a crime.

“Even one wrongful case is too much,” Zhang said, adding that prosecutors will make consist

ent efforts to prevent wrongful cases and make timely rectification once such a case is detected.

“We should be responsible to the law, history and the people,” he said.

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  tons of snow and ice on its front deck. The rest of the ship was undamaged.

  The difficult ice conditions and active cyclones in the Amundsen Sea have

vexed Chinese explorers for decades. It was not until March that China’s 34th expedition succes

sfully completed the first marine survey of the sea.China has witnessed remarkable growth of tree coverage with th

e implementation of afforestation projects, a senior forestry official said on Tuesday, National Tree Planting Day.

  The forest coverage rate in China has increased by nearly 10 percentage p

oints in the past four decades, with the world’s largest planted forests and an 80 percent ex

pansion of forest areas, said Zhang Jianlong, head of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration.

  The green coverage rate in rural areas has reached 20 percent, while in urban areas it has hit 37.9 percent.

  According to a report released by the National Afforestation Committee on Tuesday, 7.1 milli

on hectares of trees were planted and 6.7 million hectares of degraded grassland were treated last ye

ar. Per capita greenery coverage in urban areas was 14.1 square meters in 2018, up by 0.6 square meters year-on-year.

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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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  en’s rights and speaking out against the death penalty — it is utterly outrageous that Ir

an’s authorities are punishing her for her human rights work,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty Int

ernational’s Middle East and North Africa research and advocacy director, in a statement on Monday.

  Last June, Sotoudeh was arrested at her home in Tehran and taken to Evin prison, a notorious jail just outside the capital.

  According to Amnesty International, Iran conducted its “worst” crackdown in a decade in 2018, arresting over 7,000 dissidents.

  Women in Iran have been protesting the obligatory Islamic headscarf by taking theirs off and waving them on sticks.

  Sotoudeh, a winner of the European Parliament‘s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, is serving a jail sentence for a secon

d time. In 2010, she was sentenced to 11 years in prison on charges related to her work defending detained Iranian dem

onstrators during the 2009 Green Movement, a protest movement sparked by widespread accusations of electoral fraud.

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  Two climbers have died and another two are injured after an avalanche on the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

  Police and mountain rescue personnel were called to the scene, in the Number 5 Gully area just before midday.

  ”We can sadly confirm that two people have died and two people have been injured,” Police Scotland said in a statement.

  Avalanche danger level ‘extreme’ in Colorado

  ”Volunteers from Lochaber and Glencoe Mountain Rescue Teams remain at the scene and were assisted by the Mariti

me and Coastguard Agency and Scottish Ambulance Service,” Police Scotland said, according to the UK’s Press Association.

  An air ambulance, three ambulances and a trauma team were lat

er sent to the peak, the Scottish Ambulance Service said in a separate statement.

  The Scottish Avalanche Information Service has warned that there is a high risk of avalanches in the area at the moment.

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itute kicked off in 2017 and is now progressing smoothly, said Ling Yun, mayor of Hefei and an NPC deputy.

Once approved, the institute will be replaced by the national laboratory, accor

ding to Pan, adding that the main building of the institute is almost completed.

Ling said the provincial capital had already allocated 200 hectares of land in the Hefei National Hightech Industry Develo

pment Zone for the institute and will reserve another 330 hectares for its future development.

To date, 7 billion yuan ($1.04 billion) has been planned for the first phase of the institute’s infrastructure construction, acco

rding to material provided by the local government when construction began in 2017.

The province will provide another 10 billion yuan thro

ugh a specific fund to promote quantum science industrial development, said Ling.

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mitted for approval, he said. It’s expected to be located in Hefei, Anhui province.

Quantum information technology, he said, is key to applications including ultra-sec

ure communications, higher computing capability and more precise measurements.

Pan began putting together a quantum science research team at the Hefei-based university in 2001.

He has been widely hailed for leading China to the forefront of long-distance quantum comm

unications, and harnessing quantum laws to transmit information securely. But he said future deve

lopment required more collaboration among scientists and enterprises.

With the support of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Anhui province, the Innovation

Institute for Quantum Information and Quantum Science & Technology was founded in Hefei in 2017.

The institute has been functioning at the standard of a national laboratory to explore management experience, said Pan.

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