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  Many reputable international organizations, including both the Red Cross and Caritas, the humanitarian arm of the Catholic Church, have declined to participate in Guaido’

s aid campaign. The Red Cross tells CNN that the initiative organized by the Venezuelan opposition is too political.

  ”The action of the Red Cross is based on two principles: humanity and neut

rality. Neutrality is the most important one in situations like this,” explains F

rancesco Rocca, president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He is ada

mant that Venezuela should receive humanitarian aid, but that the operation should be a concerted effort.

  Only through an agreement between the two sides could the aid be really effective, he says.

  The United Nations has also chosen not to take sides, calling instead on both parties to de-escalate tensions.

  The United States has pledged 20 million dollars to help Venezuela. That has so far transl

ated into three deliveries of air cargo to a border town in Colombia, where it is poised to enter the country.

  Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom have also chipped in, among others.

  Colombia has provided the logistical facilities for transporting the aid. Two more ship

ment points have been announced in Brazil and Curaçao, both also near the Venezuelan border.

  Venezuela’s closest neighbors, like Colombia, are the most interested in seeing aid bro

ught in, as they hope this measure could help reduce the wave of Venezuelan refugees pouring across their borders.

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So what happened in between? Moros is helping researc

  hers fill that 70 million-year gap, as well as provide a portrait of tyrannosaur lineage in North America. Moros links the earliest, smaller tyrannosaurs to Tyrannosaurus rex.

  ”With a lethal combination of bone-crunching bite forces, stereoscopic vision, rapid growth rates, and colossal size, tyrant dinosa

urs reigned uncontested for 15 million years leading up to the end-Cretaceous extinction — but it wasn’

t always that way,” said Lindsay Zanno, lead study author and paleontologist at North Carolina State Un

iversity, in a statement. “When and how quickly tyrannosaurs went from wallflower to prom king has been vexing pal

eontologists for a long time. The only way to attack this problem was to get out there and find more data on these rare animals.”

  Zanno and her team spent a decade searching for fossils from the Late Cretaceous period. Th

ey recovered teeth and a hind limb consisting of a femur, a tibia and parts of a foot belonging to Mo

ros in the same area where Zanno found the fossil of a giant carnivorous carcharodontosaur.

  But Moros stood between 3 and 4 feet tall. The dinosaur they found was 7 years old when it died, a nearly full-grown adult

that would have weighed around 172 pounds. The elongated leg and foot bones indicated that it would be a great runner.

  Giant dinosaur footprints found and saved from floods in Queensland

  ”Moros was lightweight and exceptionally fast,” Zanno said. “

These adaptations, together with advanced sensory capabilities, are the mark of a formida

ble predator. It could easily have run down prey, while avoiding confrontation with the top predators of the day.”

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Could squid protein be an eco-friendly answer to our pl

  More than 8 million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans each year, killing marine life and da

maging ecosystems. But the same seas might also hold the key to reducing plastic pollution.

  Proteins found in squid can be used to create sustainable alternative

s to plastics, according to a report published in Frontiers in Chemistry on Thursday.

  Squid grasp their prey using suction cups on their tentacles and arm

s. The cups are equipped with sharp “ring teeth” that hold the food in place. The teeth are made

from proteins that are similar to silk, and these have become the subject of scientific interest in the last few years.

  Melik Demirel, of Pennsylvania State University, is lead author of the new report, which revie

ws existing research on materials made from these proteins. He says his team has produced pro

totypes of fibers, coatings and 3D objects made from the squid ring teeth (SRT) proteins.

  Demirel says these natural materials are biodegradable — and could provide an “excellent” alternative to plastics.

  The SRT proteins can be produced in the laboratory using genetically engineered ba

cteria, which means they don’t need to use any squid. The process is based on fermentation, using sugar, water and oxygen.

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Japan Inc poured billions into Britain. Now it’s having regrets

  Japan’s top companies are losing patience with the United Kingdom as Brexit fast approaches.

  Honda (HMC) became the latest to reduce its exposure to the British economy, announcing Tuesday that it will shu

tter its only manufacturing plant in the country by 2021, a move that is expected to result in the loss of at least 3,500 jobs.

  The company denied any link with Brexit but auto industry experts sa

id the uncertainty over future market access and the risk of tariffs must have played a part.

  Honda’s bombshell follows the decision by rival automaker Nissan (NSANF) to sc

rap plans to build a new SUV model in northern England. Electronics firms Sony (SNE) and Pan

asonic (PCRFF) have both said they will move their European legal bases out of the country because of Brexit.

  Japanese executives are fed up after warning for years of the risks inherent in a rupture with Europe.

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Saudi Arabia seeks Asia’s support for its economic makeover

  Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is in Asia forging new ties and seeking deals as he tries to keep his d

ream of economic transformation alive following a chill in relations with the West.

  Mohammed bin Salman wrapped up his visit to Pakistan on Monday with agreements worth $20 billion — incl

uding one to develop alternative energy — before heading to India and China, both big buyers of Saudi oil.

  But his trip is about much more than energy. The crown prince is spearheading

efforts to diversify the kingdom’s economy away from what he once called an “addiction” to oil.

  For that he needs foreign investment and expertise. Bin Salman will be looking to India and China for both.

  His plan, dubbed Vision 2030, aims to reduce unemployment, grow the private

sector and develop industrial, tourism and entertainment hubs over the next decade.

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Under the guideline, released by the Central Committee of

the Communist Party of China and the State Council, China’s cabinet, Chinese authorities will consolidate the produc

tion capacity of such products as edible-oil crops and cotton through improving quality and efficiency.

The nation will also improve the subsidy policy for soybean and corn producers this year, while also

scaling up imports of agricultural products in shortage and diversifying import channels, the g

uideline read. China will also cultivate a group of multinational agricultural enterprises.

Jiao Shanwei, editor-in-chief of grain portal cngrain.com in Central China’s Henan Province, told the Global Times that the guide

line, which is issued at the beginning of each year and widely interpreted as laying a policy framework for

China’s agricultural industry, sends a clear signal to the market that China will take measures such as importing from alte

rnative sources like Russia and Brazil as well as encouraging domestic cultivation, to be less reliant on US soybean imports this year.

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Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management on Sat

turday announced its decision to expel Zhai from its post-doctoral station.

The review of Zhai’s admissions materials during the interview and recruiting process was lax, the university said in the statement.

There is no tolerance for academic misconduct which infringes on educational equality. Investigations into the cas

e should not only about one person, but extend to related working procedures, a spokesperson for the Mi

istry of Education said at a routine press conference on Friday in response to Zhai’s scandal.

The scandal broke out two weeks ago and refused to die down after angry net

izens condemned not only the academic fraud but also the damage done by renowned C

hinese universities to fair education opportunities by opening a “backdoor” to the rich and powerful.

The scandal raised alarm bells at BFA, Peking University and all higher education institutions,

which should strengthen regulations over academic management, Chu Zhaohui, a research fel

low at the National Institute of Education Sciences, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

Without giving specific names, Chu said some universities have already started internal investigations and reforms. “Conferral of illegitimately-earned de

grees has a long history in China, and some of the degree holders are in high positions in government or industry,” he said.

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Germany claims the crown for record gathering of smurfs

group of German friends claimed a world record on Saturday for the highest number of smurfs gathered in one place.

Fans of the blue elf-like creatures created in a Belgian comic strip during the 1950s, managed to gathe

r 2,762 people dressed and painted blue in regulation smurf attire – curly hats and all.

The gathering took place at the town of Lauchringen, near the German border with Switzerland, the organizers reported on Facebook.

Their record came three years after their first attempt failed to beat the record held by Welsh s

tudents who managed to unite 2,510 regulation smurfs in Swansea back in 2009.

The German’s first effort failed, with only 2,149 turning up.

The rules of the game are strict: The only people counted as the genuine art

icle are those with any bare skin painted blue and the rest of the body clothed in smurf attire.

The group of friends made their second, victorious attempt on Saturday with the backing of the mayor of Lauchringen, they said.

The smurfs, small, impish creatures who live in a village, were created by the Belgian cartoonist Pierre Culliford, known as Peyo.

They became so popular that the stories eventually spilled over into cartoons and even live-action films.

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s not merely for the Pearl River Delta Area but also integrat

with China’s overall development plan,” said Chen.The guideline covers the period from now to 2022 in the near term and extends to 2035 in the long term.

By 2022, a first-class international bay area with urban clusters should be basically established, fe

aturing outstanding innovation ability and beautiful environments. By 2035, high-level interconnectivity in the ma

rkets in the Greater Bay Area should be realized with synergized regional development.

The grand plan calls for measures to strengthen cooperation in innovat

ion and technology, enhance the building of basic innovation capacity, improved the

in-depth integration of industries, academia and research, and deepen reform of innovation systems and m

echanisms in the region, as well as step up the protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights.

Chen said the Greater Bay Area will play a significant role in the country’s fu

rther reform and opening-up under the “one country, two systems” principle.

“The principle should be continuously upheld as it is important to maintain (each region’s own advantages),” said Chen.

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But Myanmar still has some obstacles to deal with in order

attract foreign capital. The first is instability in the job market and relatively low labor efficiency. Particularly, the recent years have seen an increasing number of strikes and the failure of the g

overnment to ease industrial relations conflicts with effective measures has crippled investor confidence in the country. Some foreign ent

erprises even withdrew from Myanmar and shifted to neighboring countries, denting the image of the nation.

Second, Myanmar’s backward infrastructure may deter potential investors. A small nu

mber of power generation facilities and fragmented grids cannot ensure stable and sufficient po

wer supply. Access to electricity is limited to only 26 percent of the population, impeding Myanmar’s economic development.

Third, some Myanmese are prejudiced against foreign investment. Worrying that Myanmar’s eco

nomic and social interests may be impaired, they turned their backs on foreign investment. Demonstrators r

allied in Kachin State to demand the government permanently halt the Myitsone dam project, without giving any constructive suggestion on the fo

llow-up arrangements. It’s fair to say some movements against foreign-invested projects, driven by nationalism an

d so-called environmental concern, are of no help in improving the country’s investment environment, and have hijacked economic development. Re

specting the spirit of the contract is a basic requirement for modern states and their people. Myanmar State Councilor Aun

g San Suu Kyi recently said an administration shouldn’t terminate foreign-invested projects approved by its predecessor.

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