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A still from The Big Bang Theory's finale features the main characters. CHINA DAILY

>The Big Bang Theory ends

After 12 years and 279 episodes, "The Big Bang Theory" ended with an emotional finale that attracted the biggest audience in recent years.

The one-hour finale on May 16 of CBS' longest-running sitcom gathered an audience rating of 3.2 among adults aged 18 to 49 years, the show's highest since January 2018. More than 18 million viewers watched the final episode.

On Weibo, the tag "Big Bang Theory finale" got more than 100,000 discussion posts and 200 million views as of Saturday.

Another related tag, "The elevator was fixed in The Big Bang Theory" - the elevator of main characters' apartment that had been out of order since the show's premiere in 2007 but finally worked in the finale - got 160 million views.

The show was known for its unprecedented portrayal of scientists as main characters and its affectionate depiction of nerd culture.



>Royal family's new pics

Kensington Palace took to social media and shared some new photos of the royal family frolicking around in a new garden co-designed by the Duchess of Cambridge.

The "Back to Nature" garden will be unveiled at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, which starts on Tuesday.

The garden is aimed at getting children to go outside and play.

"I believe that spending time outdoors when we are young can play a role in laying the foundations for children to become happy, healthy adults," the Duchess said in a statement released by Kensington Palace.

The photos also give the public an excuse to look at adorable photos of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis nestled in nature.

One-year-old Prince Louis can walk. He's pictured wielding a large twig as Prince William looks on.

In another picture, Princess Charlotte and her brother, Prince George, are seen blissfully dipping their toes in the water without a care in the world.


Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of Huawei, gestures during a round table meeting with the media in Shenzhen city, South China's Guangdong province, Jan 15, 2019. [Photo/IC]

>Huawei CEO addresses US ban

The US government's 90-day temporary general license for Huawei "bears little meaning" and Huawei is fully prepared, said Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei on Tuesday. Ren made the statement in an interview with Chinese media in Shenzhen on Tuesday, adding Huawei is grateful for US enterprises' contributions to them, and many of his counselors are from US companies such as IBM.

Ren also expressed confidence in Huawei's 5G competence, saying Huawei's 5G will not be affected by the restrictions. He predicted that no other parties would be able to catch up with the company in 5G technology in the next two to three years.

The CEO stressed the company will not rashly or narrowly exclude the use of US chips, and at the same time appealed for the common development of chip technology.

He said in "peaceful times", half of their chips are from the US, with the rest made by the company and Huawei will not be isolated from the world.


A woman shops the shoe department at the new Century 21 department store in Philadelphia, Oct 28, 2014. [Photo/IC]

>Shoe brands against tariffs

US sneaker giant Nike and fancy shoemaker Allen Edmonds have joined the chorus of business groups calling for the White House to hit the brakes on its move to raise duties on Chinese shoes and other products.

A week after President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on the remaining $300 billion of goods imported from China, more than 100 American shoe and sneaker companies, brands and retailers signed an open letter to the president saying the policy "would be catastrophic" for consumers, businesses and the US economy.

"Your proposal to add tariffs on all imports from China is asking the American consumer to foot the bill," said the letter, dated on Monday and signed by the companies.It was posted on the website of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America. "It is time to bring this trade war to an end," it said.


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