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chinadaily.com.cn 2019-05-24 15:29

Al Rayyan Stadium in Doha under construction, where the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held, Jan 14, 2019. [Photo/IC]

>FIFA keeps 32 teams for 2022

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be a 32-team tournament as originally planned, FIFA has announced.

The world governing body had considered expanding the event to 48 teams, but this has proved impractical.

With the event just three years away, Qatari organizers did not feel there was enough time to carry out studies on the logistical impact of an expanded competition.

The desert state has been preparing for a 32-team tournament, with eight stadia, since 2010.

Feasibility studies involving neighboring countries were also carried out but no solutions were found.

The 2026 tournament in the US, Canada and Mexico will be the first World Cup for 48 finalists.



>Pattinson will play Batman

He's going from sex symbol to bat symbol. Sources tell "Variety" that Robert Pattinson will play "The Batman" in Matt Reeves' forthcoming superhero film, which hits theaters June 25, 2021.

Pre-production on the Warner Bros-DC Comics picture is expected to start this summer.

A former "Twilight" heartthrob who has successfully turned to arthouse fare, Pattinson, 33, becomes the second-youngest actor to ever play Batman on the big screen, after Christian Bale who was 31 when he donned the mask.


Fuxing bullet trains undergo final checks at CRRC Tangshan Co Ltd plant in Hebei. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Waitlist function available

Starting from May 22, the waitlist function previously trialed on some rail routes will be available to all passenger trains in China.

When the desired train tickets are not available at the ticket booking site and the app of the China Railway Corporation, a person can use the "waiting" function.

When other ticket buyers cancel or change their tickets, the system will allocate the returned tickets to waiting buyers on the list and inform them through short messages, WeChat or mobile app information.

They will have to prepay the maximum price for each ticket, and once they have obtained the tickets, the difference from the actual fare will be refunded. If they failed to get tickets, the system will also return their money.

The function will end the service at 7 pm at least one day before the train's departure date.



>Tax-free incentive policy

China's integrated circuit design and software enterprises will benefit from a new tax-free incentive policy, according to a statement by the Ministry of Finance and State Taxation Administration on Wednesday.

Companies that meet certain requirements will be exempt from income tax in the first and second profit-making years and allowed a 50% reduction from the third to fifth years until expiry of the preferential period, which shall start from the first profit-making year prior to December 31, 2018.

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