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chinadaily.com.cn 2019-08-23 12:27

Carrie Symonds, girlfriend of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaks at Birdfair in Rutland, Britain August 16, 2019. [Photo/REUTERS]

>PM partner's visa refused

Girlfriend of Boris Johnson, the new Prime Minister of the UK, was barred from visiting the US.

Carrie Symonds, 31, applied for a visa to go to America in the next few days as part of her job with a US-based environmental group, but the American authorities have blocked the request.

It is believed the decision to ban her from visiting America stems from her five-day visit last year to Somaliland in East Africa.

The UK is among a handful of nations who have diplomatic relations with Somaliland, which broke away from neighboring Somalia in 1991. But the US – which backs Somalia – does not.

Symonds, the US embassy in London and Downing Street all declined to comment on the visa refusal.


Screenshot from a Parliament broadcast of New Zealand Speaker Trevor Mallard feeding a Member of Parliament’s baby during a parliamentary session in Wellington August 21, 2019. [Photo/REUTERS]

>House speaker cradles baby

The internet is delighted to see pictures of Trevor Mallard, speaker of New Zealand's parliament, cradling a lawmaker's baby as he presided over a debate in the House of Representatives.

Mallard posted two pictures of himself on the Chair with Tamati Coffey's baby. In one of the images, Mallard is also seen feeding milk to the baby from a bottle.

"Normally the Speaker's chair is only used by Presiding Officers but today a VIP took the chair with me. Congratulations @tamaticoffey and Tim on the newest member of your family," Mallard captioned his post.

Coffey is MP for Waiariki. He announced the birth of his son Tutanekai Smith-Coffey in July.

The baby was born via a surrogate mother, BBC reports, adding that Tutanekai is the biological son of Coffey's partner Tim Smith.


An engineer sets up a CloudMinds robot with a 5G sign before a performance at the World Robot Conference (WRC) in Beijing, China August 20, 2019. [Photo/REUTERS]

>Robot market to top $8.6B

China's robot market is expected to reach $8.68 billion this year, with an estimated average annual growth of 20.9% between 2014 and 2019, said a report by the Chinese Institute of Electronics.

In breakdown, China's industrial robot market is expected to exceed $5.7 billion and its service robot market will reach $2.2 billion.

China's booming robot market will account for about 29.5% of the world's total in 2019, which is estimated at $29.41 billion, according to the 2019 report on China's robot industry released on the 2019 World Robot Conference.

Huai Jinpeng, vice chairman of the China Association for Science and Technology, said China's thriving robot industry will help promote the development of the digital economy and intelligent manufacturing and change the way people work and live.



>Didi eases age restriction

Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing said Wednesday it will lower the minimum age for its passengers from 18 to 16 starting Thursday, allowing some minors to use the service independently.

Passengers between 16 and 18 need to designate an emergency contact prior to traveling alone through a car booked via the Didi Chuxing app.

Meanwhile, Didi Chuxing will recommend high-performing drivers, increase safety alerts, and improve supervision over cars transporting minors.

Passengers under 16 still need to travel with an adult when using the service.

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