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Visitors cluster around an 88-carat black diamond encased in a glass pyramid at the China International Consumer Products Expo in Haikou, Hainan province, on Saturday. [Photo/China Daily]

>Int'l Consumer Products Expo opens

The first China International Consumer Products Expo kicked off on Thursday in Haikou, the capital of South China's Hainan province.

Co-hosted by China's commerce ministry and the Hainan provincial government, the expo is expected to attract more than 200,000 visitors.

Slated for May 7-10, the event has attracted 648 overseas companies and 1,365 brands from 69 countries and regions, as well as 857 enterprises and 1,263 brands from China.

Covering 80,000 square meters, the expo will be the largest consumer goods expo in the Asia-Pacific region, organizers said.

A forum on global consumption innovation will be held during the expo, and a series of new products will debut, organizers said.

The Chinese and Australian national flags on a celebration event in Sydney, Australia, on Sept 8, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Suspension of all activities

China said Thursday that Australia has been for some time abusing the so-called "national security" reasons to further restrict and suppress China-Australia cooperation, which has gravely damaged mutual trust between the two countries and undermined the foundation of normal exchanges and cooperation. China has to make a necessary and legitimate response, and Australia must take full responsibilities for this, according to foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin.

He made the remarks in response to a query on the decision by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) to indefinitely suspend all activities under the framework of the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue starting from Thursday.

"China has always been of the view that a healthy and stable China-Australia relationship serves the fundamental interests of both countries," Wang said, adding that China-Australia cooperation is mutually beneficial and win-win in nature. Meanwhile, “mutual respect and trust are the prerequisites for dialogue and pragmatic cooperation between countries," said Wang.

Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates (L) and his wife Melinda Gates (2ndR) attend a meeting with French President (unseen) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, April 16, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

>Bill and Melinda hire star lawyers

Bill and Melinda Gates have hired big-name lawyers to represent them in their divorce proceedings, two of whom helped negotiate the split of Jeff Bezos and Mackenzie Scott, according to reports.

Bill Gates, co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft, and his wife, Melinda French Gates, announced their split via Twitter on Monday after 27 years of marriage.

Bill Gates is the world’s fourth-richest person, according to Forbes. His net worth is estimated to be at least $134.1 billion.

A petition for divorce said their marriage was “irretrievably broken.” It also showed that they didn’t sign a prenuptial agreement.

Instead, the divorce papers showed the Gateses had signed a separation agreement to divide their assets.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II talks with MI5 officers during a visit to the headquarters of MI5, which is the United Kingdom's domestic counter-intelligence and security agency, at Thames House in London, Britain February 25, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>Queen's beer on sale

The UK's Queen Elizabeth II is associated with many things -- but beer is not usually among them.

Until now.

The 95-year-old monarch's Sandringham Estate announced on Twitter that it has developed its own beer range -- an Indian pale ale and a bitter. Organic barley grown on the grounds of the Queen's retreat in eastern England has been used to develop the beers, which are available to buy from the Sandringham Shop, the estate said on Tuesday.

This isn't the Queen's first foray into the alcohol business -- Buckingham Palace already sells its own gins, wines, whiskeys and even champagne.

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