Police Commissioner Bush said 41 people were killed at the

  Noor mosque on Deans Avenue. Seven people died at the Linwood mosque on Linwood Avenue, and one person died from their injuries in hosp

ital. Both of the mosques targeted in the attacks are in Christchurch city center. Police placed the two locations on lockdown.

  Two improvised explosive devices were attached to a vehicle as part of the attack. One device has been disabled and authorities are working on the other.

  ”This goes to the seriousness of the situation,” Bush said.

  A number of weapons were also recovered at both the Linwood and Deans Avenue locations.

  Police were still treating the incident as ongoing into Friday evening local time and u

rged Christchurch residents to stay indoors and monitor the police website and social media.

  Mass shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand

  The situation was also considered not limited to Christchurch, and Bush asked “anyone who

was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand today not to go. To close your doors until you hear from us again.”

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Speaking to CNN, witness Mohan Ibn Ibrahim said he was

  inside the mosque when the shooting began and that he heard the gunman “continuously shooting for 10 to 15 minutes.”

  ”It’s a big mosque and there were more than 200 people inside. The gunmen came from the backside. Gunshots wen

t on for a long time. We had to jump the wall to escape. I saw lots of broken glass and bricks on the backside of the mosque,” he said.

  ”I came to the street I saw one person got shot on his chest,” he said, adding that the ambulance and police then arrived on the scene.

  He said that he had a friend in another mosque in the area who told him a gunman had opened fire there as well and five people were dead.

  ”I could not contact two of my friends who are in the mosque as well,” he said.

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May sent her “deepest condolenc

  My thoughts are with all of those affected by this sickening act of violence,” she wrote.

  France has also stepped up security at places of worship in the light of the shootings.

  Interior Minister Christophe Castaner called for increased surveillance and patrols near “denominational spaces.”

  CNN’S Yazhou Sun, Paul Murphy and Eric Cheung, and journalist Matthew Mckew contributed to this report.

  ”I’m very lucky to come from a place like this and that’s why I became an activist,” says Toby Thorpe.

  Thorpe grew up in the Huon Valley in the far south of Tasmania. He

is helping to organize the strike in Tasmania’s capital – Hobart – because he wants to ensu

re that future generations will experience the island’s natural beauty and clean air.

  ”The reality of climate change really impacted my community this year, when bushfires r

avaged the Huon Valley, and burned over 200,000 hectares of wilderness across the state” he says.

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All the members should remain conscientious and har

dworking, and bravely take responsibility,” he said. “There are no honorary members, only responsible members.”

Political adviser He Yun’ao, from Jiangsu province, said this year’s session was busy and substantial.

“I got up early and got to sleep late to read more material so as to im

prove my proposals,” he said. “The meeting was over, but Chairman Wang has given us man

y assignments. I will do more surveys and study this year and bring better proposals next year.”

Zhang Zhihao and Wang Kaihao contributed to this story.

hina’s poverty relief battle is the world’s biggest and toughest. Over the last 30-plus ye

ars, China has made determined and innovative efforts to reduce poverty and remarkable achievements have been witnessed.

In this exclusive interview, an episode of China Daily’s two sessions special coverage answe

ring questions put forward by media outlets from more than 20 countries, Lei Ming, dean of the Insti

tute of Poverty Research, Peking University, shares his view on the ways of the toughest poverty-relief battle.

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The CPPCC is an important organ for CPC-led multip

rty cooperation and political consultation. It is a major channel for socialist consultative democracy and a specialist consultative body.

As of 5 pm on March 7, political advisors had submitted 5,113 proposals since the session started on Marc

h 3, ranging from the “three critical battles” against major risks, poverty, and pollution, to developing socialist democracy.

A resolution on a work report of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC National Committee, a report on the exa

mination of proposals, and a political resolution on the annual session were approved at the closing meeting.

China will inevitably face an array of interwoven opportunities and challenges in 2019, the political resolution reads.

It calls on political advisors to follow the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chin

ese Characteristics for a New Era, and work to maintain stable growth, advance reform, make stru

ctural adjustments, improve living standards, guard against risks, and ensure stability.

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He said that to achieve the 2020 goals, the military mus

strengthen planning and coordination, concentrate resources on its priorities and enhance its accountability system.

More attention should be given to projects that concern the military’s combat readiness

fforts, and those key to boosting the armed forces’ operational capability or to facilitating reforms in natio

nal defense. The military should gear up such projects and make sure they are of high quality, according to Xi.

Policies pertaining to military buildup and troop management should be refined to lay a solid foundation for the realization of the goals.

Xi ordered the military to intensify its internal supervision and inspection to prevent and

uproot the practice of formalities for formalities’ sake and bureaucratism. Funds should be used whe

re they are truly needed, and the virtues of hard work and thrift should be promoted. Management and scrutiny over

the use of funds should be strengthened to eliminate misconduct and corruption, he said.

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hina to punish makers, sellers of fake products ‘until bankru

hina will substantially increase the cost for breaking the law in the crackdown on intellectual property right i

nfringements and counterfeits, Zhang Mao, head of the State Administration for Market Regulation, said on Monday.

“We will make the manufacturers and sellers of fake products pay the price until bankruptcy,” he said.

They will also be exposed to the public and “have no place to hide under the sunshine,” Zhang said.

At the same time, the country will push for the self-discipline of companies and nurture a social credit system, he said.

Through the efforts, the administration aims to gradually

reduce the number of fake products and ease the concerns of the people, Zhang added.

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Measures will better protect Yangtze ecology, minister says

Ecological protection on the Yangtze River still face crucial challenges and more meas

ures will be taken for better protection of the area, said Li Ganjie, Minister of Ecology and Environment.

He said that over 160 severe ecological problems were identified in 40

-plus cities and counties in 11 provinces along the river during a four-month secret inv

estigation jointly carried out by the ministry and local authorities since last August.

This year, the ministry will continue to implement the action plan concerning the river’s prote

ction released in late January with the National Development and Reform Commission, according to Li.

“We have eight missions included with four new ones projected to start this year,” he said.

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Wang said science and technology is a double-edged

sword. For example, the development of artificial intelligence repr

esents progress in the use of digital tools, but there are privacy concerns in the use of biometric ide

ntification. Gene-editing technology offers ways for humans to better understand themselves but raises debate.

Wang stressed the development of science and technology should be focused on fostering advantages while avoiding harms.

Scientific research and science commercialization require a strong sense of s

ocial responsibility and scientists should take into account all aspects, including morality, ethics, social resp

onsibilities, academic conduct and laws when doing research or putting their achievements into practice, he said.

To build an innovative country, scientific literacy of members of the public also needs to be improved so they will form a natu

ral tendency to discern and respect science and do more positive things in society, he said.

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Ebola treatment center attacked again as Congo battles a de

  Militants attacked an Ebola treatment center in the Democratic Republic of Con

go, killing a police officer as the nation battles a growing epidemic that has killed hundreds.

  The World Health Organization said a staff member was injured in the Saturday attack

by armed groups that targeted the center again last week. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebr

eyesus was in the nation on a three-day visit and spoke to officials and staff at the center after the attack.

  ”It breaks my heart to think of the health workers injured and police officer who died in to

day’s attack, as we continue to mourn those who died in previ

ous attacks, while defending the right to health,” Tedros said. “But we have

no choice except to continue serving the people here, who are among the most vulnerable in the world.”

  He said some groups are “exploiting the desperation of the situation” during the Ebola outbreak.

  ”The people of Katwa and Butembo, as in the other commu

nities affected by Ebola, want and deserve a place to receive care and a chance of survival,” he said.

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