The bank, a subsidiary of the South African Absa Group, sai

id the money was not part of its deposit, and the contents of the safe deposit box were only known to the owner, adding that it was working with the police in the investigation.

“The customer had concealed fake currency in his personal safe deposit box against the bank’s rules and regulations whic

h include restrictions of items which can be held in the safe deposit box,” Barclays Kenya said in a statement.

Kenya promotes wildlife heritage on new currency coins

The currency seizure comes as lawmakers in the country push for the implem

entation of a policy that removes strict banking laws mandating financial institutions to record transactions above $10,000.

Kenya’s apex bank chief Patrick Njoroge opposed the amendment sayi

ng it could derail the fight against corruption and money laundering in the country.

A case challenging the implementation of the amendments is due to be heard in Kenya’s High Court

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he family of five had moved to Christchurch last July afte

fleeing fighting in Syria and spending years in a refugee camp in Jordan. They secured their v

isa for New Zealand under the country’s refugee program, said Ali Akil from Syrian Solidarity New Zealand.

Their new life lasted eight months.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern referred to the Mustafas during a

news briefing Wednesday, on her second visit to the city since Friday’s attack.

In the hours after the attack, Ardern said she’d been briefed on the victims and that a family of Syrian refugees, “should have been safe here.”

First burials

Khaled and Hamza Mustafa were the first of the 50 victims to be buried, five days after the massacre.

Some families have grown increasingly impatient about the length

of time authorities are taking to complete the autopsies and release bodies.

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At smaller services, shovels are used to move the dirt. So

many people attended Wednesday’s service that Akil said guests were invited to throw a small handful each.

Zaid was too weak to hold a shovel, Akil said, so one was taken to him, piled with dirt.

‘It’s their names we need to keep telling’

Zaid stayed to accept condolences before being taken back to Christchurch Hospital, A

kil said. It’s likely to be some time before he’s well enough to return to Cashmere High School, which his brother also attended.

Ardern visited Cashmere High on Wednesday to address the students who’ve been payi

ng tribute to Hamza and another classmate who was killed, Sayyad Milne, 14. Former student Tariq Omar, 24, also died.

New Zealand terror suspect planned third attack, police chief says

“You know some of the young people who lost their lives on Friday,” Ardern told the students. “It’s their names and their stories we need to keep telling.”

The prime minister invited questions from the assembly. The first was: “How are you?”

“Thank you for asking,” Ardern said. “I’m very sad.”

New Zealand will fall silent for two minutes this Friday to remember the victims of the massacre.

The call to prayer will be also broadcast over national television and radio uniting a country wracked by grief one week on.

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I think Chinese basketball needs to get to a place where they

say playing well at one tournament isn’t enough, we want more,” said the Los Angeles Lakers legend, a frequent visitor to China since 1997.

“Now you have to take it to another level … can’t just be comfortable

being here. It’s time to push the next generation to try to get on the medal podium.”

Rescheduled from 2018 to avoid a clash with FIFA’s soccer World

Cup, this year’s tournament has expanded from 24 to 32 teams, who emerged from a revamped quali

fication system that lasted 18 months and aimed to involve as many countries as possible.

“This allows us to go into more markets and to create long-lasting excitement around th

e event,” said FIBA secretary-general Andreas Zagklis, who was appointed in December.

Zagklis is also confident that the joint efforts between FIBA and the CBA will leave a lasting legacy for Chinese basketball after the World Cup.

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we present some of the most million cats spawn ‘purrfect’ eco

Cups, slides, beds, hotels, salons and medical care are creating a huge pet market worth multibillion yuan

A purr-fect world, and loads of money-that’s what cafe chain Starbucks sees at least in its newest merchandise item.

It is a custom-made 199 yuan ($29.66) porcelain cup for pet cats-there are 67 million of them in China!

The new product was necessitated by China’s growing pet economy, where sales of pet-related products and services reached 172.2 billion yuan in 2018.

Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan China said in a recent report that last year’s market size

was three times that of 2013, and forecast it would grow to 472.3 billion yuan by 2023.

The pet cat market segment, worth 60 billion yuan, is the second la

rgest after the pet dog segment (98.5 billion yuan). It is predicted to be the most vibrant one.

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Small wonder, Starbucks thought it fit to launch a special

product aimed at this market. But even it may not have anticipated the tremendous response.

The moment Starbucks launched its limited-edition “cat-paw cup”, it sparked a frenzy among Chinese consumers who own pet cats.

In scenes reminiscent of the pre-launch serpentine queues for snob-value smartphones, cat-owners stayed up all nig

ht in queues in front of Starbucks stores across Chinese cities a day before the cup’s formal sales launch on Feb 26.

Some female pet-owners, exasperated by the seemingly never-ending wait, got into cat-figh

ts, while others indulged in slanging matches on learning the cups were in short supply.

The craze and high demand were attributable to slick videos and images pos

ted on social media by key opinion leaders or KOLs, or influencers, market insiders said.

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The shooting at the mosque on Deans Avenue next to Hag

  Park, is near to Cathedral Square, where children were taking part in a global protest to raise awareness for climate change.

  ”If your child was attending the climate change protest in Cathedral Square and you want to check if they are in the Civic O

ffices, please call the Council Contact Centre on 03-941-8999,” Christchurch City Council said.

  Christchurch is a coastal city of around 400,000 residents. It is the third most populous

city in New Zealand behind Auckland and Wellington. It has an agricultural economy.

  In 2010 and 2011 the city suffered a series of devastating earthquakes, with the most destructi

ve at 6.3 magnitude, which killed nearly 200 people and destroyed thousands of buildings.

  Just 1% of New Zealand‘s population of almost 5 million are Muslim, according to government statistics, less than 50,000 people in 2013.

  Journalist Chris Lynch, a radio host on New Zealand station ZB Radio, told CNN that o

ne of the shootings had occurred at “the biggest mosque in all of Christchurch.”

  He described Christchurch as a “very peaceful city” that is still getting over the devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake that hit in 2011.

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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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Courts plan mainly to review cases in which defendant

were convicted of contract fraud or making use of their positions to illegally take posses

sion of assets. They will also strictly distinguish misconduct from crimes, Jiang said on Tuesday during a group interview.

“Economic disputes should not be handled as cr

imes, and civil liabilities must not be treated as criminal liabilities,” Jiang said.

Zhou, the chief justice, also said in his report that the top court has been careful in approvi

ng death penalties. At present, all death sentences must be reviewed by the Supreme People’s Court before being carried out.

“We have looked into such cases very carefully to ensure that capital punishme

nt is only given to a very few people who committed extremely serious offenses,” he said.

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Those practices continue, and Jehovah’s Witnesses have

  been some of the hardest hit by the enforcement of such laws. In o

ne of the most high-profile cases, a Russian court last month sentenced Danish Jehovah’s Wit

ness Dennis Christensen to six years in a penal colony on charges of “religious extremism.”

  After the conviction of Christensen, allegations also surfaced of torture and ill treatment of Jehova

h’s Witnesses following the searches of their homes by law enforcement officials in the Siberian city of Surgut.

  And earlier this week, the Russian Foreign Ministry and the US State Department confirmed the detention of tw

o US citizens — members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — in the southern city of Novorossiysk.

  Putin’s Russia may be authoritarian, but it is not monolithic: The perse

cution of Jehovah’s Witnesses continued even after Putin in December described the incl

usion of Jehovah’s Witnesses on a list of extremist organizations as “complete nonsense.”

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