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Tropical cyclones are known to hit Mozambique in the fall

  February 2000, Cyclone Eline also made landfall near Beira during a period of intense rain, killing hundreds and displacing 650,000 across the wider region.

  Zimbabwe and Malawi

  After making landfall in Mozambique, Idai moved through neighboring Zimbabwe and parts of Malawi as a Tropical Storm.

  In Malawi, 56 have died and nearly 600 are injured, according to MSF.

  On Twitter, Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Information said Monday that 98

people had been confirmed dead. Hundreds more had been reported missing, while anot

her 102 were injured and 42 marooned. The information has not been verified by CNN.

  Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has made a disaster declaration for affected areas, the ministry said.

  Idai triggered floods in Zimbabwe which swept away hundred

s of homes in the eastern and western parts of the country, authorities there said.

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A $50 million rescue and rebuild mission is now underway to

repair roads, bridges, schools, communication lines and provide healthcare to

those affected. The country is in poor shape to withstand the financial impact of a disaster: Zimbabwe is cur

rently in the grip of a deep economic crisis.
The Zimbabwe Information Ministry shared pictures of some pupils who had been res

cued from a boarding school in Chimanimani District, one of the worst-affected areas in the east of the country. Br

idges were swept away, and power and communication lines in the area have been cut off.

St Charles Lwanga School children are now safely in Chiping

e and currently receiving medical attention. pic.twitter.com/Ad9LSC7WhS

— Ministry of Information, Publicity & Broadcasting (@InfoMinZW) March 18, 2019

This cyclone follows a week of heavy rains and flooding across southeast Afri

ca that affected 1.5 million people in Mozambique and Malawi, killing at least 120 people in both countries, UN

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The brotherly bailout is striking because Mukesh Ambani pla

  yed a part in bringing his younger brother’s business to the brink of collapse.

  The Mumbai billionaire stunned India in September 2016 when he launched a ne

w mobile network called Reliance Jio that offered customers six months of free high-speed internet.

  The move triggered a brutal price war, forcing some companies to quit the market altogether, including Reliance Communications.

  Indian billionaire turns to bankruptcy court after losing 4G price war with his brother

  Anil Ambani’s company, once one of India’s biggest mobile pl

ayers, announced in late 2017 that it would sell its main consumer mobile business to Reli

ance Jio in order to focus on providing data services to corporate clients.

  That deal has now been abandoned, the two companies said Monday. An Indian bankruptcy court will instead auct

ion off Reliance Communications’ mobile assets to pay off the company’s $7 billion debt.

  The Ambani brothers have had a tumultuous and often acrim

onious relationship. After the death of their father in 2002, they waged a bitter succe

ssion battle for control of the vast Reliance business empire that he had spent decades building.

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In the end, they divided up Reliance’s array of business

  es that cover industries such as energy, retail and financial services. But their fortunes have gone in vastly different directions since then.

  Mukesh Ambani’s fortune tops $54 billion, while his younger brother has dropped out

of the billionaires club and is now worth only $300 million, according to Bloomberg.

  In his statement on Monday, Anil Ambani said the siblings have now put their differences behind them.

  ”I and my family are grateful we have moved beyond the past, and are deeply grateful and touched with this gesture,” he said.

  The US Securities and Exchange Commission has rejected Elon Musk’s claims that the regulator is unfairly trying to silence him.

  In a filing Monday, the SEC said it was “stunning” that the bi

llionaire business leader had continued to fire off tweets about Tesla without consulting others

at the company despite having agreed to a court-ordered settlement requiring him to do so.

  The filing is the latest salvo in a protracted battle between

the SEC and Musk, who has been outspoken in his criticism of the securities regulator.

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Erdou” and “Guazi” are two such cat celebrities on Douyin

one of China’s most popular video-sharing platforms. They are owned by the same person who posts their videos on an account called “Liu Erdou who can speak”.

The account became very popular quickly, attracting over 46 million followers and 390 million “thumbups” (or “likes”).

The account manager began to receive advertising opportunities from recogni

zed brands. The latter requested her to endorse certain products in her short videos.

That’s just one form of making money in the cat economy.

Many people are making products, or offering services, that make cats’ lives fancier, and their owners happier.

An electric scalp massager retails for about 120 yuan, and a FURminat

or (cat grooming comb) for over 100 yuan, with a freebie thrown in, in the form of a comb for t

he cat owner! Then, there is an indoor slide for 300 yuan, all kinds of beds, what have you.

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Still, they are just the tip of the cat economy iceberg. Medi

care, theme parks, pet boarding services are expanding the sector.

The Spring Festival holiday in February was a peak period for such services as more pet ow

ners tended to make use of luxury pet hotels as ordinary boarding kennels were overbooked.

Beijing-based Liu Ronghuan, 35, a college teacher, said she was quite satisfied with the pet hotel she chose for her cat.

It offered fancy services like massages, beauty salons, and pet portrait photos. The s

even-day stay cost Liu about 5,000 yuan, almost the same price as a three-star hotel room.

“Compared with the price, I cared more about whe

ther my cat was having an enjoyable time during the family reunion time,” Liu said.

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In June 2018, Oppo launched its high-end smartphone mod

Find X in Paris, marking its official foray into Europe. As of January, it had entered nine European markets, including Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Wu Qiang, who is in charge of Oppo’s overseas business, said the company is not adopting an aggressi

ve strategy in overseas markets. Instead, it strictly follows CEO Chen Mingyong’s principle of “eating rice bite by bite”.

“We will only enter the next market after doing a good job in existing markets,” Wu said.

Oppo’s intensified interest in foreign countries came after the Chinese sma

rtphone market hit a saturation point, with shipments declining for several quarters.

From September to December of 2018, smartphone shipments in China plunged almost 10 pe

rcent year-on-year, according to data from market research company International Data Corp or IDC.

Though Oppo outgrew the industry average to achieve an annual expansion rate of 1.5 pe

rcent in that time-frame, there is still a pressing need to look for new opportunities, Wu said.

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But Wu admitted that it is not easy to crack open the har

 nut of European smartphone market where most handsets are sold in large retail chains and by local telecom operators.

Also, European consumers are different from their Chinese counterpart

s in terms of product preferences. For instance, European consumers are not big fans of bea

utifying photos. As a result, the company has to work hard to localize its products.

Although Oppo is a well-known brand among European tel

ecom industry professionals, awareness about it among the consumers is not high.

“It takes time to build a brand, with careful consideration nee

ded to decide what forms of marketing and product com

munications are appropriate. We are working hard to know the specific characteristics of each market,” Wu said.

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FUZHOU – In the Chinese city of Quanzhou, East China’s

Fujian province, workers at a garment factory of Kelme are busy stitching and ironing the white and blue jerseys of the Spanish football club Espanyol.

Their goal is to meet the soaring domestic demand boosted by Wu

Lei, a Chinese striker who joined the club a month ago. Wu made history by becoming the first Ch

inese player to score in a La Liga match on March 2, sending his fans into a frenzy.

“Over the last month, we have sold over 10,000 Wu Lei jerseys,” said Ke Yongyuan, presid

ent of Kelme (China), who owns the Yuanxiang garment company in the sportswear manufacturing hub.

Prior to Wu’s debut in Europe, Yuanxiang acquired 80 per

cent of Kelme’s shares and became the controlling shareholder of the renowned inter

national brand. Yuanxiang’s expansion offers a glimpse into Chinese manufacturers’ endeavor of going global.

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Footage of the attack on one of the mosques was broa

  dcast live on Facebook, and a “manifesto” denouncing immigrants as

“invaders” was also posted online via links to related social media accounts.

  It is customary in Islam to bury the dead within 24 hours but no bodies have

been released because of the investigation, police said.

  Arden said bodies would be handed over to families from Sunday evening.

  ”It is likely, however, to be a small number to begin with,” she told a media

briefing, adding that all should be returned by Wednesday.

  Ardern said police would be posted at all mosques while they are open.

  Police Commissioner Mike Bush said the body of the 50th victim was found at

the Al Noor mosque, where more than 40 people

died after a gunman entered and shot at people with a semi-automatic rifle with

high-capacity magazines, before travelling to a second mosque.

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