Harrowing scenes after Cyclone Idai with inland ocean visibl

  As many as “300 to 400” bodies line the banks of a road out of the city of Beira in Mozam bique, according to an eyewitness account, and flood waters have formed an inland ocean that is visible from outer space.The harrowing scene, described by Zimbabwea n Graham Taylor, suggests that the human toll of Cyclone Idai is likely to far exceed officiaal estimates. It follows reports fr om aid agencies on the ground detailing how entire villages and towns have been completely flooded in the wake of last Thursday’ s high-end Category 2 storm.Taylor said the bodies were located …

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Flooding is so extreme in Buzi, central Mozambique, that t

  The area is home to some 200,000 people, and CNN spoke to survivors arriving at Praia Nova by boat on Friday.   One man, Abias Felipe, had arrived from the flooded village of Chikezana after surviving the cyclone.   ”It broke everything — there’s nothing left there,” he told CNN, adding that rescue teams had started to arrive in the area.   ”They’re starting to come but there’s still a lot of people trapped in their ho mes,” said Felipe. “They say there’s a lot more rain to come today and tomorrow.”   On Friday 700 survivors from Buzi gathered at the Escola Secundaria …

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With UK politics in disarray, there’s still a risk the country

  will leave the European Union without a transitional deal to protect trade. The Ba nk of England has said the fallout from that scenario would be worse than the 2008 financial crisis.   The big Brexit slowdown   The United Kingdom was the fastest growing G7 economy when voters went to the polls in 2016. E mergency action by the Bank of England helped the UK economy avoid the recession that some had predicted would follow a vote in favor of Brexit, and unemployment remains very low.   But the country still fell toward the bottom of the G7 rank ing. Economic growth …

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Many banks have set up new offices in Germany, France,

  ther EU countries to safeguard their regional business after Brexit. Financial services companies also have to move substantial asset s there to satisfy EU regulators. Assets worth at least £1 trillion ($1.3 trillion) are leaving the country, according to consultancy EY.   Sony (SNE) and Panasonic (PCRFF) are both moving their European headquarters to the Netherlands.   Manufacturing comapanies, which need their supply chains to function seamlessly, have also made changes. Nissa n (NSANF) has scrapped plans to build a new model in the United Kingdom, citing uncertainty over Brexit. Ger man engineering group Schaeffler (SCFLF) is shutting two of its three …

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Kazakh parliament approves renaming of capital to Nursultan

ASTANA – The Kazakh parliament approved a bill to rename the capital of Kazakhstan a fter former President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Wednesday at a joint meeting of its two houses. The bill was passed in two readings and the decision was announced by Nurlan Nigmatul in, speaker of the lower house of the Kazakh parliament, state news agency Kazinform reported. At the initiative of the new interim president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, it was dec ided to change the name of the capital from Astana to Nursultan without a referendum. Earlier in the day, Tokayev took office as Kazakhstan’s interim president following …

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Identity of ‘Shanghai vagrant’ confirmed by employer

The identity of a Shanghai vagrant, who has become an overnight online celebrity after videos of him explaining Chinese classics to passers-by went viral on Chin ese social media, has been confirmed by his employer, the auditing office of Shanghai’s Xuhui district government. The office said the vagrant called Shen Wei became one of its employees in 1986 but has been on sick leave since 1993, during which he has been paid with a basic salary. For the past seven years, Shen, usually in rags and tangled long hair, has lived near the metro st ation of Yanggao South Station …

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Purrfect! A smart shelter powered by AI keeps stray cats warm in

A constant temperature of 27 degrees, a water bowl that never freezes, a comfy mat, and no dogs allowed. Those are the amenities for felines in a neighborhood in Beijing’s Sh unyi district, where stray cats can loll around contentedly all winter, nibbling food and sipp ing water, safe from the weather and provided with love through an artificial intelligence platform. It is purrfection. Wan Xi, an engineer at Baidu Brain-the open AI platform of Baidu-had the idea of build ing a smart shelter for strays when he found a kitten huddled on his car tire in the winter of …

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Wan said the facial recognition system was developed

on Baidu’s EasyDL platform, a no-code tool that helps users build customized mac hine learning models. The system was “trained” with thousands of images of cat faces. The temperature inside the smart cattery is maintained at 27 degrees, at which cats feel most comfortable and relaxed. It also has a ventilation system that monitors the air inside in real time. Wan said stray cats in the neighborhood are more nervous at first and just wander aro und curiously. After one brave mongrel made the first visit, others followed. Stray cats are often emotionally sensitive, so the door will not close …

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an hopes more smart shelters will be set up in the neighborho

The development of artificial intelligence is helping Beijing’s dogs, too. At the suggestion of the local government, AI sta rtup Megvii developed a dog facial recognition system to help reunite owners with lost pets. Just as humans can be identified by their unique fingerprints, dogs can be identified by their distinctive noses. Xie Yinan, vice-president of Megvii, said the company has built a dog nose-print database with 1 million images to train the machine-learning model, and the system is expected to help improve the stray dog problem in the city. It is estimated that the population of stray animals in …

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After rejecting May’s Brexit deal last week, MPs voted in favor

  tension to the withdrawal process, given the unlikelihood of agreeing a deal before Mar ch 29. May is expected to ask the remaining 27 EU member states for a delay at this week’s summit.   It’s possible the EU may propose a long extension to the Brexit process and require the UK to take part in the upcoming European elections in May.   Downing Street has used the prospect of a lengthy delay — which could be used to force a second referendum — to try to persuade Brexiteer lawmakers that they risk losing Brexit altogether if they don’t vo te for …

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