ike Lee jumps in the arms of Actor Samuel L. Jackson as

  Marvel’s “Black Panther” looked like a contender by claiming a pair of early awards, and made

history in the process: Ruth E. Carter and Hannah Beachler became the first African-American w

omen to win for costume design and production design, respectively. The film was also honored for its musical score.

  ”Roma” didn’t walk away empty handed, earing best foreig

n-language film. Its director, Alfonso Cuaron, was honored for directing and cin

ematography for the black-and-white period drama, a deeply personal look back at the women who raised him.

  Cuaron’s marks the fifth time a Mexican director has won that

award in the past six years, a stretch that includes his previous win for “Gravity” in 2014.

  Guillermo Del Toro — who presented the statuette to Cuaron — was t

he victor last year for “The Shape of Water.” The third member of the “Three Amigos,” as the

y are affectionately known, is Alejandro G. Iñárritu, a winner for “Birdman” and “The Revenant.”

  Mahershala Ali received his second Oscar in three years for “Green Book,” and the film al

so won for original screenplay, despite separate controversies related to its director and w

riter. With his prior award for “Moonlight,” Ali becomes only the second African-American actor with multiple Os

cars, joining Denzel Washington. A tearful Regina King took the first award of the night, winning supporting actress f

or “If Beale Street Could Talk,” director Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of the James Baldwin novel.

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Beyond “Black Panther,” Marvel’s highlights included “Spider

  Man: Into the Spider-Verse” swinging off with best animated movie, as the Sony release topped a pair of Disney sequels, “Ralph

Breaks the Internet” and “Incredibles 2.” “Free Solo,” a hit documentary about daredevil climber Al

ex Honnold, topped the documentary feature category, which also included the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biography “RBG.” In th

eir enthusiasm, one of the filmmakers blurted out an expletive that was promptly bleeped.

  ”Bohemian Rhapsody’s” other wins came in both sound categories as

well editing. Notably, none of the “Rhapsody” winners thanked credited director, Bryan Si

nger, who was accused of sexual abuse in January, allegations that the filmmaker has denied.

  In one of the more expected victories, the team that transformed Christian Bale into former Vice Pr

esident Dick Cheney won in makeup/hairstyling for “Vice.” Visual effects, however, were something of a

surprise, going to “First Man,” the moon-landing drama about Neil Armstrong.

  Lacking a host, the producers relied on music and comedy bits to enlive

n the evening, including a duet from “A Star is Born” by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga — la

ter the winner for best song — which drew a standing ovation from the Hollywood crowd.

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multi-level banking system with wide coverage and div

  erse expertise should be established, while personalized and differentiated financial products that suit market demand should be developed, he said.

  The number of small and medium-sized financial institutions as well as their proportion o

f businesses should be increased, while financial services to the small and micro firms as well as agr

iculture, rural areas and rural people should be improved, Xi said.Xi stressed the need to establish a standard, tra

nsparent, open, dynamic and resilient capital market that has sound fundamental institutional arrangements, pr

oper management on market access and exit and tightened full-process supervision on transactions.

  He said that financial services conducive to the development of industr

ial, market, regional and green development systems of a modernized economy shall be provided.

  An all-around and multi-level financial service system including ve

nture capitals, bank loans and bond and stock markets shall be put in place, he said.

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly rejected exte

  Article 50 — the legal process under which an EU member state can leave — and refused to rule out a no-deal Brexit.

  The UK Parliament is due to debate the divorce again on Wednesday when May is expected to update lawmakers on any pr

ogress made in talks with European counterparts on the divisive issue of the Northern Irish backstop.

  This weekend she will meet European Council President Donald Tusk on the margins of

the EU-League of Arab States Summit in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

  Three Conservative MPs have quit Theresa May’s party over Brexit

  By Eliza Mackintosh, CNN

  Updated 1619 GMT (0019 HKT) February 20, 2019

  Ex-Conservative MPs Heidi Allen, second left, Anna Soubry, center, and Sarah W

ollaston, right, arrive for a press conference in Westminster in London on Wednesday.

  Ex-Conservative MPs Heidi Allen, second left, Anna Soubry, center, and Sarah

Wollaston, right, arrive for a press conference in Westminster in London on Wednesday.

  (CNN)Three lawmakers walked out of UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative party on Wednesday, joini

ng a new group in Parliament that has blown up the British political landscape in less than three days.

  The trio’s dramatic decision to join a group of eight independent MPs, who split fro

m the opposition Labour Party earlier this week, caused consternation at Westminster. They

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Nigeria elections: Explosions heard hours before preside

  Multiple bomb blasts rocked the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri just hours before presidential polls opened Saturday.

  The explosions happened at a camp for internally displaced refugees at around 5 a.m. local

time Saturday, Nigerian army spokesman Onyeama Nwachukwu told CNN. There were no reports of any deaths or injuries.

  ”There was an attack this morning at the camp by the militants, but the military h

as suppressed it at the moment,” Nwachukwu said, adding that the army was still assessing the situation.

  Journalist Simpa Samson told CNN the militants targeted the Teacher’s Village camp in Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s

Borno state.”The military secured the place almost immediately and has stopped our cameraman from fil

ming, no one was hurt because the bombs landed outside the premises,” Samson told CNN.

  Security is often a concern in Maiduguri, a frequent target of terror group

Boko Haram. The city also has a large population of internally displaced refugees.

  The blasts came as Nigerians prepared to cast their ballots Saturday, a week after the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections were une

xpectedly postponed. It was the third consecutive vote to be delayed in Africa’s largest democracy.

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Desperate and alone, Saudi sisters risk everything

  It was September 6, 2018. The two Saudi sisters were on a family vacation in Colombo, Sri Lanka. For weeks, they had helped their mother organize the trip, feigning

excitement at the possibility of two weeks away from Riyadh, but knowing that if all went to plan, they’d never go back.

  Failure was not an option. Every step of their escape from Saudi Arabia carried the threat of severe punishment or death.

  ”We knew the first time, if it’s not perfect, it will be the last time,” Reem says.

  CNN has changed the sisters’ names and is not showing their faces, at their request for their safety.

  The sisters say years of strict Islamic teaching and physical abuse at home had convinced them that they had no future in a socie

ty that places women under the enforced guardianship of men, and limits their aspirations.

  ”It’s slavery, because whatever the woman will do it’s the business of the male,” Rawan says.

  That’s why they say they renounced Islam.

  And that’s why aged 18 and 20, they stole back their own passports, hid their abayas under the b

edcovers, snuck out of their holiday home and boarded a flight from Colombo to Melbourne, via Hong Kong.

  The Hong Kong stopover was supposed to take less than two hours.

  Two hours has turned into five months.

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Diego Godin fires home his side’s second with the aid of a defle

  READ: Liverpool held as fans protest over ‘greedy’ ticket prices

  Ahead of the game, much had been made of Ronaldo’s return to Madrid, the city w

here he spent nine years with Real, winning the Champions League on four occasions.

  His reported $117million move to Juventus last July brought an end to his glorious ti

me in Spain and opened an exciting new chapter with a club desperate to win Europe’s top prize.

  But that chapter may have to wait for a happy ending if this result is anything to go by.

  Atletico, which was deprived of the lead by a contentious refereeing dec

ision following a review by the Video Assistant Referee, will surely be favorite to pr

ogress to the quarterfinal.Alvaro Morata’s thumping header appeared to have given the home side the lead only for

the referee to rule out the effort for a foul after watching a replay on the pitchside screen.

  The decision riled Atletico, though it need not have worried as Gimenez fired home from close range with 12 minutes remaining.

  Godin added a second five minutes later, his shot taking a slight deflection off Ronaldo on its way into the net.

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We’ll have some players back and there’s no point crying

  ”We must have faith,” Juventus coach Max Allegri told BT Sport.

  ”We’ll have some players back and there’s no point crying over spilled milk. We knew it was going to be tough, that Atletico Mad

rid force you to play badly, with a slow tempo. We moved the ball quicker in the first half, but not in the second.

  ”We got the approach wrong in the second half. It’s that simple. These things can happen, there will be great disappoint

ment after this 2-0, but we can turn it around. It won’t be easy, we need a great second leg, but it can be done and we must have faith.”

  In the night’s other game, 10-man Manchester City came from behind to win 3-2 at German side Schalke.

  Nabil Bentaleb scored two first-half penalties to cancel out Sergio Aguero’s opener and ensure Schalke led 2-1 at the interval.

  City hit back in the second half, recovering from losing Nicolas Otamendi to a re

d card before goals from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling secured victory.

  Pep Guardiola’s team had looked in control before the game was turned on its head by VAR.

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Will second Trump-Kim summit affect Japant between

The second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong

-un in Hanoi on February 27 and 28 will trigger complicated changes in East Asia’s poli

tics. Though the effect on US-Japan relations will be limited, North Korea-Japan ties will move in a positive direction.

Currently, Pyongyang demands withdrawal of sanctions, signing a peace treaty, an end-of-war declaration, and a security guarantee f

or North Korea. Washington had asked Pyongyang to undertake complete, verifiable and irrev

ersible denuclearization, which might be now relaxed. The US may agree that North Korea fulfill it in stages. Befo

re any progress in denuclearization, the US will not ease sanctions substantially. Therefore, the Hanoi talks co

uld produce substantive results, much more significant than the Singapore summit.

However, it won’t shake the relationship between US and its East Asian al

lies. Even if the US and North Korea forge new relations, it would obviously not be a

s firm as the US-Japan alliance. Once the talks make headway, Washington may gradually lift the sanctions on Pyo

ngyang, helping get North Korea’s economy out of the doldrums. Other areas will be left as they are.

In this context, possible improvement in US-North Korea ties would not have noticeabl

e impact on US-Japan relations. However, it may make Tokyo and Pyongyang move closer.

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In recent years, Japan and North Korea have interact

mainly on the issue of past abductions of Japanese nationals, and over Pyongyang conduc

ting nuclear and missiles tests which have Japan within their range. Whenever tensions soared on the Korean P

eninsula, Japan took a hard-line stance toward North Korea and proposed to enhance sanctions.

If Washington-Pyongyang ties improve, Tokyo may rethink its policy toward North Korea, participate in

efforts with other East Asian countries to push for peace on the Peninsula and ease geopolitical strains.

After the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Tokyo has been marginalized over the Korean Peninsula.

Furthermore, on the abductions issue and North Korea’s nuclear issue, Japan’s right to speak is waning.

If the US’ basic request on North Korea is met, Japan may seek to normalize relations w

ith North Korea. Furthermore, Tokyo may help Pyongyang’s economy later by offering fin

ancial aid and investment. With these moves, Japan may intend to increase its influence on the Peninsula.

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