Xi Jinping is determined to end all poverty in China by 2020. Can he do it?

Hong Kong (CNN)In the small village of Gaibao, locals are filming short videos of their unspoiled and idyllic countryside on the Kwai streaming app. Beijing has dispatched about 775,000 party officials to drive the anti-poverty campaign. Many are going door-to-door to work out what the government can do to help. Those who fail in their missions toalleviate poverty could face career oblivion, according to state media. The idea to stream videos of the village came from Gaibao’s chief poverty alleviation official, Wu Yusheng, and has helped the town, in the province of Guizhou, sell its organic produce online. Residents also receive virtual gifts from fans via the app, which they can exchange for cash. Wu, who arrived in the village …

Suspect in New Zealand mosque shootings was prepared ‘to continue his attack,’ PM says

(CNN)Worshipers ran from gunfire, desperately called police and huddled beneath the benches of two Christchurch mosques before two lightly armed community police officers apparently ran the gunman’s car to the side of the road and brought the atrocity to an end after a terrifying 36 minutes. He was remanded in custody and is set to reappear in court April 5. Authorities implemented extra security measures. The courtroom was closed to the public, the name of the victim was withheld by authorities and a judge ruled that pictures of the suspect in court must have his face blurred. The attack, apparently broadcast live for a time on social media, is the deadliest mass killing in New Zealand since 1943. Ardern labeled …

New Zealand rushes to identify Christchurch terror attack victims

(CNN)New Zealand authorities are racing to identify the 50 people killed in a massacre at two mosques so their families can bury them in accordance with Muslim tradition. Six disaster victim identification experts have traveled from Australia to help hasten the process, she said. New Zealand police described efforts to identify the victims as “detailed and complex work” that must be completed thoroughly. “It’s vital we have certainty around cause of death for any future court proceedings,” Detective Superintendent Peter Read said. Chief Coroner Deborah Marshall addressed the difficulties faced by authorities in correctly identifying the bodies of the victims of the terror attack. “There could be nothing worse than giving the wrong body to the wrong family,” Marshall said. …

New Zealand PM’s office received shooter’s ‘manifesto’ minutes before attack

(CNN)New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s office received an email with the manifesto from the suspect behind the mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques, minutes before the attack began. Tarrant was handcuffed and wearing a white prison jumpsuit when he walked into the courtroom. He remained silent throughout the appearance, but made a hand gesture associated with white supremacists. The courtroom was closed to the public because of the heightened security risk. The suspect was remanded in custody and will reappear in court April 5. Two others remain in custody in connection with the shooting, but their role remains unclear. A fourth person detained in the aftermath of the attack was later determined to be an armed bystander who wanted …

China’s technology revolution is leaving its senior citizens behind

Beijing (CNN)Zhang Zhixia is sitting in a black metal chair, flipping through handouts about telecom fraud prevention with her reading glasses on. She is back in class after leaving school almost five decades ago. Everything from coffees to cars can be purchased with a simple tap on the mobile screen. But that has left some elderly people feeling left behind. Every week, Zhang attends “cell phone classes” run by a volunteer group, See Young, in Panzhuang, an area of Soviet-style residential compounds in northwestern Beijing. “I’m so eager to learn,” Zhang says. “I signed up to the class immediately and came with my phone charged to its fullest to be prepared.” While Zhang has made big progress in mastering her …

‘Internet of things’ or ‘vulnerability of everything’? Japan will hack its own citizens to find out

(CNN)Children playing in a middle school gym in Indonesia; a man getting ready for bed in a Moscow apartment; an Australian family coming and going from their garage; and a woman feeding her cat in Japan. What is a DDOS attack? Network down For years, hackers have used so-called “botnets” — collections of compromised devices — to send spam emails, steal data and carry out distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. DDoS attacks are used to force websites offline by flooding them with traffic and overwhelming their servers with requests. Traditionally, DDoS botnets were made up of hundreds of compromised computers — the hackers would run scripts in the background to load a target website over and over without the …

Officials say this law is about online safety. Experts say it’s a Trojan horse for internet censorship

(CNN)The men passed the link between them, sharing it over email and instant messages. It was to a public Dropbox folder, containing hundreds of nude and intimate images of women, mostly students at the Fiji campus of the University of the South Pacific. In May 2018, after an unusually short two-month public consultation, the bill was passed into law, becoming the Online Safety Act 2018. Only government lawmakers voted in favor of the new law, with every opposition lawmaker voting against it. Under the new law, someone who “posts an electronic communication where posting the electronic communication causes harm to the individual” could be liable to a fine of $9,400 and up to five years in prison. While supporters of …

Hong Kong moves to criminalize ‘insulting’ China’s national anthem

Hong Kong (CNN)The trumpet sounds, clear and exultant, and is greeted by a crescendo of boos. Schoolchildren, including those at international schools, would also be legally required to learn the anthem, which opens with the line, “Arise, we who refuse to be slaves!” New law The national anthem law was introduced in mainland China in 2017, amid widespread outrage north of the border at the disrespect shown by some Hongkongers — mainly a tiny subset of football fans — for the song. Following its passage, China’s legislature known as the National People’s Congress added the law to Annex III of the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s de facto constitution. That meant the city’s government was legally required to introduce equivalent legislation, …