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Interview: China's energy policy sets example for developing countries in Asia******
by Xinhua writer Song Yu
BANGKOK, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- China's experience in poverty alleviation and economic development has played an important role in international effort to achieve sustainable development goals, especially for developing countries, a senior official with UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has told Xinhua.
"China's success in improving energy efficiency, utilization of renewable energy and providing wide access to electricity sets a positive example for countries in the region with energy poverty issues," Liu Hongpeng, director of energy division in ESCAP, told Xinhua in a recent interview.
Liu had rich experience in China's renewable energy development before he joined ESCAP in 2003. As one of the UN's regional arms, the ESCAP aims to promote inclusive and sustainable economic and social development in the Asia-Pacific region.
Nearly 200 million people in the region still lack access to electricity, primarily in poor rural areas in South and Southeast Asia, Liu said.
China's experience in using decentralized renewable energy, such as solar, biogas and small hydropower in remote areas, is particularly suited for the geographical characteristics of Asia, especially Southeast Asia and the Pacific Island countries, Liu said.
According to Liu, China's experience in promoting sustainable energy has been shared with other developing countries through frameworks such as South-South Cooperation and helped accelerate poverty reduction, which is one of the top priorities in ESCAP's work and an important part of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
China achieved the goal of eliminating extreme poverty, which contributed to the UN's goals and greatly boosted the confidence of developing countries, he added.
Liu said that the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative has been a comprehensive infrastructure platform committed to promoting cross-country connectivity, highly compatible with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by emphasizing green development.
"China's support and involvement in ESCAP's projects like power grid interconnection has helped bridge gaps among Asia-Pacific countries in economic development and promote the economic cooperation and integration in the region," he said.
Looking ahead, he believes that China will play a leading role in promoting sustainable development through international and regional cooperation. Enditem
UK's Elizabeth wants Charles' wife to be 'Queen Camilla' when he's king******
Britain's Queen Elizabeth said on Saturday that she wants Prince Charles' wife Camilla to be styled Queen Consort when he becomes king, cementing her place at the heart of the royal family after once being judged an outsider.
In a letter written to mark the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne, the Queen said the occasion had given her pause to reflect upon the loyalty and affection shown to her by the British public.
She said she hoped Charles and Camilla would receive the same support.
"(It) is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service," she said.
Charles and Camilla, long-time lovers, were married in 2005 in a civil ceremony in Windsor. Their Clarence House residence said on Saturday that they were "touched and honored by Her Majesty's words."
Queen Elizabeth's move reflects a wider acceptance of Camilla's status as a royal.
Tabloid newspapers no longer target her as they did in the decade following the death in 1997 of Charles' first wife, Princess Diana.
Camilla – whose current title is Duchess of Cornwall – now regularly represents the royal family alongside Charles during official duties.
Throughout British history, the wife of a king typically is given the title Queen Consort. At the time of their marriage, it had been officially decided that Camilla would use the title Princess Consort if Charles were to become king.
While Queen Elizabeth on Sunday celebrates 70 years on the throne – an unprecedented stretch – the anniversary comes at a time of tumult for the royal family.
From the US sex abuse court case facing her son Prince Andrew to allegations by her grandson Prince Harry and his wife of racism in the royal household, rarely has the 95-year-old Queen's family faced such scrutiny and damaging headlines.
Last year, she lost her husband of 73 years, Philip, whom she acknowledged in her letter on Saturday.
"I was blessed that in Prince Philip I had a partner willing to carry out the role of consort and unselfishly make the sacrifices that go with it. It is a role I saw my own mother perform during my father's reign," she said.
Earlier on Saturday, the Queen kicked off celebrations for the 70th anniversary by inviting local community groups to her Sandringham residence in the east of England.
The Queen, pictured smiling and wearing a light blue dress, cut a celebratory cake baked by a local resident and heard a rendition of "Congratulations" played by a concert band.
"I remain eternally grateful for, and humbled by, the loyalty and affection that you continue to give me," she said in her letter to the public.
Ironically, Queen Elizabeth was not destined to be monarch at her birth, and became queen only because her uncle Edward VIII abdicated to be with American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
Rappers Travis Scott, Drake sued over deadly Texas concert crush******
Rappers Travis Scott and Drake have been sued for having "incited mayhem" after eight people were killed and dozens injured in a crush during a Texas concert, a United States law firm has said.。
Texas firm Thomas J Henry Law on Sunday tweeted a story published by the Daily Mail on the suit, confirming it had filed "one of the first lawsuits in Travis Scott Astroworld Festival tragedy."
The plaintiff is 23-year-old concertgoer Kristian Paredes, who was one of those "severely injured" at the concert on the night of November 5.。
Around 50,000 people were in the audience at Houston's NRG Park when the crowd started pushing toward the stage as Scott was performing, triggering chaotic scenes.。
Paredes, who is also suing concert organizers Live Nation and the venue, "felt an immediate push" at the front of the general admission section as Travis Scott got on stage, the complaint said.。
"The crowd became chaotic and a stampede began."
"Many begged security guards hired by Live Nation Entertainment for help, but were ignored."
The suit, filed in Houston's Harris County court, claims Scott "had incited mayhem and chaos at prior events" and that "defendants knew or should have known of (Scott's) prior conduct."
The suit also accuses Canadian rap superstar Drake, who joined Scott's headline set, of contributing to causing the surge toward the stage.。
"As Drake came onstage alongside of Travis Scott he helped incite the crowd even though he knew of Scott's prior conduct," it charges.。
High-profile attorney Ben Crump announced on Sunday he had also filed suit against Scott and Astroworld.。
Crump specializes in civil rights and personal injury, and has represented clients including the families of victims of police violence George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.。
He and co-counsel Bob Hilliard filed suit on Sunday on behalf of 21-year-old concertgoer Noah Gutierrez, who described "a scene of chaos and desperation."