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JAKARTA, March 20 (Xinhua) -- The Indonesian government has set a higher target at the Asian Games next year in the country after monitoring the progress of athletes.

 

The government stepped up the target to 20 gold medals from the initial expectation of 15, Achmad Soetjipto, head of task force for the event said here on Monday.

 

"Indonesia has potential to secure gold medals at 20 sport numbers," he said.

 

However, the officer delined to name the sports in which their athletes may triumph.

 

Soetjipto said that the new projection was made based on the observation on progress of each athlete in each sport for one year.

 

Indonesia has expected the country to finish between 8th to 10th n the Asian Games, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Affairs Puan Maharani has said.

 

The Asian Games 2018 is scheduled to be held from August 18 to September 2nd in Indonesia's capital of Jakarta and Palembang city, the provincial capital of South Sumatra.

 

Indonesian athletes will vie in 44 sports, Sport Minister Imam Nahrawi has said.

 

The country was awarded the right to host the Games in September 2014, after the withdrawal of origin host Vietnam for economic reasons.

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A rare painting by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci of Christ holding a crystal orb has sold for a record $450 million (380 million euros) at a New York auction.

 

The painting, "Salvator Mundi Kevin Byard Big and Tall Jersey ," Italian for "Savior of the World," was sold Wednesday by Christie's auction house.

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The highest price paid for a work of art at auction had been $179.4 million (152 million euros), for Picasso's "Women of Algiers (Version O)" in May 2015, also at Christie's in New York.

 

The highest known sale price for any artwork had been $300 million (253 million euros) for Willem de Kooning's "Interchange" in September 2015, which was sold privately.

 

Scholars believe the Leonardo painting is one of few works by Leonardo to survive the centuries since his death and the only one in private hands.

 

 

 

A painting thought by scholars to be one of only a few by Leonardo da Vinci to have survived the half-millennia since the artist's death is set to be auctioned Wednesday in New York

 

The 500-year-old oil painting depicting Christ holding a crystal orb is called "Salvator Mundi" or "Savior of the World."

 

It has been guaranteed by a backer to sell for at least $100 million (85 million euros).

 

Christie's is the auction house conducting the sale. It says it is the only painting by the Renaissance master in private hands.

 

Christie's has exhibited the painting in Hong Kong, San Francisco Jack Conklin Big and Tall Jersey , London and New York in the weeks prior to Wednesday's sale. (Agencies)

 

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump and congressional Republican leaders are pushing a major tax overhaul through Congress, but it remains unknown whether it will pass, amid a GOP split and rivalry with Democrats.

 

On Thursday, the GOP-led House of Representatives passed the most sweeping tax overhaul in decades Jonnu Smith Big and Tall Jersey , a major step forward toward the ultimate passage of a major tax revamp, which would provide over a trillion U.S. dollars in tax cuts to companies and individuals.

 

But not all Republicans are on board, as some in the GOP believe the legislation is tilted too far in favor of large over small corporations, and others believe that a repeal of the current healthcare laws should be included in the tax legislation. That begs the question of whether the bill can be passed by Republicans alone.

 

"The bill can pass without Democratic support as long as Republicans stay united," Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Darrell West told Xinhua. "The challenge is that Senate Republicans are not completely united at this point."

 

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Now, the stakes are high for the White House to pass some of the major legislation that Trump promised to pass while on the campaign trail. Failure to do so could mean trouble for the GOP-led Congress when voters head to the ballot box in the 2018 congressional elections.

 

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"The legislation is unlikely to attract Democratic votes because it provides much more tax relief for the wealthy versus the middle class. That is simply unacceptable to many Democrats," West said.

 

Alan Viard, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, told Xinhua: "If it doesn't pass without Democrats' support, it probably won't pass ... it's not clear that any Democrats will support it."

 

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