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Photo Archive --- Date:20030319

NPC closing session held

The 10th National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, holds its closing session in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 18, 2003. The closing of the first session of the 10th NPC marks the completion of the generational transition of the government leadership.

New Chinese Premier meets press

Newly-elected Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao answers journalists' questions when he made his first appearance before Chinese and foreign journalists in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 18, 2003. New vice-premiers Huang Ju, Wu Yi, Zeng Peiyan and Hui Liangyu also attended the press conference.

Doha, few foreigners during busy season

Three toggeries' owners have nothing to do, just standing in front of their stores in downtown Doha, Qatar March 17, 2003. Because of the tension in the Gulf region, few foreigners travel to Qatar during a busy season for tourism. (

Purim holiday at the Wailing Wall

An Israeli man chants lection at the Wailing Wall in the old city of Jerusalem during the Purim holiday, March 17, 2003. The feast of Purim, a Jewish festival celebrated on the 14th day of the month of Adar, started on Monday and end on Wednesday.

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