Russia Marks Its Post-Soviet Independence Russian military jets fly in formation over Red Square with Kremlin's Spassky Tower in center, during celebrations of Russia Day in Moscow, Thursday, June 12, 2003. For the first time in 47 years, warplanes flew over the Kremlin, marking the anniversary of Russia's 1990 sovereignty declaration.
US Army Scouts Patrol In IraqUS Army scouts, from 1/64 Armor of the Third Division's 2nd brigade, patrol the souk area in the restive Iraqi city of Fallujah June 12, 2003. Crime and insecurity still stalk Iraq two months after Saddam Hussein's overthrow and pressures from Islamic fundamentalists are growing, UN officials said on Thursday.
Actor Gregory Peck Dies in Los Angeles At Age 87 Actor Gregory Peck (L) appears with actress Audrey Hepburn in a scene from the 1953 film "Roman Holiday," in this undated photograph. Peck died at age 87 at his home in Los Angeles, late June 11, 2003.
Chinese, Lao party chiefs confer in BeijingChina will work with Laos to continuously promote the development of Sino-Lao long-term, steady, good-neighborly relations of cooperation with mutual trust, said Chinese President Hu Jintao Thursday.
The Permanent Ship Lock of the Three Gorges Project Photo shows a lock chamber of the permanent ship lock of the Three Gorges Project under debugging in central China's Hubei Province. The ship lock is under debugging at night before its trial operation.
Defense Ministers of the 19 NATO Members Gathered in BrusselsBRUSSELS, June 12, 2003 (Xinhua) -- US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (L) exchanges views with an official at the NATO headquaters in Brussels, Belgium, June 12, 2003. Defense ministers of the 19 NATO members gathered here Thursday to discuss the threats and opportunities that the alliance will face in the new century.
Scenery of Three Gorges Picture shows the mouth of the Qutang Gorge, one of the Three Gorges on China's Yangtze River.
A Press Conference On Three Gorges Project Held in BeijingGuo Shuyan (L), director of the office of the Three Gorges Project Construction Committee of the State Council, talks with Pan Jiazheng, one of the chief designers of the Three Gorges and member of the Academy of Sciences of China, during a press conference held by the Information Office of the State Council in Beijing June 12, 2003.
Foreign Students Study Chinese Traditional MedicineA German student acupunctures a patient at Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine June 12, 2003. More than 80 foreign students from more than 20 countries study traditional Chinese medicine at the university.
The Tele-education System to Be Used in XinjiangStudents of the Shiyan Experiment Primary School in Altay in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region study through the tele-education system June 11, 2003. Some 27 tele-education systems began to be used in Altay Tuesday as part of the poor-relieving projects, which is of great significance to the promotion of local education.
Archaeology Findings in Henan ProvinceThe photo shows a horse-and-chariot pit at the construction site of the Heluo Cultural Square in Luoyang of central China's Henan Province. The construction of the square began late last year, and workers have since found 397 tombs dating back to ancient China's Eastern Zhou period and 18 horse-and-chariot pits. This pit contains six clay horses and one chariot, a form echoing ancient record that the earliest Chinese emperors rode in chariots pulled by six fine horses.
The German edition of Hillary's Book Issued in BerlinThe German edition of a book "Living History" by former US First Lady and Senator Hillary Clinton is on sale in Berlin June 11, 2003. The memoir recalls Hillary's eight years' life and work as the First Lady in the White House.
SARS Experimental Research Goes OnA researcher observes modalities of VERO cell infected by SARS in the Institute of the Basic Theory Research of the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, capital of China, June 11, 2003. SARS experimental research started on June 2 after the institute introduced the virus BJO1 of SARS from the Academy of Military Medical sciences.
A Sand Prevention Belt for Beijing and Tianjin BuiltTwo forestry technicians observe the growth of trees in Boluosu forestry center of Zhangbei County in North China's Hebei Province June 11, 2003. The forest acreage in the county currently reaches 1.09 million mu (72,667 hectares) and the rate of its forest coverage rises to 18.6 percent. It will not only effectively improve the local environment, but also build a sand prevention belt for the two cities of Beijing and Tianjin.
The Repairing of the Sichuan-Tibet HighwayThis photo shows the site of repairing the Sichuan-Tibet highway in the section of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Over the past few years, the central government has speeded up its investment in Tibet's highways, particularly repairing some dangerous roads connecting Sichuan.
Shandong Becomes the Largest High Quality Wheat Producer Zhao Zhenqi (2nd R), a villager of Dongping County in east China's Shandong Province, signs a contract with staff members of a grain processing mill on purchasing his high quality wheat June 10, 2003. Lots of grain processing mills in the province have signed contracts with local villagers to order or buy high quality wheat. Shandong becomes the largest high quality wheat producer in the country.
Israeli Helicopter Attacking Gaza City A crowd of Palestinians gather around a car destroyed during an Israeli helicopter missiles attack in Gaza City June 11, 2003. Seven Palestinians were killed during the attack, including a top militant from the Islamic group Hamas Wednesday.
Owen Double Rescues England Against Slovakia Stand-in captain Michael Owen celebrated his 50th cap with two clinical goals to give England a 2-1 comeback win over Slovakia in their Euro 2004 Group Seven qualifier on Wednesday.
Bus Blast, Airstrikes Shake Mideast HopesSmoke rises after an Israeli helicopter fired missiles at a car carrying two Hamas militants in Gaza city, Wednesday June 11 2003.