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News Archive --- Date:20060309


China

  • China urges int'l community to keep alert about more motion toward Taiwan independence (20:31, March 09, 2006)
  • Chinese lawmaker demands protection of Tibetan mastiffs (20:29, March 09, 2006)
  • China slams as US human rights report as mistaken, hypocritical (20:09, March 09, 2006)
  • ROK new chief negotiator for six-party talks visits China (20:03, March 09, 2006)
  • Putin's visit China highlights pragmatic cooperation (19:54, March 09, 2006)
  • Malaysian DPM calls for positive view of China's development (19:53, March 09, 2006)
  • Chinese expert says Indo-China cooperation benefits Asia (19:53, March 09, 2006)
  • CPPCC member calls for care of rural children left by migrant parents (19:52, March 09, 2006)
  • Chinese expert lashes out at US report on human rights (19:52, March 09, 2006)
  • China's special envoy to attend Chilean President-elect inauguration ceremony (17:13, March 09, 2006)
  • Chinese State Councilor to visit Sri Lanka, Nepal (17:12, March 09, 2006)
  • Writethru: China promises more democracy in legislation (17:06, March 09, 2006)
  • Building new countryside also a human rights issue: lawmaker (17:05, March 09, 2006)
  • Chinese advisors call for protection of Beijing's old buildings (16:34, March 09, 2006)
  • N. China's Taiyuan to prepare standby airport for Olympics (16:33, March 09, 2006)
  • Foreign troupes eager to catch maiden show in China's National Grand Theater (16:33, March 09, 2006)
  • Russian President Putin to visit China (19:53, March 09, 2006)
  • More overseas Chinese slam Chen Shui-bian's secessionist move (15:06, March 09, 2006)
  • CPC representative leaves for Mexico (15:06, March 09, 2006)
  • Interpretation of HKSAR Basic Law by NPC Standing Committee shouldn't be questioned: lawmaker (13:04, March 09, 2006)
  • China needs law on press supervision: lawmaker (12:30, March 09, 2006)
  • Full text of Human Rights Record of the US in 2005 (12:17, March 09, 2006)
  • US does not have good record in safeguarding rights of women, children: report (11:04, March 09, 2006)
  • U.S. citizens threatened by rampant violent crimes: report (11:05, March 09, 2006)
  • Facts and figures: Human Rights Record of US in 2005 (10:56, March 09, 2006)
  • China issues report to criticize US for its democracy of money (10:55, March 09, 2006)
  • US gov't grossly violates other countries' sovereignty, human rights (10:55, March 09, 2006)
  • Report: infringements upon human rights by U.S. law enforcement, judicial organs (10:54, March 09, 2006)
  • Racial discrimination in U.S. serious, says report (10:54, March 09, 2006)
  • Anti-secession Law of "important role, far-reaching impact": NPC leader (12:29, March 09, 2006)
  • China should independently develop civil aircraft: political advisor (10:51, March 09, 2006)
  • HK government committed to constitutional development (10:50, March 09, 2006)
  • Argentine expert praises China's plan to improve countryside (10:49, March 09, 2006)
  • Dividing the burden of rising education costs (10:26, March 09, 2006)
  • Agricultural technology extension system needs a boost  (10:26, March 09, 2006)
  • Financial support for building a new countryside (10:26, March 09, 2006)
  • China, Yemen vow to strengthen relations (10:25, March 09, 2006)
  • China issues human rights record of the US (15:11, March 09, 2006)
  • Top legislator promises more democracy in legislation (12:29, March 09, 2006)
  • China's legislature focuses supervision on workers' safety, environment  (10:25, March 09, 2006)
  • China still has a long way to go for gender equality  (09:22, March 09, 2006)
  • Chinese top legislator's work report live telecast for first time (09:59, March 09, 2006)
  • Sandstorms to sweep over China's North (08:17, March 09, 2006)
  • President Hu stresses economic adjustments (08:51, March 09, 2006)
  • Top statistician warns of foreign monopolies (08:51, March 09, 2006)
  • Southern Securities' former heads arrested (08:19, March 09, 2006)
  • Property law to be tabled next year (08:51, March 09, 2006)
  • More supervision on gov't spending needed (08:20, March 09, 2006)
  • Laws needed to ensure migrant workers' wages (08:20, March 09, 2006)
  • 'Involve farmers in rural spending' (08:20, March 09, 2006)
  • Income irregularity requires a better cure (08:21, March 09, 2006)
  • Improving social security system 'a must' in development (08:21, March 09, 2006)
  • High-speed rail link will use local technology (08:22, March 09, 2006)
  • Concern over plight of old people in countryside (08:22, March 09, 2006)
  • Action plan to beef up IPR protection (08:23, March 09, 2006)
  • China calls for diplomatic solution to Iranian nuclear issue (07:24, March 09, 2006)
  • Cigarette smuggling ring members convicted in south China (07:23, March 09, 2006)
  • China to live telecast delivery of top legislature's work report for first time (07:23, March 09, 2006)
  • Amendments for CE election bill submitted to HK LegCo (07:22, March 09, 2006)
  • Political advisors submit over 5,000 proposes to annual full session (07:22, March 09, 2006)
  • Overseas Chinese celebrate International Women's Day (07:21, March 09, 2006)
  • Mental suffering should be covered by state compensation, says Chinese lawmaker (07:21, March 09, 2006)



  • Business

  • Hutchison Telecom reports 64.1% turnover increase in 2005 (20:05, March 09, 2006)
  • Nigeria's flag carrier announces daily London flights (20:04, March 09, 2006)
  • Inflation rate drops in February in Netherlands (20:04, March 09, 2006)
  • China to raise export tariffs on copper products (20:04, March 09, 2006)
  • Chinese, Canadian firms to jointly develop coalbed methane resources (16:55, March 09, 2006)
  • Beijing to stop producing iron, steel in 2010 (17:02, March 09, 2006)
  • Central China province builds rural public transport network (16:56, March 09, 2006)
  • Malaysia's Petronas opens first gas pump in Indonesia (16:57, March 09, 2006)
  • Abstract of the Eleventh Five-Year Plan outline (draft) -2 (16:45, March 09, 2006)
  • Myanmar to expand internet services markedly this year (15:24, March 09, 2006)
  • NZ trade down 2.3 pct for December quarter (15:25, March 09, 2006)
  • Nepali gov't lowers GDP forecast to 3.5 pct (15:25, March 09, 2006)
  • U.S. businesses seek to expand investment in Vietnam (15:26, March 09, 2006)
  • Argentina announces suspension of most beef exports to slow inflation (15:28, March 09, 2006)
  • NZ Reserve Bank keeps interest rates unchanged (10:28, March 09, 2006)
  • China works out plan to further protect IPR in 2006 (10:29, March 09, 2006)
  • US car safety supplier opens Shanghai centre (08:19, March 09, 2006)
  • TCL plans financial joint venture (08:20, March 09, 2006)
  • Non-listed companies to be regulated (08:20, March 09, 2006)
  • Local banks 'must prepare for shock' (08:19, March 09, 2006)
  • Lenovo may go public in US (08:19, March 09, 2006)
  • Ex US official hired for insurance job in China (08:18, March 09, 2006)
  • Cotton farmers to bump up crops (08:18, March 09, 2006)
  • CMB sets up first overseas branch (08:17, March 09, 2006)
  • Big money for Chinese advertiser (08:17, March 09, 2006)
  • EU urges European leaders to "drop energy nationalism" (08:06, March 09, 2006)
  • British farmers welcome end to beef ban (08:07, March 09, 2006)
  • Oil prices fall sharply on positive supply (08:07, March 09, 2006)
  • U.S. commercial crude oil reserves hit seven-year high (07:31, March 09, 2006)
  • French environmental industry group to double investment in China (08:09, March 09, 2006)
  • Taiwan credit card use up significantly in 2005: Survey (08:10, March 09, 2006)
  • EADS reports 39 percent rise in net profit (08:11, March 09, 2006)
  • World's largest tourism fair opens in Berlin (08:12, March 09, 2006)
  • French bank Credit Agricole posts 55-percent surge in net profit (08:07, March 09, 2006)
  • Indonesia reshuffles state oil firm to boost competitiveness (08:07, March 09, 2006)
  • Mayor denies real estate trouble in Shanghai (08:06, March 09, 2006)
  • Construction of Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway approved (07:30, March 09, 2006)
  • Zanzibar starts partial power rationing (08:06, March 09, 2006)
  • Ethiopia earmarks huge funds to boost livestock export (07:28, March 09, 2006)
  • Ethiopia benefits from agricultural exports to Somalia (07:29, March 09, 2006)
  • U.S. stocks trade lower over fear of interest hikes (08:04, March 09, 2006)
  • Zimbabwe targets zero-import of grain next year: VP (08:04, March 09, 2006)
  • U.S., Malaysia to launch free trade negotiations (08:04, March 09, 2006)



  • World

  • Iran vows to resist pressure on nuclear issue (20:02, March 09, 2006)
  • US helicopter crashes in Afghanistan (20:00, March 09, 2006)
  • Security forces, guerrillas clash in eastern Nepal (20:00, March 09, 2006)
  • Indonesian police declare terrorist suspect (20:00, March 09, 2006)
  • Vietnam rejects U.S. human rights report (19:59, March 09, 2006)
  • Israel partially reopens key Gaza crossing: Palestinian official (19:59, March 09, 2006)
  • Cambodian King to visit Vietnam next week (19:59, March 09, 2006)
  • Sri Lanka main opposition calls for genuine power sharing (19:58, March 09, 2006)
  • Cambodia destroys more surplus weapons (19:58, March 09, 2006)
  • At least 13 killed in bus crash in Turkey (19:58, March 09, 2006)
  • US never pays funds directly to PNA: Erekat (19:58, March 09, 2006)
  • Bikini islanders to sue U.S. over nuclear tests (19:57, March 09, 2006)
  • Fatah, Hamas resume talks on cabinet formation (19:57, March 09, 2006)
  • About 14 killed, 27 injured in clash in southern Sudan: report (19:57, March 09, 2006)
  • Iranian people never give in to bullies: president (19:56, March 09, 2006)
  • Syrian FM to visit Moscow over Hariri probe (19:56, March 09, 2006)
  • Chief UN investigator to visit Syria soon over Hariri probe: report (17:14, March 09, 2006)
  • Bomb blasts at Gen Prem's residence in Bangkok (16:30, March 09, 2006)
  • Philippine President promises justice to stampede victims (16:30, March 09, 2006)
  • Police hunt for Indian bombing suspects (16:29, March 09, 2006)
  • Blast kills one in eastern Turkey (16:29, March 09, 2006)
  • More officers detained for coup plot investigation (16:29, March 09, 2006)
  • US air strike leaves two dead in east Afghanistan (15:07, March 09, 2006)
  • US marine killed in western Iraq (15:07, March 09, 2006)
  • Roundup: ElBaradei calls for more cooperation from Iran (13:41, March 09, 2006)
  • 3 Japan ground troops commit suicide back home from Iraq (13:40, March 09, 2006)
  • UNSC permanent members meet on Iran nuclear issue (13:03, March 09, 2006)
  • Venezuela parliament approves new flag, coat of arms (12:35, March 09, 2006)
  • Arroyo's senior aide becomes new Philippine military intelligence chief (12:33, March 09, 2006)
  • Two Sri Lankan children forcibly recruited by rebels surrender to Navy (12:28, March 09, 2006)
  • Over 50 still missing in accident in central Nepal (12:28, March 09, 2006)
  • US has 727,304 homeless people nationwide: report (12:27, March 09, 2006)
  • Ecuadorans protest against proposed trade pact with US (12:26, March 09, 2006)
  • Japan, US carry out 1st interceptor test successfully (10:30, March 09, 2006)
  • Millions of Latin American women march for equality on Women's Day (10:15, March 09, 2006)
  • Spanish PM calls on employers to promote gender equality (10:11, March 09, 2006)
  • Greek PM reiterates Cyprus issue should be solved in one shot (10:10, March 09, 2006)
  • 7 Nigerian soldiers killed in firefight: militants (09:19, March 09, 2006)
  • Abbas denies favoring Olmert win in Israeli election (09:19, March 09, 2006)
  • British condemns violence in Iraq (09:18, March 09, 2006)
  • France to open diplomatic representation in Liberia (09:20, March 09, 2006)
  • Survey: Iraq on brink of civil war (08:50, March 09, 2006)
  • Invasion opened Pandora's box: Envoy (08:52, March 09, 2006)
  • US, Iran clash over UN referral (08:53, March 09, 2006)
  • Israeli Labour Party vows to dismantle all illegal settlements (08:55, March 09, 2006)
  • India's holy city shuts down after blasts (08:58, March 09, 2006)
  • Israel to reopen Karni crossing on Gaza border (08:59, March 09, 2006)
  • Annan urges Ethiopia, Eritrea to settle border dispute (08:36, March 09, 2006)
  • Turkey launches probe into prosecutor who accuses army general (08:38, March 09, 2006)
  • U.S. says no relationship with Hamas if it does not change course (08:39, March 09, 2006)
  • Liberian president calls for attention to women's role (08:36, March 09, 2006)
  • U.S. halts military aid to Mexico over international court dispute (08:35, March 09, 2006)
  • Annan says world ready for woman to hold reins at UN (08:33, March 09, 2006)
  • Egypt to publish investigation report on ferry disaster (08:30, March 09, 2006)
  • Georgia calls for deploying international forces in Abkhazia (08:28, March 09, 2006)
  • Pentagon seeks to create new force of conventional warhead missiles (08:27, March 09, 2006)
  • U.S. urges DPRK to return to six-party talks (08:25, March 09, 2006)
  • U.S. seek gradual move towards UN sanctions on Iran (08:24, March 09, 2006)
  • Iran, India, Pakistan to discuss gas pipeline next week (08:22, March 09, 2006)
  • IAEA chief urges Iran to walk extra mile in cooperation (07:18, March 09, 2006)
  • Iran terms ElBaradei's report as contradictory (07:19, March 09, 2006)
  • Russian FM rules out military solution to Iran's nuclear crisis (07:18, March 09, 2006)
  • EU3 warns of action by UNSC on Iran nuclear issue (07:17, March 09, 2006)
  • S. Africa regrets no conclusion on Iran nuke issues (07:17, March 09, 2006)
  • Building collapse kills at least 20 in Ugandan capital (07:16, March 09, 2006)
  • Ugandan authorities urged to prioritize needs of disadvantaged women, children (07:16, March 09, 2006)
  • Nigeria, Liberia open discussions on Charles Taylor's fate (07:16, March 09, 2006)
  • Russian FM welcomes EU proposal on continuous talks with Iran (07:15, March 09, 2006)
  • White House says Bush still supports ports deal (07:15, March 09, 2006)
  • Israel's Labor Party puts evacuation as basic principle to join future government (07:14, March 09, 2006)
  • Iran warns of tit-for-tat over nuclear row with US (07:14, March 09, 2006)
  • Sudan committed to quality, excellence: president (07:13, March 09, 2006)
  • Cape Verde's government sue opposition for electoral "slander" (07:13, March 09, 2006)
  • Roundup: Relentless violence overshadows Iraq's political impasse (07:13, March 09, 2006)
  • Nigeria removes oil delta general after three-month crisis (07:12, March 09, 2006)
  • Germany pledges support for Israel in dealing with Hamas (07:12, March 09, 2006)
  • Iranian counselor accuses U.S. of waging psychological warfare (07:12, March 09, 2006)
  • EU executive tables blueprint for common energy policy (07:11, March 09, 2006)
  • Khartoum pledges to safeguard foreign diplomats' safety in Sudan (07:11, March 09, 2006)
  • Pakistan rejects Indian objection to construct dam (07:10, March 09, 2006)
  • No inquiries by Belgian intelligence services into secret CIA flights (07:10, March 09, 2006)
  • France, Liberia agree on police training cooperation (07:10, March 09, 2006)
  • Zambian president promises to enhance women status (07:10, March 09, 2006)
  • Zimbabwean government hails progress in gender equity (07:09, March 09, 2006)
  • Opposition Labor, Socialists big winners in Dutch local elections (07:08, March 09, 2006)
  • US military expands role in anti-terror intelligence: report (07:08, March 09, 2006)
  • Overwhelming response to India's scholarship program in Afghanistan (07:07, March 09, 2006)
  • India, Chile sign Free Trade Agreement (07:07, March 09, 2006)
  • DPRK rebukes Japan-US military ties (07:07, March 09, 2006)
  • Thousands Sudanese protest against UN forces deployment in Darfur (07:06, March 09, 2006)
  • Ugandan president thanks women for support to gov't (07:06, March 09, 2006)
  • Polish, German leaders focus on energy security (07:05, March 09, 2006)
  • Gunmen attack house of senior interior ministry official in Baghdad (07:05, March 09, 2006)
  • 122 Iraqi male detainees released by U.S. military (07:05, March 09, 2006)
  • Gunmen kidnap 50 employees of Iraqi security company in Baghdad (07:05, March 09, 2006)



  • Opinion

  • Hamas' siege-breaking diplomacy (17:00, March 09, 2006)
  • A threat under a drastic disparity?  (16:55, March 09, 2006)
  • Increase of military expenditure justified (08:13, March 09, 2006)
  • Blogs provide platform to air different opinions (08:12, March 09, 2006)



  • Sports

  • Indonesian WBA champion Chrisjohn to receive president award (16:24, March 09, 2006)
  • Chelsea charged for referee incident at West Brom (16:24, March 09, 2006)
  • Myanmar eager to re-enter Merdeka football tournament (16:22, March 09, 2006)
  • Romania to play friendlies in U.S. (13:17, March 09, 2006)
  • Ballesteros withdraws from Masters golf (13:16, March 09, 2006)
  • Myskina follows Sharapova to skip Russia's Fed Cup tie (13:12, March 09, 2006)
  • Organizer says IX Winter Paralympic Games to resume Turin's glory (13:10, March 09, 2006)
  • AC Milan, Arsenal, Benfica and Lyon qualify for the quarter-finals (13:42, March 09, 2006)
  • AC Milan 4 Bayern Munich 1 - Champions League (13:09, March 09, 2006)
  • Olympique Lyon 4 PSV Eindhoven 0 - Champions League (13:08, March 09, 2006)
  • Arsenal 0 Real Madrid 0 - Champions League (13:07, March 09, 2006)
  • Liverpool 0 Benfica 2 - Champions League (13:06, March 09, 2006)
  • Sharapova not to play Fed Cup (13:05, March 09, 2006)
  • Latin America's Special Olympics attract 600 athletes from 17 countries (08:30, March 09, 2006)
  • Brazil president calls on FIFA to end racism in football (08:29, March 09, 2006)
  • Belgian trio to compete at World Indoors in Moscow (08:28, March 09, 2006)
  • Peru soccer team Cristal ties with Bolivia's Bolivar at half time (08:27, March 09, 2006)
  • NZ badminton team "feels good" after China trip (08:26, March 09, 2006)
  • Boxing extravaganza to be staged in S. Africa (08:25, March 09, 2006)
  • Nigeria appoints new coaches for national teams (08:24, March 09, 2006)
  • Lawyer: Pound prejudiced against Greek sprinters (08:19, March 09, 2006)
  • India's Mirza hopes to partner Peer again (08:18, March 09, 2006)
  • Wiese distraught after howler gifts Juve quarter-final place (08:17, March 09, 2006)
  • New book claims Bonds was major dope cheat (08:16, March 09, 2006)
  • Rijkaard: Revenge did not play into victory (08:14, March 09, 2006)
  • China make clean sweep at Asia swimming championships (08:13, March 09, 2006)
  • Bjorndalen wins World Cup biathlon 10km sprint (08:11, March 09, 2006)
  • Xie Hui treble sinks Dong Tam in AFC Champions League (08:10, March 09, 2006)
  • China win, Japan blunder in AFC Champions League (08:08, March 09, 2006)
  • Lions and Canaries fighting for crown in Turkey (08:07, March 09, 2006)
  • Kim drives Motors to victory in AFC Champions League (08:05, March 09, 2006)
  • AFC Champions League: Chonbuk Motors 3 Gamba Osaka 2 (08:04, March 09, 2006)
  • AFC Champions League: Tokyo Verdy 0 Ulsan Hyundai 2 (08:04, March 09, 2006)
  • Dalian Shide grabs first win in Asian Champions League (08:03, March 09, 2006)
  • Turkey's Efes must in Athens to stay alive (08:01, March 09, 2006)
  • Bulgarians offered 1 million-euro bonus if winning UEFA Cup (07:58, March 09, 2006)
  • Bulgarian woman rower banned for 2 years due to doping (08:02, March 09, 2006)
  • Shenhua sink Dong Tam in AFC Champions League (07:56, March 09, 2006)



  • Science & Technology

  • "Online superstition" poisoning Chinese teenagers: lawmaker (16:58, March 09, 2006)
  • More college students under poverty, employment pressure: lawmakers (16:35, March 09, 2006)
  • World's biggest high-tech expo opens in Germany's Hanover (11:25, March 09, 2006)
  • Greece to boost new technology projects (11:25, March 09, 2006)
  • NASA scientists nervous as orbiter reaches closer to Mars (11:26, March 09, 2006)
  • China, US sign contract on Internet-based testing delivery (07:41, March 09, 2006)
  • Malaysia's new education regulations ban caning of students (07:41, March 09, 2006)
  • Calls for new rural education policy to benefit kids of migrant workers (07:42, March 09, 2006)



  • Life

  • Indonesian university to produce bird flu vaccine for poultry (20:06, March 09, 2006)
  • Jet Li's latest film sued by Kungfu master's grandson (16:31, March 09, 2006)
  • Brain fever hits New Delhi (16:27, March 09, 2006)
  • WHO boss calls on Africa to fund fight on bird flu (16:26, March 09, 2006)
  • "Online superstition" poisoning Chinese teenagers: lawmaker (16:28, March 09, 2006)
  • China sees third wave of staying single (16:30, March 09, 2006)
  • A ship possibly dating back to 7th century discovered in Cambodia (15:24, March 09, 2006)
  • Tax hike makes cost of living higher in Manila: think tank (12:32, March 09, 2006)
  • Asian film festival opens in France (12:32, March 09, 2006)
  • Brazil begins to cull thousands of cattle hit by foot-and-mouth disease (11:33, March 09, 2006)
  • Beijing warns of harsh punishments for hospitals rejecting AIDS patients (11:34, March 09, 2006)
  • Princes get ethics lesson: No torture, and no revenge (10:32, March 09, 2006)
  • Britons prefer surfing Web to watching TV, Google says (08:29, March 09, 2006)
  • Witherspoon, Knightley, Williams and Weisz are Oscars fashion winners (08:20, March 09, 2006)
  • Sushi diners 'dancing with danger' (08:23, March 09, 2006)
  • Pioneering black filmmaker Gordon Parks dies at 93 (08:24, March 09, 2006)
  • HSBC trader claims he was sacked for being gay (08:29, March 09, 2006)
  • Gotti 'Junior' alleges victimization (08:25, March 09, 2006)
  • Discovery of fire helped spark evolution (08:25, March 09, 2006)
  • To keep traditions alive, old festivals need new holidays (08:26, March 09, 2006)
  • Former Fed chief is paid a banker's ransom for memoirs (08:29, March 09, 2006)
  • Drive to shake up adult shop (08:30, March 09, 2006)
  • Concern over plight of old people in countryside (08:30, March 09, 2006)
  • Albania begins culling poultry in H5N1 virus infected village (07:37, March 09, 2006)
  • WHO meeting makes progress on pandemic containment plan (08:16, March 09, 2006)
  • Macao will not stop live poultry imports from Guangdong: official (07:36, March 09, 2006)
  • First case of deadly H5N1 bird flu strain confirmed in Albania (07:37, March 09, 2006)
  • Sweden discovers more bird flu cases (07:36, March 09, 2006)
  • Hospital constructed with China's aid opens in Angolan capital (08:11, March 09, 2006)
  • Ciba building Asia's largest antioxidant plant in Singapore (08:12, March 09, 2006)
  • HK surveillance program covers park birds (07:35, March 09, 2006)
  • China Focus: Calls for new rural education policy to benefit kids of migrant workers (08:14, March 09, 2006)
  • ASEAN seeks ways to unify pharmaceutical regulations (08:17, March 09, 2006)
  • Macao bans poultry imports from less than 10 mainland farms (07:34, March 09, 2006)



  • Photo

    Table tennis legend Deng gives birth

    Deng Yaping, former world table tennis champion, her newborn son, husband and mother-in-law pose for a picture in a hospital in Paris, France, March 7, 2006. Deng gave birth to the baby boy on Monday. Deng is the winner of 18 world championships, including four Olympic titles.

    Terror bombings kill at least 20 in India

    Doctors attend a child injured in a bomb explosion, at the District Hospital in Varanasi, India, early Wednesday, March 8, 2006. Security forces were deployed to holy sites across India on Wednesday, as the death toll rose to 20 from terror bombings that rocked Hinduism's holiest city and sparked concerns that it could ignite violence between Hindus and Muslims.

    Buenos Aires mayor ousted over deadly nightclub fire

    Buenos Aires lawmakers oustedthe mayor on Tuesday, citing his failure to enforce safety codes that might have prevented a nightclub fire that killed 194 people in 2004. Relatives and friends of victims of a nightclub fire react after learning the results of an impeachment hearing in Buenos Aires, March 7, 2006. (Xinhua/Reuters)

    LG-Philips displays world's biggest LCD TV

    LG-Philips' 100-inch TFT LCD TV is displayed in Paju, South Korea. According to the company, the TV has overtaken Samsung's 82-inch LCD TV launched in 2005 to become the world's biggest LCD TV.

    CPPCC holds second plenary meeting

    Xiao Zhuoji, member of the Tenth National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), delivers a speech during the second plenary meeting of the Fourth Session of Tenth CPPCC National Committee held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 8, 2006.

    Chinese top legislator delivers work report

    Wu Bangguo, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, delivers his work report to a plenary meeting of the Fourth Session of the Tenth NPC on Thursday. The Fourth Session of the Tenth National People's Congress (NPC) convenes its second plenary meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 9, 2006.

    Cherry flower in full bloom

    A butterfly rests on the cherry flowers in the Donghu Cherry Flower Garden in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, March 7, 2006.

    Barcelona knocks Chelsea out of Champions League

    World footballer Ronaldinho scored with a breath-taking performance as Barcelona knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League after a 1-1 draw in the second leg of last 16 on Tuesday.

    Top leaders join group discussion by deputies

    Chinese president Hu Jintao extends greetings to women deputies on the International Women's Day, March 8, 2006. Hu attended the group discussion by deputies from northeast China's Heilongjiang Province to the Fourth Session of the Tenth National People's Congress, in Beijing, capital of China Wednesday.

    Russia makes no compromise in Iran's nuclear enrichment

    U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (R) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attend a press conference after their talks at the State Department in Washington, capital of the United States, on March 7, 2006. Lavrov said here on Tuesday that Russia made no "compromise" proposal that would allow Iran to enrich uranium in limited scale.

    Air Show & Aviation Expo in Egypt

    An aerial acrobatic team performs in the Air Show & Aviation Expo held in Egypt's Red Sea resort Sharm el Sheikh March 8, 2006. More than 50 aviation enterprises including Boeing and Airbus took part in the event.

    Annan presents report on UN management reform

    UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan addresses the General Assembly of the United Nation in New York on March 7, 2006. Annan presented a report to the General Assembly Tuesday, recommending sweeping reforms of the UN Secretariat's management in the areas of human resources, budget and administration.

    IAEA chief urges Iran to walk extra mile in cooperation

    Mohamed El Baradei, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), attends a meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors in Vienna, Austria, March 8, 2006. The board of the UN nuclear watchdog on Wednesday opened discussions over the thorny issue of Iran's nuclear program.

    2008 Olympic Games landscape sculpture design contest concludes

    Director of the contest organization committee Yuan Xikun (2nd L) and judges view a work getting the most votes in Beijing, capital of China, March 8, 2006. The 2008 Olympic Games landscape sculpture design contest was held in Beijing on March 7-8, attracting more than 1,000 sculptors from 84 countries and regions. A total of 386 designs were qualified, among which 277 have been selected as excellent designs.


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