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News Archive --- Date:20060315


China

  • Chinese state councilor meets U.S. guest (17:42, March 15, 2006)
  • New five-year development blueprint offers HK opportunity (13:28, March 15, 2006)
  • We're keeping close eye on secessionist moves: Premier (08:24, March 15, 2006)
  • Top legislature endorses shift in economic policy (08:13, March 15, 2006)
  • Exchange-rate system will be more flexible (08:13, March 15, 2006)
  • Communication channel with Dalai Lama open (08:15, March 15, 2006)
  • Minister in virus warning (08:20, March 15, 2006)
  • Hope over Iran nuclear proposal (08:25, March 15, 2006)
  • Culture chief urges heritage list expansion (08:23, March 15, 2006)
  • Chinese state councilor arrives in Sri Lanka  (08:18, March 15, 2006)
  • Poster issued to hail "socialist concept of honor and disgrace" (08:17, March 15, 2006)
  • Merkel, Chirac reaffirm one-China policy (09:43, March 15, 2006)
  • Central government opens door to communicate with Dalai Lama (07:40, March 15, 2006)
  • Arrival of Russian fighter planes for aerial aerobatics postponed (08:36, March 15, 2006)
  • Chinese FM calls for patience, flexibility to solve Iran nuclear issue (07:47, March 15, 2006)
  • Hungarian embassy in Beijing holds National Day reception (08:32, March 15, 2006)
  • China values friendly ties with Asian neighbors: FM spokesman (08:31, March 15, 2006)
  • Australia, China to sign agreement on uranium in near future: spokeswoman (07:46, March 15, 2006)
  • CPPCC vice-chairman meets guests from international organizations (08:28, March 15, 2006)
  • China, Australia positive about cooperating in peaceful use of nuclear energy (07:46, March 15, 2006)
  • China supports Iran-Russia negotiations on nuclear issue, FM spokesman (07:47, March 15, 2006)
  • China calls for Japan to properly settle Taiwan, history issues (07:48, March 15, 2006)
  • China, ROK discuss six-party talks in Beijing (08:33, March 15, 2006)
  • Sino-U.S. military exchanges to promote trust and friendship, FM spokesman (07:48, March 15, 2006)



  • Business

  • HK railway company chairman withdraws resignation (17:34, March 15, 2006)
  • China-ASEAN trade surges 28.2 percent in first two months (17:13, March 15, 2006)
  • Chinese power firm to build power station for India (17:15, March 15, 2006)
  • New reports affirm stable outlook on HK insurance sector (17:16, March 15, 2006)
  • Singapore reports strong job creation in 2005 (17:17, March 15, 2006)
  • Survey on reconstruction project launched in Somalia (17:18, March 15, 2006)
  • Annual gems fair begins in Myanmar (17:19, March 15, 2006)
  • Exxon Mobil, Indonesia's Pertamina sign join operation in Cepu block (17:20, March 15, 2006)
  • Singapore's retail sales index up 4.8 percent in January (17:21, March 15, 2006)
  • Philippines to prepay 500 mln USD of foreign debts (17:22, March 15, 2006)
  • Airbus selects Tsinghua talents for A350 design  (15:56, March 15, 2006)
  • Int'l auto show to stage in SW municipality (15:08, March 15, 2006)
  • U.S. supports Kazakhstan's role in BTC oil pipeline system (15:10, March 15, 2006)
  • Booming auto sales in emerging markets lure world carmakers: S&P (15:10, March 15, 2006)
  • Zimbabwe starts to import wheat to avert looming bread shortages (15:11, March 15, 2006)
  • Experts interpret 8% growth rate  (14:00, March 15, 2006)
  • Nepal to upgrade transit route for Sino-India trade (13:26, March 15, 2006)
  • Bangladesh's exports grow 16.92 percent in seven months (13:26, March 15, 2006)
  • Mexico to revive mothballed nuclear power program (11:43, March 15, 2006)
  • Greek real estate market vital to economic growth: report (10:36, March 15, 2006)
  • UK Boosts biomass energy  (16:29, March 15, 2006)
  • Philips Medical eyes nation as No 2 market (08:44, March 15, 2006)
  • Nations get together to seek energy supplies (08:44, March 15, 2006)
  • Five new coal fields discovered in Central China (08:53, March 15, 2006)
  • Chalco to beef up production (08:46, March 15, 2006)
  • China's auto output, sales remain lively on high demand (08:53, March 15, 2006)
  • Amway China set to lose cash (08:49, March 15, 2006)
  • EU to facilitate SMEs' transfer of businesses (08:07, March 15, 2006)
  • EIB asked to make more contributions to growth (08:10, March 15, 2006)
  • EU ministers seek new energy policy (08:53, March 15, 2006)
  • Bernanke says big budget deficit raises risks to U.S. economy (08:53, March 15, 2006)
  • Oil prices surge above 63 dollars (08:12, March 15, 2006)
  • Dow end with the highest close of nearly five years (08:13, March 15, 2006)
  • U.S. business inventories rise 0.4 percent in January (08:14, March 15, 2006)
  • Snow says U.S. to improve security reviews of foreign investment (08:53, March 15, 2006)
  • China to produce low-cost computers (08:54, March 15, 2006)
  • China's agricultural ministry investigates Heinz Baby Rice Cereal (08:17, March 15, 2006)
  • Guangdong imports more fruits from ASEAN countries (08:18, March 15, 2006)
  • E.China province to pump money into transport networks (08:19, March 15, 2006)
  • China's automobile imports more than double in first 2 months (08:19, March 15, 2006)
  • Northwest China region to develop tourism (08:20, March 15, 2006)
  • IEA revises down forecast for world oil demand growth in 2006 (08:21, March 15, 2006)
  • Tax revenue of private Chinese enterprises in past five years totals 770.56 bln yuan (08:23, March 15, 2006)
  • Chirac turns down accusations of protectionist (08:23, March 15, 2006)
  • U.S. current account deficit sets record of 804.9 billion dollars in 2005 (08:54, March 15, 2006)
  • HSBC expands network in Beijing (08:25, March 15, 2006)
  • U.S. retail sales down sharply in February (08:25, March 15, 2006)
  • China closes over 70 pct of its 5,000 unsafe collieries (08:26, March 15, 2006)
  • KCRC holds managing board meeting on chairman-CEO dispute (08:27, March 15, 2006)
  • Investment in Taiwan up 7 percent: report (08:54, March 15, 2006)
  • Southern Africa to experience upsurge in electricity demand (08:29, March 15, 2006)
  • Zimbabwe's textile industry urged to produce quality products (08:30, March 15, 2006)
  • Canada's Husky Energy to drill oil well in South China Sea (08:54, March 15, 2006)
  • Electrical appliance maker Guangdong Kelon facing uncertain future (08:32, March 15, 2006)
  • China vows to improve telecom service level (08:33, March 15, 2006)
  • China predicted to influence S. Africa's economy (08:34, March 15, 2006)
  • Retail sales of consumer goods grow 12.5 pct in January, February (08:35, March 15, 2006)
  • China's telecom charges down despite booming business (08:36, March 15, 2006)
  • China Eastern Airlines becomes first partner of Shanghai World Expo (08:37, March 15, 2006)
  • Ethiopia obtains over 7 million dollars from horticulture export (08:55, March 15, 2006)
  • Agricultural Bank loans heavily to back rural development (08:38, March 15, 2006)
  • New railway lines in NE China feature high speed link (08:39, March 15, 2006)
  • HK sees no threat in Shanghai's plan for Disney park (08:40, March 15, 2006)
  • Greenpeace finds Heinz Baby Rice Cereal contaminated by illegal GE rice (08:41, March 15, 2006)
  • HK, Guangdong to discuss resumption of poultry trade (08:42, March 15, 2006)



  • World

  • Sri Lankan pressure group urges govt to end Norwegian role (17:43, March 15, 2006)
  • Saddam's half brother denies role in killing Shiite countrymen (17:43, March 15, 2006)
  • Cuban president's special envoy calls on Singapore PM (17:41, March 15, 2006)
  • Russia's parliament calls on probe into death of Milosevic (17:41, March 15, 2006)
  • Thaksin supporters to move in to confront protesters (17:40, March 15, 2006)
  • U.S., Britain should take responsibility for Israeli raid of prison: PLO official (17:40, March 15, 2006)
  • Saddam trial resumes in Baghdad court (17:39, March 15, 2006)
  • Two U.S. soldiers killed in western Iraq (16:03, March 15, 2006)
  • U.S. to beef up partnership with ASEAN: Rice (16:03, March 15, 2006)
  • Rice wraps up Indonesia trip with call for larger democracy in SE Asia (16:03, March 15, 2006)
  • Defense appeals UN court to heed Milosevic death (16:02, March 15, 2006)
  • Defiant Bali bombing suspects show no remorse (16:01, March 15, 2006)
  • Rally pressure won't influence political decision: Thaksin (13:54, March 15, 2006)
  • Indonesian lawmakers take to street against U.S. firm (13:54, March 15, 2006)
  • Sinn Fein accuses U.S. of blocking N.Ireland peace process (13:53, March 15, 2006)
  • Lithuanian, Polish presidents vow to boost cooperation (13:24, March 15, 2006)
  • World Islamic body strongly condemns Israel over Jericho prison raid (13:23, March 15, 2006)
  • AU ready to send peacekeepers to DR Congo to ensure first voting in 45 years (13:23, March 15, 2006)
  • Thaksin may step down temporarily: Thai media (13:22, March 15, 2006)
  • Thai military say no need for state of emergency (13:22, March 15, 2006)
  • Lebanon leaders agree to establish relations with Syria (13:21, March 15, 2006)
  • Washington urged to close its illegal prisons (13:21, March 15, 2006)
  • All conflicting parties among Thai political turmoil called to make one step back (13:22, March 15, 2006)
  • Jordan urges Israel to stop military operation in Jericho (13:20, March 15, 2006)
  • Dominicans protest U.S. army reinforcements in their country (13:20, March 15, 2006)
  • U.S. asks Japan to pay 75% cost to move marines to Guam: report (13:19, March 15, 2006)
  • UK prepares for possible avian flu outbreak  (16:32, March 15, 2006)
  • Spain's FM urges calm from Israel, Palestinians amid new wave of violence (10:03, March 15, 2006)
  • Cuba establishes diplomatic ties with Uzbekistan (10:03, March 15, 2006)
  • Milosevic's funeral to be held in Serbia: party official (10:03, March 15, 2006)
  • Australian teachers released after kidnapped in Gaza (10:02, March 15, 2006)
  • S.Korea confirms journalist kidnapped in Gaza (10:01, March 15, 2006)
  • Writethru: UN Council urges restoration of calm in West Bank, Gaza (10:02, March 15, 2006)
  • Informant: Zawahri lived in California (08:58, March 15, 2006)
  • Roundup: International community pledges support for Afghan rebuilding (08:58, March 15, 2006)
  • Britain denies collusion with Israel in withdrawing of prison monitors (08:29, March 15, 2006)
  • No proof Iran behind weapons in Iraq, says U.S. general (08:28, March 15, 2006)
  • Two trains crash near Italian Milan, killing at least one (08:28, March 15, 2006)
  • Swiss delegate of Red Cross freed by kidnappers in Gaza (08:58, March 15, 2006)
  • Writethru: UN report shows progress in Hariri assassination probe (08:27, March 15, 2006)
  • Roundup: Saadat surrenders after Israeli raid on Jericho prison (08:18, March 15, 2006)
  • U.S. Congress to assess Iraq war, says report (08:26, March 15, 2006)
  • U.S. expects continued discussions on Iran's nuclear issue (08:58, March 15, 2006)
  • UN probe into Hariri assassination making progress (08:59, March 15, 2006)
  • UN report proves cooperation from Syria with probe on Hariri murder (08:59, March 15, 2006)
  • Russia to ensure Hamas under international principles: FM (08:22, March 15, 2006)
  • Egypt denounces Israeli raid on Palestinian prison (08:20, March 15, 2006)
  • Security Council extends mandate of UN force in Ethiopia, Eritrea (08:19, March 15, 2006)
  • UN chief calls for immediate end to violence in Middile East (08:17, March 15, 2006)
  • Saadat surrenders to Israeli forces (08:19, March 15, 2006)
  • Roundup: Funeral for Milosevic still marked by uncertainties (08:18, March 15, 2006)
  • Swiss delegate of Red Cross kidnapped in Gaza: spokeswoman (08:59, March 15, 2006)
  • Pakistani court upholds death penalty in Musharraf attack case (08:59, March 15, 2006)
  • Ethiopia rejects Belgian 2nd-hand donations (07:36, March 15, 2006)
  • Milosevic autopsy video showed to Russsian doctors (07:33, March 15, 2006)
  • Iraq war to define Bush's role in history: newspaper (07:32, March 15, 2006)
  • Sri Lanka gov't ally not to rock boat despite differences (07:32, March 15, 2006)
  • Thai deputy PM orders maximum surveillance at Government House (07:31, March 15, 2006)
  • Iranian supreme leader vows never to retreat on nuclear issue (07:31, March 15, 2006)
  • Sri Lanka's main opposition party to undergo reforms (07:31, March 15, 2006)
  • Milosevic can be buried in Serbia: PM (07:30, March 15, 2006)
  • Palestinian militants kidnap eight foreigners in Gaza Strip (07:30, March 15, 2006)
  • Syrian forces kill two terrorists in clash (07:30, March 15, 2006)
  • French Foreign Ministry confirms kidnapping of two French women (07:30, March 15, 2006)
  • UN chief says Africa continues to face major challenges (07:29, March 15, 2006)
  • Cambodia, UN sign supplementary agreements for special court (07:28, March 15, 2006)
  • Philippine soldiers warned not to join political turmoil (07:28, March 15, 2006)
  • DPRK's army rebukes joint military exercise between U.S., South Korea (07:28, March 15, 2006)
  • No deadlines for concluding negotiations with US on military bases: Bulgarian offical (07:25, March 15, 2006)
  • Kuwait signs oil tanker contract with Korean company (07:25, March 15, 2006)
  • Belgrade court drops arrest warrant for Milosevic's wife (07:24, March 15, 2006)
  • Russia, Iran hold nuclear consultations in Moscow: official (07:24, March 15, 2006)
  • Six foreigners kidnapped by Palestinian militants (07:23, March 15, 2006)
  • Indonesia, U.S. agree to create peace in Palestine and Korean Peninsula (07:23, March 15, 2006)
  • Hamas suspends talks on cabinet formation to follow up Israeli raid (07:23, March 15, 2006)
  • Top Palestinian militant vows not to surrender to Israel (07:23, March 15, 2006)
  • Rice counters anti-U.S. sentiment in Indonesia (07:22, March 15, 2006)
  • Taliban's raid leaves 5 police dead in S. Afghanistan (07:22, March 15, 2006)
  • Thai PM gives security forces 3 rules to deal with demonstrators (07:22, March 15, 2006)
  • Prison raid ordered by Israeli Acting PM, DM: official (07:21, March 15, 2006)
  • Palestinian protestors set fire to British cultural center (07:21, March 15, 2006)
  • Thailand's military pledges not to intervene in mass protest (07:21, March 15, 2006)
  • Russian PM to visit India on Thursday (07:21, March 15, 2006)
  • Milosevic's son arrives at The Hague to collect his father's body (07:20, March 15, 2006)
  • Militants seize train in India, passengers safe (07:20, March 15, 2006)
  • Hamas PM-designate warns Israel not to hurt PFLP leader Saadat (07:20, March 15, 2006)
  • Favor of golf game kills political life of S. Korean PM  (07:19, March 15, 2006)
  • Afghan president calls on people to stop poppy cultivation (07:19, March 15, 2006)
  • S. Africa's Mbeki welcomes visiting UN chief Kofi Annan (07:18, March 15, 2006)
  • Abbas accuses Britain, U.S. of being responsible for Israeli prison raid (07:18, March 15, 2006)
  • Indonesia, U.S. have religious tolerance in common: Rice (07:18, March 15, 2006)
  • Israeli Acting PM vows to retain major settlement in W.Bank (07:18, March 15, 2006)
  • U.S. refuses to export nuclear technology to Pakistan (07:17, March 15, 2006)
  • Iran vows to resist pressure from Security Council over nuclear program (07:17, March 15, 2006)
  • Indonesia, U.S. navies conduct counter-terrorism exercise (07:17, March 15, 2006)
  • Wriththru: UN court in The Hague closes Milosevic trial (07:16, March 15, 2006)



  • Opinion

  • "We do not favor 'Taiwan Independence'": Interview  (17:28, March 15, 2006)
  • Full Text: China's economic and social development plan - III (13:43, March 15, 2006)
  • Full Text: China's economic and social development plan - II (13:43, March 15, 2006)
  • Full Text: China's economic and social development plan - I (13:44, March 15, 2006)
  • Transforming the growth model and the government functions (10:48, March 15, 2006)
  • China's defence spend in tune with economic growth (08:20, March 15, 2006)
  • Chinese premier gives answers to pressing questions (08:20, March 15, 2006)
  • Chinese premier addresses media on major issues (08:21, March 15, 2006)
  • Editorial hails successful conclusion to NPC's annual session (07:41, March 15, 2006)



  • Sports

  • Indian Wells Masters tennis order of play (16:28, March 15, 2006)
  • Filipino delegation for Doha Asian Games slashed for budget limits (16:26, March 15, 2006)
  • Vietnamese former sports official, coach prosecuted for bribery (13:27, March 15, 2006)
  • United States to play basketball challenge in South Korea (13:00, March 15, 2006)
  • Man. United defender Ferdinand criticizes UEFA over racism troubles (13:27, March 15, 2006)
  • IAAF adopt new schemes for Golden League jackpot (12:58, March 15, 2006)
  • Kuerten gives up Miami Masters for hip problem (12:57, March 15, 2006)
  • Man. City manager Pearce extends his contract by two years (12:56, March 15, 2006)
  • Inter knock off Ajax 1-0 to match Villarreal in Champions League (12:53, March 15, 2006)
  • PSG reach French Cup last eight with Pauleta's double (12:51, March 15, 2006)
  • Man. City beat Villa to reach FA Cup quarter-final (10:07, March 15, 2006)
  • Hingis ousts Davenport to advance in Indian Wells Masters (10:06, March 15, 2006)
  • Visiting middlesbrough fans clash with Roma's before UEFA Cup (09:21, March 15, 2006)
  • Host seizes first gold medal from blind skiing at Paralympics (09:21, March 15, 2006)
  • Okafor out of NBA Bobcats lineup for the remainer of the season (09:20, March 15, 2006)
  • Uruguay halts soccer league due to Saturday violence of death (09:19, March 15, 2006)
  • Medal standings in Turin Paralympic on March 14 (09:16, March 15, 2006)
  • Argentina to host 4-nation female field hockey tournament Wednesday (09:15, March 15, 2006)
  • Soccer's David Beckham begin running again after injury (08:34, March 15, 2006)
  • Marseille and Roma seek to overturn UEFA Cup deficits (08:33, March 15, 2006)
  • Alonso sees four-way battle (08:32, March 15, 2006)
  • Bob Feller: no Hall of Fame for Barry Bonds (08:31, March 15, 2006)
  • Baseball drug crisis deepens (08:30, March 15, 2006)
  • No easy ride for pole vault queen (08:30, March 15, 2006)
  • Agassi to seek buyer for Borg's trophies (08:29, March 15, 2006)
  • We have not won the Six Nations yet, warns Laporte (08:27, March 15, 2006)
  • Bird flu threat ruffling shuttlecock feathers (08:21, March 15, 2006)
  • Mourinho seeks more influence for outsiders Chelsea (08:20, March 15, 2006)
  • Zanzibar plays Tunisia in African Champions League tie (08:18, March 15, 2006)
  • Ssebuguzi wins Mbarara Rally 2006 in Uganda (08:17, March 15, 2006)
  • Swiss soccer coach Gusset eyes Cranes job in Uganda (08:16, March 15, 2006)
  • Ugandan boxers to get extra bonus for medals in Commonwealth Games (08:14, March 15, 2006)
  • Ugandan golfers make professional debut in Kenya (08:13, March 15, 2006)
  • CUBA defending champion Huaqiao University top Southeast Conference (08:12, March 15, 2006)
  • Cambodia calls off plan to host SEA Games in 2011 (08:10, March 15, 2006)
  • Changshu to host China Spring National Diving Championship (08:08, March 15, 2006)
  • Commonwealth Games shadowed by sexual attack in athletes' village (08:07, March 15, 2006)
  • 2010 World Cup broadcast chaos warned: report (08:06, March 15, 2006)
  • Filipino boxing champion rejects accusation by ex-lover (08:05, March 15, 2006)
  • Home United beat Sengkang Punggol 2-0 in S. League match (08:04, March 15, 2006)
  • American skier Miller still undecided on future (08:04, March 15, 2006)
  • Pitch at Munich's World Cup stadium being replaced (08:03, March 15, 2006)



  • Science & Technology

  • GM rice not yet approved for commercial production  (16:19, March 15, 2006)
  • "Artificial nerve" put into clinical test (16:19, March 15, 2006)
  • First digital certificate for online payment issued  (15:53, March 15, 2006)
  • China strongly against 802.11i for spreading misinformation (15:54, March 15, 2006)
  • U.S.expert says bird flu virus may have dangerous mutations (16:04, March 15, 2006)
  • Heritage guardians to start high-tech survey on Great Wall (11:43, March 15, 2006)
  • We like the look of people who have similar personalities.  (16:26, March 15, 2006)
  • Scientists urge vigilance as death toll creeps to 100 (08:01, March 15, 2006)
  • Plagiarism, fake research plague academia (08:01, March 15, 2006)
  • Hot rocks from cold comet complicate theories about how solar system formed (08:00, March 15, 2006)
  • US space shuttle launch delayed to July (10:07, March 15, 2006)
  • Malaysia announces names of 4 astronaut candidates (07:55, March 15, 2006)



  • Life

  • Six men hospitalized after drug trial in Britain (17:46, March 15, 2006)
  • Interview: Ballet Suzie Wong, really Hong Kong (17:45, March 15, 2006)
  • South Africa detects swine fever (17:45, March 15, 2006)
  • Denmark finds first H5 bird flu in wild bird (17:43, March 15, 2006)
  • Int'l experts further research bird flu medicines (13:25, March 15, 2006)
  • Nepali telefilm to be screened in int'l film festival (13:25, March 15, 2006)
  • Chile works on law to curb smoking (13:25, March 15, 2006)
  • 1,700-year-old wooden business card unearthed in E. China province (10:05, March 15, 2006)
  • Floods continue to hit Greece, soldiers on standby for evacuation (10:05, March 15, 2006)
  • Vanishing toads could portend extinction crisis (09:28, March 15, 2006)
  • 'Three-frozen' test-tube baby renews hope for anxious couples (09:28, March 15, 2006)
  • Queen urges more help for Aborigines (09:28, March 15, 2006)
  • Pride costs UK male motorists dearly (09:28, March 15, 2006)
  • New Blond James Bond stirred by criticism, but not shaken (09:29, March 15, 2006)
  • Misconduct could undermine Moussaoui trial (09:30, March 15, 2006)
  • Former cops accused of mafia crimes (09:30, March 15, 2006)
  • Every second counts for stroke victims (09:30, March 15, 2006)
  • Chile to give seniors free hospital care (09:30, March 15, 2006)
  • Bid to step up awareness of cervical cancer (09:31, March 15, 2006)
  • Archaeologists find ancient tunnels (09:31, March 15, 2006)
  • Actress Stapleton dies at age 80 (09:31, March 15, 2006)
  • Bird flu cases confirmed in 4 Indian villages (08:10, March 15, 2006)
  • Malaysia to curb student visa abuse among foreigners  (08:12, March 15, 2006)
  • U.S. to give Zambia 150 mln dollars in fight against HIV/AIDS (08:12, March 15, 2006)
  • Somalia launches commission to curb HIV/AIDS spread (08:14, March 15, 2006)
  • Hungary to produce H5N1 vaccine for humans: PM (08:18, March 15, 2006)
  • Cholera outbreak in Angolan capital hits 231 people (08:26, March 15, 2006)
  • HKU confers honorary degrees upon outstanding individuals (08:27, March 15, 2006)
  • Two people die of suspected Ebola infection in DR Congo: WHO (09:31, March 15, 2006)
  • HK to launch programs against animal cruelty (08:02, March 15, 2006)
  • Dead feral pigeons in HK tested negative for H5 virus (07:58, March 15, 2006)
  • China's local operas to make debut in Germany (07:59, March 15, 2006)
  • Cathay Pacific launches 3rd book written by local pilots (08:01, March 15, 2006)
  • Uganda's HIV prevalence rate falls to 6.4 percent (07:55, March 15, 2006)
  • Greenhouse gas level reaches record high in 2004: WMO (07:42, March 15, 2006)
  • Egyptian archaeologist says newly-found Pharaonic site used as mummification room, not tomb (07:16, March 15, 2006)



  • Photo

    S. Korean PM tenders resignation

    South Korean Prime Minister Lee Hae chan walks into a cabinet meeting room in Seoul on March 14, 2006. Lee tendered his resignation to president Roh Moo hyun after a recent golfing scandal tarnished the government and ruling party ahead of the May local elections.

    Chinese Premier meets the press

    Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao answers questions from journalists covering the annual full session of the National People's Congress (NPC) shortly after the closing of the session on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 in Beijing.

    Security Council urges calm after Israeli raid

    Palestinian prisioners in their underwear are at a prison in the West Bank town of Jericho, Tuesday, March 14, 2006. Israeli forces raided the prison Tuesday, demanding the surrender of six prisoners, including Saadat, inside and sparking a shootout with Palestinian police that left one Palestinian officer dead and another man wounded, Palestinian security officials said. Saadat is being held for ordering the assassination of Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi in 2001.

    World Cup trophy shown in Beijing

    Five girls wearing the uniforms of five national teams which had won the World Cup trophy present at the press conference held in Beijing, March 14, 2006. The World Cup trophy, which stands for the highest honor of international football, began its first-ever official visit to China Monday.

    US confirms 3rd case of mad cow disease

    US reports the third positive test for mad cow disease on a farm in Alabama and the animal was killed last week by a private veterinarian after it collapsed, and it was buried on the farm.

    Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev railway approved

    A passenger stands by a poster of Shanghai magnetic-levitation train in Pudong International Airport Station in Shanghai, east China, on March 13, 2006. The Shanghai-Hangzhou high-speed maglev railway has been approved by the State Council recently. With a total length of 175 kilometers, the project is expected to be completed in 2008 and to be in operation before the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.

    China thrash Denmark 6-0 at Algarve Cup

    China's Bai Lili(R) strives for the ball during the game against Denmark in the third game of Group B at Algarve Cup women's football competition in Algarve, Portugal March 13, 2006. China thrashed Denmark 6-0.

    UN court in The Hague closes Milosevic trial

    Slobodan Milosevic's lawyer Zdenko Tomanovic leaves the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague, March 14, 2006. The UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague formally closed the four-year trial of Slobodan Milosevic on Tuesday following the weekend death of the former Yugoslav president.

    Rapid progress in the Three Gorges Dam

    Photo taken on March 13 shows the construction scene of the Three Gorges Dam in Yichang, central China's Hubei Province, on March 13, 2006. The Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric project, is expected to be completed by the end of April or the beginning of May this year. With a length of 2,309 meters and a height of 185 meters above sea level, the dam has been constructed from the northern bank and the southern bank of the Yangtze River by stages.

    Annan on first official visit to South Africa

    United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan (L) meets with South African President Thabo Mbeki (R) in Cape Town of South Africa, March 14, 2006. Annan is on his first official visit to South Africa since becoming the world's top diplomat in 1997.

    Canada PM reaffirms commitment to Afghan mission

    The visiting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (L) shakes hands with Afghan President Hamid Karzai after their joint press conference in Kabul March 14, 2006. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday that Canada would reduce its military presence in Afghanistan in future, but after it achieves the goals of fighting terrorism and aiding the Afghan forces in fighting it themselves.

    Construction of WTC memorial begins

    Family members of Sept. 11 attack victims protest against the current design of the World Trade Center memorial at the memorial site in New York, U.S. March 13, 2006. Construction of the World Trade Center memorial began Monday without ground-breaking ceremony.


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