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News Archive --- Date:20060323


China

  • China appoints new top statistician (19:31, March 23, 2006)
  • Chinese top legislator vows to further relations with Brazil (19:31, March 23, 2006)
  • HK police to compete in fighting against youth crime (19:30, March 23, 2006)
  • Hu congratulates Belarusian President Lukashenko on reelection (19:30, March 23, 2006)
  • "I've seen genuine Shaolin Kong Fu", Putin (17:17, March 23, 2006)
  • Senior Chinese, Kyrgyz generals vow to boost military ties (16:23, March 23, 2006)
  • Chinese NPC vice chairman meets Palestine party delegation (16:23, March 23, 2006)
  • Top WFP official says China can be key partner in world humanitarian efforts (16:22, March 23, 2006)
  • Brazil to give priority to relations with China: Lula (13:31, March 23, 2006)
  • U.S. should take realistic view of China's military expenditure growth (13:21, March 23, 2006)
  • Chile-China free trade deal ready for parliamentary ratification (13:21, March 23, 2006)
  • Buyers of big cars have to pay more tax (09:59, March 23, 2006)
  • China and Russia partners in development, leaders declare (09:59, March 23, 2006)
  • Putin visits Shaolin Temple (09:59, March 23, 2006)
  • Chinese Foreign Minister visits People's Daily Online (09:47, March 23, 2006)
  • China donates equipment to Serbia-Montenegro (08:47, March 23, 2006)
  • Russia FM says Russia-China strategic partnership of coop irreversible (08:45, March 23, 2006)
  • Senior Chinese official vows to boost China-Ecuador relations (08:44, March 23, 2006)
  • China, Spain cementing all-round cooperation  (08:42, March 23, 2006)
  • Seminar to be held in HK to better understand national development plan (08:39, March 23, 2006)
  • Zambia recognizes China's market economy status (08:37, March 23, 2006)
  • Chinese, Spanish FMs hold talks on bilateral ties (08:36, March 23, 2006)
  • President of the Commonwealth of Dominica visits NW China (08:34, March 23, 2006)
  • Commissioner's office holds reception for new commissioner (08:33, March 23, 2006)
  • Website for World Buddhist Forum opens in China (08:43, March 23, 2006)
  • Russian president concludes China visit (08:43, March 23, 2006)
  • Chinese, Russian vice PMs vow to enhance economic ties (08:43, March 23, 2006)
  • Brazilian vice president arrives in Beijing (08:22, March 23, 2006)
  • China invites countries to 2010 Shanghai World Expo (08:16, March 23, 2006)
  • Auction for Soviet-era Minsk aircraft carrier falls at first hurdle (08:14, March 23, 2006)
  • China, Spain seek new channels to cement cultural exchanges (08:12, March 23, 2006)
  • CPC and KMT to hold economic and trade forum in Beijing (08:09, March 23, 2006)
  • China donates police equipment to Bangladesh (08:44, March 23, 2006)
  • State Councilor: China to continue strengthening cooperation with UNHCR (08:44, March 23, 2006)
  • Lamas honored highest Tibetan Buddhism degree (08:04, March 23, 2006)
  • Chinese top legislator tables 3-point proposal for closer parliamentary ties (08:44, March 23, 2006)
  • China to revise law interpretation on differentiated personal injury compensation (07:49, March 23, 2006)



  • Business

  • China's iron and steel sector tumbles in first two months (17:17, March 23, 2006)
  • Zambia suspends importation of industrial sugar (17:11, March 23, 2006)
  • China Construction Bank to issue 100 bln yuan in loans for Guangxi (17:12, March 23, 2006)
  • Chinese people spending more money in restaurants (17:12, March 23, 2006)
  • China, Pakistan to open four new road links (17:13, March 23, 2006)
  • China stresses adjustment of sectors with overcapacity (17:13, March 23, 2006)
  • Ghana facilitates ECOWAS protocol on free movement of goods  (17:14, March 23, 2006)
  • Nigeria to hold new bid round for 10 oil blocks in April (17:14, March 23, 2006)
  • Thai political turmoil brings down industrial confidence index (17:15, March 23, 2006)
  • China predicts stable fertilizer price this year (17:15, March 23, 2006)
  • China's three major airlines report falling pre-tax profits (17:16, March 23, 2006)
  • HK signs aircraft maintenance agreement with Canada (17:17, March 23, 2006)
  • Tanzania's exports of Nile perch down (16:06, March 23, 2006)
  • China to become world's largest DTV receiver producer in 2010 (16:05, March 23, 2006)
  • Chirac says financing key to solve water crisis (16:05, March 23, 2006)
  • Uganda aims faster construction of its largest hydropower project (16:05, March 23, 2006)
  • East China scenic city opens airlines to ROK to attract tourists (16:04, March 23, 2006)
  • UK grants Ghana 120 million pounds budgetary support (15:06, March 23, 2006)
  • Vietnam's rice export slightly rises in first quarter (13:03, March 23, 2006)
  • World Bank's strategies not effective enough to boost growth: report (11:30, March 23, 2006)
  • Saudi Arabia's crude oil production capacity reaches 11.3 million bpd (11:30, March 23, 2006)
  • Chinese ambassador to WTO expresses concerns over U.S. trade policy (11:31, March 23, 2006)
  • US must grasp reality of China forex policy (11:22, March 23, 2006)
  • Chains see sales revenue climb, but at slower rate (11:22, March 23, 2006)
  • China-Russia electricity trade flourishes (11:23, March 23, 2006)
  • PC maker expands in China (11:24, March 23, 2006)
  • Tax changes reflect pragmatic approach (11:26, March 23, 2006)
  • Tax changes mean little to most prices (11:26, March 23, 2006)
  • Consumer tariff shakes up market (11:26, March 23, 2006)
  • Cross-Straits forum will be held in April (10:05, March 23, 2006)
  • CDB plan goes beyond lending for infrastructure (11:27, March 23, 2006)
  • Dow Jones industrials rush to five-year high (08:07, March 23, 2006)
  • Oil prices drop, defying declining inventories (08:08, March 23, 2006)
  • World economy remains on strong growth path: Finnish study (08:40, March 23, 2006)
  • China to add oil refining capacity by 90 mln tons by 2010 (08:40, March 23, 2006)
  • Work to begin on oil pipeline in near future: Russian FM (08:10, March 23, 2006)
  • French Minister foresees 0.6-percent growth for first quarter 2006 (08:11, March 23, 2006)
  • Malaysian central bank chief says speculations on ringgit unwound (08:12, March 23, 2006)
  • EU to adopt anti-dumping duties on Chinese, Vietnamese shoes (08:13, March 23, 2006)
  • Euro zone records 10.8-billion-euro trade deficit in January (08:14, March 23, 2006)
  • Commercial bribery to mar credit standing of businesses (08:15, March 23, 2006)
  • HK improving business environment (08:16, March 23, 2006)
  • GOME reports revenue growth in 2005 thanks to fast expansion (08:17, March 23, 2006)
  • Morgan Stanley economist says U.S. trade protectionism is economic suicide (08:19, March 23, 2006)
  • Euro zone industrial orders drop 5.9 percent in January (08:12, March 23, 2006)
  • Bangladesh urges India to lift trade barriers (08:12, March 23, 2006)
  • Malaysia's manufacturing sales value up 10 pct in January (08:11, March 23, 2006)
  • China's tourist arrivals increase in first two months (08:06, March 23, 2006)
  • Citigroup donates nearly four million dollars to educating the poor (08:05, March 23, 2006)
  • China's mainland says dumping of imported PBT resin from Japan, Taiwan exists (08:05, March 23, 2006)
  • Malaysian economy expected to strengthen further in 2006 (08:04, March 23, 2006)
  • Vietnam needs 74 more power plants by 2015 (08:03, March 23, 2006)



  • World

  • Filipino judge delays arraignment of U.S. marines accused of rape (19:29, March 23, 2006)
  • Five people killed in car bomb blast in Baghdad (19:29, March 23, 2006)
  • Japan, U.S. start military realignment talks (19:28, March 23, 2006)
  • Terrorism is biggest social malady of 21st century: Turkish general (19:28, March 23, 2006)
  • Sonia Gandhi to resign as member of Indian parliament (19:28, March 23, 2006)
  • Roundup: Peace agreement sparks huge investment in southern Sudan (19:28, March 23, 2006)
  • Election still on track, no sign of emergency decree: Thai cabinet secretary (19:27, March 23, 2006)
  • ETA reaffirms willingness to achieve ceasefire (19:27, March 23, 2006)
  • Mubarak, Lebanese PM discuss regional issues (19:27, March 23, 2006)
  • Three Western hostages freed in Iraq (19:26, March 23, 2006)
  • Sri Lanka says Geneva talks will be held as planned (19:26, March 23, 2006)
  • Thaksin returns to work amid tight security (16:37, March 23, 2006)
  • Border skirmish casts shadow on Khaleda visit (16:28, March 23, 2006)
  • Four people killed in car bomb attack in northern Baghdad (16:27, March 23, 2006)
  • Ghana reiterates commitment to peace in west African region (16:27, March 23, 2006)
  • Fourty-two Indonesians granted asylum by Australia (16:27, March 23, 2006)
  • Indonesia mulls buying U.S. military helicopter Chinook (16:26, March 23, 2006)
  • Israeli army kills two Jihad militants in central Gaza (16:26, March 23, 2006)
  • Philippine army recommends court martial and other proceedings against 96 people (16:26, March 23, 2006)
  • Rwandan government not order Tutsi killing in 1994: witness (16:25, March 23, 2006)
  • Yayi Boni wins Benin presidential election (16:25, March 23, 2006)
  • South Asia free trade agreement comes into force (16:24, March 23, 2006)
  • Belarussian parliament speaker calls on gov't to tackle illegal gathering (16:24, March 23, 2006)
  • Annan meets DR Congo politicians, urging unity, fair voting (13:19, March 23, 2006)
  • Opponents to propose package of measures against Thaksin after deadline (13:19, March 23, 2006)
  • UAE reiterates support for Palestinians to decide own fate (13:18, March 23, 2006)
  • EU, Africa to strengthen cooperation in fight against illegal immigration (13:18, March 23, 2006)
  • U.S. offers rewards for capture of wanted Colombian rebel leaders (13:18, March 23, 2006)
  • ETA's ceasefire pledge cautiously welcomed (13:18, March 23, 2006)
  • Peruvian rebel leader sentenced to imprisonment of 32 years (13:17, March 23, 2006)
  • UN, Africa call for concerted efforts to fight bird flu pandemic (13:17, March 23, 2006)
  • Vietnamese CPVCC official summoned for scandals at transport ministry (13:17, March 23, 2006)
  • Thai army chief rules out use of force to defuse political crisis (13:15, March 23, 2006)
  • Annan stresses respect for DR Congo sovereignty (13:19, March 23, 2006)
  • Chile calls on Bolivia to restart diplomatic ties without conditions (11:36, March 23, 2006)
  • Philippines tries to amend ties with Germany soured by air terminal dispute (11:35, March 23, 2006)
  • Lebanese national dialog focused on Lahoud's fate (11:35, March 23, 2006)
  • Philippine lower house adopts 2006 national budget (11:35, March 23, 2006)
  • DR Congo incumbent president to pursue second term (10:57, March 23, 2006)
  • Canadian PM calls Karzai to express concern over Christian (10:36, March 23, 2006)
  • Gambia foils coup attempt: radio (10:35, March 23, 2006)
  • World Water Forum ends with Declaration of Mexico (10:29, March 23, 2006)
  • US base plan angers Okinawa residents (10:16, March 23, 2006)
  • Deposed Estrada defiant in court (10:30, March 23, 2006)
  • Basque separatists declare ceasefire (10:15, March 23, 2006)
  • Fire breaks out at Japanese nuclear plant (09:52, March 23, 2006)
  • EU urges Kosovo to protect Serb minority (09:33, March 23, 2006)
  • EU mulls new restrictive measures on Belarusian personnel (09:32, March 23, 2006)
  • UN urges Iraqi government to control security forces, armed groups (09:17, March 23, 2006)
  • Annan suggests mixed tribunal in dealing with Hariri's murder (09:15, March 23, 2006)
  • EU bans 92 foreign airlines from its skies (09:14, March 23, 2006)
  • Bush urges Iraqis to form national unity government (09:14, March 23, 2006)
  • Italy, Israel ask for single strong voice to Hamas (09:12, March 23, 2006)
  • Bush urges Congress to approve nuclear deal with India (09:11, March 23, 2006)
  • Bush says U.S. troop levels in Iraq not to be affected by Washington politics (09:10, March 23, 2006)
  • U.S. to report its nuclear pact with India to nuclear group (09:09, March 23, 2006)
  • Iran refutes U.S. allegation on al-Qaida presence (09:07, March 23, 2006)
  • South Africa not supporting proposed nuclear rules (09:05, March 23, 2006)
  • Israel's Olmert says ready for unilateral steps to draw borders (09:06, March 23, 2006)
  • Enel to suspend bid for Suez before Italian elections (08:59, March 23, 2006)
  • AU to deploy stabilization force for Comoros' presidential poll (08:57, March 23, 2006)
  • Man arrested for tossing suspicious package over White House fence (08:56, March 23, 2006)
  • UN tribunal confirms Milomir Stakic's conviction (08:53, March 23, 2006)
  • ECOWAS fetches four million dollars for pool fund (08:50, March 23, 2006)
  • S. Africa says Gabonese politician flees to its embassy (10:15, March 23, 2006)
  • EU blacklists 83 African airlines (08:44, March 23, 2006)
  • Afghan president arrives in Turkey for anti-terrorism conference (08:43, March 23, 2006)
  • South Africa extends peacekeeping operations in Africa (08:42, March 23, 2006)
  • South Africa sacks spy chief (08:40, March 23, 2006)
  • Africa should control its airwaves: Zimbabwean official (08:39, March 23, 2006)
  • Germany to make formal decision in May on sending troops to DR Congo (08:37, March 23, 2006)
  • EU ministers discuss immigration (08:38, March 23, 2006)
  • S. Africa says Gabonese politician flees to its embassy (08:36, March 23, 2006)
  • Russian legislators denounce foreign interference in Belarus affairs (08:34, March 23, 2006)
  • WTO urges U.S. to keep market open (08:33, March 23, 2006)
  • Afghan President prepares list of reshuffled cabinet (08:32, March 23, 2006)
  • U.S. indicts 50 Colombian guerrilla leaders for drug trafficking (08:30, March 23, 2006)
  • Israel to provide PNA aid to curb bird flu (08:29, March 23, 2006)
  • U.S. military probes killings of Iraqi civilians (08:20, March 23, 2006)
  • Deadly bird flu strain reported in Gaza (07:56, March 23, 2006)
  • All passengers, crew safe after Canadian ferry sinks (07:56, March 23, 2006)
  • U.S. ignores cooperation with Russia: speaker (07:49, March 23, 2006)
  • Roundup: Safe water becomes great challenge for Bangladesh  (07:49, March 23, 2006)
  • Gunmen kills one Shiite pilgrim, wounds 43 in attacks in Baghdad (07:48, March 23, 2006)
  • No one can accept or reject the PLO: Abbas (07:48, March 23, 2006)
  • UN says situations in southern Sudan under control (07:48, March 23, 2006)
  • S.African security guards to stage nationwide strikes (07:47, March 23, 2006)
  • Hamas rejects PLO decision not to verify its cabinet (07:47, March 23, 2006)
  • PLO executive committee rejects Hamas-led cabinet 's platform (07:47, March 23, 2006)
  • Spanish government welcomes ETA ceasefire (07:46, March 23, 2006)
  • Indonesian president pledges not to close U.S. company (07:46, March 23, 2006)
  • Nigerian census invokes clash between police, separatists (07:42, March 23, 2006)
  • Indonesian top Muslim organizations support porn bill (07:42, March 23, 2006)
  • Southern Turkey gets ready for total solar eclipse (07:41, March 23, 2006)
  • Peru's rebel leader sentenced to 32 years in prison (07:41, March 23, 2006)
  • Relief agency, UN unite to fight against disasters in Africa (07:41, March 23, 2006)



  • Opinion

  • Some changes of the US NSS Report: Comment (17:29, March 23, 2006)
  • Democracy spreads in China's countryside  (10:48, March 23, 2006)
  • Sino-Russian relations to reach a new peak (10:42, March 23, 2006)
  • China and Russia strengthen strategic and performance-oriented cooperation (10:42, March 23, 2006)



  • Sports

  • Williams reaches last eight at China Open (16:54, March 23, 2006)
  • Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to be safer: park chief (16:53, March 23, 2006)
  • Seven more athletes missing in Commonwealth Games (16:52, March 23, 2006)
  • Beijing starts construction on Olympic tennis venue (16:51, March 23, 2006)
  • Venus withdraws from Miami Open due to injury (13:11, March 23, 2006)
  • Pang, Tong win pairs title at figure skating worlds (13:10, March 23, 2006)
  • Germany beat United States 4-1 at friendly (13:09, March 23, 2006)
  • Taufik's sore back hurts Indonesia's hopes for Thomas Cup (13:08, March 23, 2006)
  • 'Rocket' fails to take off at first stage (10:21, March 23, 2006)
  • English, the common language for referees (10:21, March 23, 2006)
  • Hakkinen: McLaren can deliver for Kimi (10:21, March 23, 2006)
  • No World Cup in China in near future (10:20, March 23, 2006)
  • South Africa want Eriksson for 2010 (10:20, March 23, 2006)
  • Parreira says Brazil's World Cup hopes hang on Ronaldo (08:45, March 23, 2006)
  • Greece to host Europe Corporate Games in November (08:43, March 23, 2006)
  • Cuban badminton contest to open on Thursday (08:42, March 23, 2006)
  • Rosario must win to keep alive Libertadores campaign (08:41, March 23, 2006)
  • Brown reveals 600m pound funding for 2012 Olympics (08:40, March 23, 2006)
  • Wednesday's Results of World Snooker China Open (08:22, March 23, 2006)
  • World No.1 O'Sullivan upset in Snooker World China Open (08:21, March 23, 2006)
  • Young Lions beat Geylang United in Singapore League soccer (08:19, March 23, 2006)
  • Totti on track for World Cup, doctor says (08:20, March 23, 2006)
  • Home teams win most in CBA opening playoffs (08:19, March 23, 2006)
  • China to wait until 2026 to host World Cup, says FIFA vice president (08:18, March 23, 2006)
  • Mirholdirshaev salvages for Mash'al in AFC Champions League (08:17, March 23, 2006)
  • Gamba bury Da Nang 15-0 to tie record in AFC Champions League (08:16, March 23, 2006)
  • Ugandan driver pulls off Safari Rally (08:15, March 23, 2006)
  • Zou strike sends Dalian over Jeonbuk in AFC Champions League (08:14, March 23, 2006)
  • Two Xiamen int'l marathon statues to settle down in IOC headquarter (08:12, March 23, 2006)
  • FIFA sticks to its age limit on players at Olympics (08:11, March 23, 2006)
  • Higgins moves into top 16 of China Open with a narrow win (08:10, March 23, 2006)
  • Uganda's boxer enter semi-final at the Commonwealth Games (08:09, March 23, 2006)
  • FIFA satisfied with Beijing's preparations for Olympic soccer tournament (08:08, March 23, 2006)
  • Commonwealth Games medal tally (08:07, March 23, 2006)
  • Australia Steffensen wins men's 400m athletics gold (08:05, March 23, 2006)
  • Uganda wins first gold at Commonwealth Games (08:03, March 23, 2006)
  • Sports participation rate rises to 48 percent among Singaporeans (08:00, March 23, 2006)
  • Cisse possible to join Tottenham, says agent (08:00, March 23, 2006)
  • Hiddink not to run for England manager (07:59, March 23, 2006)
  • Birmingham manager Bruce vows to carry on (07:58, March 23, 2006)
  • Police search for missing Sierra Leone athletes (07:57, March 23, 2006)
  • Games organizers to give away 23,000 tickets for closing ceremony (07:50, March 23, 2006)



  • Science & Technology

  • Sino-US research center for clinical drugs founded (17:19, March 23, 2006)
  • China-US scientists use Space Technology to explore deep sea (17:20, March 23, 2006)
  • China to give bird flu samples to WHO (16:44, March 23, 2006)
  • Junk mails incur 6 billion yuan losses in China (16:44, March 23, 2006)
  • 18mln Chinese take Chinese language test (16:32, March 23, 2006)
  • Chinese college students have poor knowledge of AIDS: survey (16:30, March 23, 2006)
  • Scientist Stephen Hawking to visit HK (16:31, March 23, 2006)
  • Study shows excessive fluoride in water can damage teeth, bones (16:28, March 23, 2006)
  • Info-Tech fair kicks off in Kathmandu (11:32, March 23, 2006)
  • Advanced telecommunication network serves Chinese gov't (08:05, March 23, 2006)
  • Budget unveiled for more investment in education in Britain (08:05, March 23, 2006)



  • Life

  • Site of Qin cemetery discovered in Xi'an (16:49, March 23, 2006)
  • A history of Chinese surname Yan (16:48, March 23, 2006)
  • UNICEF to provide $15M for health program in Indonesia (16:36, March 23, 2006)
  • Death toll from cholera outbreak in southern Sudan rises to 238 (16:36, March 23, 2006)
  • Oscar winner calls for more culture, less politics in Taiwan (16:36, March 23, 2006)
  • U.S. top singer Alicia Keys to visit Uganda (16:35, March 23, 2006)
  • Ghanaians urged not to cause panic with bird flu issue (16:34, March 23, 2006)
  • Bangladesh vigilant about bird flu as neighbors affected (16:34, March 23, 2006)
  • Cecilia Cheung joins stars at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong (16:33, March 23, 2006)
  • Fifth cured human case of bird flu discharged from hospital in E. China  (16:33, March 23, 2006)
  • Renovation projects benefit Chinese shanty town residents (10:30, March 23, 2006)
  • 11 killed in road accident in Chile (10:30, March 23, 2006)
  • 66-year-old guns down teen for walking across his lawn (10:18, March 23, 2006)
  • Pet owners lavish new tricks on old dogs (10:18, March 23, 2006)
  • Robot guides visitors round museum (10:18, March 23, 2006)
  • Schoolgirl loses right to wear Muslim costume (10:17, March 23, 2006)
  • Perils of online dating prompt safety efforts (10:17, March 23, 2006)
  • Have a beer on Australia? No thanks, says Canada (10:17, March 23, 2006)
  • Israeli election campaign highlights growing poverty (10:17, March 23, 2006)
  • EU bans 93 mostly African airlines out of safety (10:17, March 23, 2006)
  • Relics at risk where they are supposed to be safe (09:56, March 23, 2006)
  • LA bus worker, 100, presses the brake (09:56, March 23, 2006)
  • Global action called for at WWF to tackle water crisis (09:25, March 23, 2006)
  • New antimalarial drug launched in Kenya (09:21, March 23, 2006)
  • Albania confirms its 2nd case of bird flu (09:56, March 23, 2006)
  • Botswana children with HIV/AIDS miss treatment (09:20, March 23, 2006)
  • Feature: Ancient Chinese pastimes exhibited in HK (09:20, March 23, 2006)
  • Fire alarm activated at Japan's radioactive waste facility (09:19, March 23, 2006)
  • Afghanistan begins culling-chicken process to prevent out spread of H5N1 (09:19, March 23, 2006)
  • WHO expects half world regions to have achieved TB control targets by 2005 (09:18, March 23, 2006)
  • Thailand to host Asia-Pacific dengue prevention meeting (09:14, March 23, 2006)
  • Eastern Malaysia closes 6 more primary schools to curb HFMD (09:14, March 23, 2006)
  • China issues first book on history of China-Portugal relations (09:14, March 23, 2006)
  • 7,000-year-old pottery offers clues to origin of Chinese characters (09:13, March 23, 2006)
  • China encourages NGO's participation in fight against AIDS (09:13, March 23, 2006)
  • Angolan capital registers 452 cholera cases, leaving 14 dead (09:12, March 23, 2006)
  • NGO to assist AIDS project in northern Uganda (09:12, March 23, 2006)
  • Japan to airlift anti-toxin serum to Thailand (09:11, March 23, 2006)
  • Cholera-like disease kills eight in northern Uganda (09:10, March 23, 2006)
  • Xinjiang celebrates its Spring Festival (09:08, March 23, 2006)



  • Photo

    Baltic Sea countries vows to strengthen military cooperation

    Baltic Sea countries defense ministers (from L to R): Danish Defense Minister Soren Gade Jensen, Estonian Defense Minister Jurgen Ligi, German Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung, Latvian Defense Minister Linda Murniece, Lithuanian Defense Minister Gediminas Kirkilas and Polish Defense Minister Radoslaw Sikorski pose for a photo in Rica, capital of Latvia, March 21, 2006. The six countries' defense ministers met in Riga and agreed to strengthen military cooperation on Tuesday.

    Afghanistan culls chickens suspected with H5N1 virus

    An Afghan veterinarian staff carries chickens in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, March 22, 2006. Afghanistan began the campaign to cull chickens suspected or affected with H5N1 virus Wednesday. About 12 positive cases of H5N1 had been found in five provinces of Afghanistan since Feb. 27, 2006.

    Chinese Foreign Minister visits People's Daily Online

    Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing paid a visit to People's Daily Online on March 22.

    Former world chess champion transferred to Qatar

    The photo taken on March 21, 2006 shows China's former world chess champion Zhu Chen at a press conference in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang province. The news that Zhu Chen was allowed to transfer to Qatar was released at the press conference held by Zhejiang Bureau of Sports.

    Year of Russia's opening ceremony

    Actors perform at the opening ceremony for the Year of Russia in China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, on March 21, 2006. Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the ceremony.

    Surprising exit of star players in World Snooker China Open

    England's Jimmy White competes at the 2006 World Snooker China Open at Beijing University Students Gymnasium in Beijing, capital of China, March 21, 2006. Northern Ireland's Joe Swail defeated England's Jimmy White, and moved to top 16.

    Hu addresses the High-Level Sino-Russian Economic Forum

    Chinese President Hu Jintao addresses the opening ceremony of the High-Level Sino-Russian Economic Forum in Beijing, China, March 22, 2006.

    Putin visits Shaolin Temple

    Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) poses for a photo with Shi Yongxin, abbot of Shaolin temple, in the temple in central China's Henan Province, on March 22, 2006. Putin arrived here on Wednesday for a taste of Buddhism and martial arts. Established about 1,500 years ago, Shaolin is famed for the great combination of martial arts skill and Zen, a sect of Buddhism, that features long meditation sessions to purify the mind.


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