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News Archive --- Date:20060324


China

  • Hu Jintao meets Brazilian Vice President Jose Alencar (19:22, March 24, 2006)
  • CPC leader vows to further China-Malta relations (19:18, March 24, 2006)
  • Chinese govt to offer free bird flu and foot-and-mouth vaccines to farmers (17:18, March 24, 2006)
  • Senior advisor meets with DPRK guests (17:14, March 24, 2006)
  • Chinese, Iranian FMs talk over phone about nuclear issue (17:14, March 24, 2006)
  • China and Brazil to enhance bilateral cooperation, deepen strategic relations (16:23, March 24, 2006)
  • Nepali high-ranking official meet Chinese journalist delegation (16:22, March 24, 2006)
  • Two Chinese vessels seized in Australian waters (14:13, March 24, 2006)
  • Macao's legislative arm nods anti-money laundering law (13:20, March 24, 2006)
  • Turkmenistan president to visit China (13:19, March 24, 2006)
  • Nigerian parliamentary delegation to visit China (13:19, March 24, 2006)
  • Maltese president visits Chinese culture center (13:19, March 24, 2006)
  • More H5N1 samples to be sent worldwide (09:03, March 24, 2006)
  • We're grateful for China's help: Jews (09:03, March 24, 2006)
  • Concern voiced over US trade policies (09:03, March 24, 2006)
  • Japan move to suspend loans 'does not help ties' (09:04, March 24, 2006)
  • China's nuclear-power plants to increase (09:04, March 24, 2006)
  • Bird flu Infection suspected in woman's death (09:02, March 24, 2006)
  • Chinese vice permier meets U.S. senators (07:29, March 24, 2006)
  • Chinese President to visit US in April (07:28, March 24, 2006)
  • Japan's freezing of loans harms China-Japan relations: spokesman (07:27, March 24, 2006)
  • China, Brazil pledge to strengthen ties (07:27, March 24, 2006)
  • Bruneian princess to visit China (07:26, March 24, 2006)
  • EU adopts provisional dumping duties on Chinese, Vietnamese shoes (07:26, March 24, 2006)
  • Chinese ambassador receives Pakistan's highest civil award (07:23, March 24, 2006)
  • President of Commonwealth of Dominica visits SW China (07:29, March 24, 2006)
  • Chinese state councilor meets Japanese guests (07:22, March 24, 2006)
  • Chinese state councilor meets former Canadian PM (07:22, March 24, 2006)
  • China will continue to improve legal system to solve refugee problems (07:22, March 24, 2006)
  • Putin's China tour fruitful: FM spokesman (07:21, March 24, 2006)
  • Chinese state councilor meets with Swedish, Japanese guests (07:21, March 24, 2006)
  • China says no to Japan's proposal on UN dues (07:21, March 24, 2006)
  • China, US to hold first consultation on Latin American affairs (07:20, March 24, 2006)
  • Men sentenced to death in SW China for baby boys trafficking (07:20, March 24, 2006)



  • Business

  • EU anti-dumping tariffs on Vietnamese shoes unfair: FM spokesman (19:26, March 24, 2006)
  • Shoemakers oppose EU sanctions on Chinese footwear (19:25, March 24, 2006)
  • China's Taiwan, Japan sign new air pact to promote ties (10:48, March 25, 2006)
  • Alcatel, Lucent negotiating on possible merger (17:21, March 24, 2006)
  • China Unicom's net profits increases 15 pct in 2005 (17:20, March 24, 2006)
  • China's saloon cars output in first two months surges by 83 percent (17:19, March 24, 2006)
  • Uganda urges tests on feasibility of recently-found oil sites (16:59, March 24, 2006)
  • Global copper price may calm down as China increases exports (16:58, March 24, 2006)
  • HK opens more e-channels  (16:56, March 24, 2006)
  • Ethiopia, Kenya discuss power connection (17:19, March 24, 2006)
  • China to set up postal savings bank soon (16:56, March 24, 2006)
  • China outlines plans for future railway trains (16:55, March 24, 2006)
  • Uganda to add two thermal plants by 2007 (16:55, March 24, 2006)
  • Standard and Poor: Hutchison's ratings unchanged  (16:55, March 24, 2006)
  • 3 challenges ahead of economic development (16:45, March 24, 2006)
  • Shanghai ranks top for sustainable development (16:44, March 24, 2006)
  • Burkina Faso posts 7.5 percent GDP growth in 2005 (14:50, March 24, 2006)
  • Mauritania exports nearly 1m barrels of crude to China (13:05, March 24, 2006)
  • Vehicles flouting emission standards causes severe pollution in Kathmandu: study  (13:04, March 24, 2006)
  • China's silver price hits record high (13:04, March 24, 2006)
  • NZ economy down 0.1 pct in Q4 2005 (11:16, March 24, 2006)
  • Chinese shoe manufacturers raise legal defence funds for EU anti-dumping case (11:17, March 24, 2006)
  • Technology firms form joint venture (11:17, March 24, 2006)
  • Tech giant sets up Asian HQ in Shanghai (11:17, March 24, 2006)
  • Iron ore demand expected to cool (11:17, March 24, 2006)
  • Central bank to improve RMB flexibility (11:18, March 24, 2006)
  • METRO brings bulk products to Beijing outlet (11:18, March 24, 2006)
  • EU adopts provisional anti-dumping duties on Chinese, Vietnamese shoes (07:58, March 24, 2006)
  • Russia's WTO entry talks not making much progress: official (07:50, March 24, 2006)
  • Oil prices surge over worries of supply (07:50, March 24, 2006)
  • Uruguayan economy registers 6.6 percent growth (08:16, March 24, 2006)
  • Internet use in Norway increases (08:16, March 24, 2006)
  • Central bank pledges to make yuan more flexible (07:51, March 24, 2006)
  • BOCHK strives to become regional financial service group (08:16, March 24, 2006)
  • Mad cow disease on the wane worldwide, FAO says (07:52, March 24, 2006)
  • Cheung Kong's net profit up 31 pct (08:15, March 24, 2006)
  • China Telecom records 27.9 billion yuan in net profits in 2005 (07:52, March 24, 2006)
  • Barroso says EU favors diologue in handling trade disputes with China (07:53, March 24, 2006)
  • French parliament approves takeover law (08:14, March 24, 2006)
  • China to invest 61.6 bln yuan in power grid construction in Shandong (08:13, March 24, 2006)
  • Africa launches oil refinery body (07:53, March 24, 2006)
  • Indian exports to cross 92 billion US dollars target for 2005-06 (08:13, March 24, 2006)
  • U.S. senators more optimistic about China's currency reform (07:54, March 24, 2006)
  • Dutch producers, consumers more confident, show statistics (08:13, March 24, 2006)
  • EU veterinary experts approve Israel import ban (08:12, March 24, 2006)
  • Hefty investment set aside for highway construction in Tibet (08:12, March 24, 2006)
  • South Africa, India cooperate to boost sea trade (08:12, March 24, 2006)
  • U.S. existing home sales up 5.2 percent in February (08:11, March 24, 2006)
  • Chinese government approves outline for long-term nuclear development (07:55, March 24, 2006)
  • Ethiopian Airlines offers aviation training to foreign trainees (07:55, March 24, 2006)
  • Development Bank to issue 5.8 bln yuan of asset-backed securities (08:06, March 24, 2006)
  • China, Russia to use large containers to carry goods (08:06, March 24, 2006)
  • Cooperation with mainland safeguards HK's role as finance center: Official (08:05, March 24, 2006)
  • Indonesia claims remote blocks have 8.5 bln barrels of oil reserves (08:05, March 24, 2006)
  • Singapore's CPI up 1.2 percent in February (08:04, March 24, 2006)
  • EU to offer 500 million euros for L.America to ease water crisis (08:04, March 24, 2006)
  • Tokyo's commercial land prices rise for 1st time in 15 years (08:04, March 24, 2006)
  • Malaysia's external trade expected to exceed 1 trillion ringgit this year (08:03, March 24, 2006)
  • Forum held on maintaining HK's leading air cargo hub position (08:03, March 24, 2006)
  • HK domestic exports up 37 percent in January (08:00, March 24, 2006)



  • World

  • Australian FM: visa decision not to affect ties with Indonesia (19:24, March 24, 2006)
  • Rebels raid Orissa jail in east India, free inmates (19:23, March 24, 2006)
  • Most Spaniards want government to talk with ETA after ceasefire (19:23, March 24, 2006)
  • Arroyo to show up at military academy  (19:21, March 24, 2006)
  • Indonesia summons ambassador to Australia (19:20, March 24, 2006)
  • Blair to visit Indonesia to boost security ties (19:20, March 24, 2006)
  • At least 15 pro-Taliban militants killed in Pakistan army operation: spokesman (19:19, March 24, 2006)
  • Indonesian military denies abuse claim by Papuan asylum seekers (17:16, March 24, 2006)
  • Roundup: S.Korean president nominates female lawmaker as PM  (19:19, March 24, 2006)
  • Philippine armed forces on highest alert for military academy graduation (16:19, March 24, 2006)
  • Five Iraqis killed in attack on Baghdad bakeshop (16:19, March 24, 2006)
  • Most wanted kidnaper killed by Philippine police near Manila (16:19, March 24, 2006)
  • Rebel internecine clashes in east Sri Lanka (16:18, March 24, 2006)
  • Japan-stationed U.S. military employee convicted for rape (16:18, March 24, 2006)
  • Sri Lanka govt receives early boost in local elections (16:18, March 24, 2006)
  • News analysis: Asylum issue sours Indonesia-Australia ties  (16:17, March 24, 2006)
  • Profile: S.Korea's new nominated PM Han Myung-sook  (16:17, March 24, 2006)
  • S.Korean president names female lawmaker as new PM (16:17, March 24, 2006)
  • Roundup: Basque separatist group ETA starts ceasefire (13:18, March 24, 2006)
  • Cyclone Wati likely to head towards NZ (13:17, March 24, 2006)
  • Belarussian protesters evicted out of central Minsk square (13:17, March 24, 2006)
  • Indonesia slams Australia over visa decision (13:17, March 24, 2006)
  • Thai King meets privy council members amid political stalemate (13:16, March 24, 2006)
  • UN peacekeepers redeploy in Cote d'Ivoire after anti-UN unrest (13:16, March 24, 2006)
  • Dominica rejects charges of xenophobia to Haitians (13:16, March 24, 2006)
  • Ecuador insists on free trade pact with U.S. (13:15, March 24, 2006)
  • Over 80,000 work force involved in Myanmar new capital development project (13:15, March 24, 2006)
  • NATO to deploy maritime exercise in North Sea, Baltic (13:15, March 24, 2006)
  • Bolivia calls for OAS meeting on sea access dispute with Chile (13:15, March 24, 2006)
  • Mediators vote to send New York transit contract dispute to arbitration (13:14, March 24, 2006)
  • Roundup: EU leaders endorse common energy policy in principle (13:13, March 24, 2006)
  • Colombia accuses Ecuadorian aircraft of violating airspace (13:14, March 24, 2006)
  • Venezuela, U.S. secure temporary agreement to avoid flight ban (11:22, March 24, 2006)
  • Thai Rak Thai Party sues opponents and newspapers (11:23, March 24, 2006)
  • Annan urges Congolese to leave division behind, rebuild DRC (10:54, March 24, 2006)
  • Court orders shutdown of Japan's second largest nuke reactor (10:49, March 24, 2006)
  • Spanish gov't says talks will be possible only if ETA honors ceasefire pledge (09:59, March 24, 2006)
  • Future of EU set to loom over summit (10:25, March 24, 2006)
  • Americans, Mexicans 'oppose border fence' (10:30, March 24, 2006)
  • UK-led forces free Western hostages (10:29, March 24, 2006)
  • Gandhi quits as MP, to contest again (10:28, March 24, 2006)
  • Warrant reinstated for Milosevic's widow (10:27, March 24, 2006)
  • EU leaders back common energy policy: Barroso (09:13, March 24, 2006)
  • Russia's WTO entry talks not making much progress: official (09:12, March 24, 2006)
  • UN urges Somali leaders, militia to protect relief agencies (08:44, March 24, 2006)
  • Britain to improve relations with Zimbabwe: official (08:42, March 24, 2006)
  • Italy's ties with Israel, Arab nations balanced: FM (08:40, March 24, 2006)
  • Stalled talks on WTC rebuilding resume (08:39, March 24, 2006)
  • Security Council extends UN mission in Afghanistan for one year (08:38, March 24, 2006)
  • U.S. defends statement on security concerns in Italy (08:36, March 24, 2006)
  • UN chief welcomes permanent truce declared by Basque separatists (08:21, March 24, 2006)
  • U.S. says no final deal reached over Iran's nuclear issue (08:35, March 24, 2006)
  • UN Security Council calls for end to violence in Burundi (08:33, March 24, 2006)
  • Cyprus says not concerned about EU probe into airline restructuring (08:32, March 24, 2006)
  • U.S. urges DPRK to return to six-party talks (08:31, March 24, 2006)
  • U.S. welcomes hostage rescue operation in Iraq (08:30, March 24, 2006)
  • White House says U.S. troop level in Iraq hinges on ground conditions (08:28, March 24, 2006)
  • U.S. calls for all-around cooperation to fight global terrorism (08:27, March 24, 2006)
  • Pentagon remains evasive on troop withdrawal schedule (08:24, March 24, 2006)
  • EU welcomes ETA's ceasefire announcement (08:19, March 24, 2006)
  • U.S. freezes assets of Lebanese media allegedly linked to Hezbollah (07:43, March 24, 2006)
  • Two enumerators killed in Nigerian census violence (07:43, March 24, 2006)
  • Saddam's FM unveiled as double spy for French, CIA, says report (07:42, March 24, 2006)
  • Embattled former Zambian president allowed medical treatment abroad (07:42, March 24, 2006)
  • Egyptian president, Syrian vice president discuss Syria-Lebanon ties (07:42, March 24, 2006)
  • EU leaders open economic summit on economic reforms (07:41, March 24, 2006)
  • No shots fired in Baghdad operation to rescue three Western hostages: U.S. military (07:38, March 24, 2006)
  • East African leaders to meet in Tanzania next month (07:41, March 24, 2006)
  • Human rights commission to be abolished on June 19 (07:41, March 24, 2006)
  • Chernobyl blast may have killed over 1,000 British children (07:40, March 24, 2006)
  • British aid worker freed in Iraq (07:39, March 24, 2006)
  • EU to step up crackdown on human smuggling (07:39, March 24, 2006)
  • Jordan supports Lebanon's national dialogue: king (07:39, March 24, 2006)
  • Canadian, British hostages freed in Iraq (07:39, March 24, 2006)
  • Attorney-General's Chambers of Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei hold inaugural event (07:38, March 24, 2006)
  • Latvia's presidential office evacuated amid bomb scare (07:36, March 24, 2006)
  • Jobs, energy to dominate EU spring summit (07:41, March 24, 2006)
  • Russian air force to get new fighter bombers (07:35, March 24, 2006)
  • AL chief stresses support for extending African peacekeeping mandate in Sudan's Darfur (07:35, March 24, 2006)
  • Malaysia launches low cost carrier terminal (07:35, March 24, 2006)
  • Basque separatist leader trial postponed in Spain (07:34, March 24, 2006)
  • Pakistan summons Afghan envoy for protest about killing of Pakistanis (07:34, March 24, 2006)
  • Lukashenko confirmed as winner in Belarus presidential vote (07:33, March 24, 2006)
  • Poland not to consider joining eurozone before 2009: PM (07:32, March 24, 2006)
  • Thai security officers are alert to March 24-25 rallies (07:32, March 24, 2006)
  • Roundup: Zia's visit to strengthen Indo-Bangladesh relations (07:32, March 24, 2006)
  • DRPK denounces U.S., S. Korea drills (07:18, March 24, 2006)
  • French PM proposes dialogue with social parterners on CPE (07:17, March 24, 2006)
  • ASEAN, SEAMEO members to jointly promote role of education (07:18, March 24, 2006)
  • Sonia resigns as MP, to fight election again (07:18, March 24, 2006)
  • Tanzanian new president to visit Kenya on Friday (07:17, March 24, 2006)
  • Cambodian King to visit Malaysia, Singapore (07:17, March 24, 2006)
  • Seven inmates die in Brazil prison riot (07:17, March 24, 2006)
  • French Interior Minister favors 6-month test of CPE (07:17, March 24, 2006)
  • Bulgaria may face safeguard clause of EU accession treaty (07:16, March 24, 2006)
  • "We can not leave Hamas alone:" Islamic Jihad official (07:16, March 24, 2006)
  • Kidnapped NZ student rescued in Iraq (07:15, March 24, 2006)



  • Opinion

  • China, US need to deal with savings properly (17:02, March 24, 2006)
  • Japan discredits itself by playing "dues" card  (17:00, March 24, 2006)
  • EU duties will not help its shoe industry (09:19, March 24, 2006)
  • Divided Iraq could be torn apart by civil war (09:16, March 24, 2006)



  • Sports

  • Lambiel retains title at figure skating worlds (16:27, March 24, 2006)
  • WBA champion, top shuttler vying for Indonesian sports honor (16:26, March 24, 2006)
  • Four more Sierra Leone athletes go missing at Commonwealth Games (16:25, March 24, 2006)
  • Chelsea charged for players' conduct again (16:24, March 24, 2006)
  • Paraguay name squad for Mexico friendly (13:14, March 24, 2006)
  • Toronto goalie out for rest of NHL season (13:14, March 24, 2006)
  • Mourning out of action for injury (13:09, March 24, 2006)
  • Women's game unveils 'reality TV' (08:33, March 24, 2006)
  • Klinsmann smiling again after win (08:32, March 24, 2006)
  • ISU plays down effect of absent stars (08:31, March 24, 2006)
  • China's players need support, says Wattana (08:30, March 24, 2006)
  • Eriksson shows faith in Cole with player of year tip (08:29, March 24, 2006)
  • Conte tells of races, music, steroids debate in prison (08:27, March 24, 2006)
  • Real's options narrow over next coach (08:26, March 24, 2006)
  • Best supporting role not enough (08:25, March 24, 2006)
  • Tennis Masters Series to remain in Madrid until 2011 (08:25, March 24, 2006)
  • Cuba to restart domestic baseball league (08:24, March 24, 2006)
  • Polish boxer sues promotor Don King Products (08:11, March 24, 2006)
  • Gombak United beat Balestier Khalsa 1-0 in Singapore League (08:11, March 24, 2006)
  • Ding moves to top 16 of World Snooker China Open (08:10, March 24, 2006)
  • Spain's Real Sociedad sacks coach Arconada (08:09, March 24, 2006)
  • Cote d'Ivoire to play three friendlies to tune up for World Cup (08:08, March 24, 2006)
  • UEFA warns wealthy clubs of G14 of exclusion (08:07, March 24, 2006)
  • Thursday's results of World Snooker China Open  (08:06, March 24, 2006)
  • World No.2 Higgins into quarter-final of China Open (08:04, March 24, 2006)
  • Cyprus secures four medals in Commonwealth Games (08:00, March 24, 2006)
  • Roundup: 400m hurdles Games records set both in women's and men's (07:59, March 24, 2006)
  • Samaranch awarded honorary doctorate by Chinese university (07:57, March 24, 2006)
  • Indian weightlifters test positive for drugs (07:56, March 24, 2006)
  • Zambian players urged to play at European leagues (07:56, March 24, 2006)
  • German and Polish police forces drill for World Cup (07:54, March 24, 2006)



  • Science & Technology

  • Experts doubt authenticity of China's pre-Columbus map (16:53, March 24, 2006)
  • Sony to offer game downloading for PlayStation 3 users (13:22, March 24, 2006)
  • FDA panel recommends against treating ADHD with modafinil (13:21, March 24, 2006)
  • World Education Forum opens in Brazil with focus on adult education (11:20, March 24, 2006)
  • Polar ice melting may raise sea levels faster than forecast: study (11:19, March 24, 2006)
  • Japan to spend more on scientific research (09:20, March 24, 2006)



  • Life

  • Huamulan, Chinese movie vs. US cartoon (17:40, March 24, 2006)
  • Dead birds found in Jordan following Israeli bird-flu outbreak (17:17, March 24, 2006)
  • War dramas dominate Chinese TV screens in 2005 (16:59, March 24, 2006)
  • Regional countries pledge stronger response to children and HIV/AIDS  (16:52, March 24, 2006)
  • Cambodia confirms fifth human case of bird flu (16:20, March 24, 2006)
  • U.S. to give Zambia 12 million dollars for VCT centers (15:54, March 24, 2006)
  • Experts doubt authenticity of China's pre-Columbus map (15:55, March 24, 2006)
  • African countries urged to prioritize fight against tuberculosis (15:54, March 24, 2006)
  • Zimbabwe to improve health sector (15:55, March 24, 2006)
  • 7,000 Nepalese die of TB annually (13:24, March 24, 2006)
  • Meningitis outbreak kills 580 people in Africa (13:24, March 24, 2006)
  • Chinese capital offers training course on first aid (13:23, March 24, 2006)
  • China's fifth person cured of bird flu discharged from hospital (13:23, March 24, 2006)
  • Suspects 'tried to buy atomic bomb' (09:22, March 24, 2006)
  • Teacher who admitted sex with pupil freed (09:22, March 24, 2006)
  • Hand, foot and mouth disease spreads (09:22, March 24, 2006)
  • Germans most pessimistic in Europe (09:21, March 24, 2006)
  • Name-calling blogger loses web libel case (09:21, March 24, 2006)
  • Island prison tries to bring out best in inmates (09:21, March 24, 2006)
  • Capital's plan to improve lifesaving skills (09:18, March 24, 2006)
  • Forestation plan for Olympic Green park (09:18, March 24, 2006)
  • Bid to modernize herbal medicines (09:20, March 24, 2006)
  • As more people opt to eat out, restaurants rake it in (09:16, March 24, 2006)
  • Now, two deadly strains of virus (09:16, March 24, 2006)
  • Finland to buy bird flu vaccine from Dutch drug maker (08:42, March 24, 2006)
  • Albania, Greece cooperate to keep bird flu under control (08:42, March 24, 2006)
  • Finland grants mobile phone TV operating licence to Digita (08:35, March 24, 2006)
  • Italians spend less on entertainment (08:33, March 24, 2006)
  • Preliminary tests find girl dies of bird flu in Cambodia (08:44, March 24, 2006)
  • Shanghai reports one suspected human bird flu death case (08:45, March 24, 2006)
  • Two new health centers open in HK (08:46, March 24, 2006)
  • Singapore completes first phase of Tsunami Early Warning System (08:46, March 24, 2006)
  • Total Eclipse to occur on Egyptian-Libyan border: newspaper (08:48, March 24, 2006)
  • Vaccination brings down child mortality in Zanzibar (08:39, March 24, 2006)
  • Peregrine falcon in Hong Kong may carry H5N1 virus (08:47, March 24, 2006)
  • S. China region reports 20,604 HIV/AIDS infections (08:33, March 24, 2006)
  • Hong Kong, best platform in Asia for marketing films (08:59, March 24, 2006)



  • Photo

    Giant panda "Zhang Ka" artificial inseminated

    Staff members put female giant panda "Zhang Ka" under general anaesthesia onto a stretcher to carry it to an operating table at the Wolong Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, on March 21, 2006. "Zhang Ka", who has entered oestrum as spring comes, was artificially inseminated on March 21.

    First Sino-Korean Go Contest held in Hangzhou

    China's Chang Hao (R) plays the game against South Korea's Cho Hoon-Hyun (L) at the First Sino-Korean Go Contest in Hangzhou, capital city of east China's Zhejiang Province, March 23, 2006. Chang Hao 9-dan beat Cho Hoon-Hyun 9-dan. The contest of China vs South Korea ended 5-4 Thursday.

    EU,China to settle trade dispute via talks, Barroso

    European Commission President Jose Manuel Durao Barroso (R) and Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel response to questions during a news conference at the headquarters of the European Union (EU) in Brussels, capital of Belgium, March 23, 2006. Barroso said Thursday that the EU "favors dialogue" in handling trade disputes about textiles and shoes with China.

    Ding cruises into last eight round

    China's Ding Junhui (R) competes during the 2006 World Snooker China Open held at Beijing University Students' Gymnasium in Beijing, capital of China, March 23, 2006. Ding Junhui beats Scotland's Graeme Dott 5-2 to reach the quarterfinal.

    Israeli troops conduct night march drill

    A soldier from Yivardy Troops prays before the drill in southern Israel, March 22, 2006. Some 200 commanders and soldiers from the troops attended a night march drill of a distance of some 40 kilometers on Wednesday. Yivardy Troops, deployed near the boundary of Gaza and Egypt, is one of the best troops adept at night battles in Israel.

    Dweik, Abbas hold talks

    Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) Speaker Aziz Dweik (R) hugs Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, on March 22, 2006. The Palestinian parliament will start confidence voting on the new government presented by the Islamic Resistance movement (Hamas) on March 27.

    NY police hold regular exercise

    Two police officers dispatch police cars on the 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan in New York, United States, March 22, 2006. New York police called out over 100 police cars Wednesday to participate in a regular exercise in order to enhance its rapid response ability in case of emergency and terrorist attacks.

    Top legislator meets Brazilian vice president

    Wu Bangguo (R), chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislative body, shakes hands with visiting Brazilian Vice President Jose Alencar during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, on March 23, 2006. Alencar is here for a six-day visit as guest of Chinese Vice President Zeng Qinghong.

    Russian students fascinated by Chinese culture

    A Russian college student drinks coconut milk at a theme park in Shenzhen City of south China's Guangdong Province on March 23, 2006. A total of 50 Russian college students participating in activities for the Year of Russia in China arrived here for a visit on Thursday. Time-honored Chinese culture exerts peculiar fascination on the Russian young people.


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