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News Archive --- Date:20060331


China

  • China launches project to map Nepal border (17:44, March 31, 2006)
  • IPR complaint centers set for 50 major Chinese cities (16:57, March 31, 2006)
  • Chinese president meets heads of 7 Japan-China friendship organizations (16:56, March 31, 2006)
  • Prince Andrew of UK expresses faith in HK's future (16:55, March 31, 2006)
  • China protests over Japan's textbook revision on Diaoyu Islands (17:26, March 31, 2006)
  • Vietnamese parliamentary delegation to visit China (15:19, March 31, 2006)
  • Interview: Chinese ambassador: Sino-Australian trade boom to go on (15:19, March 31, 2006)
  • Urugayan president meets new Chinese ambassador (15:06, March 31, 2006)
  • Iran nuclear issue: Still room for solution (10:10, March 31, 2006)
  • Former head of Shenzhen bank held in bad-debt case (09:05, March 31, 2006)
  • Sovereignty over Diaoyu Islands reiterated (09:01, March 31, 2006)
  • 2,877 arrested in China last year for threatening security of oil pipelines (08:44, March 31, 2006)
  • Senior CPC disciplinary official backs fight against commercial bribery (08:42, March 31, 2006)
  • China asserts territorial claim to Diaoyu islands following Japan's textbook revision (08:27, March 31, 2006)
  • 78 illegal workers, employers arrested in HK (08:40, March 31, 2006)
  • China endeavors to build harmonious environment with neighbors for common development: Chinese leader (08:26, March 31, 2006)
  • Former Chinese laborers demand apology, compensation from Japanese firms (08:24, March 31, 2006)
  • China's customs, public security authorities to join in fight against IPR infringement (08:21, March 31, 2006)



  • Business

  • Tokyo stocks: Nikkei make new highs above 17,000 (17:50, March 31, 2006)
  • China grants 176 GMO biosafety certificates (17:42, March 31, 2006)
  • Indonesia puts six power plant projects on tender (17:42, March 31, 2006)
  • Malaysian PM announces 9th national plan (17:41, March 31, 2006)
  • Turkey's economy grows 7.6 percent in 2005 (17:34, March 31, 2006)
  • Cambodia's GDP grows nearly 10 percent in 2005 (17:34, March 31, 2006)
  • ADB to fund power sector in India (17:00, March 31, 2006)
  • China to build 200 key silkworm breeding bases in inland region (16:19, March 31, 2006)
  • Sri Lanka records economic growth in 2005 (16:18, March 31, 2006)
  • Uganda unveils "Marshal Plan" for the conflict-ravaged north (16:18, March 31, 2006)
  • Nepal not to meet growth target: UNESCAP (16:17, March 31, 2006)
  • Duty on Nepali goods to India to be waived: official (16:16, March 31, 2006)
  • Roundup: NZ to talk free trade with Arab countries (15:26, March 31, 2006)
  • Nepali capital facing 29-hour weekly power cut (13:30, March 31, 2006)
  • Indonesia to halt CPO export to India over high duty (13:30, March 31, 2006)
  • Vietnam slashes int'l rail cargo charges by 40 pct (13:29, March 31, 2006)
  • Vietnam gains bigger seafood export revenues in Q1 (13:29, March 31, 2006)
  • SAARC nations urged to deal with poverty issue collectively. (13:29, March 31, 2006)
  • U.S. pushes Japan to reopen beef imports (15:25, March 31, 2006)
  • Uruguay repays 2006 debt with IMF in advance (13:28, March 31, 2006)
  • No GM ingredient detected in Henz baby cereal products: ministry (11:08, March 31, 2006)
  • Georgia, Moldova deeply worried by Russian ban on wines (11:09, March 31, 2006)
  • Report: How best to invest overseas (11:11, March 31, 2006)
  • Deloitte faces double trouble in China (11:11, March 31, 2006)
  • JAFCO pledges more mainland investments (11:13, March 31, 2006)
  • Plan to unionize 60% of foreign companies (11:14, March 31, 2006)
  • US firms 'happy' with Guangdong's business climate (11:17, March 31, 2006)
  • Microsoft has not done enough: EU (10:25, March 31, 2006)
  • Italian fashion group Armani plans major expansion in China (08:08, March 31, 2006)
  • EU requests WTO consultations with China on auto parts tariffs (08:11, March 31, 2006)
  • Nokia expects strong growth in global mobile phone market (08:12, March 31, 2006)
  • Germany's unemployment rises in March due to cold weather (08:13, March 31, 2006)
  • Balance essential in fixing exchange rate: HK official (08:13, March 31, 2006)
  • ADB to help Afghanistan enhance private sector (08:17, March 31, 2006)
  • India to keep 8 percent economic growth (08:18, March 31, 2006)
  • China plans to build two pipelines transmitting coal-bed methane (08:20, March 31, 2006)
  • U.S. economy grows 1.7 percent in last quarter of 2005 (09:02, March 31, 2006)
  • Pakistan economy growing: UN survey (08:25, March 31, 2006)
  • China and France discuss energy and sustainable development in Tianjin (08:25, March 31, 2006)
  • Asia's longest land tunnel railway in operation (08:17, March 31, 2006)
  • U.S. files WTO case against China over auto parts (09:06, March 31, 2006)
  • Chinese executives choose London as top career destination: report (08:16, March 31, 2006)
  • Oil prices advance above 67 dollars (08:16, March 31, 2006)
  • Serbia's GDP up 6.3 percent in 2005 (08:16, March 31, 2006)



  • World

  • S. Korea, U.S. conclude joint military exercises (17:52, March 31, 2006)
  • At least 57 die as passenger ship sinks off Bahrain (17:27, March 31, 2006)
  • Writethru: Japanese opposition party leader to step down (17:01, March 31, 2006)
  • Sri Lankan president arrives in Pakistan (17:00, March 31, 2006)
  • Kenyan lawmakers recommend prosecution of vice-president over graft (16:59, March 31, 2006)
  • Death toll of Iranian quake rises to 50 (16:59, March 31, 2006)
  • At least 38 killed by quake in Iran (15:26, March 31, 2006)
  • Bin Laden planning new terror attack on U.S.: former bodyguard (14:19, March 31, 2006)
  • Leaders of Japan's Democratic Party to step down (14:18, March 31, 2006)
  • Indonesian military bans entry of Timor Leste refugees (14:18, March 31, 2006)
  • Sri Lanka president leaves to visit Pakistan (14:18, March 31, 2006)
  • Most Thai voters to exercise right in snap election: poll (14:17, March 31, 2006)
  • Romania proposes building Black Sea European zone (14:17, March 31, 2006)
  • Madagascar cuts prison term for all prisoners (14:17, March 31, 2006)
  • NGOs deliver call for Fujimori's extradition from Chile to Peru (14:16, March 31, 2006)
  • Fox says Cancun summit strengthens Mexico's ties with Canada, U.S. (14:16, March 31, 2006)
  • Sri Lankan ruling party heading for landslide victory in local elections (14:16, March 31, 2006)
  • Venezuela delays restrictions on U.S. airline flights (14:15, March 31, 2006)
  • Chinese ambassador: Sino-Australian trade boom to go on (11:00, March 31, 2006)
  • Myanmar second top leader to visit Russia (10:53, March 31, 2006)
  • Tokyo sparks protests over school textbook revision (10:42, March 31, 2006)
  • Hamas ignores Western isolation (10:40, March 31, 2006)
  • At least 48 die in sunken ship off Bahrain (15:27, March 31, 2006)
  • U.S. considers destroying weapons for Libya (09:48, March 31, 2006)
  • Mexican, US, Canadian leaders meet in Mexico (09:47, March 31, 2006)
  • US freezes assets of Swiss firm over alleged DPRK ties  (09:35, March 31, 2006)
  • Flight leaving New York makes emergency landing (09:46, March 31, 2006)
  • U.S. continues focusing on six-party talks: spokesman (09:45, March 31, 2006)
  • Russia criticizes Japanese claims on South Kurils (09:31, March 31, 2006)
  • Palestinian suicide bomber killed in blast near W. Bank settlement (08:39, March 31, 2006)
  • Mideast quartet warns Hamas intransigence will affect aid (09:44, March 31, 2006)
  • Annan hails Security Council consensus on Iran (09:42, March 31, 2006)
  • France's Constitutional Council approves CPE job law (09:33, March 31, 2006)
  • Belarus to deploy Russian S-300 missile systems: commander (09:42, March 31, 2006)
  • Cypriot gov't welcomes Turkish Cypriot leader's intention to meet president (09:40, March 31, 2006)
  • Twelve people injured in third day protests in southeastern Turkey (09:29, March 31, 2006)
  • Former prime minister's party wins Ukraine vote: official result (09:29, March 31, 2006)
  • Final tally of votes gives Kadima one more seat in Israeli parl't (09:08, March 31, 2006)
  • Iran rebuffs UN Security Council statement on nuclear issue (09:25, March 31, 2006)
  • Rice arrives in France for talks on Iran (09:24, March 31, 2006)
  • Turkey supports UN Security Council statement on Iran's nuclear file (09:23, March 31, 2006)
  • Roundup: Leading nations urge Iran to suspend nuclear enrichment (09:22, March 31, 2006)
  • UN-backed court requests Taylor to be tried in The Hague (09:20, March 31, 2006)
  • Israeli DM orders army to increase operations against Islamic Jihad (09:17, March 31, 2006)
  • Swedish PM, cabinet ministers blamed for tsunami response (09:17, March 31, 2006)
  • EC gives Zambia 2.2 mln euros in humanitarian aid (09:16, March 31, 2006)
  • UN warns Zimbabwe of brain drain (09:15, March 31, 2006)
  • Iran suggests regional consortiums on nuclear fuel production (09:07, March 31, 2006)
  • Hamas PM criticize Canadian decision to suspend aid (09:06, March 31, 2006)
  • U.S. Senate approves limits on lobbying (09:05, March 31, 2006)
  • Indonesian Muslim figures ask Blair to change approach in fighting terrorism (09:04, March 31, 2006)
  • Roundup: FMs urge Iran to return to negotiations on nuclear issue (09:03, March 31, 2006)
  • New Palestinian interior minister to meet with militants chiefs (09:02, March 31, 2006)
  • Suspected bomb attacker explodes himself in N. Afghanistan (09:02, March 31, 2006)
  • Another Azeri girl treated for bird flu (09:01, March 31, 2006)
  • DPRK victims of A-bomb urge Japan to compensate (08:58, March 31, 2006)
  • Eight Iraqis killed by gunmen in northern Iraq (08:58, March 31, 2006)
  • Former Zambian president found with heart problem (08:59, March 31, 2006)
  • Turkey to undertake Baltic air patrol for NATO (08:59, March 31, 2006)
  • Lithuania approves Bulgaria, Romania accession to EU (08:57, March 31, 2006)
  • Russia urges Iran to heed Security Council advice (08:55, March 31, 2006)
  • Netherlands asked to host war crimes trial of former Liberian leader (08:53, March 31, 2006)
  • Liberian gov't calls for change of venue for Taylor's trial (08:52, March 31, 2006)
  • Thaksin supporters occupy Democrat's rally stage in Chiang Mai (08:51, March 31, 2006)
  • District chief, bodyguards killed in E. Afghanistan (08:50, March 31, 2006)
  • U.S. forces wind up Pakistan operation (08:49, March 31, 2006)
  • Thai anti-government demonstrators agree to end rally at election headquarters (08:47, March 31, 2006)
  • Kenya to host global meeting of lawmakers (08:40, March 31, 2006)
  • ASEAN countries urged to improve governance  (08:38, March 31, 2006)
  • German FM urges Iran to choose right path on nuclear issue (08:41, March 31, 2006)
  • Palestinian security forces remain under Abbas' control (08:43, March 31, 2006)
  • Mubarak meets Czech PM on bilateral ties (08:44, March 31, 2006)
  • Iranian FM says Iran hopes to solve nuclear issue through diplomatic talks (08:37, March 31, 2006)
  • Jordan's stock market index closes down (08:36, March 31, 2006)
  • WFP lacks 4.4 million dollars to feed refugees in Zambia (08:36, March 31, 2006)
  • Protest spreads in southeastern Turkey (08:35, March 31, 2006)
  • German minister vows to ensure World Cup security (08:34, March 31, 2006)



  • Opinion

  • China, India should seek common development and prosperity (17:37, March 31, 2006)
  • Relaxing export limit might be best to reduce trade deficit for US: Opinion  (17:20, March 31, 2006)
  • English craze is baffling (10:33, March 31, 2006)
  • Diplomacy solution to Iran nuclear issue (10:28, March 31, 2006)



  • Sports

  • Beijing seeks slogns for Olympic volunteer program (14:26, March 31, 2006)
  • Beckham determined to stay at Real Madrid (14:25, March 31, 2006)
  • Mauresmo, Roddick out, Federer march on in Miami (14:25, March 31, 2006)
  • Rapid and Steaua draw, Schalke thrashes Levski (14:23, March 31, 2006)
  • Romario signs on loan for Miami club (14:22, March 31, 2006)
  • BALCO founder released after four months from prison (14:21, March 31, 2006)
  • Ex-Italy player Bachini gets life ban for cocaine use (14:17, March 31, 2006)
  • Olympiakos renews contract with Rivaldo (09:36, March 31, 2006)
  • Blatter to visit tsunami-hit Asian nations (09:36, March 31, 2006)
  • Rapid Bucharest draws 1-1 with Steaua Bucharest in UEFA Cup (09:35, March 31, 2006)
  • Levski Sofia losts 3-1 to Schalke 04 in UEFA Cup (09:34, March 31, 2006)
  • Sevilla thrashes Zenit St Petersburg 4-1 in UEFA Cup (09:34, March 31, 2006)
  • Basel downs Middlesbrough 2-0 in UEFA Cup (09:32, March 31, 2006)
  • Malian referee to officiate women's basketball world championship (09:32, March 31, 2006)
  • World champion Diaz to spearhead Venezuela at Cuban karate championships (08:30, March 31, 2006)
  • Saudi Arabia to play Belgium for world cup warm-up (08:29, March 31, 2006)
  • Levski Sofia beaten by Schalke 04 with 1-3 (08:28, March 31, 2006)
  • Ronaldinho rated most valuable star (08:27, March 31, 2006)
  • Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson named senior boxing referee (08:25, March 31, 2006)
  • Pellegrini hopes away goal will count for Villarreal (08:24, March 31, 2006)
  • Houllier: We showed AC Milan too much respect (08:23, March 31, 2006)
  • Chelsea announce link with owner of US teams (08:21, March 31, 2006)
  • Fergie: Van Nistelrooy 'the best in Europe' (08:20, March 31, 2006)
  • Dougherty chasing three titles this year (08:19, March 31, 2006)
  • Thaworn guns for Volvo China Open (08:18, March 31, 2006)
  • Tsai wins qualifier and joins an elite field (08:17, March 31, 2006)
  • Lofty goals the key for Sorenstam (08:16, March 31, 2006)
  • Eriksson is ideal candidate for Real job, says Beckham (08:15, March 31, 2006)
  • Derby showdown brings goalscorers to the fore (08:15, March 31, 2006)
  • Blatter's 'war' cry angers European friend and foe (08:13, March 31, 2006)
  • He Chong bags his third gold at National Championships (08:12, March 31, 2006)
  • Kenya pledges support for boxing (08:11, March 31, 2006)
  • Chinese archery championships to be held in SE China (08:10, March 31, 2006)
  • World's top 20 most valuable player brands (08:09, March 31, 2006)
  • Pacers to retire No. 31 at halftime against Suns (08:07, March 31, 2006)
  • Scandinavians to ski down north side of Mount Qomolangma (08:02, March 31, 2006)
  • Nigeria to host west African military boxing tourney (08:01, March 31, 2006)



  • Science & Technology

  • Ghana atomic energy commission appeals for government support (17:43, March 31, 2006)
  • Nepal to facilitate e-activities (13:34, March 31, 2006)
  • Key gene lab opens in Vietnam (13:33, March 31, 2006)
  • U.S. firms clone horses commercially (14:23, March 31, 2006)
  • Supersonic 'scramjet' tested in Outback (10:38, March 31, 2006)
  • Chipmaker aims for No 1 spot in China (10:22, March 31, 2006)
  • More wind power on the horizon (10:22, March 31, 2006)
  • Bite of our Apple forbidden, Beatles tell Apple Computer boss (10:21, March 31, 2006)
  • Foundation established to help poor students (10:05, March 31, 2006)
  • Digital model made of terracotta warriors and horses (08:11, March 31, 2006)



  • Life

  • Shaolin Abbot talks about Russian President Putin's visit (17:24, March 31, 2006)
  • China launches global Kongfu TV competition (16:33, March 31, 2006)
  • Zimbabwe freezes health care fees (15:32, March 31, 2006)
  • Expert calls on companies to join AIDS control (15:33, March 31, 2006)
  • Focus on Chirac as job law put into vote (11:09, March 31, 2006)
  • Rich families urged to talk more about money (11:09, March 31, 2006)
  • Nuclear war waged on destructive pest (11:08, March 31, 2006)
  • 9/11 drama to open NY festival (11:08, March 31, 2006)
  • Cyclone Glenda lashes 'cyclone city' (10:33, March 31, 2006)
  • Powerful cyclone downgraded to category 2 in Australia  (10:34, March 31, 2006)
  • Furnace explosion kills 6, mine blast claims 5 (10:29, March 31, 2006)
  • Shanghai district to keep Tyson at ear's length (10:29, March 31, 2006)
  • Chinese version of Apprentice coming soon (10:29, March 31, 2006)
  • China to carry out more cultural reform (09:09, March 31, 2006)
  • China puts 1,000-plus cultural heritage sites under state-level protection (08:45, March 31, 2006)
  • China maps out 10-year plan to fight parasitic diseases (08:48, March 31, 2006)
  • China Education Development Foundation collects 200 million yuan (08:17, March 31, 2006)
  • Cholera claims 4th victim in Zanzibar (08:18, March 31, 2006)



  • Photo

    World chess queen meets the press

    China's Xu Yuhua smiles during a press conference in Beijing, capital of China, March 30, 2006. Xu Yuhua arrived in Beijing on Wednesday after winning the title of 2006 World Women Championships of Chess in Russia.

    Shaolin Temple selects new Kongfu genius globally

    Several monks from Shaolin Temple in Central China's Henan province perform at the opening ceremony of "Chinese Kongfu Star Global TV Competition" launched on Mar. 30 in Beijing. The competition, co-sponsored by Shenzhen TV Station and 1,500-year-old Shaolin Temple and supported by many domestic and foreign key media organisations, aims at selecting a new generation of Kongfu talents from all candidates. The competition is expected to take six months.

    Russia Soyus TMA-8 capsule carries 3 crews to ISS

    The Russian Soyus TMA-8 capsule carrying three crew members to the International Space Station (ISS) was successfully launched from Bailonue cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Mar. 30.The crew members onboard include Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov, U.S. astronaut Jeffrey Williams and Brazilian astronaut Marcus Pontes. According to the plan, Soyus TMA-8 will dock automatically with ISS at 8:19 a.m. Moscow time on Apr. 1.

    Solar eclipse seen around world

    A total solar eclipse pictured in Aksaray, Turkey, March 29, 2006. Observers in South America, Africa and certain part of Asia can see the eclipse.

    Scarlett Johansson voted as world's sexiest woman

    American actress Scarlett Johansson is voted as the world's sexiest woman by FHM magazine readers recently. "One of the best things for a woman to hear is that she is sexy. I'd like to thank FHM's readers for the huge compliment," says Scarlett Johansson. Last year's number one, Angelina Jolie, falls to number two this year.

    China Fashion Week

    A model shows the prize-winning works of Yuan Dapeng, a teacher with the Northeast Dianli University, at the China Fashion Week, March 30, 2006. A total of 20 fashion designers showed their autumn/winter collections at the fashion week. Yuan Dapeng won the top prize.

    Contestants to Miss Tourism International in Xitang

    Liang Shuang, a contestant from Xinjiang poses for a photo at the ancient town of Xitang in east China's Zhejiang Province March 30. A total of 38 contestants to the Miss Tourism International contest in China region made public appearance in the ancient town that day.

    Passenger ferry sinks kills at least 48 off Bahrain coast

    Rescue personnel carry a body up a ramp at the pier where boats were bringing back bodies recovered from the the site where a ferry sank in the Persian Gulf, Thursday March 30, 2006 in Manama, Bahrain.

    CPPCC chairman meets Badawi, Mahathir

    Jia Qinglin (L), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), shakes hands with Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi during their meeting in Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia, March 29, 2006.

    Huge statues of emperors Yan and Huang under construction

    The photo taken on March 29, 2006 shows the huge statues of emperors Yan and Huang under construction in the Yellow River scenic area in Zhengzhou, capital of central China's Henan Province. Emperors Yan and Huang, legendary chiefs of tribes in the Yellow River valley in ancient China, are seen as the founders of the Chinese nation. The two statues will be opened to the public soon.

    New Palestinian cabinet takes office

    Palestinian new Prime Minister Ismail Haniya (L) is sworn in by Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Gaza City March 29, 2006. A new Palestinian cabinet led by Hamas took office March 29.

    HK Post Office releases stamps featuring lovely bears

    Prize holders of 2004 stamp design contest for children show their design of stamps "Dress Bear Up" during the new stamps release ceremony in the Hong Kong Chung Wan General Post Office in Hong Kong, south China, March 30, 2006. The Hong Kong Post Office released a set of stamps featuring six different lovely bears with "Dress Bear Up" as the name on March 30.

    Chinese war victims file damages suit in Tokyo

    Some Chinese victims or family members of victims of Chongqing bombings between 1938 and 1943 hold a banner in front of a law office in Tokyo, capital of Japan March 30, 2006. Forty victims or family members of victims filed a damages suit against the Japanese government on Thursday in Tokyo, demanding the Japanese government to apologize and each sought compensation of 10 million yen (about 84,900 U.S. dollars).

    A snapshot for folk performance from Xinjiang

    Photo taken on March 29 shows a folk performance named "Mashraf" in Yaer Village, in Trupan City, northwest China's Xinjiang Ugyur Autonomous Region. Hundreds of folk actors perform songs and dances which were popular among local people. Officials from the Culture Department of Ugyur Autonomous Region and other units collected the performance.

    Pro-Kurdish demonstration staged in Turkey

    Protesters throw stones to the police during clashes in a city in Turkish southeastern Batman province March 30, 2006. A pro-Kurdish demonstration was staged in Turkish southeastern Batman province on Thursday after two days of protest and violence in its neighboring province of Diyarbakir. Two people were killed during the demonstration.


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