UPDATED: 21:04, June 25, 2007 GMT+8

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"China's WTO accession is a win-win game", interview
People's Daily staff editor Liu Chao recently had an exclusive interview with Pascal Lamy, WTO Director-general, before his annual visit to China.
Celebration held for 10th anniversary of PLA's stationing in HK
A mass meeting was held in HK on Sunday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops' stationing in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).
China to amend law to reduce energy consumption
Under heavy pressure to cut energy consumption, China is now turning the spotlight on to construction projects, the transportation sector and government buildings.
Microsoft caches secret surveillance programs on China?
Is Microsoft's operating system, reported by Norton through the "back door":, built with a secret surveillance program on China by the United States government?
Chinese hospital performs world's first heterotopic liver transplant
A Chinese hospital that performed the country's first face transplant has conducted a liver transplant without removing the original, which the hospital claims to be the first such surgery in the world.
Beijing Olympics organizers to recruit torch bearers
Beijing Olympic organizers (BOCOG) Saturday announced its plan to recruit torch bearers for the longest relay route in Olympic history.
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    Pakistani minister condemns kidnapping of Chinese nationals
    Pakistan's Interior Minister Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao said Sunday that students of a local seminary had not done any service for Islam by abducting Chinese.
    China to amend law to ensure civil court rulings are carried out
    China will amend a law to address the long-standing problem of civil court rulings that are not carried out, according to the top legislative meeting on Sunday.
    Iraqi President visits northwest China
    Iraqi President Jalal Talabani will leave for east China on Monday after a two-day visit to northwest China's Shaanxi Province.
    PLA's Hong Kong Garrison commended
    Hu Jintao, chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), has signed an order of commendation in honor of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) troop stationed in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR).
    Draft emergency response law bans false information on accidents
    China's top legislature on Sunday pored over an emergency response law which bans the fabrication and spread of false information on accidents and disasters and requires government to provide accurate and timely information.

    World: >>>
    Britain's new leader sets out agenda for new government
    Gordon Brown, newly elected leader of Britain's Labor Party and prime minister in three days, set out his agenda for the new government here on Sunday afternoon after being crowned officially by the party.
    Five Spanish peacekeepers killed in blast in southern Lebanon
    A roadside bomb hit a Spanish patrol vehicle of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon ( UNIFIL) in southern Lebanon on Sunday, killing five Spanish peacekeepers and wounding five others.
    Haneya slams four-way summit in Egypt
    Ousted Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haneya slammed on Sunday the four-way summit due to be held on Monday in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
    13 rebels killed in northern Sri Lanka
    At least 13 Tamil Tigers rebels were killed by government troops in Sri Lanka's northern Vavuniya district, the military said on Sunday.
    Britain to meet obligations in Iraq, Afghanistan: Brown
    Gordon Brown, newly elected leader of Britain's Labor Party and prime minister in three days, said here on Sunday afternoon after being crowned officially by the party at a special conference, that Britain will honor its duty to the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Opinions: >>>
    Guard against the overflow of new trade protectionism trend
    A new trend of thought with respect to a new trade protectionism has been overflowing in the United States, Europe and Japan in recent years. This trend is designed to retain their dominant status in global economic competition in compliance with the socio-economic features of their respective countries under the conditions of economic globalization. The new trade protectionism is a new form of global economic rivalry in the contemporary world and has wrought relatively great negative impact to the growth of China's external trade. For the past eleven consecutive years, China has become the world's No. one target of anti-dumping investigations, with an ensuing annual loss of anywhere from 30 billion to 40 billion US dollars.
    Brick kiln slavery scandal demonstrates poor governance
    Chinese police have detained 168 people accused of keeping workers in slavery under appalling conditions at small brick kilns and mines in the provinces of Shanxi and Henan.
    Fratricide is really painful, heart-rending!
    Scene after scene of increasingly bloody fighting between ruling Hamas Islamists and President Mahmoud Abbas's secular faction have been going on in the Gaza strip of Palestine these days.
    Putin shuffles Washington a hot potato
    During their meeting at the G8 Summit in Germany, Russian President Vladimir Putin suddenly proposed a new suggestion to US President George W. Bush: the US could jointly use the radar station in Azerbaijan with Russia if the US wanted to set up an anti-missile system.
    US-Russian "strategic balance" to return
    On May 29th, Russia's strategic rocket forces successfully test-fired two missiles of unique significance: one being the RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile with multiple warheads, launched at the Plesetsk launch site; the other being the "Iskander-M" short-range tactical missile, launched at Astrakhan. The RS-24 can allegedly "penetrate any missile defense system"; and the "Iskander-M" is proclaimed as a modern "high-precision weapon of destruction" by Russia. After the successful test-firing, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister, Sergei Ivanov, said that "finally Russia can rest assured in defense and security issues."
    Jungle Law and difficult US-Russia ties
    US-Russian relations have seen a sharp downward turn since the beginning of this year, with a continuously escalating war of rhetoric. Some even worry the bad terms might push Europe to the edge of a new cold war. A review of the ties since the end of the Cold War readily reveals that the two nations have been experiencing cold and hot spells in turn. Then, how did the ties run into difficulty once again?

    Business: >>>
    Global economy performs well, but risks remain, says BIS
    The performance of the global economy over the last few years has been extraordinary, and high level growth is expected to continue in 2007, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) said on Sunday.
    China to build first inter-city subway in southern Guangdong
    Construction will begin Thursday on an inter-city subway linking two cities in south China's Guangdong Province,heralding faster rail services in the Pearl River Delta area, one of the country's economic engines.
    Beijing airport to launch emergency alert mechanism for Olympics
    Beijing's Capital International Airport will set up an emergency alert system for extreme weather and security threats so as to ensure smooth transportation for millions of visitors from home and abroad during next summer's Olympic Games.
    More than 80 pct of overseas-returned Chinese want to work in Beijing: survey
    Over 80 percent of overseas-returned Chinese pick Beijing as their preferred city to work in, Sunday's Beijing Youth Daily quoted a survey as saying.

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    Insulin pill for diabetics developed in Britain
    A British company has developed a form of insulin that can be taken orally, which will provide better control of symptoms of diabetes, the Times reported Friday.
    Writethru: Space shuttle safely lands after completing mission
    The Space Shuttle Atlantis safely landed at the Edwards Air Force Base north of Los Angeles on Friday after successfully installing new equipment on the International Space Station.
    iPhone no worry to Verizon chief executive
    The launch June 29 of iPhone by Apple Inc. won't change Verizon Communications Inc.'s game plan, Chief Executive Ivan Seidenberg said Wednesday.
    A big step closer to human cloning
    The launch June 29 of iPhone by Apple Inc. won't change Verizon Communications Inc.'s game plan, Chief Executive Ivan Seidenberg said Wednesday.
    World's first coal-to-oil mass converter due to start operation this year
    Towering above the sweeping grasslands of Erdos, in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, two 60-meter-high cylindrical structures stand out against the skyline.

    Sports: >>>
    Thaksin's Manchester City deal is clean, says broker
    Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's takeover bid for the Manchester City Football Club was completely above board, said the deal's broker on Sunday.
    Todt gives drivers his backing
    Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's takeover bid for the Manchester City Football Club was completely above board, said the deal's broker on Sunday.
    Henin tops Mauresmo to win title
    Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's takeover bid for the Manchester City Football Club was completely above board, said the deal's broker on Sunday.
    Dunga faces first test; Riquelme back
    Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's takeover bid for the Manchester City Football Club was completely above board, said the deal's broker on Sunday.
    Alinghi beat NZ in first race
    Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's takeover bid for the Manchester City Football Club was completely above board, said the deal's broker on Sunday.
    Sevilla end season with double
    Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's takeover bid for the Manchester City Football Club was completely above board, said the deal's broker on Sunday.
    Milan end feud with Inter over Suazo
    Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's takeover bid for the Manchester City Football Club was completely above board, said the deal's broker on Sunday.

    Culture/Life: >>>
    "Evan Almighty" tops N.American box office, but short of expectations
    - Universal's modern-day Noah comedy "Evan Almighty" swept the box office at North American theaters this weekend by selling about 32.1 million dollars worth of tickets, according to preliminary box office figures released Sunday.
    Malaysians set massive dance record
    More than 8,500 people gathered downtown here on Sunday in a dance fiesta, setting a new record in the country.
    Bird flu discovered in Germany
    Seven dead birds discovered near two lakes in southern Germany tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus, media reported Sunday.
    Malaysia declares free of bird flu
    Malaysia's Health Ministry declared the country free of bird flu, the New Straits Times reported on Monday.
    Munich surprise winner of city survey
    Malaysia's Health Ministry declared the country free of bird flu, the New Straits Times reported on Monday.
    Demonstrators call for legalization of illegal immigrants in U.S.
    Thousands of people took to the streets in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, calling for a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

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