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Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama is applauded by DPJ lawmakers at the party's general meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday after he said he would resign following a slide in polls that threatened his party's chances in an election next month.  Reuters / Kyodo

Japan's PM quits as poll ratings dive

TOKYO - Embattled Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama resigned on Wednesday to improve his party's chances in an election next month, after his popularity plunged over a broken campaign promise to move a US Marine base.


5% tax on oil, gas in Xinjiang

Strikes signal end to cheap labor

Strike action ushers in new era of work relations, says expert


Striving hard for food safety

China and Japan recently agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation on food safety after the dumplings poisoning incident that strained Sino-Japanese ties during the early days of 2008 buttressed the case for an accord to handle disputes related to food safety between the Asian neighbors.


Mandarin proficiency will aid Hong Kong

Turbulent times

Green drive

Affordable healthcare

Gray areas of income revealed

SDP leaves Japan govt with a message

From the chinese press



For Gores, end of a love story

NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Al Gore once claimed his romance with wife Tipper inspired the novel Love Story and the couple shared an uncomfortably long kiss before millions on the stage of the Democratic National Convention.

For sale: 007 car will stir, not shake you

US-India talks could put more pressure on China

US goals for cyberspace a new frontier

Military spending up despite 'crisis'

Thai PM survives no-confidence vote in parliament

Voters push ROK's Lee

Karzai plan answered with rocket attack

IN BRIEF (Page 12)


Soothing jittery nerves

As the dreaded college entrance exams approach, spare a thought for those patient teachers putting in 12-hour days to prepare their wards for the big day, says Lin Qi

Another day of toil and trouble for busy teacher

Take a tea break

Singapore beckons with art fest, bargain deals

Football boosts Zimbabwe's appeal

Sex appeal

A working definition of 'strong'

What's new


Turning garbage into cash is fresh industry for some

It's hard to live a day in Beijing without realizing trash is everywhere. Lining the streets, stuffed in crevices of couches, floating in the rivers and streams - approximately 152 million tons of it each year throughout China according to a recent report.

Game that kicks 'nice' out of the grounds

Shocking deaths quickly fade from our memories

Quotation of the day

Ancient temple, modern home

What's on

A seriously elegant side to a variety show host

More than just a pretty face