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Queen Elizabeth visiting Singapore
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Singapore late Thursday — her first trip to the city-state in nearly two decades.
Ang Lee earns best-director Oscar
Ang Lee won the Academy Award as best director Sunday for the cowboy romance "Brokeback Mountain," becoming the first Asian to win Hollywood's top honor for filmmakers.
Engagement rumors for Kate Middleton and Prince William
Prince William’s girlfriend Kate Middleton visited him at Sandhurst yesterday.Royal watchers said it was “highly significant” 23-year-old Kate had been invited by William to look round his military base.
Summers Stepping Down As Harvard President
In his five-year tenure at Harvard University, President Lawrence H. Summers frequently found himself in the spotlight because of rifts with faculty at the Ivy League institution.
Hamas nominates Ismail Haniyeh to be Palestinian prime minister
Ismail Haniyeh, a prominent Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip, was nominated Sunday to be Palestinian prime minister.
Great Wall to introduce patrol team
A dedicated team is to patrol Great Wall to check against damage of the mammoth structure.
Noted Chinese IT expert passes away
Wang Xuan, a prominent Chinese IT expert, died of illness on Monday at the age of 69.
Sharon 'out of danger' after surgery
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, comatose since a stroke last month, underwent emergency surgery to remove parts of a damaged intestine on Saturday and a hospital official said he was out of immediate danger.
Face transplant patient shows features
The Frenchwoman who received the world's first partial face transplant showed off her new features Monday, and her scar: a faint, circular line of buckled skin around her nose, lips and chin. But where she once had a gaping hole caused by a dog bite, she now has a face.
Japanese princess pregnant: reports
Princess Kiko, the wife of the Japanese emperor's second son Akishino, is pregnant, reports said, potentially influencing the debate on historic moves to end male-only succession.
Bernanke takes reins at the Fed
White House adviser Ben Bernanke won Senate approval on Tuesday to assume one of the world's most influential economic posts chairman of the US Federal Reserve just after the central bank raised interest rates a 14th straight time.
Grads would rather stay home than take meager job
Most fourth-year university students in Shanghai would rather stay at home without a job than accept a position that pays less than 1,500 yuan (US$186) a month, according to a recent survey.
Ang Lee wins best director at Golden Globe
Ang Lee won the 2006 Golden Globe award for best director on Monday for helming the ground-breaking gay cowboy romance "Brokeback Mountain".
Disgraced Hwang seeks pardon
A disgraced South Korean researcher asked his nation's pardon Thursday for fraudulent claims of stem cell breakthroughs, but said junior scientists deceived him and should share blame for the scandal.
Doctors wait to bring Sharon out of coma
A scan of Ariel Sharon's brain on Sunday showed improvement, but doctors decided to wait another day to start bringing the Israeli leader out of his medically induced coma, an important step in determining how much damage he suffered from a massive stroke.
China included in hot spots for Americans
While American's travel to perennial favorites like Los Angeles, Orlando, New York and Las Vegas is always strong, some unexpected destinations -- from Colorado and Arizona to Croatia and China -- are showing up as hot spots for travel as the 2006 season begins.
World marks tsunami anniversary
Countries around the Indian Ocean have begun commemorations marking one year since the tsunami which killed some 200,000 people.
China starts human trials of bird flu vaccine
China has begun human trials of its homegrown bird flu vaccine with six volunteers receiving shots, the Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday.
Bill Gates named Time's 'Person of the Year
The richest man in the world, Bill Gates, and his wife, Melinda, were named Time magazine's "Persons of the Year" along with Irish rocker Bono for being "Good Samaritans" who made a difference in different ways.
Gay couples in Britain register for unions
Gay couples began registering for civil partnerships at town halls across Britain on Monday as a law took effect giving them many of the same legal rights as married heterosexuals.
Bush: Beijing ride better than Crawford
No matter where he goes, or how far, US President George W. Bush's passion for cycling always travels with him and so does his fancy mountain bike.
Schwarzenegger talks to Chinese students
In a speech evoking bodybuilding, civil rights icon Rosa Parks and the power of the individual, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger urged a university audience in China to emerge from the constraints of their political system and attain success in the global world.
Liberia's "Iron Lady" enters annals of history on eve of presidential win
Until this week, there was a good chance that when anyone called one of the many numbers listed for Liberia's Unity Party, standard bearer Ellen Johnson Sirleaf would answer the phone.
Writer John Fowles dies aged 79
The French Lieutenant's Woman author John Fowles has died aged 79.
Charles and Camilla begin US tour
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have begun their US tour by paying their respects at Ground Zero.
Negishi wins film fest's top prize
Director Kichitaro Negishi won the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix at the 18th Tokyo International Film Festival for his work "What the Snow Brings" as the event drew to a close Sunday.
Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks dies at 92
Rosa Lee Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man sparked the modern civil rights movement, died Monday. She was 92.
All 117 feared dead in Nigeria plane crash
Twisted chunks of metal, ripped luggage and mangled bodies turned a swath of woods into a grisly scene after a Nigerian passenger plane carrying 117 people crashed shortly after takeoff and officials said Sunday that all aboard were feared dead.
China postpones Japanese FM's trip
China yesterday postponed a planned visit by the Japanese foreign minister in response to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visit to the Yasukuni shrine, a symbol of militarism.
Novelist Ba Jin passed away at 101
Ba Jin, one of China's most acclaimed novelists of the past century, died yesterday evening in a Shanghai hospital, aged 101.
Shenzhou VI touches down; astronauts in good conditions
Two astronauts on China's second manned space flight landed before dawn Monday after a five-day flight.
Zero-gravity life begins with mooncakes
What the two Chinese astronauts eat and how they sleep during their 119-hour, zero-gravity space odyssey has aroused much attention.
Duo wins Nobel Economics Prize for game theory analysis
Robert J. Aumann, an Israeli-US citizen, and American Thomas C. Schelling won the 2005 Nobel Economics Prize for using game theory to explain conflict resolution.
Quake kills more than 3,000 in South Asia
A huge earthquake triggered landslides, toppled an apartment building and flattened villages of mud-brick homes Saturday, killing more than 3,000 people across a mountainous swath touching Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.
IAEA, agency chief win Nobel Peace Prize
Mohamed ElBaradei and his International Atomic Energy agency won the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, leaving the chief U.N. nuclear inspector strengthened in a job he nearly lost because of a dispute with the United States over Iran and Iraq.
Second manned space flight set on Oct 13
China will launch its second manned space flight at 11:00 am (0300 GMT) on October 13.
Parmalat founder fraud trial opens
The founder and former boss of Parmalat has appeared in a Milan court in the first major trial over the Italian dairy giant's collapse almost two years ago in one of Europe's biggest corporate fraud scandals.
Tears, smiles mark Michaelle Jean's swearing-in
Canada's 27th Governor General Michaelle Jean is settling into her official residence in Ottawa, after an emotion-filled day topped by a pitch for passionate pitch for national unity.
Prominent writer arrives on mainland
Li Ao, a prominent Taiwan writer, outspoken TV commentator, historian and lawmaker, arrived in Beijing yesterday for his first visit to the mainland in 56 years.
Clinton launches withering attack on Bush on Iraq, Katrina, budget
Former US president Bill Clinton sharply criticised George W. Bush for the Iraq War and the handling of Hurricane Katrina, and voiced alarm at the swelling US budget deficit.
Sirens mark anniversary of Japanese invasion
More than 100 Chinese cities yesterday marked the 74th anniversary of the Japanese invasion of China's northeastern region.
US and North Korea clash at nuclear talks
The United States and North Korea clashed over a Pyongyang demand for light-water nuclear reactors for power generation at six-nation talks designed to end the country's atomic arms programs, Reuters reported.
Disney opens its first theme park in China
Disney officially opened its newest theme park in Hong Kong, its first step into the lucrative China market.
Official: Shenzhou VI to be launched soon
China might launch its second manned space mission later this month or next month, a space official said Tuesday in Shanghai.
'Win-win' agreement reached on textiles
China and the European Union (EU) reached an agreement yesterday evening to resolve the stockpiles of Chinese textile products held at EU borders.
For students, degree weighs more than wedding ring
Students in China will from today be allowed to decide for themselves whether to get married. However, a recent survey shows that an overwhelming majority of them are saying no.
Peking University in discrimination debate
A few months ago, Harvard President Lawrence H. Summers sparked an uproar when he suggested that women are not as good at science and maths as men.
Sexual harassment against women outlawed
China's legislature Sunday passed amendments to the law on women's rights protection, which "prohibits sexual harassment of women" and empowers women to "lodge complaints" to relevant organizations.
Iraqis miss third constitution deadline
The speaker of Iraq's parliament announced a one-day extension early Friday in talks on the new constitution - a fourth attempt to win Sunni Arab approval.
Joint forces storm beaches at climax of drills
Amphibious tanks, armed helicopters and Chinese and Russian marine corps braved heavy rain yesterday to launch an amphibious assault in Langyatai, about 120 kilometres from Qingdao in East China's Shandong Province.
Sino-Russian exercise begins in earnest
Chinese and Russian troops launched a simulated naval blockade yesterday morning, sending 10 military vessels and more than 20 aircraft to take part in their first-ever joint military exercise dubbed "Peace Mission 2005."
Plane crash in Venezuela leaves 160 dead
A chartered jet filled with tourists returning home to the French Caribbean island of Martinique。crashed Tuesday in western Venezuela, killing all 160 people on board.
First unmanned lunar mission set for 2007
China is planning a three-stage programme of unmanned lunar missions, with the aim of bringing back rock samples from the moon in around 2017.
Saddam could be executed after first trial
Saddam Hussein could be executed after his first trial if he is convicted and sentenced to death for his alleged role in a 1982 Shiite massacre, even though he faces other charges, an official close to the proceedings said Thursday.
Discovery to take another try at landing
Low clouds kept shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven from making their much-anticipated return to Earth, and NASA vowed to bring the spacecraft down Tuesday in Florida, California or possibly even New Mexico, the Associated Press reported.
Al-Qaida's No. 2 threatens London, US
Al-Qaida's No. 2 embraced the London suicide bombings Thursday, warned Britain that more destruction lies ahead and promised tens of thousands of U.S. casualties in Iraq in a brazen assertion of the terror group's global reach.
Conservative Ahmadinejad becomes Iran's president
Conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became Iran's new president on Wednesday, taking office amid international turmoil over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and his own past.
Bush installs Bolton as U.N. ambassador
President Bush bypassed the Senate and installed John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Monday over protests by Democrats that the combative critic of the world body would hurt U.S. credibility.
Jang storms to Women's Open win
South Korea's Jeong Jang led from start to finish at Royal Birkdale to win the Women's British Open by four shots.
DaimlerChrysler boss to step down
DaimlerChrysler chief executive Juergen Schrempp is to step down two years early.
Discovery blasts off on shuttle mission
Discovery and seven astronauts blasted off Tuesday on America's first manned space shot since the 2003 Columbia disaster, ending a painful, 2 1/2-year shutdown devoted to making the shuttle less risky and NASA more safety-conscious.
Hong Kong's honour for Bruce Lee
Kung-fu film star Bruce Lee is to be remembered in Hong Kong with a statue to mark his 65th birthday.
Armstrong seals seventh Tour win
Lance Armstrong sealed a seventh successive Tour de France victory amid chaotic scenes at the finish in Paris.
Japan's princess on public view
Japan's Crown Princess Masako has taken part in her first public engagement outside Tokyo since retreating behind closed doors a year-and-a-half ago.
Madonna tells of love for England
Pop star Madonna has fallen in love with English country life, she has told American Vogue magazine.
Edward Heath, old friend of China, dies at 89
Former British Prime Minister Edward Heath, a long-standing friend of China, died of pneumonia on Sunday aged 89.
Wonderful Woods wins second Open
In the end Tiger Woods got his victory parade, but for 160 thrilling minutes St Andrews dared to believe it was finally Colin Montgomerie's turn for major glory.
Citigroup president stepping down
Citigroup Inc.'s president and chief operating officer, Robert B. Willumstad, has decided to step down from those positions to seek the top job at a public company, the financial services giant announced Thursday.
Problem delays US shuttle launch
The launch of the Discovery space shuttle has been delayed for several days because of technical problems.
Prince Albert pledges to clean up Monaco's image
Prince Albert of Monaco, son of Prince Rainier and Hollywood actress Grace Kelly, ascended the throne on Tuesday in ceremonies that delighted the principality after months of mourning and revelations about his love life.
Yao backs to China, ahead of schedule
Houston Rockets' NBA star Yao Ming Monday came back to China, ahead of his schedule.
Rice: US-China relations positive
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice left Beijing calling US-Sino relations positive and reiterating Washington's view that China is not a threat.
London Terror Bombings Kill 37, Wound 700
Terror struck in the heart of London on Thursday as explosions ripped through three subway trains and blasted the roof off a crowded red double-decker bus. At least 37 people were killed and more than 700 wounded in the deadliest attack on the city since the blitz in World War II.
London beats Paris to 2012 Games
The 2012 Olympic Games will be held in London, the International Olympic Committee has announced.
Curtain set to rise on G8 summit
The G8 summit begins on Wednesday in Scotland, with debt relief, increased aid for Africa and climate change topping the agenda.
Chirac jokes about British food
French President Jacques Chirac is reported to have cracked jokes about British food at a meeting with the German and Russian leaders.
Federer seals Wimbledon hat-trick
World number one Roger Federer produced a near-perfect performance to beat Andy Roddick 6-2 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 and complete a hat-trick of Wimbledon titles.
Arroyo's husband 'to move abroad'
Philippines President Gloria Arroyo has said her husband, accused of influence-peddling, is to move abroad.
Japan's emperor mourns WWII dead
Japan's Emperor Akihito has paid tribute to the victims of fierce fighting on the Pacific island of Saipan during World War II.
Arroyo apology on phone tapes
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, saying it was her voice in recordings that have sparked calls for her to quit, apologized on Monday for a lapse in judgment but insisted she did not sway last year's election.
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