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It was Valentine's Day. Wang Xiaobo (a pseudonym) had been in line since early morning to register her marriage. In front of her, couples were carefully threading their way into a little room and filing out from the other side. It made her think: "It's exactly like an assembly line."

'92 Straits Consensus reaffirmed

Sunday Digest

Leaders of China, Peru seek new cooperation

HONOLULU - Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala on Friday, with both sides urging deeper economic cooperation.

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Sunday Special

The new emancipation

It's a bit of a surprise to discover the person behind India's biggest matchmaking site for divorcees is a single, attractive, 30-year-old - not exactly someone you would expect to be pondering the intricacies of remarriage.

Sunday People

Cartoonist delivered hugs

Bil Keane's Family Circus comics entertained readers with a simple but sublime mix of humor and traditional family values for more than a half century. The appeal endured, the author thought, because the American public needed the consistency.

Swedish study says sperm donors are well-adjusted men

World Scene

Sunday Expat

Steppin' lively, having a ball

Five men stand, arms fold across their chests, shoulders scrunch up. Six women nervously smile, their eyes fixate on the floor.

Diplomat puts unexpected face forward

Greece is the word at seminar

Sunday Image

Unscarred for life

Bryon Widner and his wife Julie were pillars of the white power movement when they first met. People grabbed their children when Widner swaggered into a store, and lowered their voices when he entered a restaurant. He had symbols of racist violence carved into his face and the letters HATE stamped across the knuckles of his right hand.

Sunday Sports

Sunday Life

DiCaprio, defying convention

To transform himself into an aging J. Edgar Hoover, Leonardo DiCaprio sat for hours while makeup artists gave him liver spots, yellow teeth and a bulging stomach. He spends a good chunk of Clint Eastwood's film "J. Edgar" that way.

A dead dictator still inspires in Italy

Making healthy food trendy

Science and Technology

The attraction is truly skin deep

There are white-meat people and there are dark-meat people; there are those who swear by the drumstick, thigh or breast.

In Italy's heartland, Indian immigrants work the farms

Worse than security lines? Airlines try new boarding schemes

Lifestyle Trends

Drug ideas in a snake's gorging

BOULDER, Colorado - In a single meal, pythons can devour animals at least as big as they are - deer, alligators, pigs.


On the cultural map

Arts and Styles

The Dead Sea Scrolls, and what came before

Few artifacts at the provocative new exhibition at Discovery Times Square in New York - "The Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Biblical Times" - will inspire aesthetic wonder. Pottery, silver coins, iron arrowheads, limestone pitchers, scraps of parchment - such are the seemingly mundane yields of many archaeological excavations, and they are prevalent here as well.

Culinary artistry on urban wheels

Sunday Food

Garlic kids

Sweet pickled garlic is a dining-table favorite in China. In spring, fresh young garlic bulbs are pickled whole in vinegar, sugar and a little salt. The garlic cloves are enjoyed as appetizers, or eaten with dumplings or jiaozi.

Nature's pharmacy below the ground

The new place to party, eat and be merry

Sunday Style

D & G stars in Shanghai

Bubbling champagne. Dim lighting. Flashing cameras. Beautiful socialites dressed to the nines.

Sunday Kaleidoscope

Testaments of history

If there is only time to see one piece of history in Shanghai, then you must go to the Shanghai Museum and search out a bronze tripod in its bronze collection. This is a 2,000-year-old bronze tripod that dates from the Western Zhou Dynasty (c. 11th century-771 BC). They call it the Dake Tripod, or Dake Ding (大克鼎).

Wooden soldier like no other

Glimpses of new theater

City guide

Sunday Travel

Vietnam at bay

It's difficult to write about Ha Long Bay without sounding like a glossy brochure.

Departure gate

Airline news and deals