• Hu pledges to improve farmers' lot

    Hu pledges to improve farmers' lot

    President Hu Jintao pledged yesterday to "respect farmers wishes, safeguard their interests and enhance their welfare" while building a new socialist countryside.He made the remarks during a speech to provincial and ministerial officials at a …
  • Chinese celebrate festival with more techno-fashion

    Chinese celebrate festival with more techno-fashion

    BEIJING, Feb. 13 (Xinhuanet) -- Li Hui said he was happy to receive New Year greetings from his friends via mobile phone until he received 128 text messages during the Spring Festival or Chinese Lunar New Year.Li, a resident in the central Chinese city …
  • Ancient golf paintings to be shown in HK

    Ancient golf paintings to be shown in HK

    BEIJING, Feb. 14 -- Key evidence supporting the long-disputed claim that the Chinese invented golf will be on show in Hong Kong next month.Two paintings, the "Wall Painting of Chuiwan" from the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and "The Autumn Ban…
  • Illinois Governor Suggests Preschool for All

    Illinois Governor Suggests Preschool for All

    CHICAGO, Feb. 12 ?Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich announced Sunday that he wanted Illinois to become the first state in the nation to offer universal preschool to 3- and 4-year-olds.Mr. Blagojevich, a Democrat who is up for re-election this year, said the pres…
  • S. Africa: "No organized effort" against Chinese

    S. Africa: "No organized effort" against Chinese

    BEIJING, Feb. 13 (Xinhuanet) -- Vusi B. Koloane, minister plenipotentiary of South Africa in China, said on Monday that his government will do everything possible to "completely eliminate" crimes.Koloane said during an exclusive interview with…
  • Efforts urged to build new socialist countryside

    Efforts urged to build new socialist countryside

    HAIKOU, Feb. 12 (Xinhuanet) -- The publicity chief of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Saturday completed a four-day tour around farms in the southern province of Hainan, and called for efforts to build new socialist countryside.Liu …
  • On a day for love, it is a matter of dates

    On a day for love, it is a matter of dates

    Tan Huimin has been looking forward to her Valentines rendezvous tonight with her single friends who also do not have a date.The 26-year-old designer will join them for dinner at a hotpot restaurant and belt out karaoke numbers later."Valentines Da…
  • Valentine's Day

    Valentine's Day

    A girl chooses roses, each of which is sold for 199 yuan, at a flower shop on the eve of Valentines Day February 13, 2006 in Shenyang, Northeast Chinas Liaoning Province. Valentines Day is getting increasingly popular in China.A pair of dogs made of flo…
  • Top planner: Oil refinery capacity 'must rise'

    Top planner: Oil refinery capacity 'must rise'

    The nations top economic planner has warned that oil-refining facilities are stretched to the limit and urged that capacity be increased.The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) also suggested that prices of refined-oil products, which are …
  • Lantern Festival

    Lantern Festival

    A Chinese woman walks under lanterns in Yu Garden in Shanghai February 12, 2006. Chinese people celebrate on Sunday the traditional Lantern Festival which marks the last day of the 15-day long Spring Festival. [Reuters]A Chinese woman poses in front of …
  • Dependence on oil needs to be cut: NDRC

    Dependence on oil needs to be cut: NDRC

    The central government is working on a long-term plan to increase the use of alternative fuels to reduce the dependence on oil.Coal gas and renewable energy sources such as biomass and solar power are expected to become "major alternatives," a…
  • Forbidden City to undergo overhaul within 3 years

    Forbidden City to undergo overhaul within 3 years

    BEIJING, Feb. 11 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinas Forbidden City, one of the worlds largest imperial palaces, will undergo overhaul in the coming three years, Beijing News reported Saturday.The move was aimed to restore the imperial grandeur of the palace halls an…
  • Bats, mice to be moved out from Dunhuang grottoes

    Bats, mice to be moved out from Dunhuang grottoes

    BEIJING, Feb. 11 (Xinhuanet) -- A new security system at the Dunhuang grottoes will help protect the famous ancient murals from temperature fluctuations and bats and mice.The installation will start in March, and the system will monitor the 700 caves of…
  • Xi'an museum of neolithic relics, culture to reopen

    Xi'an museum of neolithic relics, culture to reopen

    XIAN, Feb. 12 (Xinhuanet) -- The museum of the Banpo Ruins, the largest and best-preserved primitive village ever discovered in China, will reopen on April 1 after renovations, the curator has said.The protection hall built half a century ago above the …
  • Struggle to get black history into classrooms

    Struggle to get black history into classrooms

    PISCATAWAY, New Jersey (AP) -- Assemblyman William Payne recalls the first book he heard as a kindergartner in the 1940s, and never forgot the black stereotypes that filled the 19th century childrens story."You grow up with these subliminal message…
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