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Forbidden City to be closed every Monday

[2014-01-07 00:55]

The Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, expanded its closures from Monday afternoons to the entire day, a move the museum said will better preserve its relics and allow enough time each week to maintain them.

Illegal ivory stash destroyed

[2014-01-07 00:39]

China has destroyed 6.1 metric tons of elephant ivory seized over the years, hoping to send a zero-tolerance message to poachers.

Offices of world leaders

[2014-01-06 14:10]

US President Barack Obama makes phone calls at the Oval Office in the White House.

First Taiwan-born panda makes public debut

[2014-01-06 13:53]

Yuan Zai, the first Taiwan-born baby panda, climbs a wood log inside an enclosure as visitors take pictures at the Taipei City Zoo in Taipei, January 6, 2014.

India successfully launches heavy lift rocket

[2014-01-06 08:08]

India Sunday successfully launched its first heavy lift Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) D5 using indigenous cryogenic fuel technology, after two previous failures.

Fewer candidates take graduate entrance test

[2014-01-06 00:54]

The 2014 national graduate school entrance examination, which took place over the weekend, saw a drop in the number of candidates this year.

Xuelong waits for chance to break free

[2014-01-06 00:30]

Experts and scientists aboard Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, are planning three possible routes to take advantage of good weather from Monday to Wednesday, a senior official said.

Frigate escorts transport of Syria chemical weapons

[2014-01-05 08:36]

A Chinese navy frigate arrived in the Cypriot port of Limassol on Saturday at the start of its mission to provide security support to the operation for removing Syria's chemical weapons.

Putin, Belarussian president play ice hockey

[2014-01-05 05:42]

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a friendly ice hockey match in the Bolshoi Ice Palace near Sochi January 4, 2014.

Kerry says progress in Mideast diplomacy

[2014-01-05 04:19]

Israel and the Palestinians are making progress towards reaching a framework peace agreement but they are not there yet, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters on Saturday.

Culture that counts

[2014-01-05 00:02]

The world is recalculating the abacus' added historical and contemporary value since the device was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List last month.

Federer, Hewitt to meet in Brisbane final

[2014-01-04 23:25]

Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt earned three-set victories on Saturday to set up a meeting in the Brisbane International final, renewing a rivalry that stretches back to the last millennium.

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