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Migbelis Castellanos crowned Miss Venezuela 2013

[2013-10-12 16:09]

Miss Venezuela 2013 Migbelis Castellanos poses during a news conference in Caracas October 11, 2013.

Chongyang Festival: Secrets to longevity

[2013-10-12 15:56]

Chongyang Festival, or the Double Ninth Festival, is a traditional Chinese holiday to honor and respect for elders. Everyone wants to be healthy and enjoy longevity, and some of the world's oldest people share their secrets.

Mo Yan's Nobel win brings village a change of plot

[2013-10-12 00:44]

Chinese people had never paid more attention to the annual Nobel literature award — which on Thursday went to Canadian writer Alice Munro — than they did last year when Mo Yan became China's first winner of the prize.

China, Thailand eye waiving visas

[2013-10-12 00:14]

Neither Thai nor Chinese tourist operators were surprised at the two governments' decision to discuss waiving visas for both sides' visitors.

Cruise trip adds leisure to travel

[2013-10-11 23:53]

Travel between Fujian province and Taiwan is nothing new. But how about crossing the Taiwan Straits on a cruise ship? Mainland tourists now have the chance to do so, with the launch of the latest tourism project in Fujian.

What does paradise smell like?

[2013-10-11 23:47]

It is that subtle signature that snds out signals that you are about to sit in the lap of luxury, and the first volley fired in a full sensory attack. Xu Junqian looks at the lengths some hotels go to, to capture your imagination and loyalty.

Chemical weapon watchdog wins Nobel

[2013-10-11 23:05]

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons won the Nobel Peace Prize for working to eliminate the scourge that has haunted generations from World War I to the battlefields of Syria.

Second American in orbit dies at 88

[2013-10-11 10:14]

Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth in 1962, died at age 88 on Thursday from complications following a stroke, US space agency NASA said.

Giant Duck falls flat in Beijing

[2013-10-11 08:23]

The giant rubber duck, the brainchild of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, is deflated to avoid the gale at the Summer Palace in Beijing on Oct 10.

World's 1st curved smartphone hits S Korean stores

[2013-10-11 07:15]

Samsung launched the world's first smartphone with a curved display screen on Thursday, as the electronics giant seeks to maintain its lead in the increasingly saturated market.

Shaolin kung fu dazzles the UN

[2013-10-11 05:34]

Shi Yongxin, the 30th-generation abbot of the legendary Shaolin Temple, led a cultural delegation to perform kung fu at United Nations headquarters on Oct 9.

Fiscal deadlock will be resolved, Kerry tells Li

[2013-10-10 23:18]

Premier Li Keqiang has been assured by US Secretary of State John Kerry that the United States is committed to resolving its fiscal impasse.

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