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Artificial rain eases drought in SW China

[2011-08-05 14:09]

Workers with the meteorological authority in Qingzhen city, Southwest China's Guizhou province, prepare rockets, which contain chemicals that spur precipitation, to bring artificial rain to the drought-ravaged region, August 4, 2011.

Rainstorms a prequel to typhoon Muifa in Fujian

[2011-08-05 10:19]

Lightning tears up the sky in Quanzhou city, E China’s Fujian province, on August 4, 2011. Strong typhoon Muifa brought rainstorms to the city.

AIDS orphans treated to Beijing tour

[2011-08-05 09:55]

Travelling more than 4,000 kilometers by bus and train in five days, 38 pupils, who lost their parents due to AIDS, from the Second Primary School in Longchuan county in Yunnan, arrived in Beijing on July 22 to take part in a summer camp at the invitation of the Beijing Concord College of Sino-Canada.

Olympic champ Wang expelled from national team

[2011-08-05 09:41]

Four-time Winter Olympic champion Wang Meng was expelled from the Chinese national short track speed skating team after a drunken brawl with team manager.

HK tycoon Li's Hutchison posts record gains in H1

[2011-08-04 21:45]

Hutchison Whampoa, Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing's telecom-to-port conglomerate, posted on Thursday a record year-on-year increase of 632 percent in net profit in the first half of 2011, though the result was not as good as analysts had expected.

Like a fish out of water

[2011-08-04 17:14]

Hundreds of fish jump meters high as water is released from Longkai River into Gantang Lake to provide fresh water in Jiujiang city in East China's Jiangxi province, August 3, 2011.

Newlywed couple gets a lift on their big day

[2011-08-04 14:31]

A forklift wedding fleet drives down a road in Beiwangduan village, Xingtai city, North China's Hebei province, August 3, 2011. The newlyweds decided to use eight forklifts to form their wedding fleet because they met each other when the groom, a forklift driver, was buying the vehicle from the bride who was a forklift seller.

River's surging high tide wave draws crowds

[2011-08-04 10:50]

As high tide hits, waves crash against the bank of the Qiangtang River in Haining city, East China's Zhejiang province, August 3, 2011.

Grand mermaid in German lake

[2011-08-04 10:27]

Boats gather around a sculpture of a mermaid at the 'Alster' lake in Hamburg August 3, 2011.

Sandstorm strikes NW China

[2011-08-04 09:41]

A sandstorm gradually covers the blue sky over Urumqi, the capital of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, at about 6 pm on Wednesday.

Obama to celebrate 50th with family, friends

[2011-08-04 07:01]

US President Barack Obama will be treated to a White House party for his 50th birthday and get away with friends and family to the Camp David presidential retreat for the weekend.

Mubarak's trial starts in Cairo

[2011-08-03 20:19]

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's trial started Wednesday in Cairo's Police Academy.

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