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When the levees broke . . .

[2011-06-18 08:24]

Rescuers on rubber boats and fishing vessels delivered bottled water and instant noodles to residents stranded by flood after a bulging river broke through damaged dams and inundated houses in this East China city on Friday.

Wen congratulates first tuition-free teachers

[2011-06-17 21:44]

China's Ministry of Education waved tuition fees for students who majored in education at six universities, which have been under direct administration of the ministry since the autumn semester in 2007. Wen attended the students’ graduation ceremony and encouraged them to focus on promoting students’ innovation.

Day of the African Child marked

[2011-06-17 20:59]

A child is made-up with face paint during the celebrations of the International Day of the African Child in Koumassi, Abidjan. June 16, 2011. [Photo/Agencies] 

Armed forces show anti-terrorism skills

[2011-06-17 15:51]

Chinese armed police display their anti-terrorism skills during a performance in Beijing June 16, 2011.

Spanish town painted blue to promote Smurfs

[2011-06-17 15:23]

A woman dresses up as Smurfette in a village near Malaga, southern Spain, on Thursday. Houses in the village have been painted blue as part of a global promotion for the film The Smurfs, which will be released in late June.

That's a fine pair of belugas

[2011-06-17 10:41]

Russian scientist Natalia Avseenko prepares to get into the water to swim naked with two beluga whales in the White Sea off the coast of northern Russia, June 16, 2011. Scientists believe whales could be friendlier to humans without clothing.

IMF hopeful woos China for votes

[2011-06-17 07:41]

Agustin Carstens, governor of the Mexican central bank, said on Thursday that China promised to take his bid to be the first non-European managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) seriously and that the Chinese government is in the process of making a final decision.

New era for Sino-Russian ties

[2011-06-17 07:13]

China and Russia deepened their strategic relationship on Thursday by vowing to support each other on core security issues.

Al-Zawahri succeeds bin Laden as al-Qaida leader

[2011-06-17 06:55]

Osama bin Laden's longtime second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, has taken control of al-Qaida, the group declared Thursday, marking the ascendancy of a man driven by hatred of the United States who helped plan the 9/11 attacks.

Chilean students throng streets, gov't seen suffering

[2011-06-17 03:52]

Defying police water canon and tear gas, tens of thousands of students marched in Chile's capital and main cities on Thursday, the latest in a series of protests seen obstructing the government's legislative agenda.

China's Hercules pulls two cars with fingers

[2011-06-16 17:28]

Wu Baoxin, 60, prepares for his performance of pulling two cars with just his fingers at a square in Jiaozuo, Central China's Henan province, June 16, 2011. Wearing a pair of iron shoes which weigh 128 kg, Wu dragged two cars, weighing 2 tons in total, three meters by two fingers. The man himself weighs less than 60 kg.

Music in the air

[2011-06-16 15:39]

Violinist Shenzo Gregoria plays an electric violin while suspended from the roof of Sydney's Queen Victoria Building as part of his public performance June 16, 2011. Gregoria performed various pieces of contemporary and classical music for onlookers while spinning and tumbling through the air as he hangs from a steel chain many storeys above the ground.

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