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The Smurfs army in Cancun

[2011-07-11 17:01]

Cast members Hank Azaria (L), Sofia Vergara (2nd L) and Neil Patrick Harris pose with producer Jordan Kerner (R) and giant Smurf mascots during a photocall for their film "The Smurfs" in Cancun July 10, 2011.

Chinese, US army chiefs hold candid talks

[2011-07-11 13:09]

Chen Bingde, Chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), held talks with his U.S. counterpart Mike Mullen on Monday in Beijing.

Fire put out at oil refinery, no casualties

[2011-07-11 12:09]

Heavy smoke rises from an oil refinery in the Dayawan Economic and Technical Development Zone of Huizhou city, South China's Guangdong province, July 11, 2011. The fire at the oil refinery was reported at 4:10 am and was put out in three hours. No casualties were caused, authorities said.

Chaohu Lake sees large algae expansion

[2011-07-11 08:01]

An expansion of algae blankets part of Caohu Lake in East China's Anhui province on July , 2011.

102 missing after boat sinks in Russia

[2011-07-11 06:21]

Emergency officials say that 102 people, including dozens of children, are missing and at least one is dead after a passenger boat with over 180 people onboard sank in the Volga River on Sunday.

In the eye of the storm

[2011-07-10 08:49]

When the faint breeze of a summer night fills the air with the strong smell of fish and sea mud, the fishing town comes alive.

UK's News of the World bids farewell to readers

[2011-07-10 08:40]

Britain's best-selling Sunday tabloid the News of the World signed off with a simple front page message - "THANK YOU & GOODBYE".

Leon Panetta: Al-Qaida's defeat 'within reach'

[2011-07-10 08:27]

New US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Afghanistan on Saturday, saying he believed the strategic defeat of al Qaeda was within reach.

Natural disasters kill 449 in 1H

[2011-07-09 20:15]

Natural disasters left 449 people dead and 100 missing in the country in the first six months this year, according to a government report published on Saturday.

800 volunteer for a pillow battle in Gaasbeek

[2011-07-09 17:09]

Naked volunteers battle with pillows as they pose for US artist Spencer Tunick in front of the Gaasbeek's Castle, July 9, 2011. Organisers estimated 800 people posed for the early morning nude photo installation titled "Sleeping Beauties".

Yao Ming's retirement is inevitable

[2011-07-09 16:13]

Yao Ming told media Saturday that the Chinese giant star would hold a news conference on July 20 about his "personal future development plan".

Pray for the toddler who survives 10-floor fall

[2011-07-09 10:21]

The 88-year-old Jiyun Master chants sutras to pray for a two-year-old girl in Lingyin Temple (Temple of Soul's Retreat) in Hangzhou city, East China's Zhejiang province, July 8, 2011.

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