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Snapshots: The world in 24 hours, May 15

[2011-05-16 16:36]

Snapshot photos capture the moments of events happened all around the world during the past 24 hours of May 15.

Cathay Pacific flight emergency lands in Singapore

[2011-05-16 15:15]

The engine on a Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 caught fire in midair Monday, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Singapore. No one was injured in the incident.

IMF chief charged with sex assault, France in shock

[2011-05-16 14:37]

IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged on Sunday with trying to rape a New York hotel maid in a scandal that appeared to wreck his hopes of becoming France's next president.

Monster truck competition

[2011-05-16 10:50]

Candice Jolly drives the truck Monster Mutt over wrecked cars at Monster Jam, a monster truck competition in San Jose May 15, 2011.

Twelve dead in Israeli border skirmishes

[2011-05-16 07:40]

Violence erupted on Israel's borders with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza Sunday, leaving at least 12 dead and dozens wounded, as Palestinians marked what they term "the catastrophe" of Israel's founding in 1948.

New casino opens in Macao

[2011-05-15 17:29]

Some of the world's biggest casino operators are betting that Chinese moms and pops who like to gamble and also want to shop and dine will turbocharge growth over the next few years at Macao, the world's biggest gambling destination. Macao has so far relied heavily on mainland's young and wealthy for casino revenues, which totaled about $24 billion in 2010 -- well above what Las Vegas earned.

America shows off warship that buried bin Laden

[2011-05-15 14:50]

US officials welcomed visitors Sunday to the USS Carl Vinson warship, from which Osama bin Laden's body was buried at sea, but did not discuss the ultra-secretive attack that killed him.

South China tiger moved to new home

[2011-05-15 11:30]

A young female South China tiger, an endangered tiger species, which was born on Sept 6, 2010, was the second viable baby South China tiger in the past five years at the Suzhou breeding base.

Pole dancing shakes off ill repute in China

[2011-05-15 10:45]

It was the major draw at strip clubs in Las Vegas and the sleazier nightspots in party cities, but in China, pole dancing has shaken off its ill repute to become a bona fide fitness activity - and business opportunity.

SCO FMs meet on regional peace, security

[2011-05-15 09:43]

Foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) met Saturday on regional peace and security.

Louisiana braces as flood spillway opens

[2011-05-15 08:55]

Army engineers on Saturday opened a key spillway to allow the swollen Mississippi River to flood thousands of homes and crops but spare New Orleans and Louisiana's capital Baton Rouge.

Martelly sworn in as Haiti's new president

[2011-05-15 08:09]

Haiti's new President Michel Martelly on Saturday called on all Haitians to work for national unity and reconciliation, and promised to work tirelessly for the country.

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