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US lawmakers give Panetta nod as defense chief

[2011-06-23 08:29]

The US Senate unanimously confirmed Leon Panetta as US defense secretary on Tuesday, hailing his successes as the chief of the CIA just as major challenges await him in Afghanistan and Libya.

44 killed in Russian plane crash, 8 survivors

[2011-06-22 09:30]

Russian Emergencies Ministry members carry a survivor of the plane crash, who was transported from Petrozavodsk, at Ramenskoye airfield outside Moscow June 21, 2011.

Levees in northern Missouri breached

[2011-06-22 08:07]

The overflowing Missouri River closes the road to flooded Corning, Missouri, June 21, 2011. Some 300 residents of a northwest Missouri town were ordered to evacuate, because of two breaches in Missouri River levees and expectations that water will top secondary barriers, officials said on Tuesday.

Ban Ki-moon gets second term as UN chief

[2011-06-22 06:42]

The UN General Assembly on Tuesday appointed Ban Ki-moon as the UN secretary-general for a second five-year term starting January 1, 2012.

Beijing launches campaign to ensure order

[2011-06-21 22:20]

Beijing has launched a campaign to crack down on environmental pollution on the streets and ensure order in society. The campaign is said to involve 10,000 people, Xinhua reported.[

Post-quake town re-brands itself with romance

[2011-06-21 22:17]

Deep in Sichuan Province, a mountain town strives to re-brand itself as a romantic tourist destination.

Swelling reservoir lets flood water go

[2011-06-21 15:22]

The Xin'anjiang Reservoir, which is at risk of overflowing due to ongoing torrential rains, opens one of its floodgates to discharge water in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang province, about 9:30 am June 21, 2011.

Height no obstacle on soccer field

[2011-06-21 10:33]

A special match, attended by dwarves from various parts of Southwest China, was held to celebrate the establishment of the first dwarf club in the area.

44 killed in Russian plane crash; 8 injured

[2011-06-21 08:10]

A total of 44 people were killed when a Tu-134 passenger plane crash-landed in Russia's northern republic of Karelie, local media reported Tuesday, citing sources from the Emergency Situations Ministry.

Airbus superjumbo A380 grounded at Paris Air Show

[2011-06-21 07:28]

One of Airbus' star jets was grounded after clipping a wing on a taxiway structure, the latest in a string of embarrassments fent Nicolas Sarkozy's visit to the air show on Monday, Reinhardt said.

China launches new communication satellite

[2011-06-21 07:04]

China successfully launched a new communication satellite, the Zhongxing-10, from its Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Southwest China's Sichuan province on early Tuesday.

Beijing police burn 500 kg of drugs

[2011-06-20 15:49]

A police officer displays bags of drug before they are burnt in Beijing, June 19, 2011. A total of 489.3 kg of drugs, including heroin, ice, ecstasy, ketamine and marijuana which were seized by Beijing police in 2008 and 2009 were incinerated on Sunday.

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