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Hu stresses public rental housing for low-income residents

[2011-05-02 07:57]

Chinese President Hu Jintao has urged local governments to make greater efforts in developing public rental housing units for the country's medium- and low-income earners.

Pope beatifies John Paul before 1m faithful

[2011-05-01 21:07]

Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before more than a million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood.

Over 350 killed, thousands homeless in US tornadoes

[2011-05-01 11:20]

The death toll from the second deadliest US tornado outbreak on record rose above 350 on Saturday as thousands of stunned survivors camped out in the shattered shells of their homes or moved into shelters or with friends.

Emotional gold for Japan, US dancing pair shines

[2011-05-01 10:23]

Japan's Miki Ando upstaged Olympic champion Kim Yuna to strike gold at the world figure skating championships on Saturday and hoped she had lifted the spirits of her devastated nation.

Lightning sparks forest fires in N China

[2011-05-01 08:47]

A preliminary investigation showed that lightning was primarily responsible for most of the wildfires in North China's Shanxi province

Sandstorm hits Beijing

[2011-04-30 20:27]

The worst sandstorm of the year hit Beijing Saturday morning after sweeping through other regions in north China, the municipal meteorological station said.

Forest fire breaks out in N China

[2011-04-30 17:32]

Raging flames are seen in a forest that borders the cities of Jingzhong and Yangquan in north China's Shanxi province, April 30, 2011. More than 2,600 firefighters are mobilized to extinguish the fire which started on Thursday night.

Snapshots: The world in 24 hours, April 29

[2011-04-30 15:55]

Snapshots: the world in 24 hours, April 29

Sandstorms hit NW China, damage crops

[2011-04-30 11:36]

Severe sandstorms have swept across parts of northwest China's Gansu Province, disrupting people's lives and damaging thousands of hectares of crops.

Wen savors songs in Jakarta

[2011-04-30 08:10]

Visiting Premier Wen Jiabao on Friday broke into an Indonesian folk song after he was greeted with a warm "ni hao (hello)" from students of Al Azhar University in the country's capital.

The royal wedding

[2011-04-29 19:43]

Britain's Prince William, and Kate Middleton exchange rings before the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, during their wedding ceremony In Westminster Abbey, in central London April 29, 2011.

The royal wedding to start

[2011-04-29 16:56]

People gather outside Buckingham Palace before the wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton in Westminister Abbey, in central London April 29, 2011.

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