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Snapshots: The world in 24 hours Feb 16

[2011-02-17 20:15]

Snapshots: The world in 24 hours Feb 16, 2011.

China revels in Lantern Festival

[2011-02-17 14:26]

Villagers play waist drum and do the Yangko on the Lantern Festival in Henshan, West China's Shaan'xi province on Feb 17,2011. The Lantern Festival marks the final day of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations.

Spring Festival photos from readers [Part VI]

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'Dr Snake' bears fangs for conservation

[2011-02-17 08:02]

Former doctor Chen Yuanhui has gone from saving people from snakes to saving snakes from people.

Lantern Festival celebration: spraying molten iron

[2011-02-17 07:39]

For over 300 years, the town has carried out the tradition of spraying molten iron at 1,300 degrees Celsius (2,372 degrees Fahrenheit) against a cold concrete wall to form sparks-like fireworks during the Lantern Festival, which falls on Thursday Feb 17.

Ancient text marks modern Lantern Festival

[2011-02-16 09:48]

A confucius temple held a ceremony where 80 youths and grown-ups dressed in hanfu and read Chinese classic texts ahead of the Lantern Festival, which falls on Thursday

Miners seek justice for black lung disease

[2011-02-16 07:16]

A total of 124 gold miners in Wuwei city, Northwest China's Gansu province, have been diagnosed with pneumoconiosis but have not received compensation because they had not signed labor contracts with the mine's owners, State broadcaster CCTV reported on Monday.

Sun fires off with major solar flare

[2011-02-16 07:15]

The most powerful solar flare in years erupted from the sun on Tuesday, sending a blast of X-rays from a hotspot of activity that may still belch solar storms in the days to come.

Manufacturing belts in labor shortage

[2011-02-16 07:01]

China's booming coastal provinces are facing a labour shortage after the Lunar New Year holidays as the seemingly endless flow of migrant workers dries up. More and more workers in the traditional manufacturing belts in the Pearl River and Yangtze River deltas are staying back in their home villages in the countryside due to rapid urbanisation and economic development in China's interior.

Berlusconi to face trial over sex scandal

[2011-02-15 21:04]

An Italian judge ordered Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial on Tuesday on charges that include paying an underage girl for sex.

Snapshots: The world in 24 hours Feb 14

[2011-02-15 19:31]

Snapshots: The world in 24 hours Feb 14, 2011.

Art major hopefuls way down in 2011 gaokao

[2011-02-15 13:51]

Students applying for art majors in Shandong College of Art and Design take their exam in an exhibition center in Jinan, East China's Shandong province, Feb 14, 2011. The 2011 gaokao, or college entrance examination, for art majors kicked off on Monday in Shandong. The number of applicants for the once-popular art majors was down by almost half, from 169,000 in 2007 to 87,000 this year.

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