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2006-06-29 01:48:53

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong action movie star Jackie Chan is looking to bequeath half his fortune to charity, following in the footsteps of Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, local media reported on Thursday. "I have also written down (a will), ... half of it goes to my charity and the remaining goes to my wife and son," Chan told a media conference on a tiger conservation campaign, the Apple Daily newspaper reported. A source close to Chan, who acted in Hollywood movies such as...

2006-06-19 00:45:00

BEIJING -- A top official in China's space program has set 2024 for the country's first moonwalk, a Hong Kong newspaper reported on Monday, cementing its position as a new space power. The mission would kick off in earnest next year, the Beijing-backed Wen Wei Po paper said, when China launches an unmanned lunar satellite in March or April to orbit and survey the lunar surface. "China now basically possesses the technology, materials and the economic strength" to put a man on the moon, the...

2006-06-15 07:45:00

SHANGHAI -- Yao Defen, believed to be the world's tallest woman, has begun treatment in a Shanghai hospital to rid her of a brain tumor at the root of her gigantism. Yao, from a poor farming family in eastern China's Anhui province, measures 2.36 meters (7.75 ft), Chinese doctors say. That is 5 cm (2 inches) more than Sandy Allen of the United States, who is currently listed by Guinness World Records as the world's tallest woman. Yao suffers from a large tumor in the pituitary gland of her...

2006-05-30 07:30:40

BEIJING (Reuters) - A secret U.S. plan to attack Chinese nuclear weapons sites more than four decades ago prompted Mao Zedong to temporarily abandon efforts to improve living standards, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday. Mao moved many factories to mountainous areas in China's remote southwest region to keep them from being hit by U.S. air raids, it said, citing a new book from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a government-funded think tank. The focus of China's 1966-1970...

2006-05-19 00:23:04

BEIJING (Reuters) - Mao Zedong, the founder of Communist China, is to fall victim to a distinctly capitalist tradition when his portrait goes up for auction next month. The original model for the Mao painting that hung above Tiananmen Square, the symbolic heart of the China's Communist revolution, is expected to fetch 1 million to 1.2 million yuan ($120,000-$150,000) when it is sold through a Beijing auction house, the China Daily reported on Friday. But thousands of Internet users...

2006-03-30 08:33:03

By Pracha Hariraksapitak BANGKOK (Reuters) - Leaders of a campaign to oust Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra cut short their protest at Bangkok's biggest shopping mall on Thursday amid signs of a public wearying of weeks of street demonstrations. The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), the ad hoc coalition bent on driving the telecoms billionaire from office, shifted to the nearby Election Commission after its Wednesday night rally drew 50,000 people to Siam Paragon mall. It...

2006-03-27 03:33:22

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police have detained a Chinese-born film maker who is a permanent U.S. resident, a family member said on Monday, weeks before President Hu Jintao visits the United States. Hao Wu, who returned to China in 2004 after living in the United States for 12 years, had been missing since February 22 after interviewing human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, while making a documentary about an underground Christian congregation, his sister, Wu Na, said. An officer at...

2006-03-11 00:46:00

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - The number of people China convicted last year grew as fast as the national economy, but a shortage of judges means the courts are clogging up, the Chinese chief justice told parliament on Saturday. The president of the Supreme People's Court, Xiao Yang, told the National People's Congress that in 2005 courts had sentenced 844,717 citizens, a rise of 10 percent over 2004. China's economy grew 9.9 percent in 2005. He said 131,869 people were...

2006-03-08 05:05:00

By Emma Graham-Harrison BEIJING (Reuters) - The toilets on the first floor of China's monolithic Great Hall of the People suggest its designers weren't expecting many women in the 1950s, and there has been little need to update the layout since. A vast sunlit expanse of male washrooms is across the corridor from a badly lit handful of stalls for women -- but there are no queues, or worries about any forming now the annual parliament meeting is under way. Female journalists and flask-toting...

2006-03-03 21:32:00

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police detained an outspoken human rights lawyer in Beijing on Saturday, continuing an official crackdown on dissidents ahead of the opening of the national parliament, another lawyer said. Gao Zhisheng has defended dissidents and protesters, and recently helped organize a rolling hunger strike to protest against police harassment of political activists. Three plain-clothes police bundled Gao into a car as he walked to his office, said another human rights...


Word of the Day
lambent
  • Licking.
  • Hence Running along or over a surface, as if in the act of licking; flowing over or along; lapping or bathing; softly bright; gleaming.
This word comes the Latin 'lambere,' to lick.
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