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2008-06-16 06:00:28

Text of report in English by Vietnamese news agency VNA website [Unattributed article from the "Politics" page: "Vatican delegation wraps up Vietnam visit"] Hanoi (VNA) -A Vatican delegation led by Monsignor Pietro Parolin, Vatican 's Under-secretary of State for Relations with States, concluded their week-long annual working visit to Vietnam on June 15. Staying in Vietnam from June 9, the delegation had working sessions with a Vietnamese delegation led by Nguyen The Doanh, Chairman of...

2008-06-16 06:00:17

By John Ruwitch and Xie Heng With a tropical climate and unspoiled, palm-fringed beaches, Hainan Island has all the ingredients to become one of the top Asian tourist resorts. But China's Hawaii, as Hainan has been dubbed, only now seems poised to fulfill that ambition as it recovers from an economic slump that had left it lagging behind other parts of China. For years, the 48-story tower that is the tallest building in Hainan Province gathered dust as a half-built skeleton like...

2007-02-07 14:28:46

SHANGHAI, China (AP) - China has chosen the site for a new satellite launching center, the country's fourth, on Hainan island in the South China Sea, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday. The site will be at Wenchang, about 38 miles southeast of the provincial capital Haikou, the report said, citing Hainan Gov. Luo Baoming. The Wenchang Satellite Launching Center will also include a space theme scientific park, a rocket-assembling plant and a command center, Xinhua said. China...

2006-08-22 22:20:32

BEIJING (Reuters) - China and its southern neighbor Vietnam have agreed to finish demarking their border by 2008, a state newspaper said on Wednesday, a contentious area that has been the cause of military conflict. Chinese President Hu Jintao, meeting Vietnam's Communist Party chief Nong Duc Manh in Beijing, said China was also willing to discuss a disputed maritime area where the two countries' navies have clashed in the past. "Vietnam and China agreed ... to handle the border...

2006-08-04 07:19:31

BEIJING (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Prapiroon killed 18 people as it lashed south China with heavy rain and winds on Friday after forcing the evacuation of more than half a million and snarling transport links across the region. China Central Television cited the Ministry of Civil Affairs as saying the deaths had occurred in the southern provinces of Guangdong and Hainan and the neighboring region of Guangxi. Another seven were missing, the official broadcaster said. It gave no...

2006-08-02 20:40:54

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Typhoon Prapiroon, which killed six people and forced thousands to flee their homes in the northern Philippines, closed in on southern China on Thursday and thousands have been evacuated ahead of its arrival. At 0010 GMT, the center of Prapiroon, which means "God of rain" in Thai, was about 280 km (175 miles) south of Hong Kong and is forecast to move at about 14 km an hour toward China's Guangdong province, the Hong Kong observatory said. Southern China,...

2006-05-17 07:05:00

By Tamora Vidaillet SANYA, China -- It's a toss-up who's going to suffer more from culture shock: the people of Hainan or the beach-mad Britons who have China's southernmost island in their sights. From the summer of 2007, mass tourism British-style will befall an island dubbed the Hawaii of Asia, although, truth be told, it shares little in common with the American surf and sand paradise besides Chinese tourists' love of donning Hawaiian shirts. Hainan's southern beaches are superb, with...

2006-05-17 00:43:48

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has admitted that measures to tackle "serious" water pollution in the southern booming province of Guangdong are not working, state media reported on Wednesday. Water quality in both coastal waters and inland estuaries remained poor, the China Daily said, citing Chinese experts. The drainage of land pollutants to the sea was a key reason for the poor sea quality and poor ecological environment, the China Daily quoted Zhong Jianqiang, an environmental...

2006-03-10 03:33:29

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - No tsunamis, no bombs and no sharks. Just crystal clear waters, swaying palm trees and white sandy beaches -- the governor of China's tropical island of Hainan thinks his province has it all. Yet last year, even though Hainan attracted more than 15 million visitors who spent at least one night, the province earned just 12.5 billion yuan ($1.55 billion) from tourism. By comparison, Thailand's Phuket each year gets around 3 million visitors, but...

2005-12-02 14:10:14

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. intelligence officials in 1964 skewed evidence of an attack on two U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin to support claims of communist aggression that led to a massive escalation of the Vietnam War, according to a newly declassified government document. An article by a National Security Agency historian, released by the NSA this week along with intelligence reports and other related documents, said officials at the spy agency withheld nearly 90 percent of...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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