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March 18, 2013
China's new president calls for 'great renaissance'
Beijing (AFP) March 17, 2013
China's new President Xi Jinping will fight for a "great renaissance of the Chinese nation", he said Sunday as the world's most populous country completed its once-in-a-decade power transition. In his first speech as head of state, Xi called for "the continued realisation of the great renaissance of the Chinese nation and the Chinese dream", laying out a vision of a stronger military and ever-higher living standards. The 25-minute address closed a parliament meeting which named Xi as head of sta ... read more
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China to more than double air monitoring network
China will more than double the number of cities covered by air quality monitoring, a top environment official said Friday, as part of efforts to tackle heavy smog that has sparked huge public anger. ... more

'Bonobo heaven': life at a DR Congo ape sanctuary
Claudine Andre, a 67-year-old Belgian living in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has spent the last twenty years dedicated to the protection of the bonobo, an extraordinary species of ape threatened by trafficking and poachers. ... more

Cherry blossom season officially begins in Tokyo
Japan's weather agency announced the official beginning of cherry blossom season in Tokyo on Saturday, equalling the record for the earliest ever start. ... more
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Middle East faces alarming water loss
The Middle East, one of the most arid regions on Earth, is facing a critical water crisis because of poor management and a 2007 drought, the American Geophysical Union warns in a new report. ... more


Japan ups disaster debris estimate to reach N. America
Japan's estimate for the amount of debris from the 2011 quake-tsunami disaster that will reach North America later this year has sharply increased, a report said Friday. ... more
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Dead pigs show dark side of China food industry
Thousands of dead pigs in a Shanghai river have cast a spotlight on China's poorly regulated farm production, with the country's favourite meat joining a long list of food scares. ... more

Pacific's Palau looks at commercial fishing ban
Palau's president has proposed banning all commercial fishing in the Pacific nation's waters to create one of the world's largest marine reserves, covering an area roughly the size of France. ... more
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Technology Changing The Future of Home Security
Like so many other industries today, home security is rapidly adapting and evolving in response to new advances in technology. ... more

US military member suing over Japan nuke disaster
US service members are suing the Tokyo Electric Power Co. for more than $2 billion on grounds the utility lied about the dangers of helping clean up the nuclear disaster that struck two years ago, a newspaper reported Thursday. ... more

Snowed-in Belarus tells citizens to stay home
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Obama reaches out to China's new president
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New restrictions bite Hong Kong shark fin traders
A conservation victory restricting global trade in more shark species will take a fresh bite at Hong Kong's market in fins, which has already been hit hard by persistent attacks from anti-fin campaigners. ... more
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Nature fans get green fix at Hong Kong flower show
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Show of ethnic harmony at China legislature
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