Scenery of of 17-Mile Drive in California, U.S.

Scenery of of 17-Mile Drive in California, U.S.

Photo taken in November 2014 shows coast view in Monterey where is the starting point of 17-Mile Drive in California, the United States. 17-Mile Drive is widely recognized as one of the most scenic drives in the world. The famous coastal landmark runs through Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach, from the dramatic Pacific coastline to the majestic Del Monte Forest. Photo taken in September 2013 shows a view of a local restaurant in Monterey where…

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A visit to the biggest Miao village in China

A visit to the biggest Miao village in China

Known as the biggest Miao village in the world, the One-Thousand-Household Miao Village of Xijiang is located 36 kilometers northeast of Leishan County in the Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, southeastern Guizhou. It consists of more than ten naturally formed villages that have been long inhabited by nearly 1,300 Miao households (hence the name). Known as the biggest Miao village in the world, the One-Thousand-Household Miao Village of Xijiang is located 36 kilometers northeast…

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Japan to launch X-ray astronomy satellite after 2 months

Japan to launch X-ray astronomy satellite after 2 months

Japan will launch an X-ray astronomy satellite atop an H-2A carrier rocket in February next year, as an effort to elucidate the structure of space and its evolution. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced Friday that they decided to launch the H-2A Launch Vehicle No.30 (H-2A F30) with the X-ray astronomy satellite “ASTRO-H” onboard on Feb.12, 2016 from Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan’s southwestern…

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At least 14 people killed in Southern California shooting

At least 14 people killed in Southern California shooting

At least 14 people were killed and 14 others injured in a shooting Wednesday in San Bernardino City of Southern California and up to three shooters are still active, police said. San Bernardino police chief Jarrod Burguan said at a press conference that the fatalties are preliminary. The suspects may still be inside the Inland Regional Center Building where the shooting happened. Police are stilll searching door by door to clear the building. There were…

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Weekly Choices of Xinhua Photo: Icy China

Weekly Choices of Xinhua Photo: Icy China

Photo taken on Nov. 24, 2015 shows the snow scenery of Pingyao Ancient City, north China’s Shanxi Province. Founded in the 14th century, the Ancient City of Pingyao is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Han Chinese City, which was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. Snow and frost cover a face of a soldier during a training in Beiji Village of Mohe City, China’s northernmost village in northeast China’s Heilongjiang…

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Zambia launches construction of China-aided hydro-power project

Zambia launches construction of China-aided hydro-power project

Zambia launched on Saturday the construction of a China-aided major hydro-power project, which will go a long way in boosting the country’s electricity generation capacity. The launch came after the signing of a memorandum of understanding by the two governments for the commencement works on the development of the 750 megawatts Kafue Gorge Lower Hydro-power project last month. The hydro power plant, to be situated in southern Zambia’s Chikankata district, about 90 kilometers from Lusaka,…

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Scenery of frozen Huma section of Heilongjiang River

Scenery of frozen Huma section of Heilongjiang River

Photo taken on Nov. 23, 2015 shows ice on the fog-shrouded Huma section of Heilongjiang River in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. Photo taken on Nov. 23, 2015 shows ice on the fog-shrouded Huma section of Heilongjiang River in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. Photo taken on Nov. 23, 2015 shows ice on the fog-shrouded Huma section of Heilongjiang River in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. Photo taken on Nov. 23, 2015 shows ice on the fog-shrouded Huma…

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Animal cloning center to be built in Tianjin

Animal cloning center to be built in Tianjin

Chinese scientists have signed a deal to establish a commercial animal cloning center in the northern port city of Tianjin, edging the controversial science closer to mainstream acceptance. The plant in the Tianjin Economic and Technological Development Area (TEDA), a government-sponsored business development park, will clone animals including sniffer and pet dogs, beef cattle and racehorses. Its main building is already under construction and due to be put into use in the first half of…

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Pet show hosted in Thailand

Pet show hosted in Thailand

A visitor examines a lizard on her palm during the “Pet in Wonderland” pet show at Impact Muang Thong Thani Exhibition Center in Bangkok, Thailand, on Nov. 19, 2015. The four-day pet show kicked off here on Thursday with the participation of more than 200 pet industry exhibitors. According to the Thai Pet Products Industries Association, the organizer of the pet show, Thailand’s pet products industry is expected to grow at least 10 percent in…

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Los Angeles Auto Show sees debut of 50 new models

Los Angeles Auto Show sees debut of 50 new models

This year’s Los Angeles Auto Show kicked off Wednesday with the debut of around 50 new models. Among them are 30 or so world premieres, including Buick’s redesigned LaCrosse, Land Rover’s all new Range Rover Evoque Convertible, Volvo Concept 26, Nissan Sentra, Mitsubishi Motors Outlander Sport and Mirage, Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport racecar, 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL, the new Hyundai Elantra, Jaguar’s first performance SUB. Green continues to be the trend at this year’s Los Angeles…

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Hainan Airlines plans to resume Shanghai-Brussels direct flights: airport

Hainan Airlines plans to resume Shanghai-Brussels direct flights: airport

Chinese airlines Hainan Airlines is looking to re-establish a direct flight between Shanghai and Brussels, local media reported on Friday. Brussels Airport confirmed the news to local news site Brusselnieuws, adding that the plan would be to fly four times a week using an Airbus A330 or a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Airport spokeswoman Nathalie Van Impe told Brusselnieuws: “We have been negotiating for some time. We are obviously pleased that the company has made this…

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Landmarks of Paris reopen for tourists after terrorist attacks

Landmarks of Paris reopen for tourists after terrorist attacks

Tourists queue in front of the Louvre Museum Pyramid’s entrance as it reopens in Paris, capital of France, Nov. 16, 2015. Paris reopened many of its iconic cultural and tourist sites on Monday following a temporary closure in response to the terrorist attacks on Nov. 13. French soldiers patrol in front of the Louvre Museum Pyramid’s entrance as it reopens in Paris, capital of France, Nov. 16, 2015. Paris reopened many of its iconic cultural…

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2015 World Robot Conference highlights man-machine interaction

2015 World Robot Conference highlights man-machine interaction

The World Robot Conference 2015 will be held in Beijing from Nov. 23 to 25. Visitors can have a close contact with the robots and experience their cooking, cleaning — and even football — skills, organizers said on Monday. The event, organized by the China Association for Science and Technology and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), includes a forum, an exhibition and an international robot competition for teenagers. Representatives from 13 countries…

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