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New Shaolin Temple to rival Disneyland?

After the article about the Shaolin Temple planning to build a branch in Hong Kong was published on February 23, it drew attention from readers nationwide. Over 50 websites in China quoted the full text.

N Korea prepares to launch satellite

Pyongyang announced on Thursday that it is preparing to fire a communication satellite into orbit, its clearest reference yet to an impending launch that the US has described as 'provocative action.'

Pakistan extends Swat Valley truce

Islamist guerillas indefinitely extended a ceasefire in Pakistan's Swat Valley on Tuesday after the army suspended operations in the region.

Guadeloupe workers sustain wage protest

Workers in Guadeloupe rebuilt roadblocks on Monday and vowed to maintain their 35-day-old general strike after Paris went back on a pledge to boost the lowest-paid wages

BBC World Service journalists walk out over outsourcing

Furious BBC World Service workers will strike for 24 hours on Thursday over the outsourcing of production.

WORLD NOTES

Sudan: Darfur negotiations bring hope The rebel Justice and Equality Movement last week agreed with Sudanese government representatives to begin peace talks aimed at ending conflict in Darfur. The agreement reached in Doha, Qatar, had been mediated jointly by the UN and African Union. The talks, the first in two years, led to bilateral commitments to protect refugees, allow humanitarian aid, and exchange prisoners, Afrol News said.

UN: Economic crisis will fuel xenophobia

The UN refugee chief warned on Monday that the global economic crisis will generate more refugees and fuel xenophobia.

Tel Aviv told not to abandon two-state solution as coalition talks continue

European Union diplomats warned Israel's next government on Monday not to abandon the two-state solution as right-wingers continued coalition talks in Tel Aviv.

US reverses stance on mercury pollution

JOHANNESBURG, (IRIN) - The new US administration this week reversed the country's position on the control of mercury by calling for a legally binding treaty to limit global mercury pollution.

Nestl Hong Kong: Strike action wins dramatic step-down from management

Hong Kong Nestlé workers took strike action at 6.30 am on Saturday morning to force the reinstatement of their suspended union president.

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