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2008-05-13 Tue 01:38
A big earthquake has killed at least 8,500 people in China's south-western Sichuan province, and many more are feared killed and injured in other parts of the country.
President Hu Jintao on Monday ordered all-out efforts to help those affected by a major earthquake.
The Xinhua said it had reached 8,533 in Sichuan Province by Monday night, and another 10,000 were believed to be injured.
2008-05-13 Tue 00:00
The government has decided to give representatives of countries and the press who will attend the upcoming G-8 summit in Hokkaido a set of three traditional Japanese items, furoshiki, wrapping cloth, chopsticks and a fan ,as a souvenir of the occasion,.
Furoshiki is a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth.
People used it to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods.