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  •  - Family members stand as a Buddhist monk leads a procession with soldiers carrying a coffin of their comrade in southern Thailand

    Family members stand as a Buddhist monk leads a procession with soldiers carrying a coffin of their comrade in southern Thailand

    Posted: 3/2/2011 6:22:16 AM EST
    Family members stand as a Buddhist monk leads a procession with soldiers carrying a coffin of their comrade killed in a recent car bombing before his remains are flown home from the troubled Yala province in southern Thailand March 2, 2011. Separatists are blamed for most of the attacks on Thailand's predominantly Muslim deep south, which often target Buddhists and Muslims associated with the Thai state, such as police, soldiers, government officials and teachers. No credible group has claimed responsibility for near daily drive-by shootings and bombings, which continue unabated, despite a massive counterinsurgency effort. Yala and Pattani are two of three Muslim-dominated provinces bordering Malaysia where more than 4,300 people, both Muslims and Buddhists, have been killed in a low-level insurgency since 2004. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST RELIGION SOCIETY MILITARY)
  •  - A migrant worker uses a welder at a construction site in the new business district of Binhai

    A migrant worker uses a welder at a construction site in the new business district of Binhai

    Posted: 3/2/2011 5:55:21 AM EST
    A migrant worker uses a welder at a construction site in the new business district of Binhai, located in the Yujiapu financial zone on the outskirts of the city of Tianjin March 2, 2011. Round-the-clock construction is transforming muddy ground into what officials boast will be the world?s largest financial zone, a monument to the ambitions that have driven China to dizzyingly fast growth. When the country?s leaders gather for their annual parliament in Beijing on Saturday, they will endorse plans to tap the brakes on the speeding economy, a shift that is needed to keep inflation and debt, under control for now, from becoming far more troublesome. But they need only make the one-hour trip to the financial district sprouting up in Tianjin to see how hard-driving local officials, cash-rich state-owned banks and the soaring aspirations of people seeking a better life are imperilling their designs for slower, steadier growth. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY
  •  - A migrant worker uses a welder at a construction site in the new business district of Binhai

    A migrant worker uses a welder at a construction site in the new business district of Binhai

    Posted: 3/2/2011 5:52:21 AM EST
    A migrant worker uses a welder at a construction site in the new business district of Binhai, located in the Yujiapu financial zone on the outskirts of the city of Tianjin March 2, 2011. Round-the-clock construction is transforming muddy ground into what officials boast will be the world?s largest financial zone, a monument to the ambitions that have driven China to dizzyingly fast growth. When the country?s leaders gather for their annual parliament in Beijing on Saturday, they will endorse plans to tap the brakes on the speeding economy, a shift that is needed to keep inflation and debt, under control for now, from becoming far more troublesome. But they need only make the one-hour trip to the financial district sprouting up in Tianjin to see how hard-driving local officials, cash-rich state-owned banks and the soaring aspirations of people seeking a better life are imperilling their designs for slower, steadier growth. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY
  •  - Migrant workers walk under a newly constructed freeway heading into the new business district of Binhai

    Migrant workers walk under a newly constructed freeway heading into the new business district of Binhai

    Posted: 3/2/2011 5:50:38 AM EST
    Migrant workers walk under a newly constructed freeway heading into the new business district of Binhai, located in the Yujiapu financial zone on the outskirts of the city of Tianjin March 2, 2011. Round-the-clock construction is transforming muddy ground into what officials boast will be the world?s largest financial zone, a monument to the ambitions that have driven China to dizzyingly fast growth. When the country?s leaders gather for their annual parliament in Beijing on Saturday, they will endorse plans to tap the brakes on the speeding economy, a shift that is needed to keep inflation and debt, under control for now, from becoming far more troublesome. But they need only make the one-hour trip to the financial district sprouting up in Tianjin to see how hard-driving local officials, cash-rich state-owned banks and the soaring aspirations of people seeking a better life are imperilling their designs for slower, steadier growth. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS
  •  - Migrant workers walk and cycle towards a construction site in the new business district of Binhai

    Migrant workers walk and cycle towards a construction site in the new business district of Binhai

    Posted: 3/2/2011 5:48:38 AM EST
    Migrant workers walk and cycle towards a construction site in the new business district of Binhai, located in the Yujiapu financial zone on the outskirts of the city of Tianjin March 2, 2011. Round-the-clock construction is transforming muddy ground into what officials boast will be the world?s largest financial zone, a monument to the ambitions that have driven China to dizzyingly fast growth. When the country?s leaders gather for their annual parliament in Beijing on Saturday, they will endorse plans to tap the brakes on the speeding economy, a shift that is needed to keep inflation and debt, under control for now, from becoming far more troublesome. But they need only make the one-hour trip to the financial district sprouting up in Tianjin to see how hard-driving local officials, cash-rich state-owned banks and the soaring aspirations of people seeking a better life are imperilling their designs for slower, steadier growth. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY
  •  - Migrant workers walk towards one of the many construction sites in the new business district of Binhai

    Migrant workers walk towards one of the many construction sites in the new business district of Binhai

    Posted: 3/2/2011 5:47:41 AM EST
    Migrant workers walk towards one of the many construction sites in the new business district of Binhai, located in the Yujiapu financial zone on the outskirts of the city of Tianjin March 2, 2011. Round-the-clock construction is transforming muddy ground into what officials boast will be the world?s largest financial zone, a monument to the ambitions that have driven China to dizzyingly fast growth. When the country?s leaders gather for their annual parliament in Beijing on Saturday, they will endorse plans to tap the brakes on the speeding economy, a shift that is needed to keep inflation and debt, under control for now, from becoming far more troublesome. But they need only make the one-hour trip to the financial district sprouting up in Tianjin to see how hard-driving local officials, cash-rich state-owned banks and the soaring aspirations of people seeking a better life are imperiling their designs for slower, steadier growth. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS
  •  - A worker rests in front of a billboard displaying an artist's impression of the new business district of Binhai

    A worker rests in front of a billboard displaying an artist's impression of the new business district of Binhai

    Posted: 3/2/2011 5:42:51 AM EST
    A worker rests in front of a billboard displaying an artist's impression of the new business district of Binhai, located in the Yujiapu financial zone on the outskirts of the city of Tianjin March 2, 2011. Round-the-clock construction is transforming muddy ground into what officials boast will be the world?s largest financial zone, a monument to the ambitions that have driven China to dizzyingly fast growth. When the country?s leaders gather for their annual parliament in Beijing on Saturday, they will endorse plans to tap the brakes on the speeding economy, a shift that is needed to keep inflation and debt, under control for now, from becoming far more troublesome. But they need only make the one-hour trip to the financial district sprouting up in Tianjin to see how hard-driving local officials, cash-rich state-owned banks and the soaring aspirations of people seeking a better life are imperiling their designs for slower, steadier growth. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags:
  •  - Cranes can be seen behind workers as they walk towards one of the many construction sites in the new business district of Binhai

    Cranes can be seen behind workers as they walk towards one of the many construction sites in the new business district of Binhai

    Posted: 3/2/2011 5:38:58 AM EST
    Cranes can be seen behind workers as they walk towards one of the many construction sites in the new business district of Binhai, located in the Yujiapu financial zone on the outskirts of the city of Tianjin March 2, 2011. Round-the-clock construction is transforming muddy ground into what officials boast will be the world?s largest financial zone, a monument to the ambitions that have driven China to dizzyingly fast growth. When the country?s leaders gather for their annual parliament in Beijing on Saturday, they will endorse plans to tap the brakes on the speeding economy, a shift that is needed to keep inflation and debt, under control for now, from becoming far more troublesome. But they need only make the one-hour trip to the financial district sprouting up in Tianjin to see how hard-driving local officials, cash-rich state-owned banks and the soaring aspirations of people seeking a better life are imperiling their designs for slower, steadier growth. REUTERS/David Gray
  •  - A woman walks along a grassy bank in front of new buildings under construction in the new business district of Binhai

    A woman walks along a grassy bank in front of new buildings under construction in the new business district of Binhai

    Posted: 3/2/2011 5:35:19 AM EST
    A woman walks along a grassy bank in front of new buildings under construction in the new business district of Binhai, located in the Yujiapu financial zone on the outskirts of the city of Tianjin March 2, 2011. Round-the-clock construction is transforming muddy ground into what officials boast will be the world?s largest financial zone, a monument to the ambitions that have driven China to dizzyingly fast growth. When the country?s leaders gather for their annual parliament in Beijing on Saturday, they will endorse plans to tap the brakes on the speeding economy, a shift that is needed to keep inflation and debt, under control for now, from becoming far more troublesome. But they need only make the one-hour trip to the financial district sprouting up in Tianjin to see how hard-driving local officials, cash-rich state-owned banks and the soaring aspirations of people seeking a better life are imperiling their designs for slower, steadier growth. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags:
  •  - A drain is seen on muddy ground at one of the many construction sites in the new business district of Binhai

    A drain is seen on muddy ground at one of the many construction sites in the new business district of Binhai

    Posted: 3/2/2011 5:32:23 AM EST
    A drain is seen on muddy ground at one of the many construction sites in the new business district of Binhai, located in the Yujiapu financial zone on the outskirts of the city of Tianjin March 2, 2011. Round-the-clock construction is transforming muddy ground into what officials boast will be the world?s largest financial zone, a monument to the ambitions that have driven China to dizzyingly fast growth. When the country?s leaders gather for their annual parliament in Beijing on Saturday, they will endorse plans to tap the brakes on the speeding economy, a shift that is needed to keep inflation and debt, under control for now, from becoming far more troublesome. But they need only make the one-hour trip to the financial district sprouting up in Tianjin to see how hard-driving local officials, cash-rich state-owned banks and the soaring aspirations of people seeking a better life are imperiling their designs for slower, steadier growth. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS
  •  - Workmen install a poster onto a wall surrounding a construction site in the Yujiapu financial zone

    Workmen install a poster onto a wall surrounding a construction site in the Yujiapu financial zone

    Posted: 3/2/2011 5:24:45 AM EST
    Workmen install a poster onto a wall surrounding a construction site showing an artist's impression of the new business district of Binhai, located in the Yujiapu financial zone on the outskirts of the city of Tianjin March 2, 2011. Round-the-clock construction is transforming muddy ground into what officials boast will be the world?s largest financial zone, a monument to the ambitions that have driven China to dizzyingly fast growth. When the country?s leaders gather for their annual parliament in Beijing on Saturday, they will endorse plans to tap the brakes on the speeding economy, a shift that is needed to keep inflation and debt, under control for now, from becoming far more troublesome. But they need only make the one-hour trip to the financial district sprouting up in Tianjin to see how hard-driving local officials, cash-rich state-owned banks and the soaring aspirations of people seeking a better life are imperiling their designs for slower, steadier growth. REUTERS/David
  •  - Workmen install a poster onto a wall surrounding a construction site in the Yujiapu financial zone

    Workmen install a poster onto a wall surrounding a construction site in the Yujiapu financial zone

    Posted: 3/2/2011 5:24:12 AM EST
    Workmen install a poster onto a wall surrounding a construction site showing an artist's impression of the new business district of Binhai, located in the Yujiapu financial zone on the outskirts of the city of Tianjin March 2, 2011. Round-the-clock construction is transforming muddy ground into what officials boast will be the world?s largest financial zone, a monument to the ambitions that have driven China to dizzyingly fast growth. When the country?s leaders gather for their annual parliament in Beijing on Saturday, they will endorse plans to tap the brakes on the speeding economy, a shift that is needed to keep inflation and debt, under control for now, from becoming far more troublesome. But they need only make the one-hour trip to the financial district sprouting up in Tianjin to see how hard-driving local officials, cash-rich state-owned banks and the soaring aspirations of people seeking a better life are imperiling their designs for slower, steadier growth. REUTERS/David
  •  - Hindu devotees stand in a queue to offer prayers inside a temple during the Mahashivratri festival in Allahabad

    Hindu devotees stand in a queue to offer prayers inside a temple during the Mahashivratri festival in Allahabad

    Posted: 3/2/2011 5:19:09 AM EST
    Hindu devotees stand in a queue to offer prayers inside a temple during the Mahashivratri festival in the northern Indian city of Allahabad March 2, 2011. Hindu women across the country celebrate Mahashivratri, better known as the Lord Shiva's wedding anniversary, in hope that their husbands are blessed with long lives. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
  •  - Hindu devotees are silhouetted against the rising sun as they take a holy dip in Sangam during the Mahashivratri festival

    Hindu devotees are silhouetted against the rising sun as they take a holy dip in Sangam during the Mahashivratri festival

    Posted: 3/2/2011 5:17:36 AM EST
    Hindu devotees are silhouetted against the rising sun as they take a holy dip in Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers during the Mahashivratri festival in the northern Indian city of Allahabad March 2, 2011. Hindu women across the country celebrate Mahashivratri, better known as the Lord Shiva's wedding anniversary, so that their husbands are blessed with long lives. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
  •  - To match Special Report CHINA-USA/HUNTSMAN

    To match Special Report CHINA-USA/HUNTSMAN

    Posted: 3/2/2011 5:17:15 AM EST
    U.S. President Barack Obama (C) poses with Chinese ambassador to the U.S. Zhou Wenzhong (L) and U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman at the Great Wall of China in Badaling in this November 18, 2009 file photo. As a former executive with the family chemical business, which has operations in China, Huntsman mixes easily with U.S. executives who pass through Beijing to explore opportunities in the world's second-largest economy. Picture taken November 18, 2009. To match Special Report CHINA-USA/HUNTSMAN REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS TRAVEL)
  •  - A dancer from the State Ballet of Georgia warms up before a dress rehearsal for Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial in Taipei

    A dancer from the State Ballet of Georgia warms up before a dress rehearsal for Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial in Taipei

    Posted: 3/2/2011 5:08:31 AM EST
    A dancer from the State Ballet of Georgia warms up before a dress rehearsal for Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial in Taipei March 2, 2011. The ballet tells the story of Odette, a princess who was turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer. The troupe will be in Taipei from March 2-3. REUTERS/Nicky Loh (TAIWAN - Tags: SOCIETY)
  •  - Hindu devotees offer prayers in front of an idol of Lord Shiva outside a temple during the Mahashivratri festival in Kolkata

    Hindu devotees offer prayers in front of an idol of Lord Shiva outside a temple during the Mahashivratri festival in Kolkata

    Posted: 3/2/2011 5:07:16 AM EST
    Hindu devotees offer prayers in front of an idol of Lord Shiva outside a temple during the Mahashivratri festival in Kolkata March 2, 2011. Hindu women across the country celebrate Mahashivratri, better known as the Lord Shiva's wedding anniversary, in hope that their husbands will be blessed with long lives. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
  •  - A dancer from the State Ballet of Georgia rests after a dress rehearsal for Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial in Taiwan

    A dancer from the State Ballet of Georgia rests after a dress rehearsal for Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial in Taiwan

    Posted: 3/2/2011 5:06:34 AM EST
    A dancer from the State Ballet of Georgia rests after a dress rehearsal for Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial in Taipei March 2, 2011. The ballet tells the story of Odette, a princess who was turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer. The troupe will be in Taipei from March 2-3. REUTERS/Nicky Loh (TAIWAN - Tags: SOCIETY)
  •  - Dancers from the State Ballet of Georgia perform during a dress rehearsal for Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial in Taiwan

    Dancers from the State Ballet of Georgia perform during a dress rehearsal for Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial in Taiwan

    Posted: 3/2/2011 5:05:32 AM EST
    Dancers from the State Ballet of Georgia perform during a dress rehearsal for Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial in Taipei March 2, 2011. The ballet tells the story of Odette, a princess who was turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer. The troupe will be in Taipei from March 2-3. REUTERS/Nicky Loh (TAIWAN - Tags: SOCIETY)
  •  - Dancers from the State Ballet of Georgia perform during a dress rehearsal for Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial in Taiwan

    Dancers from the State Ballet of Georgia perform during a dress rehearsal for Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial in Taiwan

    Posted: 3/2/2011 5:04:16 AM EST
    Dancers from the State Ballet of Georgia perform during a dress rehearsal for Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial in Taipei March 2, 2011. The ballet tells the story of Odette, a princess who was turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer. The troupe will be in Taipei from March 2-3. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN - Tags: SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)