Host Praised
Cui Yongyuan, a famous TV host at China Central Television, wins nationwide praise because he chooses to host the evening gala for migrant workers for free instead of the lavish gala of the Annual Conference of Philanthropy China
New Museum Head
Shan Jixiang, former Director of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, is appointed new curator of the Palace Museum in Beijing, replacing the 65-year-old Zheng Xinmiao, who has been its head from 2002
Smaller Gap
The income gap between urban and rural Chinese residents narrows further in 2011
Outbound Investment
China's non-financial outbound direct investment rises 1.8 percent year on year to $60.07 billion in 2011, says the Ministry of Commerce
New Supercomputer
The Chinese Sunway BlueLight supercomputer has officially gone into operation at the National Supercomputing Center in Jinan
Cecilia Martinez, an official from the UN-HABITAT, presents singers of the Quintessenso Hulun Buir Children's Choir with their trophies at the UN headquarters in New York on January 25. The choir from north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has been awarded the "Caring Citizens of the Humanities: Music and Development" prize (SHEN HONG)
People in New York City marvel at a traditional Chinese dragon dance costume at the Lincoln Center Square on January 24, the second day of the Chinese Lunar New Year (XINHUA)
A girl plays on the frozen sea in Haizhou Bay off Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province, on January 25 (SI WEI)
A man looks for opportunities at a job fair in Taizhou, Zhejiang Province, on January 25, the third day of the Chinese Lunar New Year (JIA CE)
    Russian Communist Party supporters queue up to lay flowers at the mausoleum of Soviet leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin on Red Square in Moscow to mark the 88th anniversary of his death on January 21 (XINHUA/AFP)
    President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on January 24, in Washington, D.C. In his speech Obama called for "rebuilding an economy where hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded" (XINHUA/AFP)
    Egyptians wave national flags during a mass rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square on January 25, marking the first anniversary of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak (XINHUA/AFP)
    A marching band member plays a tuba as he participates in the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26. India celebrated its 63rd Republic Day with a large military parade (XINHUA/AFP)
    Railway company employees clear snow in Bucharest on January 26. South Romania was paralysed by heavy snow, with dozens of national roads cut off and 28 flights to and from Bucharest's airports cancelled (XINHUA/AFP)
    A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Zagreb on January 22, in a referendum on Croatia's EU membership bid. More than 66 percent of voters said "yes" in the referendum, paving the way for Croatia to become the bloc's 28th member in mid-2013 (XINHUA/AFP)
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