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A girl shows New Year decorations in the shape of ox at a wholesale market in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 3, 2009. As the Chinese lunar New Year approaches, Spring Festival decorations are becoming popular. Full story

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New Year decorations

2009-01-04 03:19:21 GMT Xinhua English A girl shows New Year decorations in the shape of ox at a wholesale market in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 3, 2009. As the Chinese lunar New Year approaches, Spring Festival decorations are becoming popular. The Chinese lunar New Year will start from Jan. 26 this year. (Xinhua Photo)

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World bids adieu to a rocky 2008; worries over '09

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Farewell, 2008

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