U.S. warplanes have taken off from Incirlik air base in Adana, southern Turkey, on Febuary 3 for northern Iraq, the semi-official Anatolia News Agency reported.
After taking 129 gold medals to top the medal table at the 13th Asian Games, China proved they are still the dominant force in Asian sports. The Chinese delegation, which clean swept gold medals in the sports of Wushu, rowing, diving and the women's weightlifting, collected 129 gold, 78 silver and 67 bronze medals for a total of 274 in the 15-day Asiad.
Mr. Shao Huaze, president of People's Daily, delivered the words of salutation. He expressed his congratulations and warm welcome to all the symposium participants. He said that he and the Association of EU Journalists had reached a concensus on promoting Sino-European political, economic and cultural cooperation through media exchange during his visit to Europe in 1996. "I am glad to see that we are moving toward our goal", he added.