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1. China needs at least 22 million nurses to care for its 11 million bedridden elderly(臥病在床的老年人), but it currently has just one million caretakers(看護) who lack proper training, state media said Saturday.
2. China has successfully launched its second manned spacecraft(載人太空艙),carrying two Chinese astronauts into orbit. The lift-off, from Jiuquan(酒泉) in the Gobi Desert(戈壁大沙漠), was shown live on state television.
3. Beijing has attached great importance to its space programme(太空計畫), viewing it as a source of national pride and international prestige(國際聲望). Shortly after the take-off, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao congratulated all involved in the programme. saying the flight had been a "success". China's first manned space voyage two years ago made it only the third country to launch a human into space on its own, along with Russia and the US.
4. A 75-year-old Pakistani grandmother and her daughter were pulled alive from the wreckage of an Islamabad apartment block on Tuesday, more than three days after a massive earthquake devastated northern Pakistan.
5. World leaders have been stepping up their efforts to battle avian influenza in recent weeks, holding meetings, making international visits and ordering vaccines and drugs(訂購疫苗及藥物).
6. But the death toll was likely to double as about 1,400 people were believed to have been buried alive by a mudslide that hit the Guatemalan towns of Panajab and Tzanchaj, 180 kilometers (110 miles) west of the Guatemalan capital(名詞片語，作Panajab and Tzanchaj 的同位語), before dawn Wednesday.
7. The United Nations said over 2.5 million people were left homeless by Saturday's monster 7.6-magnitude quake, which razed entire villages, and doctors warned of an outbreak of disease unless more relief arrives soon.
8. “America loves democracy but hate democracies(民主國家),” said Derek Mitchell, a former Defense Department official and senior fellow with the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies(名詞片語，作Derek Mitchell的同位語). “They don’t always do exactly what you want. It can be hard to deal with them.”
9. Aid is pouring into(湧進) regions affected by Saturday's South Asian earthquake, after relief efforts were temporarily suspended because of bad weather. But correspondents(記者) say there is concern about a lack of co-ordination.
10. Major hospitals in Pakistan say they are being overwhelmed by a flood of patients three days after Saturday's earthquake. As roads open from the worst-hit areas(受創最嚴重的地區), refugees and wounded are flowing into the town of Abbottabad, which was badly damaged by the quake.