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Rice Pleased with Chinese Support on North Korea Nuclear Programs
The United States is pleased with progress toward eliminating nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula, but North Korea also must honor pledges to issue a complete declaration of its nuclear programs.  "The denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is in everyone's interest," Secretary Condoleezza Rice says in talks with Chinese leaders.

New York Philharmonic Performs in North Korea
"We thought there may be a mission accomplished here, and we may have been instrumental in opening a little door," New York Philharmonic music director Lorin Maazel says following the first performance by a U.S. orchestra in North Korea.  The historic event combined Korean folk songs with some of the world’s best-known classical music.

Advances in Technology Position Biofuels for Clean Future
Biomass has been a reliable, simple source of power since early humans burned their first logs at least 400,000 years ago. looks at the ways in which technical advances are bringing biomass-derived energy into the future and the challenges the emerging biomass industry faces.

Bush Pledges 1 Million Schoolbooks for Liberian Children
On the final stop of his five-nation Africa tour, President Bush tells the Liberian people that the United States stands with them and will help them recover from decades of civil war. As part of that effort, he pledges 1 million textbooks for Liberian schools and locally made school desks and seating for 10,000 Liberian schoolchildren.

Atlantis Home as Shuttle Endeavour Prepares for March 11 Launch
Space shuttle Atlantis punches through high clouds and touches down on runway 15 at Kennedy Space Center after a 12-day mission that delivered to the international space station and installed the European Space Agency’s Columbus laboratory, and set the stage for the next series of launches in the United States and Europe.

United States Ready To Help Cubans Realize Liberty, Bush Says
The change from the regime of Fidel Castro should offer the Cuban people an opportunity to pursue democracy, and the United States is ready to help Cuba realize this possibility, President Bush says. Castro announced February 19 that he was stepping down as president of Cuba and commander of the Cuban armed forces.

Bush Explains Focus of Africa Military Command
In Ghana, President Bush explains how the new Africa Command (AFRICOM) is a part of his administration’s strategy “to support African leaders to deal with Africa’s problems.” He says AFRICOM will not involve adding new military bases on the continent. He also announces a health initiative for neglected tropical diseases.

President Bush, First Lady Pay Respects to Genocide Victims
President Bush and first lady Laura Bush visit the Kigali Memorial Centre to pay respects to the more than 800,000 victims of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide and to genocide victims worldwide. After their tour, the Bushes lay a memorial wreath on one of the mass graves on the site, which contains the remains of more than 258,000 genocide victims.

Bush Hails Kosovo Independence
Pledging to work with Kosovo for a peaceful transition to independence, President Bush says, "Kosovo committed itself to the highest standards of democracy, including freedom and tolerance and justice for citizens of all ethnic backgrounds.  These are principles that honor human dignity; they are values America looks for in a friend."

Tanzanian Children To Receive Free Bed Nets, Bush Says
Calling the suffering caused by malaria "needless," and "every death caused by malaria ... unacceptable," President Bush says a new initiative that will distribute 5.2 million free bed nets in Tanzania will be enough to protect every child in the country between the ages of 1 and 5.  Bush also discusses other steps to prevent malaria.