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Police Training Manual: Today's story about lifting press restrictions in China included coverage of a police training manual that tells how to stop reporters from "illegal" interviews.

"Ironically it was a state-run newspaper that led me to the manual," says Peter. China Daily ran a feature about the lengths to which Chinese officials are going to learn English so as to welcome Olympic visitors, and mentioned a handbook for policemen. "I thought that might provide material for a story one day about the spread of English in China in the run-up to the Games," Peter says, "so I bought a copy. And there was the dialogue about 'stopping illegal news coverage.' That was a better story."

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David Clark Scott
World editor

This week's look ahead

Monday, Dec. 4:

London – Winner of the Turner Prize for art announced. The short list: Tomma Abts, Phil Collins, Mark Titchner, and Rebecca Warren.

Washington – Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, head of the largest Shiite party in Iraq, meets with President Bush.

Tokyo – Symposium commemorating 50th anniversary of Japan's joining UN.

Tuesday, Dec. 5:

Tehran – Foreign ministers of countries neighboring Iraq to meet for talks on ways to stop the violence in Iraq.

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Saarland, Germany – Polish President Lech Kaczynski, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Jacques Chirac hold their Weimar Triangle summit.

Thursday, Dec. 7:

Hawaii – 65th anniversary of the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor that killed more than 2,400 in a surprise attack.

Brasilía – Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez visits.

Friday, Dec. 8:

Washington – South African President Thabo Mbeki visits President Bush.

Saturday, Dec. 9:

Moscow – Veterans from Russia and other countries mark 60 years of hockey in Russia with event on Red Square.

Sunday, Dec. 10:

Oslo – 2006 Nobel Peace Prize presented to Muhammad Yunus.

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo – Joseph Kabila sworn in as president.

– Reuters, Associated Press