Hundreds of people gather for an opposition rally to commemorate human-rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova in Moscow on February 15, 2009. Markelov and Baburova were shot dead on a Moscow street last month.
Fire rages through the under-construction Mandarin Oriental hotel in downtown Beijing February 09, 2009. China Central Television apologized for the blaze that may have been sparked by illegal, Olympic-style fireworks the state broadcaster commissioned to celebrate the Lantern Festival. The inferno gutted the five-star hotel, that was part of the network's landmark headquarters, and killed a fireman.
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