Several embarrassing controversies have marked the run-up to Shanghai's World Expo. One centers on the event's mascot, a bouncy aqua blue cartoon character with big eyes called Haibao (right). Many have pointed out Haibao's resemblance to Gumby, originally an animated clay figure who appeared on U.S. television.
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Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao speaks to supporters as he starts his campaign for a seat in Congress in the southern province of Sarangani in the Philippines on March 26.
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