Pedestrians pass a high-rise building being constructed in Beijing in December. New figures show that property sales in China jumped 75 percent last year, as record levels of bank loans boosted purchases.
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Workers ride past cooling towers at a coal-fired power plant on the outskirts of Beijing. Such power plants are at the center of a debate about the future of energy production in China and the U.S.
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A Haitian man tries to get one of the last handouts of food rations at distribution site set up by the U.S. Army at a golf club on the hills above the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, Jan. 19, 2010. It is one of seven tent cities NPR visited to gauge the success of international relief efforts.