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Michelle Obama in China for week-long tour

Michelle Obama arrived in Beijing on Thursday, kicking off a week-long tour which US officials say is focused deliberately on soft issues in a bid to dispel growing mistrust between the United States and China. Accompanied by her daughters and mother, the US first lady's visit will take her to some of China's most celebrated sites including the Great Wall, the ancient terracotta warrior sculptures of Xi'an and a panda reserve.

U.S. first lady arrives in China

BEIJING, March 20 (Yonhap) -- U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by her two daughters and mother, arrived in China on Thursday for a week-long trip that is expected to focus on education and people-to-people exchanges. It marked the third foreign solo trip for Obama, with White House officials saying the first lady is expected to steer clear of sensitive issues with China, such as human rights and foreign policy.

Illinois primary voters pick candidates for governor, Senate

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Michelle Obama looks to ease mistrust on China trip

Michelle Obama will look to dispel growing mistrust between the United States and China through a weeklong tour of the Asian power focused deliberately on soft issues, officials said Monday. Accompanied by her two daughters and mother, the US first lady will head Wednesday on a tour to some of China's most celebrated sites including the Great Wall, the ancient terracotta warrior sculptures of Xian and a panda preserve.

Michelle Obama looks to ease mistrust on China trip

Michelle Obama will look to dispel growing mistrust between the United States and China through a weeklong tour of the Asian power focused deliberately on soft issues, officials said Monday. Accompanied by her two daughters and mother, the US first lady will head Wednesday on a tour to some of China's most celebrated sites including the Great Wall, the ancient terracotta warrior sculptures of Xian and a panda preserve.

In Illinois governor's race, venture capitalist up for challenge

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Correction: Airline Sued story

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American Air avoids taxes with 'sham' office: Illinois lawsuit

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Obama visits Florida ahead of bellwether special election

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