A Filipino worker held hostage by insurgents in Iraq made a last-minute appeal to his government today (Saturday) to meet his captors' demands and withdraw the Philippines' small contingent of troops in Iraq.
U.S. lawmakers are debating a Senate report that sharply criticizes the Central Intelligence Agency for overstating the threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction -- a key justification for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
The U.S. State Department has again warned Americans about traveling to Laos, citing violence there. Meanwhile, the U.N. says opium production in Laos has been cut by nearly 50 percent.
Russia police are investigating the killing of the American editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition.
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