Indonesian authorities say two powerful bombs detonated minutes apart in a crowded market have killed at least 20 people in a section of central Indonesia known for sectarian violence. Police say at least 40 others were wounded today (Saturday) in the predominantly Christian town of Tentena in Sulawesi province. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks.
The brother of a Japanese kidnap victim who disappeared in Iraq this month has confirmed the man's death, from pictures of a bloodied corpse displayed on an Internet site used by Islamic militants.Government officials in Baghdad condemned the killing of Akihiko Saito, a 44-year-old former (Japanese) soldier who had been working as a security guard in Iraq. He was abducted nearly three weeks ago
Officials in Saudi Arabia say King Fahd is doing well after being hospitalized for medical tests. King Fahd entered the hospital Friday, fueling speculation that his already poor health is deteriorating. The Saudi Press Agency quoted officials with information on the king's condition as saying he has a lung infection, and possibly pneumonia.
The United States has expressed concern for a second straight day over the treatment of Burmese pro-democracy activists by the country's military government.
In a statement Friday, the U.S. State Department said the United States is "deeply concerned" about a reported increase in harassment of Burma's democratic opposition. The statement says the Rangoon government has a responsibility to protect the safety and security of all Burmese citizens.
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