Bolivian Supreme Court chief Eduardo Rodriguez has been sworn as interim president, pledging to call early elections in the nation that has been crippled by weeks of protests. Mr. Rodriguez took the oath office late Thursday after lawmakers meeting in an emergency session approved the resignation of President Carlos Mesa.
Reviving six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program will be high on the agenda when South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun meets with President Bush today (Friday) in Washington.
European Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson has arrived in China's commercial capital of Shanghai for talks aimed at defusing tension over surging textile exports to Europe.
Indonesia has reported six new polio infections, bringing the number of children infected to 34. The World Health Organization said the new cases were found in West Java, the province where the disease first appeared in April
Burma's military government has rejected U.S. charges that it has failed to curb human trafficking. .In an annual report released a week ago, the U.S. State Department placed Burma in the worst category for human trafficking.
An Italian aid worker who had been kidnapped in Afghanistan is flying home today (Friday) after more than three weeks in captivity. Clementina Cantoni was released Thursday, 24 days after she was abducted at gunpoint in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Top finance officials of the Group of Eight industrialized nations meet today (Friday) in London in an effort to work out an agreement on debt relief for the world's poorest countries.
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