U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan has urged world leaders to reassure Iraq that it has the support of the international community as Iraqis work to rebuild and secure their country.
South Korea's defense minister, Yoon Kwang-ung, has offered to resign over Sunday's deadly incident in which a soldier killed eight of his comrades at an outpost near the North Korean border.
A 34-year-old Buddhist clothes trader is the latest beheading victim in Thailand's troubled Muslim-dominated south.
President Bush says he will visit Vietnam for an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit next year.
Vietnam has finalized a deal with the U.S.-based Boeing aircraft company to buy four new wide-bodied jetliners by 2010.
Chinese state media say at least 24 people have been killed in flooding in the southern region of Guangxi.
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