President Bush has appealed to Americans for patience with what he calls the difficult and dangerous work in Iraq, and again rejected calls for a timetable to withdraw U.S. troops from there.
Opposition Democrats are criticizing President Bush's speech on Iraq -- saying it is time for the Bush administration to level with the American people about the security situation in that country.
The U.S. military says 17 American troops were on board a helicopter that crashed in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday, but their fate was not immediately clear.
Chinese state media have reported that some ten thousand people rioted after a traffic accident in eastern China. A car struck a pedestrian Sunday afternoon in Chizhou in Anhui province, leading to a fight between the victim and the men who were riding in the car.
Embattled Philippine President Gloria Arroyo says her husband, who has been accused of corruption and influence peddling, has agreed to leave the country.
China says the Japanese emperor's surprise visit to a memorial honoring Koreans who died on the island of Saipan during World War Two is a positive sign.
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