The Israeli army has declared the Gaza Strip's Jewish settlements "a closed military zone" to prevent Jewish extremists from entering the area.
The U.S. military says rescue teams have reached the wreckage of a helicopter that went down Tuesday in eastern Afghanistan, but there is still no word on the fate of the 17 U.S. troops on board.
A Vietnamese man has died from bird flu, raising the country's death toll from the deadly virus to 39. Health officials say the Hanoi resident died Tuesday after being hospitalized six days earlier. It was unclear how the man contracted bird flu.
South Korea's Unification Minister Chung Dong-young is set to meet U.S. officials in Washington today (Thursday) to discuss his recent meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.
Chinese President Hu Jintao is in Russia on a four-day visit aimed at strengthening relations between the two nations.
Former President Corazon Aquino has urged the political opposition not to use unconstitutional means to oust embattled President Gloria Arroyo, who is fighting allegations of vote fraud.
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