Foreign ministers of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, say the military government of Burma has agreed to forego its turn as chairman of the group next year. The ministers made the announcement Tuesday in Laos, ending months of speculation.
The United Nations special envoy to Burma says that country's foreign minister has refused to meet with him on the sidelines of this week's Association of Southeast Asian Nations ministerial meeting in Laos.
North Korea says banning nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula should be the main goal of the six-party talks that resumed today (Tuesday) in Beijing.
South Korean officials say trucks have begun carrying tons of rice to impoverished North Korea.
Two people were killed in separate incidents today (Tuesday) in Thailand's violence prone south.
Indonesian health officials say chicken droppings carrying a lethal strain of bird flu were found near the home of three people who died earlier this month of the disease.
Kyrgyzstan says the United States can keep its military base in the central Asian country as long as necessary for operations in Afghanistan.
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