Saudi Arabia's King Fahd, a victim of ill health for years, died early today (Monday) in Riyadh.
The Saudi royal court announced the king's death and said Crown Prince Abdullah, Fahd's brother, has assumed the throne. He has been Saudi Arabia's de-facto ruler since Fahd suffered a stroke 10 years ago.
John Garang, the Sudanese rebel leader who signed a peace agreement this year to end Africa's longest civil war, has died in a helicopter crash while returning from a trip to Uganda. Riots broke out in Khartoum today (Monday) after announcement of Vice President John Garang's death.
The United States and North Korea held two more bilateral meetings in Beijing today (Monday), as they continue to work to find a solution to the international standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear program.
The head of Iraq's constitution committee says a complete draft of a new constitution for the country will be ready by an August 15 deadline.
Australia is reported to have granted a protection visa to a Chinese police officer who defected with computer files he says detail Beijing's overseas spying activities.
Japan has decided to impose a 50-million-dollar tariff on steel imports from the United States, in retaliation for American duties on Japanese products.
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