Israel and Egypt have signed a deal to deploy Egyptian guards along the southern Gaza border, following Israel's withdrawal from the area.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has urged Sunni, Shi'ite and Kurdish leaders to reach a consensus on a new Iraqi constitution, a day ahead of a parliament vote on the charter.
China and Japan say the six-nation North Korean nuclear disarmament talks will resume next week in Beijing as scheduled.
A Chinese government report on gender equality suggests women still lag far behind men in Chinese society, although some progress has been made.
South Korea says its birth rate in 2004 declined to the lowest ever recorded.
Humanitarian groups are calling on Thailand to find better ways to document and protect the millions of migrants who cross its borders seeking better economic conditions.
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