Iraq's Interior Ministry says more than 640 Shi'ite pilgrims have been killed in a stampede that broke out today (Wednesday) near a Shi'ite shrine in Baghdad.
Rescue efforts continue across much of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast as President Bush prepares to coordinate recovery efforts in the wake of devastating Hurricane Katrinia.
Trade talks between U.S. and Chinese negotiators in Beijing have ended with no agreement on measures to curb Chinese exports.
China says it is ordering nearly a third of the country's coal mines to suspend production and improve safety measures.
Hundreds of Achenese rebels have been released from prisons across Indonesia today (Wednesday).
The United Nations says the last of the so-called Vietnamese "boat people" in Malaysia has returned home.
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