President Bush says the federal government has launched the most massive relief effort in the nation's history to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Asian leaders have offered their condolences and assistance to victims of Hurricane Katrina in the United States.
Iraqis are preparing for mass funerals for Shi'ite pilgrims killed in a stampede during a religious procession in Baghdad Wednesday.
China has issued its highest alert as Typhoon Talim, packing winds of up to 184 kilometers per hour, makes landfall in the nation's southeast.
U.S. and Chinese officials have concluded a third day of talks in Beijing without an agreement on textile trade.
At least three people have been killed and dozens injured in a series of bomb blasts and shootings across Thailand's troubled south.
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