Vice President Dick Cheney is heading to the U.S. Gulf Coast today (Thursday) for a first-hand look at the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Other news: The U.S. Congress is set to approve an additional 51-point-
eight billion dollars in emergency aid for Hurricane Katrina relief operations.
Thailand is blaming an Islamic separatist group for instigating the flight of 131 Thai Muslims to neighboring Malaysia.
Hospitals in Singapore are postponing some non-critical surgery to better deal with an influx of dengue fever cases.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has revised its 2005 growth report, forecasting China and India to continue expanding rapidly this year, but citing rising oil prices as a threat to regional growth.
The death toll from Typhoon Nabi has risen to at least 20 people across Japan, after the storm lashed the northern island of Hokkaido with strong winds and heavy rain.
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