Recovery teams in New Orleans are carrying out door-to-door searches to recover the bodies of victims of Hurricane Katrina, which struck the southern U.S. coast on August 29th.
U.S. and Iraqi troops have begun a major operation to retake the northern city of Tal Afar, which has been largely under rebel control since the 2003 invasion.
Egypt's political opposition is challenging President Hosni Mubarak's overwhelming election victory.
Egypt has begun deploying the first of some 750 troops along its desert frontier with the Gaza Strip, ahead of Israel's pullout from the Palestinian territory.
China's President Hu Jintao says China and Canada have agreed to form a strategic partnership in energy and trade, deepening their increasingly important economic relationship.
Seasonal flooding has killed at least seven people and forced more than 5,500 families to evacuate their homes in Vietnam's southern Mekong Delta.
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