A series of insurgent attacks in and near Baghdad has killed more than 100 people and wounded scores of others -- mostly Shi'ite Muslims.
Heads of state and government from some 150 countries are converging at U.N. headquarters (in New York) for the opening of a three-day summit.
North Korea's demand to use nuclear power for civilian purposes has been the focus of a second day of six-party talks in Beijing.
Chinese President Hu Jintao has promised action to ease Beijing's trade imbalance with the United States.
An Indonesian court has sentenced a second man to death for his involvement in last year's bombing of the Australian embassy in Jakarta.
Thai journalists and politicians are posing questions about press freedom in Thailand.
The death toll from Hurricane Katrina now stands at more than 650, including 423 in Louisiana alone.
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