U.S.-led forces in Iraq have launched an offensive in the far west of the country near the border with Syria in the latest effort to root out insurgents.
President Bush is to host Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas October 20th at the White House.
Russia has launched a rocket into Earth orbit carrying two crewmen and an American "space tourist" to the International Space Station.
Final election results from New Zealand show Prime Minister Helen Clark's Labor Party has won the most seats in parliament.
Japan and China wrapped up two days of talks in Tokyo today (Saturday) with no agreement over an energy dispute.
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