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10/18/05 World News: China, Laos, Burma and Thailand  Break Up Asian Drug Trafficking Ring


China's state media say a joint-task force from China, Laos, Burma and Thailand has destroyed a cross-border drug trafficking network.

Other news: Iraqi election officials are investigating what they say are "unusually high" numbers of "yes" votes in about 12 provinces from Saturday's referendum on a new constitution.

Ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein goes on trial Wednesday in the case of more than 140 people killed in the Iraqi town of al-Dujail in 1982.

Relief supplies have begun arriving in parts of northern Pakistan for the first time since a devastating earthquake hit the Himalayan region 10 days ago.

China says it has canceled a trip to Beijing by Japan's Foreign Minister, Nobutaka Machimura, following the Japanese Prime Minister's trip to a controversial shrine.

Thailand and Malaysia are trading accusations of meddling in each others foreign affairs.

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