The trial of deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has opened in Baghdad under extremely tight security.
China denies it understates defense spending - responding to U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's charge that Beijing is being secretive about its military expansion.
China has issued its first-ever white paper on democracy, which makes it clear that the Communist Party will stay in control of the nation's political system.
South Korea and China have canceled meetings with
top Japanese officials to protest Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visit to a controversial war shrine.
An international human rights organization says Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has launched a crackdown on dissent by filing lawsuits and arresting critics of the government's border treaty with Vietnam.
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