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11/14/05 World News: Bush Asian Trip to Demonstrate US Commitment to the Region


President Bush embarks later today (Monday) on a weeklong trip to Asia that is expected to focus largely on trade issues. The White House (National Security Adviser Stephan Hadley) says that while no specific outcomes are expected, the trip will be an opportunity to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Asia at a time when Washington's relations with countries in the region are strong. The trip is expected to contrast with Mr. Bush's recent visit to Latin America, marred by protests and a failed trade agreement.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is
in China for a six-day mission to promote trade and investment in his U.S. Pacific Coast state. The former movie action hero will also encourage Chinese officials to crack down on the piracy of copyrighted music, movies and software.

Suspected ethnic rebels opened fire on spectators
at a soccer match in northwestern Burma, killing
two people, including a seven-year-old boy.
The official media say two Chin insurgents
fired on the crowd with small weaponry during an awards ceremony Saturday after a game at the Myoma sports ground in the town of Matupi.

Thai police say a Buddhist couple have been shot dead by unknown gunmen in the country's troubled southern province of Pattani. Police say they suspect Islamic militants killed the husband and wife early today (Monday) as they prepared to open their shop.

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