Opinion polls in Israel suggest Prime Minister Ariel Sharon could win re-election next year as head of a new centrist party.
A mortar shell exploded Tuesday in the Iraqi city of Tikrit during a ceremony attended by the U.S. ambassador to Iraq.
Police in Thailand say two people were shot to death in separate attacks in the country's troubled southern provinces.
Canadian officials say Japan is banning all poultry exports from Canada after bird flu was found in a duck in the western province of British Columbia.
Residents of Harbin, China, a city of three million people, have been buying bottled water in a panic after authorities announced a three-day shutdown of municipal water service.
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