U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the Pentagon hopes to bring home some 20-thousand troops from Iraq after next week's parliamentary elections there.
Public health officials confirm that a five-year-old boy in central Thailand has died of bird flu.
A U.S. official is urging the international community to take a more aggressive stance on North Korea's human rights situation.
Southeast Asian foreign ministers are publicly criticizing Burma's military government for failing to implement democratic reforms.
Reports from southern China's Guangdong province say armed police have sealed off a village after opening fire on a group of protesters and killing at least two people this week.
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