Leaders who attended the first East Asia summit in Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur, have agreed to hold annual talks on issues such as trade and security.
China's Commerce Minister, Bo Xilai, says the World Trade Organization's underdeveloped member states deserve preferential treatment in any new global trade pact.
Chinese state media report the former head of China's Land and Resources ministry has gone on trial, charged with accepting bribes.
Hundreds of Sunni Arab clerics in Iraq have issued a religious edict (fatwa) urging Iraqis to vote in Thursday's crucial parliamentary election.
President Bush today (Wednesday) will deliver the last in a series of speeches highlighting the administration's plans for success in Iraq.
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