U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says the number of U.S. combat forces in Iraq will be reduced next year.
An Iraqi judge has adjourned the trial of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein until January 24th.
Indonesia has put tens of thousands of security forces on high alert to guard against terrorist attacks
over the next two weeks.
Police in Thailand say a bomb blast has injured at least six people, including two policemen.
State media in China say a gas explosion has killed 42 people and injured at least 11 more at a construction site in the southwestern province of Sichuan.
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