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3/14/06 World News in Lao: Cambodia King Visits Laos


Cambodia-Laos: Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni is making his first visit to neighboring Laos since he assumed the throne in 2004. King Sihamoni flew to the Laotian capital, Vientiane, today (Tuesday) for talks with President Khamtai Siphandon and other leaders. The Cambodian monarch will leave Laos on Thursday to begin a three-day visit to Vietnam. Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong says the King's regional tour is aimed at improving relations with Cambodia's neighbors to the north and east.

Milosevic: The son of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic says authorities in Belgrade will not allow his family to bury the late Serbian leader in his homeland. Marko Milosevic flew from Moscow to The Hague today (Tuesday) to retrieve his father's body. Before leaving Moscow, he said that Belgrade authorities want to avoid having his father's funeral there and have threatened his family. He also said that Moscow's mayor has agreed to hold the funeral in the Russian capital.

Iraq: Iraqi security forces have found the bodies of 15 men in an abandoned vehicle in western Baghdad. Security officials say the bodies found today (Tuesday) had their hands and feet bound. The victims had been strangled. The bodies were discovered in the same general area of the capital where 18 bodies were found in a minibus last week. More corpses were found in different areas of Baghdad on Monday, including four hanging from electricity poles in Sadr City, a mainly Shi'ite district. The latest killings all apparently took place following a series of bomb blasts in Sadr City on Sunday that killed at least 46 people and wounded more than 200 others.

Rice-Indonesia: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has praised Indonesia for trying to pressure Burma's military leaders to respect human rights. Rice discussed the situation in Burma with her Indonesian counterpart Hassan Wirajuda today (Tuesday) in Jakarta. She says the United States "cannot turn a blind eye" to the oppression of the Burmese people. Earlier, Rice began her two-day trip to Indonesia by visiting an Islamic school in the capital, where she met with schoolgirls who greeted her by waving Indonesian and U.S. flags.

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