Laos-Party Congress: Nearly 500 senior members of the communist party of Laos are gathering for their eighth congress this weekend.
Rice-Asia: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says
talks Saturday with the foreign ministers of Australia and Japan will not focus on China's military rise.
Indonesia-Mine Protest: Security forces are patrolling the capital of Indonesia's remote Papua province today (Friday) following a deadly clash with protesters demanding the closure of a U.S.-owned gold mine.
Taiwan-Brunei: Taiwan has announced the closure of its representative office in the oil-rich nation of Brunei.
Thailand Politics: Thousands of pro-government supporters in Thailand marched into Bangkok today (Friday) to show their backing of embattled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
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