Iraq: Another group of Iraqi prisoners has been freed under a national reconciliation plan Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced earlier this month. About 450 detainees were released today (Tuesday) from the U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad and other detention centers across the country. Several hundred detainees were freed earlier.
NoKor Missile: South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon has met with his Chinese counterpart for talks on North Korea's suspected preparations to test fire a long-range missile. Ban's meeting today (Tuesday) in Beijing with Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing follows the release of satellite images that appear to show North Korea fueling a long-range missile.
Vietnam Politics: Vietnam's parliament has approved a new prime minister and president as part of a planned leadership change by the ruling Communist Party. Nguyen Tan Dung was elected today (Tuesday) to the post of prime minister by the one-party national assembly. The prime minister is the second most powerful figure in Vietnam, after the general secretary of the Communist Party.
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