NORTH KOREA: China says North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has told Beijing officials he is not planning to conduct another nuclear test, unless international pressure provokes Pyongyang to change its course. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Liu Jianchao, today (Tuesday) also denied recent news reports that Mr. Kim apologized to a visiting Chinese envoy last week for the international uproar caused by his country's nuclear test. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who met with the envoy (Tang Jiaxuan) in Beijing following his visit to Pyongyang, earlier cast doubt on the reports of Mr. Kim's apology and his pledge not to conduct another test.
INDONESTA-BALI: Indonesian officials say two Islamist militants jailed in
connection with the 2002 Bali bombings are to walk free after their sentences were reduced to mark an Islamic holiday. Prison officials say Sirojul Munir left a jail in East Kalimantan's capital of Balikpapan today (Tuesday). His sentence was cut short by about a month to mark Eid al-Fitr, a celebration at the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.
SOKOR-US TRADE: Several South Korean protesters have been injured in a clash with police outside a hotel where U.S. and South Korean officials are holding free trade talks. Hundreds of farmers and unionists hurled stones and used sticks to battle a wall of police on the South Korean island of Jeju, where the second day of talks is taking place.
US-APEC SUMMIT:President Bush will attend the 2006 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders' Meeting in Vietnam. The White House said Monday that Mr. Bush would travel to Hanoi for the mid-November meeting. Mr. Bush will be the second U.S. president to visit the country since the Vietnam War ended. At APEC, the White House said Mr. Bush would continue dialogue with other leaders on ways to ensure the continued prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region.
IRAQ: The U.S. military in Iraq says two more American soldiers have died from wounds sustained in combat in the western province of Anbar. The military says the soldiers died Monday, but did not say how or when they were wounded. The latest deaths raise the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq this month to 89.
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