Iraq: Iraqi police say at least 25 people have been killed in a suicide truck bombing in the northern city of Tal Afar.
Authorities say the attack occurred today (Monday) in a crowded Shi'ite Muslim neighborhood in the mixed Sunni and Shi'ite city.
An Iraqi army official says at least 22 others were wounded in the attack. He says the death toll could rise.
Meanwhile, in Baghdad, police say a roadside bomb killed at least five people early today in a predominantly Shi'ite neighborhood.
US – Afghanistan: U.S. President George Bush and his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, hold a second day of talks today (Monday) at the Camp David U.S. presidential retreat outside Washington.
Mr. Karzai's two-day visit is focusing on various challenges he faces at home, including a South Korean hostage crisis, a resurgent Taleban and al-Qaida, mounting civilian casualties, and a booming opium trade.
In an interview broadcast (on CNN) before his arrival Sunday, Mr. Karzai said the discussions will include such issues as fighting terrorism, strengthening the Afghan military, and the general security situation in his country.
Israel – Palestinians: Palestinian and Israeli leaders are scheduled to meet today (Monday) in the West Bank in advance of an international conference on Middle East peace expected to begin later this year.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert plans to travel to Jericho for the private, one-on-one talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Mr. Olmert will be the first Israeli prime minister to enter Palestinian territory in more than six years.
Israeli and Palestinian officials say the two leaders hope to make progress on basic issues that must be resolved before Palestinian statehood. This could include talks on border issues and Palestinian refugees, and the final status of Jerusalem.
The Bush administration is making a renewed push to revive Mideast peace talks. (U.S.) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with both leaders last week, calling for deeper dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians.
Koreas Border Shooting: International military authorities in the Korean peninsula are investigating gunshots fired across the tense border dividing North and South Korea.
South Korean defense officials say North Korean soldiers fired several machine gun bursts at a guard post in the South today (Monday).
The authorities say South Korean soldiers issued a verbal warning over a loudspeaker and returned warning shots across the demilitarized zone, which divides the Korean peninsula.
South Korean officials say their soldiers were not hurt in the exchange. It is not clear if any North Korean forces were injured.
The Korean peninsula has been one of the world's most heavily fortified borders since the communist North fought the capitalist South in a war from 1950 to 1953.
China Flooding: Chinese officials say nine workers are still trapped in a flooded railroad tunnel in the central part of the country.
The official Xinhua news agency says 52 people were at work building the tunnel early Sunday when water began pouring in. Forty-three of the workers were rescued. Officials are using pumps and boats to try to reach the trapped workers.
The 14-kilometer-long tunnel is part of a rail line linking Yichang City in Hubei province with Wanzhou in southwest China.
Heavy rains in recent weeks have triggered flooding and mudslides across central China. Xinhua says 78 people died and 18 are missing after three days of downpours set off flash floods last week in Henan province (Lushi county).
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