Saddam Hussein has appeared in an Iraqi court to face charges of genocide and crimes against humanity during his brutal 24-year rule. Reporters who witnessed the proceedings say Saddam refused to sign a legal document that outlined the charges, defended the 1990 invasion of Kuwait, denounced the process as "theater," and said President Bush was the real criminal. Saddam and 11 of his former top aides are appearing separately before the tribunal to hear criminal charges against them.
Masses of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Hong Kong to demand that China's communist rulers allow more democracy in the territory. Organizers say the march, which began about 40 minutes ahead of schedule, has attracted already at least 200,000 people. Many are wearing white shirts as symbols of democracy and freedom.
Southeast Asian foreign ministers have begun meeting with their European and U.S. counterparts in Jakarta for talks expected to focus on trade, terrorism, North Korea, and Burma.U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell is among those joining in the discussions with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Analysts say the talks are expected to look at the standoff regarding North Korea's nuclear program.
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