Iraq's Interior Ministry says at least five people were killed and more than 30 others were wounded in a mortar attack in central Baghdad today (Tuesday). Meanwhile, a national conference of Iraqi political and religious leaders has been meeting again today to try to choose a 100-member interim council to lead the country until general elections, due next year.
Japan has welcomed President Bush's decision to redeploy U.S. troops overseas, saying the changes will better suit the global security environment. The statement from Japan's foreign ministry also said the move will further contribute to international peace and stability.On Monday Mr. Bush announced redeployment plans that would bring up to 70,000 U.S. troops home from Europe and Asia over the next decade.
Nepal has put its security forces on high alert as Maoist guerrillas threaten to blockade the capital, Kathmandu -- beginning Wednesday. A spokesman for Nepal's Interior Ministry said today (Tuesday)the government has deployed additional troops to guard the highways leading into the city and extra security measures have been taken to protect sensitive buildings.
Monday, a popular luxury hotel (Soaltee Plaza Hotel) was closed indefinitely, after four bombs were thrown into the compound. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack that caused minor damage but no injuries.
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