Russian president Vladimir Putin has temporarily ruled out using force to end a hostage crisis in southern Russia, where gunmen are holding more than 300 children and adults in a school.
The Republican Party national convention enterd its fourth and final day in New York today (Thursday), with President Bush preparing to address delegates and accept their nomination for a second term.
Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has won his final appeal against a sodomy conviction and has been freed from prison.
Economic mimisters from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are meeting in Jakarta to work on liberalizing trade.
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