Militants in Iraq who beheaded an American are threatening to kill a second Western hostage today (Tuesday) unless coalition forces free all women prisoners in Iraq. The militants posted a videotape of the execution (of Eugene Armstrong) on the Internet Monday. In the video, a masked militant said wanted terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi personally killed the hostage, whose body was later recovered and identified.
International monitors say voting went smoothly in Indonesia's presidential election, which former security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appears to have won. The head of the European Union election observers, Glyn Ford, says his team saw no serious problems in Jakarta or the provinces.
A senior Cuban government delegation is headed to Southeast Asia for a three-nation tour. The group, led by senior government official Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, will travel to China, Laos and Vietnam for talks.
Hundreds of monks have boycotted classes in Phnom Penh to show their displeasure with the film "Hollywood Buddha," which had an advertising poster showing the film's star sitting on top of a Buddha statue.
Officials in the Caribbean nation of Haiti say the death toll from Tropical Storm Jeanne has risen to more than 550 people. About 500 of the victims were in the northwestern coastal city of Gonaives, which has been devastated by flooding and mudslides.
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