A close aid to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat says he has slipped into a coma and is lingering between life and death.
President Bush is scheduled to begin a few days of post-election relaxation today (Friday), one day after outlining plans for his second term inoffice.
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra says he expects Muslim insurgents to intensify violence in the country's strife-torn, Muslim-dominated south.
Laos will not issue tourist visas for the capital, Vientiane, due to the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit.
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