The United States is warning Americans living or traveling in Laos to be careful because of continuing violence in the souteast Asian nation.The U.S. State Department says small-scale bombings have occurred throughout Laos in recent years, and have targeted marketed, bus stations, vehicles, border checkpoints and other public places. Clashes have also occurred between Lao security forces and suspected anti-government insurgents.
The United States is boosting security at its diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia after a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah left at least nine people dead. The U.S. State Department, which announced the deployment of additional personnel, credits quick and decisive action by U.S. marine guards and Saudi security officers for preventing Monday's attack from being much worse.
Afghanistan's first democratically elected president, Hamid Karzai, has been sworn in under heavy security in Kabul. Among the guests were U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra says he will bring up international concerns over Burma with the country's military leader later this week. Mr. Thaksin will hold talks Thursday in Rangoon with Senior General Than Shwe. General Than Shwe is also expected to host a meeting this week with Lao Prime minister Bounnyang Vorachit.
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