British Prime minister Tony Blair, on a surprise visit to Baghdad today, has expressed hope that all Iraqi will take part in next month's elections. Speaking at a joint news conference with Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, Mr. Blair referred to the country's election officials as" heroes who are risking their lives" to create a democratic Iraq.
President Bush says next month's elections in Iraq are "just the beginning of the process" toward democracy, saying the objective is "to help the Iraqis defend themselvres, and at the same time have a political process to go forward."
Thailand says it has photo evidence to prove its claim that Islamic militants responsible for violence in Thailand's Muslim-majority south are training in neighboring Malaysia.
A high-ranking South Korean official is in China for another attempt to revise six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program. South Korean Unification Minister and head of the National Security Council, Chung Dong-young, arrived in Beijing today for a four-day visit.
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