The U.S. military says a suicide bomber likely carried out Tuesday's attack at a base near the Iraqi city of Mosul that killed 22 people, including 13 U.S. service members. The chairman of the U.S. Joint chiefs of Staff, General Richard Myers, told reporters Wednesday it appears that an attacker wearing an explosive device detonated the charge in the dining hall of the base.
Hundred of schools in a southern Thai province have shut down following the recent killings of several teachers by suspected Muslim insurgents. Education officials say at least 240 schools in Pattani province are closed today because teachers fear for their safety. Schools in two other Muslim-majority southern provinces, Narathiwat and Yala, remain open, although the officials say similar closures are being considered.
Vietnam says new outbreaks of bird flu have been reported in six provinces, resulting in the slaughter of about 11,000 birds. Vietnamese officials say the outbreaks were found in the southern Mekong Delta region. Vietnam's top veterinary official, Bui Quang Anh, called on local authorities to closely monitor the transport and trading of poultry with neighboring countries.
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