U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has toured Indonesia's tsunami-ravaged Aceh province and says he is shocked by the level of destruction there.
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw says 49 Britons are confirmed dead and about 291 missing from the Indian Ocean tsunami.
Thailand will send DNA samples of unidentified tsunami victims to China for testing.
Political parties in Thailand have started registering candidates for next month's general election.
Insurgents in Iraq have killed nine American troops in the latest violence in the run up to Iraq's January 30th elections.
The World Health Organization says it is investigating new human cases of bird flu in Vietnam.