Senior U.S. officials say they expect Sunday's elections in Iraq will be followed by a period of political uncertainty and continued insurgent violence.
Indonesian authorities say more than 100,000 bodies have now been recovered in the tsunami-hit province of Aceh -- although the actual death toll is widely believed to be much higher.
Malaysia's prime miniter is urging the Muslim world to act to curb extremism and reach out to the West for better understanding.
China will hold a funeral for ousted Communist Party leader Zhao Ziyang on Saturday, but details of the ceremony are still unclear.
Condoleezza Rice begins her first full day today (Thursday) as U.S. Secretary of State.
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