President Bush has delivered his State of the Union address, vowing to continue pursuing democracy in the Middle East and pushing for changes in the U.S. federal pension program.
Iraqi authorities say gunmen have ambushed and killed 12 Iraqi soldiers near the northern city of Kirkuk.
Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy has left the country after he and two other members of his party were stripped of their immunity from prosecution by Cambodia's parliament.
Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania has died, apparently killed by an accidental gas leak. He was 41.
Vatican officials say Pope John Paul is responding well to treatment, but is expected to stay in the hospital for another week.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice leaves Washington today (Thursday) for an eight day trip to Europe and the Middle East -- her first foreign trip since assuming the cabinet post last week.
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