U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld made a surprise visit to Iraq today (Friday), to meet with U.S. and Iraqi troops and get an update on the training of Iraqi's security forces.
South Korean officials say North Korea's announcement that it has nuclear weapons and will not take part in disarmament talks may be an attempt to raise Pyongyang's negotiating position.
A Seoul-based human rights group says North Korea has executed 70 defectors who were captured in China and repatriated.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to travel to the Gaza strip today (Friday) to press hard-line militant groups to observe a ceasfire with Israel.
The United States is giving Nepal's King Gyanendra 100 days to resolve that country's political crisis or face the possibilty of losing U.S. finacial aid.
Authorities in military-ruled Burma have detained two political leaders from Shan ethnic minority.
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