British Prime Minister Tony Blair has opened an international conference in London on supporting reforms in the Palestinian Authority. Mr. Blair said ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the world's most pressing political challenge, adding that the road to peace is full of pitfalls.
Lebanon's opposition leaders say that despite the resignation of the pro-Syrian government, they want mass protests to continue until Syria withdraws its 14,000 troops from Lebanon.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged all Iraqis to refrain from acts of violence and put aside their differences, in the wake of Monday's suicide car bombing in Hilla that killed at least 125 people.
China says it is very dissatisfied with a U.S. State Department report critical of Beijing's human rights record. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao says Beijing protests the report issued Monday, which says China continues to punish citizens who speak out against the government.
A 35-year-old woman in Hanoi is latest person to be diagnosed with a potentially deadly variety of bird flu. Three other recent cases in northern Vietnam occurred in the province of Thai Binh, and include a 21-year-old man and his 14-year-old sister. The third victim, a 69-year-old man, died last week.
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