A senior United Nations official says Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has given a firm commitment that all of his nation's troops in Lebanon will return to Syrian territiry in a two-stage withdrawal.
Authorities in Saudi Arabia say two people, including a suspected Islamic militant, have been killed in a shootout today in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.
U.S. officials in Iraq say a roadside bomb explosion near Baghdad has killed two American civilians.
China's legislature, the National People's Congress, has appointed President Hu Jintao as the country's official military chief.
A top European Union official says the EU nations plan to replace their arms embargo against China with a policy of restricted weapons sales.
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