President Bush hosts Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at his ranch in (the U.S. state of) Texas today (Monday) to discuss Israel's planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and developments in the Middle East peace process.
Iraqi security forces backed by U.S. troops rounded up dozens of suspected insurgents during a raid today (Monday) in central Baghdad. An American military statement says more than 500 Iraqi soldiers and police took part in the operation (Operation Vanguard Tempest), which focused on (Al Rasheed district) an area known to harbor insurgents.
Another strong earthquake has struck near Indonesia's Sumatra island. The 6.1-magnitude quake's epicenter was about 270 kilometers south-southwest of Medan in western Sumatra. It hit just before dawn today (Monday).
Tokyo is calling for dialogue with Beijing after violent anti-Japanese protests in China during the weekend. Japan's chief cabinet secretary, Hiroyuki Hosada, told reporters today (Monday) that hard work must be done to prevent misunderstandings from growing.
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