Newly elected Pope Benedict the 16th has celebrated his first Mass as pontiff, pledging to work to unify all Christians and continue "an open and sincere" dialogue with other religions.
Leaders across the Asian Pacific region are congratulating the new pope.
Japan's parliament has concluded work on an initiative that could lead to changes in its post-war pacifist constitution.
Taiwanese opposition leader Lien Chan says he will meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing later this month.
South Korea says it is deeply concerned by North Korea's actions in shutting down the reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear site.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meets at the Kremlin today (Wednesday) with Russian President Vladimir Putin, amid U.S. concerns about democracy in Russia.
Insurgents in Iraq carried out several attacks in Baghdad today (Wednesday) as a week-long surge of violence in the capital continues.
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