Insurgents in Iraq carried out a series of attacks against security forces in Baghdad early today (Thursday), killing more than 20 people.
Two small explosions have occurred outside the British consulate in New York, causing minor damage but no injuries.
Voters across Britain have begun casting ballots in a general election widely expected to give Prime Minister Tony Blair a third consecutive term in office.
Taiwanese opposition leader James Soong is in China for a nine-day visit he hopes will help tensions across the Taiwan Strait.
Vietnam's prime minister says he will visit the United States in June, the first visit by a leader of the communist country since the end of the Vietnam War 30 years ago.
European and Asian foreign ministers are gathering in Japan for the start of ministerial-level meetings on a range of subjects.
Finance ministers from Japan, South Korea, China, and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have agreed to expand a currency swap agreement meant to guard against financial trouble.
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