Agriculture is dominating talk on day one of the World Trade Organization meeting in Hong Kong.
Former gang leader and convicted murderer Stanley "Tookie" Williams has been executed at San Quentin prison in California.
Japan has pledged 62 million dollars in aid to Southeast Asian nations, in an effort to promote greater cooperation with the region.
In Australia, lawmakers (in New South Wales state) are interrupting their Christmas break to vote on extra powers for police trying to control ethnic violence and rioting this week in Sydney.
A Thai lawmaker is accusing the government of luring southern Muslims to recently created re-education camps meant for Islamic militants and their sympathizers.
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