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Philippine rebels suspend 'beheading'

MANILA -- The separatist Abu Sayyaf rebels delayed a deadline Thursday for beheading U.S. hostage Jeffrey Schilling after an appeal by his mother.

The Muslim rebel group had threatened to behead Schilling as a gift to President Macapagal-Arroyo on her 54th birthday.

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Bush, Jiang issue demands over spy flight

BEIJING -- U.S. President George W. Bush urged China Tuesday to promptly return the the American crew and plane that crash landed on Hainan Sunday. His counterpart President Jiang Zemin warned the U.S. to stop spy flights off China's coast.

Both leaders warned of harmed relations if the other side did not comply.

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Central Asia

IMF under fire
in Kyrgyzstan
(Times of Central Asia)

Water games in
Central Asia
(Times of Central Asia)

East Asia

Presidential hopefuls jockey
for positions in
ruling party
(Korea Herald)

Ancient wall painting
stirs excitement
(www.asahi.com)

Pacific Islands

Yapese celebrate culture
with food, friends
(Pacific Daily News)

Jiang in Tahiti
talks
(Coconet Wireless)

South Asia

Masood seeks diplomatic
pressure against Pakistan
(Dawn)

30 die in stampede outside shrine in Pakistan
(Times of India)

Southeast Asia

Malaysia's high-tech zone
misses expectations: PM
(PDI)

Asian central banks
tighten efforts to
protect currency
(Strait Times)



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