They died in a roadside bombing possibly planned by Al Qaeda-linked group Abu Sayyaf. The incident has added to concerns that US troops may be entering into combat, which would violate their rules of engagement.
Vietnam evacuated people and canceled flights as hurricane Ketsana neared. Meanwhile the Philippines braced for another storm. Already 240 people have died.
Residents are using social networking sites to post escape routes and meeting spots after tropical storm Ketsana dumped a month’s worth of rain in six hours. Hollywood stars like Demi Moore have urged Twitter followers to donate.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai used the Muslim holiday signaling the end of Ramadan to reach out to the Taliban, while Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamanei denounced Israel.
The killing of one of Indonesia's most-wanted men is a key victory. But questions remain about the extent of the Jemaah Islamiah network Noordin may have left behind.
Philippines government alleges MILF involvement in a firefight last week with members of the militant Abu Sayyaf, calling into question a cease-fire with the rebel group.
Wednesday's firefight was the bloodiest battle involving the Abu Sayyaf in at least two years. It also raises questions about the effectiveness of US support to Filipino troops.
Villagers were being ferried to safety Wednesday, though heavy rains disrupted rescue efforts. A three-man crew died Tuesday when their helicopter crashed.
A Christian Science perspective.