WHEN the terrorist attack on Mumbai, India's commercial capital, came to an end there were almost 200 dead and many more injured. The Indian government pointed the finger at Pakistan as the base of the terrorists, raising anxiety about a renewal of military conflict between the two countries.

The week-long occupation of Bangkok's two main airports ended when Thailand's Constitutional Court found that the country's prime minister had been guilty of electoral malpractice. However, unrest in the politically divided country was thought likely to continue.

NATO foreign ministers put off any early membership of the organisation for Georgia and Ukraine and agreed to reopen talks with Russia that were suspended in August after the brief Georgia-Russia war.

The heads of America's Big Three car-makers continued their appearances in Congress to ask for emergency government assistance of US$34 billion.


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