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September 14 - Zhao Yan, a Chinese research assistant for The New York Times, is to be freed Saturday morning after serving a three-year prison sentence for a fraud conviction that brought criticism to China. President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice lobbied on the behalf of his freedom with Chinese President Hu Jintao.
September 1 - Police in India arrested two people and formerly named two others in custody as suspects in recent bombings in southern India that killed 43 people. The police have blamed Islamic militants who hoped to create tensions between India's Hindu majority and Muslim minority.
September 4 - Haleh Esfandiari, an Iranian-American scholar accused of spying left Iran after being imprisoned for three months. Another scholar, Parnaz Azima, remained imprisoned on similar charges.
September 5 - Azima was given permission to leave after seven months of being barred from leaving Iran.
September 12 - Two soldiers who wrote of their pessimism about the war in an Op-Ed article that was in the New York Times on Aug. 19 were killed in Baghdad on Monday. They died when their five-ton cargo truck they were in overturned.
September 3 - Takehiko Endo, Japan's new agricultural minister, resigned only a week after his appointment as a result of a scandal involving the misuse of farm subsidies. Endo was the fourth Japanese cabinet minister to step down in the past year.
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