General News Archive - October 31, 2005

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia said on Monday negotiating new greenhouse gas emission levels for the Kyoto Protocol is a waste of time, dampening hopes a major environment meeting in Canada will set new targets beyond 2012.

By Deborah Charles WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for a U.S. man accused of plotting to kill President George W.

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi appointed Shinzo Abe as the government's top spokesman in a cabinet reshuffle on Monday, strengthening the popular Abe's position as a candidate to succeed the prime minister next year.

RAMADI, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. aircraft bombed a house near the Syrian border before dawn on Monday in what the military said was a precision strike on an al Qaeda leader.

KABUL (Reuters) - A blast aimed at a convoy of U.S. troops killed an Afghan civilian and wounded five others on Monday in the eastern province of Nangarhar, a government spokesman said. There was no immediate reports of casualties among U.S. troops from the blast, south of the city of Jalalabad.

By Aya Takada TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will ease a ban on U.S. beef imports after a Japanese panel declared on Monday that beef from young American cattle is safe if risk materials that could transmit mad cow disease are removed, government officials said.

By Haitham Haddadin CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait (Reuters) - A U.S. Army sergeant charged with murdering two colleagues in Iraq faced a formal investigation on Monday to recommend if he should stand trial in the first case of its kind since the 2003 invasion.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Four U.S. soldiers were killed on Monday when a roadside bomb went off on their patrol just south of Baghdad, the military said in a statement. The incident, around the town of Yusufiya, was one of the heaviest single U.S. losses for some time.

By Sayed Salahuddin KABUL (Reuters) - Two U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan have been indicted for abusing detainees, the U.S. military said on Monday, adding that the results of a separate probe into the burning of two dead Taliban bodies could be complete this week.

By Jon Hurdle PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Lawyers were set to deliver closing arguments on Monday in the second trial over Merck & Co Inc.'s painkiller Vioxx, a case seen as key in determining the future of thousands of other pending lawsuits filed by users of the drug.