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General News Archive - August 05, 2005

KABUL (Reuters) - An American soldier was killed by a road side bomb in Afghanistan, where militants have increased their attacks ahead of next month's parliamentary polls, the U.S. military said on Friday.

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - China's breakneck pace of growth may not last and the world's seventh largest economy could be vulnerable to external shocks, said Edward Prescott, the Nobel 2004 economics prize laureate.

By Masayuki Kitano TOKYO (Reuters) - A showdown that could determine the fate of the government of Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has been set for Monday when parliament's upper house will vote on bills to privatize Japan's vast postal system.

DUBLIN (Reuters) - At least 40 police officers were injured during rioting in north Belfast on Thursday night that followed the arrests of six men in connection with a feud between Protestant guerrillas, police said on Friday.

By Madeline Chambers LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair is expected to flesh out new plans on Friday to extend the government's powers to deport or exclude foreigners who promote terrorism.

By Paul J. Gough NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - CNN took veteran political columnist Robert Novak off the air late Thursday after he uttered an expletive and walked off the set of "Inside Politics" while it was still on the air.

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Discovery astronauts started packing up on Friday for their departure from the International Space Station after NASA finally said the shuttle was safe enough to come home from the first flight since the 2003 Columbia disaster.

MANADO, Indonesia (Reuters) - The world's top gold miner went on trial in Indonesia on Friday, defending charges it spilled toxic waste into a bay, in a case being eyed closely by potential investors in the world's fourth most populous country.

By Masayuki Kitano TOKYO (Reuters) - A political showdown that could determine the fate of the government of Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has been set for Monday when parliament's upper house will vote on bills to privatize Japan's vast postal system.

By Cynthia Johnston SHFARAM, Israel (Reuters) - Israel went on alert on Friday for a possible wave of Arab unrest after a Jewish militant shot dead four Israeli Arabs.