A car bomb explosion in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul today (Monday) killed at least three Iraqi National Guardsmen and wounded five others. Police say insurgents set off the bomb as several vehicles carrying the guardsmen were passing by.
The U.S. government reportedly is about to launch a series of prominent security measures aimed at disrupting any terrorist plot against this country's presidential campaign and the Nov. 2 election. In contrast to previous security plans that emphasized secrecy, officials are said to be planning a highly public series of precautions.
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has reshuffled his cabinet in an effort to strengthen his waning popularity and boost his ability to carry out reforms. Mr. Koizumi named Nobutaka Machimura, the former education minister as his new minister of foreign affairs. Former Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi will now be an advisor to the prime minister.
Economy Minister Heizo Takenaka has added the job of privatizing the Japanese postal service to his portfolio. That privatization is a centerpiece of Mr. Koizumi's reform plans.
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