BAGHDAD, Iraq

Mosul attack kills two Iraqi National Guardsmen

Guerrillas attacked a joint U.S.-Iraqi convoy in Mosul yesterday, killing two Iraqi National Guardsmen only a day after a similar attack in the restive northern city left three Guardsmen dead.

In Washington, the White House said the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has quietly concluded without any evidence of the banned weapons that President Bush cited as justification for going to war against Iraq.

The Iraq Survey Group, made up of some 1,200 military and intelligence specialists and support staff, spent nearly two years searching military installations, factories and laboratories whose equipment and products might be converted quickly to making weapons.

 

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia

Military faces restrictions with Tsunami Relief

The U.S. military faced tighter restrictions yesterday as the Indonesian government sought to reassert control over foreign troops, relief workers and journalists in the tsunami-devastated region, which also has been the site of a rebel insurgency.

In Paris, the world’s wealthiest nations said they support a moratorium on debt repayments by countries stricken by the Dec. 26 disaster that has killed more than 150,000 people.

The moves by the Indonesian government, aimed primarily at U.S. troops, underscore the nationalistic country’s sensitivities at having foreign military forces operating there. They also come amid warnings from the Indonesian military that areas of tsunami-battered Aceh province may not be safe for aid workers.

Washington

Government makes changes to food pyramid

Eat less. Exercise 30 to 90 minutes a day.

“It is not too hard,” the health secretary insisted yesterday in issuing new federal dietary guidelines that also urge people to eat more whole grains, fruits and vegetables and stick to fat-free or lowfat milk.

The guidelines bring the government one step closer to revising the familiar food pyramid, which in the next two months will be updated for the first time since its creation 12 years ago.

The question is whether people will follow the advice. Most people know about the current pyramid, but very few heed its suggestions, and two in three Americans are overweight. It’s possible the old pyramid will give way to a new shape.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said the new guidelines are commonsense and should be easy to follow.

“Do you want to look better? Yes. Do you want to feel better? Yes,” Thompson said.

 

— Compiled from Daily wire reports

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