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World in brief

24 suspected Taliban killed in Afghanistan

By wire services
Published July 16, 2005

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistani troops Friday found the bodies of 24 suspected Taliban militants who were killed in overnight fighting with U.S. and Afghan soldiers in Afghanistan, an army spokesman said.

The bodies were found near Alwara Mandi, a small market town in the North Waziristan tribal region, spokesman Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan said.

Japan questions U.S. tests for mad cow disease

TOKYO - Japanese food safety regulators were questioning the safety of U.S. beef after a Ministry of Agriculture study showed nearly half of the 20 mad cow cases found in Japan would have passed unnoticed under U.S. testing methods, officials said Friday.

The ministry report, submitted to the panel Thursday, showed that nine of the 20 cows found to have bovine spongiform encephalopathy in Japan would have been sent to market because they looked healthy according to U.S. testing methods.

Last month, Washington confirmed the country's second case of the brain-wasting disease, but it was the first in a U.S.-born cow.

[Last modified July 16, 2005, 00:25:11]

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