TORONTO — Almost 700 cattle in Canada have tested negative for mad cow disease, and results from another 400 animals slaughtered for testing are expected by Wednesday, an investigator said.

TORONTO — Officials announced another death and 10 more SARS cases in Canada's largest city Monday and said they would review how they handled a renewed outbreak of the flu-like illness after accusations that warnings were ignored.


SHANGHAI — Chinese and Hong Kong authorities have begun a broad investigation of the real estate and livestock empire of Zhou Zhengyi, a Chinese businessman whose high-level political and financial ties helped him become Shanghai's wealthiest dealmaker.


LONDON — The House of Lords voted Monday to amend a government bill on sexual offenses to allow rape suspects to remain anonymous until proven guilty, but the government said it would try to overturn the decision. Peers sitting in Parliament's unelected upper chamber said innocent people's lives had been ruined by erroneous allegations of rape and voted by 109 to 105 to amend the Sexual Offenses Bill.


ZWICKAU — Striking workers in former communist east Germany crippled production at a Volkswagen car plant Monday, joining thousands of others in their demand for shorter hours — even as the nation teeters on the brink of recession.


DENPASAR — The Islamic militant described as the brains behind the Bali bombing last October was portrayed at the opening of his trial on Monday as being a feverishly busy organizer who managed the main tasks for the plot: from choosing the target nightclub to buying the explosives. The defendant, Imam Samudra, 33, dressed in a tropical white shirt, his black hair unfurled beneath his white skull cap, walked into the courtroom here with his fist in the air, and several shouts of "God is great!"


JERUSALEM — Israeli security agents interrogated several foreign journalists in connection with a suicide bombing attack by a Briton in Tel Aviv on April 30, an Israeli security source said Monday.


BANGKOK, Thailand — The crackdown on Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her pro-democracy party in Myanmar has thrown into turmoil months of efforts to cajole the country's ruling generals into political reform and wrecked hopes for economic aid.


THE HAGUE — A former security official under former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic pleaded not guilty Monday to allegations of mass murders in Bosnia and Croatia during the wars of the 1990s. Appearing for the first time at the U.N. tribunal, Franko Simatovic entered separate pleas to five counts of war crimes against non-Serbs during the 1991-1995 wars in Bosnia and Croatia.


PESHAWAR — The provincial assembly here, dominated by an alliance of religious parties, voted unanimously on Monday to introduce Islamic law to the North West Frontier province, fulfilling an election promise that has worried the national government and its U.S. allies.


LIMA — Protesters and security forces clashed in several Peruvian cities Monday as union leaders vowed to defy a state of emergency, and President Alejandro Toledo struggled to contain demonstrations by striking farmers, teachers and state workers.


STOCKHOLM — A Chinese freighter that sank in the Baltic Sea over the weekend was leaking oil, producing a 15-square mile slick off Sweden's southern coast, maritime officials said Monday.


TAIPEI — A China Airlines jet that broke up shortly after taking off from the Taiwanese capital last year had fatigue cracks and corrosion near where the aircraft split apart, Taiwanese crash investigators said Tuesday.

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ROME — More than two months after Pope John Paul II warned that war in Iraq "threatens the fate of humanity," Secretary of State Colin L. Powell visited the Vatican on Monday to press his case that the U.S.-led campaign had liberated the Iraqi people from a brutal dictator.