PRIME Minister John Howard has hailed the "heroic" perseverance of Iraqis since the US-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein three years ago as proof that the military operation has not been disastrous.
Stepping up his defence of the coalition's presence in Iraq amid daily bombings, murders and kidnappings, Mr Howard rejected suggestions that the invasion had been a disaster.
THE US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, has described as unacceptable a French proposal to tax the imports of countries that refuse to sign the Kyoto Protocol.
In the sharpest divide yet between the two main global approaches to dealing with climate change, Dr Rice said the idea would be "wildly unpopular" and predicted it would never be implemented.
Connecticut voters who worried that Sen. Joe Lieberman might embrace calls by Democrats to withdraw from Iraq can rest easy — that option doesn't appear to be on his plate.
The Senate Armed Services Committee convened a hearing last week to discuss the situation in Iraq and Lieberman made it clear through his questioning that he does not favor a withdrawal.