*Japanese Prime Minister Reshuffles Cabinet*
Japan's prime minister has reshuffled his Cabinet for a third time since taking office last year as he tries to boost support for the government ahead of expected elections.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced the new lineup Monday, saying it will help the government and the ruling party work together to address domestic and diplomatic issues.
Public support for his government has fallen as the prime minister pushed to double the country's sales tax. Japan is also locked in a diplomatic dispute with China over ownership of islands in the East China Sea.
The Cabinet shakeup includes new ministers of finance, national policy and education. The country's foreign minister and defense minister are keeping their jobs.
Japan must hold a general election within a year, but Prime Minister Noda has said only that it will take place "in the near term."
Last week, Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party elected former prime minister Shinzo Abe as its president.
He abruptly left office in 2007 citing a stomach illness, following a significant election defeat.
Opinion polls suggest Mr. Abe's party would have the edge in a general election, but would also need a coalition partner.
* Suicide Bomber Kills 14 in Afghanistan *
A suicide bomber has attacked a joint Afghan-NATO patrol in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 14 people.
NATO says the deaths Monday include three coalition service members and their interpreter. It did not identify the nationalities of the soldier or provide further details on the attack.
Local officials say the bomber rammed a motorcycle into the patrol near a market in the city of Khost. They say the attack also killed six civilians and four police officers.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing.
Meanwhile, NATO and Afghan officials are investigating a gunbattle Saturday that killed two Americans and three Afghan soldiers. The two sides have given conflicting accounts of that incident, which came days after U.S.-led coalition forces eased restrictions on joint operations with their Afghan allies.