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International News Archive - February 10, 2006

By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, ignoring calls to quit by what he calls "a few worthless" people, heads on Friday to the largely Muslim south where a two-year separatist insurgency shows no signs of abating.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Top diplomats from Japan and China were to begin talks on Friday in an effort to maintain dialogue despite a chill in ties due to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's pilgrimages to a war shrine seen by Beijing as a symbol of Tokyo's past militarism.

By Ek Madra PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy, returning home after a year of self-imposed exile in France, promised on Friday to work with his bitter rival Prime Minister Hun Sen to build a better country.

By Gopal Sharma and Terry Friel KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A Nepali activist killed by the army was cremated on Friday, members of his family weeping and beating their chests, as protesters prepared for another demonstration to demand the ouster of King Gyanendra.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Three policemen were killed as paramilitary police in southern Russia tried to flush out armed insurgents holed up in a village, Russian media reported on Friday.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Nearly 60 percent of Israelis support a further unilateral pullout from the occupied West Bank after last year's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, an Israeli newspaper poll showed on Friday.

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader sacked on Friday Justice Minister Vesna Skare Ozbolt, a member of a small coalition ally, saying she had been disloyal to his two-year old government.

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that it was sending a team of 7 or 8 experts to Nigeria to try to prevent human cases of bird flu after outbreaks in poultry.

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Top diplomats from Japan and China met on Friday in an effort to maintain dialogue despite a chill in ties due to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a war shrine seen by Beijing as a symbol of Tokyo's past militarism.

By Gopal Sharma and Terry Friel KATHMANDU (Reuters) - She's 88, so short most people have to bend down to talk to her, but she walks tall and she walks strong.