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International News Archive - March 02, 2006

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Six Pitcairn Island men convicted of raping and assaulting women and underage girls on the island have failed in another attempt to appeal against their convictions, according to a judgment issued on Thursday.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Kadima party slipped slightly in opinion polls weeks before an Israeli general election, raising concern the party's massive lead might be narrowing, the Haaretz daily reported.

By Dolly Aglay and Manny Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo looks increasingly likely to lift emergency rule within the next few days after her security chiefs lowered alert levels on Thursday and said the threat of a coup had receded.

By Katie Nguyen NAIROBI (Reuters) - Masked gunmen raided Kenya's second biggest media group on Thursday, forcing its television station off the air and burning copies of its newspaper at a printing press, the Standard group said.

By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) - Cheered by supporters shouting "Thaksin fight on!," Thailand's prime minister kicked off his re-election campaign on Thursday while his party negotiated furiously to end an opposition boycott of the April 2 poll. "Don't underestimate the people.

By Nizam Ahmed DHAKA (Reuters) - An Islamist militant leader blamed for a string of deadly blasts across Bangladesh is in custody after surrendering following a 24-hour siege, officials said on Wednesday.

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - For Australian Prime Minister John Howard, it was just another day at the office on Thursday as he marked a decade in power, standing in parliament confidently fending off attacks on his conservative government. "I'm working today," Howard told reporters.

By Lee Jin-joo SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korean generals began rare talks on Thursday on reducing military tensions and building confidence to help improve cross-border ties, a South Korean official said.

TOKYO (Reuters) - China is trying hard to modernize its military and stepping up clandestine activities targeting Japan, Japan's top police officer was quoted as saying on Thursday.

By Katie Nguyen NAIROBI (Reuters) - Masked police armed with automatic rifles raided Kenya's second biggest media group on Thursday, forcing its television station off the air and burning copies of the Standard newspaper.