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International News Archive - June 24, 2006

By Manny Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, seeking to shore up support from powerful Roman Catholic bishops, on Saturday signed a law abolishing the death penalty before her imminent visit to the Vatican.

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese boy burned down his home, killing his stepmother and two younger siblings, for fear his parents would find out he had lied about his score on an English test.

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli forces raided a Palestinian house in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday and detained two sons of a Palestinian militant from the leading Hamas faction, Palestinian witnesses and security sources said. There was no immediate comment from the army.

By David Fox DILI (Reuters) - Leaders of East Timor's ruling Fretilin party are to meet on Sunday amid widespread speculation they might ditch embattled Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri.

LONDON (Reuters) - A British computer expert says he warned police in 2003 about the activities of two men who carried out last year's suicide bombings in London, media reported on Saturday.

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday the arrest of 42 suspected Islamist militants in raids across the kingdom, a day after police killed six men in a shoot-out in Riyadh.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers on Saturday extended a deadline for European Union truce monitors to withdraw from the island, while the army accused the rebels of shooting dead two soldiers in the northwest.

By Mohamed Ali Bile MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's newly powerful Islamists expressed their condolences on Saturday to the family of a Swedish cameraman shot dead during a rally in Mogadishu and said they made three more arrests in their hunt for the killer.

BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva formally declared on Saturday that he will seek a second term in October, promising to intensify his fight against poverty and steer the economy through an unprecedented period of stability and growth.

By Kate Holton STUTTGART (Reuters) - English and jubilant soccer German fans, celebrating after their team's second-round victory over Sweden, clashed in Stuttgart on Saturday before riot police moved in to separate them in the city center.