International News Archive - June 25, 2006

DHAKA (Reuters) - The remains of a Bengali pilot, feted as a martyr during Bangladesh's war for independence, have been returned home 35 years after his plane crashed and he was buried in Pakistan.

Kitiphong Thaicharoen BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said on Sunday his ruling party had done nothing wrong as it faces possible dissolution over alleged violation of election laws. "How can it be dissolved? The Thai Rak Thai party has done nothing wrong.

JUBA, Sudan (Reuters) - Sudan's security forces last week killed four members of a Ugandan rebel group which has been raiding parts of southern Sudan, a Sudanese official said.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Up to 200 Singapore Airlines passengers and staff were quarantined at an airport in southern Australia on Sunday after white powder was found on luggage, airport and emergency officials said.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian helicopters dropped relief supplies on Sunday to thousands of victims of flooding and landslides on eastern Sulawesi island, officials said.

By Grant McCool HANOI (Reuters) - Communist Vietnam's one-party parliament voted at the weekend for a younger leadership to pursue the tasks of quickening economic reforms and fighting deep-seated corruption.

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon will meet Chinese officials in China on Monday, and will raise the issue of a possible missile launch by North Korea, a ministry official said. The two-day trip comes after U.S.

SAMAWA, Iraq (Reuters) - Transport trucks carrying armored vehicles left the Japanese military base in southern Iraq on Sunday in one of the first signs that Japan has begun its promised troop pullout.

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - Italians began voting on Sunday in a two-day referendum that could herald the biggest constitutional shake-up in half a century if Prime Minister Romano Prodi fails to convince the country to reject it.

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's newly powerful sharia courts have appointed a leading Islamist on Washington's list of most wanted terrorists as the head of their new parliament, officials said on Sunday.