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International News Archive - June 29, 2006

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks will serve his jail sentence at home if convicted by the United States military hearings, Australia's Justice Minister Chris Ellison said on Thursday.

By Manny Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Civilian rescue teams with stretchers rushed to help stunned people at a high-end mall in Manila on Thursday as Philippine police staged a mock bombing to test preparedness for a terrorist attack.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A top Thai policeman was sentenced to 20 years in jail on Thursday for stealing jewelry stolen from a Saudi palace, a heist which disrupted diplomatic relations, after a trial which spanned 13 years.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday urged Iran to quickly respond to an international offer of incentives aimed at defusing a dispute over its nuclear programs.

By James Eve ROME (Reuters) - Italy's biggest-ever sports trial opened on Thursday before a panel of judges trying four leading soccer clubs on match-fixing charges which could force them out of the nation's top league and European competition.

GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian militants involved in the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier taunted the Jewish state on Thursday by saying the conscript could be dead or alive.

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani authorities on Thursday released 50 tribesmen in a gesture meant to calm pro-Taliban militants fighting the army in North Waziristan region bordering Afghanistan, an official said.

(Corrects name of soldier in second paragraph.) GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian militants involved in the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier taunted the Jewish state on Thursday by saying the conscript could be dead or alive.

By James Eve ROME (Reuters) - Italy's biggest-ever sports trial considered match-fixing charges against four top soccer clubs and 26 officials on Thursday before a string of procedural motions forced an adjournment until next Monday.

Omar al-Ibadi BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Issam Hamza and his son Ahmed were killed in their Baghdad home by U.S. troops who say the men ignored shouted orders during the arrest of an al Qaeda suspect. Relatives said they were simply panicked by the night-time raid.