International News Archive - August 24, 2006

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine troops killed at least 6 Muslim guerrillas after a dawn swoop on their camp on the remote southwestern island of Jolo, a senior military official said on Thursday. Around 3,000 troops, backed by U.S.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police said on Thursday they had stopped what they believed to be preparations for a bomb attack on Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's house in Bangkok.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sporadic artillery fire and air strikes continued along Sir Lanka's Jaffna peninsula on Thursday as an aid ship approached the besieged city for the first time in nearly two weeks, residents and officials said.

By Manny Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo comfortably beat an attempt by political opponents to unseat her on Thursday in a widely-anticipated victory.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police said on Thursday they had thwarted what they believed to be preparations for a bomb attack on the house of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, apparently by the driver of a senior security official.

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia announced a A$10 billion ($7.6 billion) plan to increase the size of its army on Thursday so it could respond more quickly to emergencies caused by growing instability in small Asia-Pacific nations.

VIENNA (Reuters) - A 44-year old man suspected of having kidnapped and imprisoned a girl for the past eight years has committed suicide after his victim managed to break free on Wednesday, Austrian police said on Thursday.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - A ship carrying food approached Sri Lanka's Jaffna peninsula for the first time in nearly two weeks on Thursday, but a new government demand made an end to fighting with the Tamil Tiger rebels seem more distant.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli forces killed a Palestinian man and seized his brother, a senior member of the ruling Hamas movement, during a raid in southern Gaza early on Thursday, witnesses and the Israeli army said.

BERLIN (Reuters) - A Lebanese man suspected of planting a makeshift bomb on a German train last month as part of a failed terrorism plot has been arrested in Lebanon, the German federal prosecutor's office said on Thursday.