International News Archive - September 03, 2006

By Krittivas Mukherjee MUMBAI (Reuters) - More than 100 cotton growers killed themselves in India's richest state in August, marking the highest monthly number of suicides in five years by farmers whose mounting crop loans drive them to death, activists said.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A low profile Muslim separatist group welcomed a Thai military gesture for exploratory talks aimed at ending over two years of bloody violence in southern Thailand, the Nation newspaper said on Sunday.

By Estelle Shirbon OPOROZA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Masked rebels from Nigeria's oil producing Niger Delta vowed revenge against the government and oil companies during the weekend funerals in remote mangrove forests of nine militants killed by troops.

By Paul Simao JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma is due in court this week to face corruption charges, strengthened by outspoken supporters who have kept alive his hope of political resurrection.

DILI (Reuters) - Australia, Indonesia and East Timor should aim to increase cooperation at upcoming three-country talks, Jakarta's foreign minister said on Sunday, amid renewed concerns about stability in the tiny fledging nation.

By Sanjaya Jena BHUBANESWAR, India (Reuters) - Flooding triggered by monsoon rains in the past few days have left 1.5 million people homeless and damaged thousands of acres of paddy crop in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, officials said on Sunday.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Hundreds of people looted shops and burned a restaurant belonging to Caucasus businessmen in an outbreak of racial violence in northwestern Russia triggered by the recent killing of two locals, Russian media said on Sunday.

By Adrian Croft LONDON (Reuters) - Britain defended its role in Afghanistan and the reliability of its equipment on Sunday after the country's worst military air crash in years sparked growing criticism of the British mission in the country.

By Alexander Natruskin MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police on Sunday broke up a human rights campaigners' rally calling on President Vladimir Putin to tell the whole truth about the deaths of more than 300 hostages in the Beslan school siege two years ago.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Georgian military helicopter was shot down over the breakaway South Ossetia province on Sunday, Russian news agencies quoted rebel and Georgian government officials as saying.