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International News Archive - September 04, 2006

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese policy makers are debating how far their country should prop up or pressure North Korea as fraying economic ties compound political distrust.

By Manny Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Six Philippine marines and 8 Muslim rebels were killed and dozens more were wounded in the heaviest day of fighting in the latest campaign to flush out Islamic extremists from a remote southwestern island.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police issued a warrant on Monday to interrogate four soldiers in connection with a plot to blow up Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra that critics and the media have suggested was an elaborate political stunt.

KABUL (Reuters) - A NATO soldier was killed by friendly fire and several more wounded on Monday during a major offensive to crush a resurgent Taliban in southern Afghanistan.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese researcher for the New York Times who was sentenced to three years jail for fraud will contest the conviction after having beat a separate charge of illegally leaking state secrets, his lawyer said on Monday.

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military has taken control of the northeastern area of Sampur from Tiger rebels after days of fighting to secure the southern lip of strategic Trincomalee harbour, a military official said on Monday.

KARACHI (Reuters) - Pakistani and U.S. naval forces began a series of exercises on Monday aimed at improving counter-terrorism capabilities, a Pakistani navy spokesman said.

MANILA (Reuters) - Imelda Marcos, the Philippines' former first lady, may return to politics next year and run for mayor of the capital Manila, her eldest daughter Imee said on Monday.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese researcher for the New York Times who was sentenced to three years jail for fraud will contest the conviction after having beat a separate charge of illegally leaking state secrets, his lawyer said on Monday.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government said it pushed Tamil Tiger rebels from the mouth of strategic Trincomalee harbor on Monday, and that it would therefore halt its offensive.