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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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We have cleared up your sinuses, let us work on your hearing

Compiled by: V. Rajeny

A little old lady goes to the doctor and says, "Doctor, I
have this problem with gas, but it really doesn't bother
me too much. They never smell and are always silent.
As a matter of fact, I've passed gas at least 20 times
since I've been here in your office. You didn't know I
was passing gas because they don't smell and are silent.
The doctor says, "I see, take these pills and come back
to see me next week."

President Bush Names Two New Ambassadors

Washington, Feb. 07: President Bush on Thursday announced his picks for ambassadorships in Argentina and Sri Lanka.

Fifth session of the Sri Lankan - LTTE peace talks in Berlin

Colombo, Feb. 06: The fifth session of peace negotiations between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will commence tomorrow, Friday 7 February, at the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin, Germany. This session will conclude on Saturday, 8 February 2003.

Tiger boat with anti-aircraft gun found on eve of peace talks

Colombo, (PTI), Feb. 07: A Tamil Tiger boat armed with an anti-aircraft gun was found today on the eve of fresh peace talks between the government and the guerrillas, Scandinavians monitoring a truce between the two sides said.

LTTE calls for SEP members in northern Sri Lanka to be - wiped out.

By K. Ratnayake - WSWS.

Colombo, Feb. 07: On the eve of two court cases involving its members, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has intensified its threats against Socialist Equality Party (SEP) members on Kayts Island in northern Sri Lanka. On Monday night, copies of a notice appeared in several places on the island calling on “all people to wipe them and their party’s work from the island areas.”

France joins India to avert war against Iraq

New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 07: France today joined India in its efforts to avert a war against Iraq saying that the two countries should extract a joint message of peace in the region since their position was similar on the issue.

US request for cooperation from Thailand depends on situations: Reeker

Bangkok, Feb 7 (TNA): Whether the United States will seek the cooperation from Thailand for handling the Iraqi problems,
purely depends onthe ground situation - according to Philip Reeker,
Deputy Spokesman of the US Department of State.<

Sri Lanka rebels commit suicide after truce violation

By Lindsay Beck

Colombo, (Reuters), Feb. 07: - Three Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels blew themselves up at sea on Friday after Nordic truce monitors boarded their boat for an inspection, just hours ahead of peace talks set to begin in Germany.

Sri Lanka peace talks avert crisis over rebel arms cache

By Shimali enanayake, Associated Press Writer

Berlin, (AP), Feb. 07: - Sri Lanka's government and ethnic Tamil rebels resumed peace talks Friday, averting a crisis after rebel commandos smuggling weapons into the country blew up their boat and themselves off the island's coast.

Press Release by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Berlin, on the Sea Tiger Incident at Delft.

Berlon, Feb. 07: On 7 February an incident on a Sea Tiger vessel near the Delft islands resulted in the tragic loss of three lives.

Myanmar - The principled stand of Asean has won the day: Brussels meet breaks ice with EU

Exclusive by - Diplomatic Editor Thet Khaing

The Deputy Foreign Minister, U Khin Maung Win, said last Friday that Myanmar would no longer be a "hostage" in relations between the European Union and the Association of the South East Asian Nations.<

U.S. Foundation Awards $1 Mln to Suu Kyi Myanmar.

Washington, (Reuters), Feb. 06: The U.S.-based Freedom Forum foundation said on Thursday it had awarded a $1 million "Free Spirit" prize to Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi for her advocacy of democracy in military-ruled Myanmar.

Searchers Snare Shuttle Nose Cone

As the recovery effort continues for remnants from the space shuttle
disaster, the Columbia's nose cone is lifted by helicopter out of an
East Texas forest, where it was found drilled deep into the ground.

UK And Sri Lanka Sign Bilateral Prisoner Transfer Agreement.

London, Feb. 06: British Foreign Office Minister Mike O'Brien and Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Fernando today signed a bilateral Prisoner Transfer Agreement (PTA).

Lanka talks to focus on human rights

Colombo, (PTI), Feb. 06: Sri Lanka's peace talks enter their fifth round in Berlin tomorrow with the focus shifting to human rights issues and foreign pressure mounting on Tamil rebels to stop recruiting child soldiers.

Group headed to Burma on mission of mercy

By: Scott Spitler

North Kingstown, Feb. 06: - Genocide. It is one of the most potent words in the English language, conjuring up images of Auschwitz, the Cambodian killing fields and the Rwandan Civil War. All terrible incidents after which the world community vowed such things would never happen again. But it is happening again, warn some, in Burma, a small country in Southeast Asia.

Alleged Muslim guerrillas kill police officer

Pattani, Feb 6, (TNA): – A police officer and a member of a Muslim terrorist group were fatally injured on Tuesday night in a shoot-out sparked by the hunting down by police of the head of the Pattani Mujahideen.

PM reassures readiness of the government if US-Iraq war erupts

Bangkok, Feb 7 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinwatra yesterday reassured the government could manage and control the situation in the country should the United States-led military action against Iraq takes place.

A crowded agenda for Thaksin Burma trip

By - Supalak Ganjanakhundee & Don Pathan

Bangkok, Feb. 07: Hard pressed by an influx of narcotics from Burma and running out of patience, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is visiting Rangoon on Sunday. It will be a litmus test of his soft approach - a make-or-break trip.

Cambodians sell looted passports

Passports looted from the Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh were being hawked yesterday for up to US$50 (Bt2,100) in front of the burnt-out building.