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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 106

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Sri Lanka Tigers vow to end child recruitment

Berlin, (Reuters): Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers pledged on Saturday to stop recruiting child soldiers, one of the biggest obstacles to the rebels' hopes of being seen as a legitimate political party.

Cambodian PM: relations with Thailand to be back to normal soon

Bangkok, Feb 8, (TNA): Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday expressed his confidence that the relationship between Thailand and Cambodia would return to normal in the near future, as the Thai government has pledged to delve deeply into motives behind late last month 's arson attacks against its embassy and other Thai interests in Phnom Penh to ensure that no such incidents occurred in the future.

No change in nuke doctrine: Fernandes

Chennai, Feb 08: India's nuclear doctrine will not be reconsidered unless there were extraordinary situations, Defence Minister George Fernandes asserted on Friday.

Permanent war crimes tribunal elected

United Nations, Saturday, February 8: The world's first permanent war crimes tribunal took a major step toward starting business on Friday when 85 nations finally elected a panel of judges, more than a third of them women.

Sri Lankan peace talks set to conclude after progress made despite blast

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Berlin, (AP), Feb. 08: Sri Lankan government and Tamil rebel negotiators met Saturday to wrap up a fresh round of peace talks after overcoming a crisis over a rebel suicide blast.

India expels Pakistani envoy, four others

By Naveen Thukral

New Delhi (Reuters), Feb. 08: India expelled Pakistan's acting ambassador in New Delhi and four other mission staff on Saturday, deepening the chill between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Black flags flown after Sri Lankan rebel suicides

By Scott McDonald

Colombo (Reuters), Feb. 08: - Black flags went up in northern Sri Lanka on Saturday to honour three Tamil Tiger weapon smugglers who blew themselves up in an act that shows the deep mistrust despite talks to end the island's ethnic war.

Pakistan expels Indian envoy in retaliatory move

Islamabad, (Reuters), Feb. 08: - Pakistan expelled India's acting high commissioner and four other Indian high commission staff on Saturday in retaliation for a similar move by New Delhi earlier in the day, the foreign office said.

A Bland end of the shorten Fifth Session of Peace Talks in Berlin with Agreement for Future Talks.

Berlin, Feb. 08: The Tamil Tigers have pledged to stop the underage recruitment in future. Also the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, (LTTE) has agreed to a complete cessation of recruitment of and recruitment campaigns aimed at , persons under 18 years of age.

Govt says Thailand home to 70,000 drug dealers

Bangkok, Feb. 7, (TNA): Thailand could be harbouring as many as 70,000 drug dealers, the interior minister warned yesterday, reiterating his pledge that all government servants found involved in the drugs trade would be hunted down by February 15.

PA calls on government to step down

by Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Island: The People’s Alliance called for the government to step down claiming that there was rampant corruption and incompetence in its administration. Addressing the regular press briefing yesterday, PA Media Spokesman Dr. Sarath Amunugama said the UNF government had pledged a "level playing field for investors and transparency prior to the elections.

Negotiations begin with Thai carrier on direct Bagan, Angkor Wat flights

By Myo Theingi Cho and Yin Min Tun

Yangon, Feb. 03 - 09: Myanmar has begun negotiations aimed at launching direct flights between Bagan and Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the director general of the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism, U Khin Maung Latt, told Myanmar Times last Wednesday.

Two top opposition parties of Sri Lanka, unite in attempt to oust the government

Colombo, Sri Lanka (AP), Feb. 07: - Upset with rising prices and concessions made to Tamil rebels in peace talks aimed at ending the nation's 19-year civil war, Sri Lanka's two biggest opposition parties joined forces Friday in a bid to replace the current government.

Sri Lanka peace talks make progress after avoiding crisis over rebel arms cache

Berlin, (AP), Feb. 07: - Sri Lankan government and Tamil rebel negotiators made progress on human rights and banning the use of child soldiers as a new round of talks began Friday on ending one of Asia's longest civil wars.

Poll watchers sniff split mandate in Nagaland

Kohima, Feb. 7: Confusion reigned supreme in the pre-election scenario in Nagaland, with the Nationalist Democratic Movement (NDM) appearing to be in a position to dictate terms in the event of a hung Assembly.

SC upholds TN legislation banning all types of lottery

New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 07: The Supreme Court today upheld a Tamil Nadu legislation banning all types of lotteries in the State and dismissed a petition by Mizoram challenging a Madras High Court order dismissing its plea for permission to allow operation of its lottery in the southern state.

Claim for Security Council seat - France backs India .

New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 07: France today backed India's candidature for a permanent seat in an expanded UN Security Council and its fight against terrorism even as it expressed concern over the situation in South Asia and said war should be the last resort against Iraq.

Suicide blast raises doubts over Tiger motives: Sri Lankan President

Colombo, (PTI), Feb. 07: Even as the LTTE and Sri Lanka government began the latest round of peace talks Friday, President Chandrika Kumaratunga said the incident of three rebels blowing themselves up after the discovery of an anti-aircraft gun on their trawler raised doubts over the genuineness of Tamil Tigers' commitment to the peace process.

Southern Muslims to hold anti-war prayer rally

Pattani, Feb. 7, (TNA): The Islamic committees of five southern provinces are to hold a mass prayer rally next Saturday to protest against the US stance on Iraq, which the organizers have said is likely to attract over 50,000 participants.

Burma: Anti Muslim riots in Katha Township.

This is the first information received relating to the anti Muslim riots that occurred in Katha Township on the 24th and 25th January.