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ICC Judges Election a Global Justice Milestone: An Experienced and Diverse Bench Chosen

New York, Feb. 07: The first 18 judges elected to the
International Criminal Court (ICC), a highly qualified and diverse
bench, represent a major milestone on the road to the court’s opening,
Human Rights Watch said today. The ICC is the world’s first global court
to try those responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and war

150 Lankans attend US anti-mass destruction weapons seminar

The Island: The US Department of State’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance Programme is offering a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Awareness Seminar to the Government of Sri Lanka, the US Embassy in Colombo said yesterday.

Govt.-LTTE tussle over reopening of Jaffna library

by Kesara Abeywardena

The Island: A tussle between the government and the LTTE is taking place on the reopening of the Jaffna Public Library which is scheduled for Friday.

Myanmar denies rumours that private banks are bankrupt

Yangon, Myanmar, (AP), Feb. 11: - In an apparent attempt to quash rumors that several of Myanmar's private banks are heading into bankruptcy, the central bank chairman said Monday that the country's properly registered private banks are on firm financial ground.

Myanmar, Thailand to curb drugs trafficking

Bangkok, Feb. 11: Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra returned from Myanmar Monday saying he and the military government had agreed to cooperate to stop illegal drugs moving between the two countries and end disputes along their border.

Burmese Military gang-rape continues unabatedly, as International Red Cross visits Shan State.

Chinag Mai, Feb. 11 : The Shan Women's Action Network in its latest press release has alleged that the Military gang-rape occurs as International Red Cross visits Shan State.

THAI authorized to develop Chiang Mai airport as regional aviation hub

Bangkok, Feb. 11 (TNA): Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) has been authorized to play its key role in developing the Chiang Mai Airport in the North as a new aviation centre in the region, according to a T.V. news report.

Phnom Penh governor sacked

Phnom Penh, Feb. 11: (Xinhuanet)-- The Phnom Penh governor Chea Sophara has been dismissed and appointed as Cambodia's ambassador to Myanmar, radio said Tuesday.

Myanmar-Thailand agree to cooperate closely in key areas

Bangkok, Feb. 10 (TNA): Myanmar and Thailand have agreed to cooperate closely in three key areas, according to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

U.N. reconciliation expert to visit Sri Lanka

Colombo, Feb 11 (IANS): Yashushi Akashi, former U.N. under secretary general for humanitarian affairs, arrives in Sri Lanka Wednesday on a visit to assess the country's war-ravaged north and recommend reconstruction programmes.

Muslim pilgrims mark Eid under shadow of war

By Mehrdad Balali

Mena, Saudi Arabia (Reuters), Feb. 11: Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Adha on Tuesday and two million pilgrims in Saudi Arabia threw pebbles at a pillar representing the devil in the most accident-prone part of the annual haj pilgrimage.

Air Chief Marshal to visit Sri Lanka from Feb 12

New Delhi, (PTI) Feb. 10: Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal S Krishnaswamy is to make an official visit to Sri Lanka from Wednesday.

Sikh activist jailed for 1985 Air India bombing

By Allan Dowd

Vancouver, British Columbia (Reuters), Feb. 11: - A Sikh activist was jailed for five years on Monday after becoming the first person to admit guilt in the 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182, the world's deadliest act of aviation sabotage before Sept. 11, 2001.

Myanmar: Amnesty International welcomes first visit, calls for further improvements

London, Feb. 10: After its first ever visit to Myanmar, Amnesty International called upon the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC, Myanmar's military government), to release immediately and unconditionally all prisoners of conscience still held throughout the country.

Indian Nurses Sought to Staff U.S. Hospitals

By Saritha Rai

Bangalore, India, Feb. 09: Annamma George has not taken an examination in 15 years, since she began her career as a nurse in a leading Bangalore hospital. But these days she pores over books alongside her 10-year old son, often studying late into the night. In a few weeks, Ms. George will take special exams that could qualify her for a nursing job in the United States.

Amnesty says human rights in Myanmar not good but are improving

By Grant Peck, Associated Press Writer

Bangkok, Thailand, (AP), Feb. 10: - Human rights in Myanmar continue to "fall short of international law" but are improving, Amnesty International said Monday after its first official visit to the military-ruled nation which has long been accused of state-sponsored atrocities.

Myanmar Arrests Activists for Plotting Sabotage

By Aung Hla Tun

Yangon, (Reuters), Feb. 10: Myanmar's military government said on Monday it had arrested 12 opposition activists for plotting to blow up a prison and a railway station.

PM defends decision on cabinet reshuffle

Bangkok, Feb 11 (TNA): – Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday brushed aside the opposition bloc’s criticism over the sudden reshuffle of his government, saying the new cabinet had been already in place.

AI mixed report on Burma

By - Subhatra Bhumiprabhas

Bangkok, Feb. 11: The human-rights situation in military-run Burma continues to "fall short of international law" but is steadily improving, Amnesty International (AI) said yesterday.

Visit To Burma: Talks with junta fruitful, says PM

Bangkok, Feb. 11: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday hailed his one-day trip to Burma as a success, saying the two sides have agreed to work closely together to resolve outstanding bilateral problems and to improve their image internationally.