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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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Court sets aside suit against Unocal in Myanmar rights violations

San Francisco, (AP), Feb. 14: A federal appeals court has set aside a lawsuit on behalf of indigenous farmers of Myanmar who allege Unocal Corp. was involved in human rights violations carried out by the country's military.

Thai prime minister admits 350 die in war on narcotics

Bangkok, (AFP), Feb. 15: Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra admitted yesterday a staggering 350 people have been killed in the war on drugs he launched two weeks ago, but fiercely defended the battle against traffickers.

Suu Kyi calls for talks, generals defiant

Yangon, Feb. 15: : The gulf between Myanmar's opposition and military appeared to widen on Wednesday with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi calling for talks while the ruling generals railed against threats to stability.

Lanka troop should withdraw from Jaffna: LTTE

Jaffna, Feb. 15: Thousands rallied on Friday in northern Sri Lanka to demand the withdrawal of government troops after a fistfight between soldiers and Tamil rebels dealt a blow to a year-old truce.

Only Cong can solve Naga row: Sonia

Dimapur, Feb 15: AICC President Sonia Gandhi on Friday called for a comprehensive dialogue with all the underground Naga factions to hammer out a lasting solution to the Naga problem, adding that only the Congress was capable of delivering the solution

Lankan army jeopardises peace talks: LTTE

Colombo 14 : Condemning the attack on its unarmed female cadres by the Army soldiers in Manipay on Wednesday, LTTE has said the ongoing dialogue with the Lankan government would be 'seriously jeopardised' if such incidents continued to recur.

International drug ring busted in US

Buffalo, Feb. 14: US state and federal authorities arrested 61 people in four cities and seized more than $300,000 in a sting operation they said dismantled a large international drug trafficking ring.

Thai prime minister admits 350 die in war on narcotics

Bangkok, (AFP), Feb. 15: Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra admitted yesterday a staggering 350 people have been killed in the war on drugs he launched two weeks ago, but fiercely defended the battle against traffickers.

Suu Kyi calls for talks, generals defiant

Yangon, Feb. 15: : The gulf between Myanmar's opposition and military appeared to widen on Wednesday with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi calling for talks while the ruling generals railed against threats to stability.

International drug ring busted in US

Buffalo, Feb. 14: US state and federal authorities arrested 61 people in four cities and seized more than $300,000 in a sting operation they said dismantled a large international drug trafficking ring.

Lankan army jeopardises peace talks: LTTE

Colombo 14 : Condemning the attack on its unarmed female cadres by the Army soldiers in Manipay on Wednesday, LTTE has said the ongoing dialogue with the Lankan government would be 'seriously jeopardised' if such incidents continued to recur.

Only Cong can solve Naga row: Sonia

Dimapur, Feb 15: AICC President Sonia Gandhi on Friday called for a comprehensive dialogue with all the underground Naga factions to hammer out a lasting solution to the Naga problem, adding that only the Congress was capable of delivering the solution

PM:Thailand to get US$50-million compensation from Cambodia

Bangkok, Feb 14 (TNA): It is a good news for Thai people and the nation on this St. Valentine's Day, when Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra announced that Phnom Penh would pay a total compensation of US$50 million for damages of the Thai Embassy to
Cambodia and other Thai interests in Phnom Penh, according to a T.V. news report.

Phnom Penh Riots: Regret will do,says Thaksin

The Thai government did not demand Cambodia apologise for anti-Thai riot last month because it is happy that the country expressed sorrow and promised to pay compensation unconditionally, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said yesterday.

India, Thailand to give new dimension to bilateral ties

New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 14: Giving a new dimension to their bilateral ties, India and Thailand today agreed to move towards a free trade arrangement with a target of two billion dollars and set out a road map for enhanced cooperation in trade and industry, space, tourism, civil aviation and other diversified areas.

Russian SC bans 3 Pak-based extremist outfits, 12 others

Moscow, (PTI), Feb. 14: Russian Supreme Court today banned three Pakistan-based extremist outfits, including Lashkar-e-Toiba, and 12 other Islamic groups, a decision that would help the government to freeze their assets in the country.

Editors of an electronic newsletter sentenced to life in prison

Maldives, Feb. 14: Since July 2002, Mohamed Zaki, Ibrahim Luthfee and Ahmed Didi, editors of the electronic newsletter Sandhaanu, have been serving a life term in prison. Fathimath Nisreen, Ibrahim Luthfee's assistant, received a 10-year prison term. They were found guilty of "insulting the President" and of "committing acts hostile to the government (…) by creating a newsletter known as Sandhaanu."

San San Nweh finally gets 1999 Reporters Without Borders prize

Well-known French TV journalist Christine Ockrent has presented Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi with the 1999 Reporters Without Borders / Fondation de France Prize to pass on to winner San San Nweh.

Japan to lend Sri Lanka $270 million for economy

Colombo, Feb 14 (Reuters): Japan, Sri Lanka's biggest aid donor, said on Friday it would give the island a loan of about $270 million to restructure the war-torn economy as it pushes ahead with a peace bid to end a 19-year ethnic war.

U.S. Pushes Both Sides in Sri Lanka Peace Talks

Washington, (Reuters), Feb. 14: The United States on Friday said it hoped to provide more aid to Sri Lanka this year but that it would depend on the government and the rebel Tamil Tigers showing the political will to pursue peace.


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