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Police urge investigation into drug gang murders

Bangkok, February 16, (TNA): The National Police Bureau today launched an investigation into the huge number of murders carried out by drug dealers trying to silence people likely to provide the police with clues.

Japan says tough questions ahead in Sri Lanka peace

Colombo, (Reuters), Feb. 15: A Japanese envoy to Sri Lanka said on Saturday the island's peace efforts were entering a "difficult phase" and expressed concern a conflict in Iraq could divert attention from its bid to end 19 years of war.

Iraq Crisis: Thousands join peace march

By - Pares Lohason, Pravit Rojanaphruk, & Rungrawee Chalermsripinyorat

More than 10,000 peace-lovers from the five southernmost provinces gathered yesterday in Pattani, joining other demonstrations in Bangkok and cities around the world in voicing opposition to a US-led war on Iraq.

Thailand to sign free trade deal with India

Bangkok, Feb 15 (TNA): India has agreed to establish a free trade area with Thailand, making the kingdom be the first country outside the South Asian region with which New Delhi has agreed to do such a deal.

Thai and other Asian central banks urged to institute reforms

Bangkok, Feb. 15 (TNA): The Philippine Central Bank has urged other central banks in Asia to implement reform policies to foster sustainable growth and economic stability in the region, according to a news report of the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

Japan fears Iraq war could hurt Lankan peace process

Colombo, (PTI), Feb. 15: Japan is concerned that a possible war in Iraq could divert international attention from Sri Lanka's peace process, Tokyo's top peace envoy Yasushi Akashi said Saturday.

Human cloning should not be done: Kalam

Mumbai, (PTI), Feb. 15: President A P J Abdul Kalam today expressed reservation about human cloning, saying he did not favour it.

Action against Iraq "inconceivable" after UN report: Fernandes

Bangalore, (PTI), Feb. 15: Defence Minister George Fernandes today said it would be "inconceivable" that US should take any action against Iraq after the UN inspectors have found no weapons of mass destruction there and reaffirmed India's position that the issue must be resolved amicably.

US accuses Myanmar junta of backing away from reforms

Washington, Feb 14: The United States yesterday accused Myanmar of backing away from national reconciliation and reform, calling on the military junta to release all political prisoners.

Tiger ‘magistrate’ re-remands soldier

The Island: Soldier H. S. Nimal Kumara taken prisoner by the Tigers on December 24 when he unintentionally entered their area has been remanded by a Tiger magistrate again.

Suicide bombing blunts peace momentum

by Amal Jayasinghe

The Island, Colombo (AFP): Sri Lanka’s warring parties have pledged not to resume fighting, but the latest Tiger suicide blast is seen as denting foreign confidence crucial for the success of the Norwegian-backed peace bid.

Commitment to peace doubtful: Japan

by Namini Wijedasa

The Island: Japanese envoy Yasushi Akashi yesterday observed that recent incidents in Delft and Manipay had created a sense of "renewed concern" over Sri Lanka’s commitment to its tenuous peace.

Tamil rebels fatally shoot government soldier in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Feb. 16: Women rebel fighters have shot and killed one of three government soldiers who crossed into guerrilla-held territory in northern Sri Lanka, the insurgents said.

Naga political issue dominates poll campaigns

Kohima, (PTI), Feb 16: Naga issue dominated the campaigning by major political parties for February 26 assembly elections in Nagaland.

Sri Lanka rebels kill soldier as truce under strain

By Lindsay Beck

Colombo (Reuters), Feb. 16: Tamil Tiger rebels on Saturday shot dead a Sri Lankan army soldier who they said trespassed into their territory in violation of a truce that has been keeping the warring sides at arm's length after 19 years of civil war.

Anti-war demonstration: Millions give dramatic rebuff to US war plans

Weekend protests worldwide by millions of anti-war activists delivered a stinging rebuke to Washington and its allies on their hard-line advance towards war.

Revolt in the north: LTTE warns TULF

In their bid to gain greater political supremacy in the Jaffna peninsula, Tiger guerrillas who forced the cancellation of the official opening of the Jaffna Library on Friday have now issued a warning to the TULF - toe their line or face the consequences.

No two armies or two navies in united Lanka, Armitage tells LTTE

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage in an address in Washington said internal self determination, within the framework of one Sri Lanka, was not going to be consistent with separate armies and navies for different parts of the country and that the LTTE, down the road in the peace process, will have to face up to disarmament issues.

Tiger delegation takes 25 packages in two choppers

The Tiger guerrilla delegation to the latest Berlin peace talks who arrived in Colombo last Friday for their return journey to the Wanni demanded two helicopters, one to carry their members and the other for more than 25 packages they brought along. They received both.

US, others, have role to end conflict: Armitage

The Island: US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said yesterday the United States and other nations have a role to play in settling the conflict in Sri Lanka.


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