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Burma junta denies Suu Kyi verdict - politically motivated.

Burma's military government has denied opposition charges the guilty verdict delivered to democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi last week in a wrongful restraint case was politically motivated.

Myanmar to introduce tougher punishment for antique smugglers

Yangon, Myanmar, (AP), Feb. 24: - Myanmar is to introduce tougher penalties to prevent antique smuggling from the country, a newspaper reported Monday.

NE MPs meet PM today on Muslim representation

The Island: North-East Muslim Parliamentarians’ group headed by Vanni Rehabilittion Minister Noordeen Mushoor will meet Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today, to discuss Muslim representation as an independent group in the future.

Along the India-Myanmar border, a people celebrate _ and worry about _ their culture

By Wasbir Hussain, Associated Press Writer

Lekhapani, India< (AP), Feb. 24: Khaong Imphum left home more than two weeks ago, hiking and taking car rides through the mountains of Myanmar and into India to reach this small town.

Mahanayake invites retired SC judge to lead study on proposed federal system

by Cyril Wimalasurendre

The Island - Kandy: The Mahanayake Thero of Malwatte Most Ven. Rambukwelle Sri Vipassi has invited a group of intellectuals led by the former Attorney General (AG) and retired Judge of the Supreme Court R. S. Wanasundera to appoint a committee of inquiry to study the proposed system of Federal state as solution to the North and East crisis and furnish a report to him.

Britain Submits Iraq Resolution to U.N.

By Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press Writer

United Nations, (AP), Feb. 24: - Seeking U.N. approval for war, the United States and key allies Britain and Spain submitted a resolution Monday to the Security Council declaring Saddam Hussein has missed "the final opportunity" to disarm and indicating he must now face the consequences

Stand-off resolved:LTTE cadres exchanged for soldier and policeman

by Kesara Abeywardena

The Island: The stand-off between the Navy and seven armed LTTE cadres in Kuchchuveli - Thiriyaya road was solved with the intervention of the SLMM after striking a deal to exchange a police constable and a soldier held by the LTTE for the seven armed cadres who entered the government controlled area on Sunday, military sources said.

Opposition demands Advani, Joshi resignations over Babri razing

By Liz Mathew, Indo-Asian News Service

New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS): The opposition Monday demanded the resignations of Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani and Human Resource Development Minister Murli Manohar Joshi as a lawsuit had been filed against them for their alleged involvement in the demolition of a mosque in Ayodhya.

Charles Anthony :Son of LTTE supremo applies for Sri Lankan passport

Colombo, (PTI), Feb. 25: Sri Lanka's elusive Tamil Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran's son has applied for a passport indicating the acceptance of the authority of the state his father challenged for decades, officials said.

East Timor indicts Indonesian military chiefs

Jakarta, Feb. 25: East Timor prosecutors have filed an indictment against seven Indonesian military commanders, including former Indonesian Defense Force Commander Gen. Wiranto, and a former East Timor top official for crimes against humanity committed in East Timor in 1999, a U.N. press statement said Tuesday.

U.N. Security Council Resolution Should Protect Iraqi Civilians

New York, February 24: Any U.N. Security Council resolution
authorizing war against Iraq must contain explicit protections for
civilians, Human Rights Watch said today.

U.N. drug agency: Myanmar success in cutting opium brings hardship for farmers

By Aye Aye Win, Associated Press Writer

Yangon, Myanmar, (AP), Feb. 24: Myanmar's success in cutting opium production by half in the past seven years is posing serious problems to poor farmers who were dependent on the crop for a living, a United Nations drug official said Monday.

Sri Lanka PM to visit India

Colombo, (PTI), Feb. 24: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is due to visit India this week, officials said.

UN Expert On Extrajudicial Executions Expresses Concern Over Recent Killings In Thailand

The Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, Asma Jahangir, has expressed deep concern at reports of more than 100 deaths in Thailand in connection with a crack down on the drug trade.

US ambassador questions govt on drug killings

Bangkok, February 23, (TNA): – Signs of global disquiet over the government’s role in the hundreds of drug-related killings emerged today during a meeting between the US ambassador and the justice minister.

PM urges NAM to give priority to people

Bangkok, Feb 25 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra returned to Bangkok last night after attending the 13th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit, held in Kuala Lumpur, in which he called for NAM's 116 member countries to give priority to their people for the sake of the people's well-being and their improved economies, according to TNA reporter.

Hundreds killed in Xinjiang earthquake

A devastating earthquake hit Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Monday morning, killing at least 257 people, injuring more than 1,000 and flattening more than 1,000 buildings.

Sri Lankan leftist party protests against release of Tamil rebels

Colombo, Feb. 24 (Xinhuanet): Sri Lanka's leftist JVP or People's Liberation Front on Monday protested against the government for the release of seven armed separatist Tamil Tiger rebels detained by the navy in the east of the country.

Truce monitors avert showdown between government troops and Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka: officials

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Feb. 24: Swift mediation by European monitors of a fragile truce between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil rebels may have averted a clash over the weekend in an eastern port city, officials said Monday.

India, Pakistan give summit taste of bad blood

By Simon Cameron-Moore

Kuala Lumpur (Reuters): Bad blood between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan spilled over at a summit of developing nations on Monday as the two countries clashed bitterly over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.