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Mistrust Clouds Sri Lankan Peace Talks

Champika Liyanaarachchi - OneWorld South Asia

Last week's sinking of a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ship by the Sri Lankan Navy, which took the lives of eleven rebels, looms large over the sixth round of peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and LTTE rebels which begins in Japan, Tuesday.

Police on cautions red alert following attack on LTTE vessel

by Franklin R. Satyapalan

Police personnel throughout the country especially in Colombo are on a heightened "State of Alert", following the attack on LTTE vessel. Policemen in mufti and uniform are to carry out surveillance, searches and checks taking care not to cause inconvenience or violate the human rights of the general public, a senior spokesman for the police department started yesterday.

Separate Muslim peace talks team in the cold

by Shamindra Ferdinando

A group of parliamentarians representing the north-east failed to win a place for a separate Muslim delegation in the peace talks, political sources said yesterday.

Navy nabs sea tiger craft

The Navy in the early hours of Monday captured a sea tiger craft off Trincomalee carrying three cadres including an area leader, security sources said.

Lion share of US $ 1.5 billion for North-East?

The total assistance package of US $ 1.5 billion expected from the Tokyo pledging conference is almost entirely for the North and East while Anuradhapura would have only a few crumbs off the table, informed sources said. These sources said that the UNDP has been asked to do a needs assessment of the North-East and border district of Anuradhapura though it is being made out that the Tokyo pledging conference in June is for development assistance for the whole country.

Protecting from Cyber Attack - Assistance to Build Thailand Cyber Security Preparedness

Creating new Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) to protect against cyber-attack will be the focus of the APEC CERT Seminar in Kuala Lumpur on 22 - 23 March.

Saddam silent after Bush ultimatum, world angry

By Samia Nakhoul and Andrew Roche

There was only silence from President Saddam Hussein after President George W. Bush gave him 48 hours to flee or face war, but the bitter row dividing both the West and the world over Iraq grew ever louder.

"Unification" of Naga areas should be worked out: Nagaland CM

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today said the "unification" of Naga-dominated areas was "not a new issue" and had been agreed upon by the Centre in an accord in 1960.

Khaleda leaves for Myanmar tomorrow

Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia leaves Dhaka for Yangon tomorrow (Wednesday) for a three-day official visit to Myanmar for expanding cooperation between the two neighbours in all fields.

NA chairman wishes to boost co-operation with Myanmar

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An has expressed a wish for increased co-operation with Myanmar's National Assembly.

Bush tells Saddam: flee or face war

By Alan Elsner

U.S. President George W. Bush on Monday gave Iraqi President Saddam Hussein 48 hours to go into exile with his sons or face the full military might of the United States.

U.N. envoy to visit Myanmar before briefing annual Human Rights Commission meting

By Priscilla Cheung - Associated Press Writer

A U.N. human rights envoy will visit Myanmar this week to push for independent investigations into alleged human rights violations against ethnic minorities in the country, the world body said Monday.

The new Cabinet of China at a glance

China put the final touches on its new Government yesterday, installing a new cabinet, including the first ever Commerce Minister, to help to keep the country's economy moving, fight poverty and modernise the sluggish Communist system.

Sri Lanka peace talks to resume despite deadly clash with Tamil Tigers

A deadly clash at sea between the Sri Lanka government and Tamil Tiger rebels could overshadow a critical round of negotiations to end one of Asia's longest-running civil wars

ActivistsTarget London HQ of British - American Tobacco, in Protest Against Investment in Burma.

Activists wearing facemasks of British American Tobacco Deputy Chairman Ken Clarke MP will be demonstrating outside BAT's London HQ on March 26 in a protest against their investment in Burma.<

Sri Lankan peace talks begin in Hakone

By May Masangkay

Four-day peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels began Tuesday in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, in the latest round of negotiations with the focus on key issues aimed at helping rebuild the civil war-ravaged country and move it toward peace.

First branch of Islamic bank in Bangkok is on services

Krung Thai Bank (KTB) on Monday opened the first branch of Islamic bank in Bangkok, and planned to open 40 more branches later this year.

Thailand "safe from deadly illness."

Thailand is safe from the outbreak of a mysterious form of pneumonia that has hit neighbouring countries and left nine people dead and more than a hundred sick, the Public Health Ministry said yesterday.

Torched Embassy: Bt251m to be handed over today

By Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Private firms hit by Phnom Penh riot must await 1-on-1 compensation deals. Cambodia will today pay Bt251 million in compensation for damage to the Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh, which was torched and looted during the anti-Thai rioting in late January

ASEAN meeting of the foreign ministers to discuss Iraq issue

The impending war on Iraq is expected to be the main agenda at the three-day ASEAN Foreign Ministers Informal Meeting to be held at the Nexus Karambunai Resorts in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, on Tuesday.