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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2967

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USA: President Bush sanctions another killing

As he prepares his country for war in Iraq, President George Bush has maintained his support for state-sanctioned killing at home, Amnesty International said after former soldier Louis Jones was killed by federal executioners in Indiana earlier today.

Sea Clash Dominates Sri Lankan Talks

Peace negotiators on Tuesday settled a dispute over a deadly clash at sea that threatened to derail efforts to end Sri Lanka's 19-year civil war, a government official said.

Sea clash sunk: Talks get going on warm note

By Amal Jayasinghe

Sri Lankan negotiators salvaged their formal peace talks in this Japanese spa resort today thanks to Norwegian diplomacy and the prospect of Japanese cash, diplomats and officials said.

Tigers warn of new course if UNF falls

By - Thushara Gunaratne

As the sixth session of peace talks began here today, the LTTE warned it would be compelled to look for an alternative to the peace process in the event of a sudden ouster or a collapse of the UNF government.

Senior General Than Shwe and Daw Kyaing Kyaing arrive back from Vietnam

Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council of the Union of Myanmar Senior General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing arrived back here this evening after paying a state visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam at the invitation of President of the SRV Mr Tran Duc Luong and Madame Nguyen Thi Vinh.

U.S.-led force ready, Iraq defiant on brink of war

By Dominic Evans

With Iraq defiant, a U.S.-led invasion force made final preparations on Wednesday to launch a war to oust President Saddam Hussein that could be less than a day away.

Myanmar opposition criticises visiting U.N. envoy

By Aung Hla Tun

Myanmar's pro-democracy opposition has criticised a U.N. rights envoy, due to arrive in the country on Wednesday, saying he has strayed from his mandate by urging the world to stop isolating the junta.

India says US ultimatum to Iraq will harm the entire world

In a veiled attack on the US for its move to launch an attack on Iraq ignoring the UN, India today said that unilateralism would not only harm the Security Council but the entire world.

LTTE recruits child soldiers amid peace talks: rights group

human rights organisation in Sri Lanka has accused Tamil Tiger rebels of recruiting child soldiers despite ongoing peace talks and pledges given to international envoys.

US forces take positions, Saddam defiant

With barely hours left for the American deadline to Saddam Hussein and his sons to leave the country, US-led coalition forces in the Gulf today took up battle positions but the defiant Iraqi president told countrymen to be ready for the "last battle" against the US.

Sri Lanka peace negotiators concerned that Iraq war may distract donors

By Beth Duff-Brown - Associated Press Writer

Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger peace negotiators worried Wednesday that the looming U.S.-led war against Iraq ( news - web sites) could distract international donors, who have pledged millions to help rebuild Sri Lanka's war-battered economy.

Joint Vietnam-Myanmar communique

A joint Vietnam-Myanmar communique was issued in Hanoi on March 17 at the end of a three-day official visit to Vietnam by Senior General Than Shwe, chairman of the State Peace and Development Council.

Party general secretary meets Myanmar leader

Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh has said he is very delighted with the growing multi-faceted co-operation between Vietnam and Myanmar.

Bangladesh leader to visit Myanmar to bolster trade, transport links

Bangladesh's prime minister will seek to improve trade and diplomatic ties with neighboring Myanmar during a three-day visit starting Wednesday, the government

"Brutality and viciousness" of North Korean Regime Highlighted in House of Lords Debate

The nuclear threat from North Korea was linked with the "unbelievable brutality and viciousness" with which it treats its citizens in a debate introduced by Lord Alton in the House of Lords last week.

Persian Gulf: U.S. Cluster Bomb Duds A Threat Warning Against Use of Cluster Bombs in Iraq

Dangerous explosive duds from cluster munitions used by allied forces in the 1991 Persian Gulf War are still being found and destroyed in Kuwait at the startling rate of 200 per month, according to official documents obtained by Human Rights Watch.

Khmer Rouge Tribunal Brings Hope For Cambodia

The Cambodian government and the UN have agreed arrangements to set up a Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

UN rights envoy to arrive in Burma on Wednesday

UN human rights envoy Paulo Sergio Pinheiro is to arrive in Burma on Wednesday for a week-long mission to probe the human rights situation.

Court rejects students’ case against English language theses

The Supreme Administrative Court today rejected a bid by students to force Mahidol University to back down on its requirements that dissertations and theses be written in English, saying that the requirements were neither fair nor unreasonable

Thailand to "wait and see" on Bush ultimatum

Thailand has adopted a wait-and-see position after US President George W Bush gave Saddam Hussein two days to flee Iraq or face a US-led invasion.