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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2525

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Shock And Awe : In the Iraq War-Font

* Baghdad, Mosul, Kirkuk bombarded

* 320 missiles fired on Baghdad

* US-led forces 100 miles into Iraq

* Iraq denies losing Umm Qasr, Faw peninsula

* US bomb falls on Iran

Hakeem-Balasingham meeting in Wanni soon

by Franklin. R. Satyapalan

The LTTE’s Anton Balasingham has agreed to meet a Muslim delegation led by SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem in the Vanni very shortly, a SLMC spokesman said yesterday.

Chinese trawler sailors missing, feared dead

by Namini Wijedasa

Rescuers working off the Mullaitivu coast to locate eighteen missing sailors from a sunken Chinese fishing trawler did not find survivors or dead bodies yesterday, a navy spokesman said.

Iraq war takes toll on Lanka

By Nilika Kasturisinghe

The crunch of the three-day-old US led military campaign against Iraq is beginning to affect Sri Lanka's economy as a Bill just passed last week by parliament to curb escalating consumer prices is yet to become law.

China protests to Tyronne

By Chris Kamalendran

China yesterday strongly protested to the government over the Mullaitivu incident where suspected LTTE cadres attacked a trawler, killing 15 Chinese nationals and three Sri Lankans.

CBK’s 2001 Referendum was invalid: Supreme Court

By Laila Nasry

In a judgment delivered this week the Supreme Court held that the proclamation made by President Chandrika Kumaratunga declaring a referendum in August 2001, to determine whether the country needs a new constitution, was invalid. It held that the question to be posed to the people did not fall within the scope of the Referendum Act.

LTTE must renounce violence before ban is lifted:US

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Ms. Christina Rocca has declared that although the LTTE has renounced their concept of a "Tamil Ealam" they should also "renounce violence in word and deed" in order to be removed from the US list of proscribed terrorist organizations.

20 killed in gas explosion in northern China

At least 20 miners were killed and 52 still trapped underground in a major gas explosion in a coal mine in north China's Shanxi province, the state media reported today

Mubarak says he fears Iraq war will drag on

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak expressed his fear on Sunday that the US-led war on Iraq would drag on due to strong resistance by the Iraqi army, the official Middle East News Agency reported.

US jet shot by Iraqi troops, 60 killed in US strikes

Iraq today claimed that its troops shot down a US jet over Baghdad even as at least 60 people were killed in the US missile blitz of an Islamic militant group in Iraqi Kurdistan.

"Iraqis unable to reach refugee camp in Jordan"

By Tareq Ayyoub and Roufan Nahas

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) emergency supervisor Douglas Oldman on Saturday said the agency is working hard to accommodate more than 20,000 refugees expected to come from Iraq as a result of the ongoing war on the Kingdom's eastern neighbour.

Pakistani court turns down conviction of Christians for blasphemy

An appeals court has ordered the release of two Christians in eastern Pakistan who were sentenced to life in prison for allegedly insulting Islam's Prophet Mohammed, a Christian activist said Saturday.

No request for Lankan base

by Shamindra Ferdinando

Contrary to expectations, a US request to use Sri Lankan facilities to refuel warships and aircraft and to secure related facilities in the event of an attack on Iraq, was not made, a ministerial source told the Sunday Island.

Sri Lanka negotiators leave Japan with little progress

The last of the Sri Lankan peace negotiators were leaving Japan after four-days of talks, hoping that Tokyo would drum up millions of dollars in foreign aid for reconstruction, diplomats said.

U.N. investigator interviews political prisoners in Myanmar

A United Nations (news - web sites) investigator who is assessing the human rights situation in Myanmar interviewed political prisoners in Yangon's main Insein prison on Saturday, U.N. officials said. <

Improving Cambodian-Thai relations are in well progress

Efforts to restore bilateral relations between Cambodian and Thailand are bearing good fruits, with Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra saying today that the improving relations are believed to be in well progress.

War is "depressing"

Thais say the war in Iraq has made them lead a more austere life and that they feel depressed and sorry for the Iraqi people.

ASEAN official warns against radicalizing the region moderate Moslems

ASEAN Secretary-General Ong Keng Yong Saturday warned that the ASEAN must guard against extremists exploiting public anger over the US-led war against Iraq to instigate anti-US/UK feelings and to radicalize the region's moderate Moslems.

US, British forces moved halfway to Baghdad: Pentagon

US and British forces were "making considerable progress" as they have moved 150 miles (240 kilometers) into Iraq from Kuwait, halfway to Baghdad, the Pentagon said Saturday.

Khun Sa cronies look for new patrons

Released from American jails but still stranded in the host country's immigration holding center, six of the former Shan warlord's associates are hopefully looking for sponsors who would help deliver them from the agony of waiting, said a former inmate now back in Thailand.