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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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U.N. Aide in Myanmar Finds Bugging Device

By Aye Aye Win - Associated Press Writer

A visiting U.N. human rights envoy on Monday suspended his mission to Myanmar and left the country after finding a bugging device while conducting confidential interviews with political prisoners.

Baghdad battle looms, U.S. Marines cross Euphrates

By Sean Maguire

U.S. forces attacked elite Republican Guards defending the approaches to Baghdad on Tuesday, while American Marines further south finally punched a path through stubborn Iraqi resistance in Nassiriya.

Arabs call for US withdrawal

Arab foreign ministers last night condemned the "aggression" against Iraq and called for the "immediate withdrawal" of US and British forces from the country, at the end of a meeting in Egypt's capital.

TULF President talks tough with LTTE

By N. Parameswaran

TULF President V. Anandasangaree yesterday threatened to dissolve the party rather than bowing to the dictates of the LTTE.

Crimes endured by universities relocated in the distant regions in Burma.

The State Peace and Development Council (SPDC)has scattered university students by planting university institutions such as the Eastern University (Tawa), the Western University (Htantabin) and Dagon University in distant, desolate and barren regions.

Sea Tigers quizzed by SLMM over sinking of Chinese trawler

by Kesara Abeywardena

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission on Sunday questioned the Sea Tigers at a meeting in Kilinochchi about the sinking of a Chinese fishing trawler off the Mallaitivu coast last Friday.

Saddam Rallies Troops; US Forces Close In on Baghdad

By Naseer Al-Nahr, Arab News War Correspondent

A defiant Saddam Hussein yesterday vowed that he would win the war as US-led forces were caught up in fierce battles for the strategic southern Iraqi cities of Nassiriyah and Basra.

Myanmarese journo-turned-hijacker says he wants to face trial

Soe Myint, the Myanmarese jounalist facing trial here for hijacking a Thai aircraft to the metropolis in 1990, today expressed his determination to fight his case, even though his supporters have appealed to the Centre and West Bengal government for its withdrawal.

Saddam wealth seen unwelcome in Switzerland

By Karen Iley

Switzerland said on Monday it was still mulling a U.S. request to freeze any bank accounts held by the Iraqi leadership but insisted it was unlikely illicit Iraqi funds would be found in the alpine state.

Iraqi embassy in Thailand closed down

Iraqi embassy in Thailand was closed down on Monday for unknown reasons, said Thailand's foreign spokesman Sihasak Phuangketkeaw.

Aziz says Saddam in full control of Iraq

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein isin full control of the country, people, army, party and natural resources, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz told reporters on Monday.

Humanitarian Crisis: Thailand help sought by UNHCR

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has approached Thailand about providing humanitarian assistance in Iraq, Foreign Ministry spokesman Sihasak Puangketkaew said yesterday.

Thailand prepares for four-nation drugs summit

Thailand is preparing for a regional summit in which four countries will thrash out solutions to Asia’s drugs crisis, Interior Minister Wan Muhamad Noor Matha announced today.

Iraqi minister slips out of Baghdad to rally support from Arab nations

By Andrew Gumbel

Iraq’s Foreign Minister slipped quietly out of Baghdad over the weekend for a diplomatic trip to Syria and Egypt aimed at rallying Arab governments against “the American, British and Zionist aggression”.

Withdraw the Case against Soe Myint – the former Burmese student political activist.

Burma Support Groups in the Scandinavian countries have appealed to the Indian Prime Minister for the withdrawal of the case against Soe Myint, the former Burmese student political activist turned journalist.

U.N.: Special Sitting Urged on Iraq: Human Rights Commission Should Monitor Abuses

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights should convene a special sitting to monitor human rights during the conflict in Iraq, Human Rights Watch urged in a letter to the Commission chair today.

UN human rights official cuts short Myanmar visit over bugging

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar cut short his fact finding mission there today after discovering a listening device under the table during interviews with prison inmates.

Arab ambassadors call for emergency Security Council meeting

Arab Ambassadors at the United Nations have demanded an urgent meeting of the Security Council to call for an "immediate end to aggression" against Iraq launched by the United States and Britain.