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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2402

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Al-Jazeera Launches Site In English

By Josef Federman

Al-Jazeera went live early yesterday with its English-language Web site -- and the Qatar-based satellite network immediately assumed a posture likely to provoke Western readers.

Jordan steps up efforts to stop war

By Francesca Sawalha

Jordan on Tuesday stepped up efforts to resuscitate diplomacy, with His Majesty King Abdullah working the phones to explore possibilities to end the war and avert the suffering of more Iraqi people.

U.S. targets Iraqi TV, pounds Saddam troops

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis

U.S. warplanes and missiles targeted Iraq's state television station and satellite communications in Baghdad on Wednesday and pounded positions held by Republican Guards defending the approaches to the city.

Former Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandiya shot at, wounded

Former Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandiya was shot at and wounded near his house here early this morning.

UNSC schedules emergency session to discuss Iraq war

The UN Security Council has scheduled an emergency meeting to discuss the war in Iraq in response to demands by Arab nations and the Non-Aligned Movement.

Bugged U.N. Envoy Urges Myanmar to Free Prisoners

By Dominic Whiting

A U.N. rights envoy to Myanmar, angry his meetings with prisoners in Yangon were bugged and frustrated at political stalemate in the country, on Wednesday urged the junta to free all political prisoners to restore trust. Brazilian ( news - web sites) academic Paulo Sergio Pinheiro cut short a visit to Myanmar this week after discovering a bugging device the size of a packet of cigarettes taped to the underside of a table when he was interviewing a political prisoner in Yangon's Insein prison.

U.N. envoy says Myanmar making excuses to keep political prisoners

By VIJAY JOSHI, Associated Press Writer

A U.N. human rights envoy on Wednesday accused Myanmar's military junta of

War unlikely to push tourism growth below 6%:Minister

Tourism and Sports Minister Sontaya Kunplome yesterday played down speculation that the war in Iraq combined with fears over Asia’s new killer pneumonia and terrorist attacks would have a devastating effect on the Thai tourism industry, predicting growth of no less than six percent for the coming year.

Coalition responsible for post-war humanitarian aid :Annan

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has firmly told the US that the coalition partners are responsible for providing humanitarian aid to Iraqis "gravely affected" by their military action till the conditions stabilised.

List of casualties in Iraq war

Following are the announced casualties to date in the Iraq war.

US hopeful of positive outcome at Lanka donors meeting

US Deputy Director of State Richard Armitage praised the Sri Lankan peace process and said that he looked forward to a very positive outcome of the donors’ conference scheduled to be held in Tokyo in June, the industry ministry stated yesterday.

No TULF nod for LTTE hegemony

The President of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), V. Anandasangaree, has stated that his party does not accept the hegemony of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). He told a meeting in Jaffna over the weekend "The TULF had accepted the sole representative position of the LTTE only in regard to the peace process and the talks with the Sri Lankan Government," he said that his party was not going to stand when the LTTE orders them to stand, and sit when ordered to sit.

Iraqi missiles against Kuwait harden Kuwaitis resolve, says Kuwaiti

Every Iraqi missile lobbed at Kuwait strengthens the resolve of Kuwaitis to stand together in the face of adversity, said on Tuesday Interior Minister Sheikh Muhammad Al-Sabah.

PM:Govt not involve in closure of Iraqi embassy

The government has not ordered the closure of the Iraqi Embassy to Thailand, as it has adhered to its neutral policy and wants the current war in Iraq to end as soon as possible, according to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra

UN satisfied with drug war: PM

The government's war on drugs is progressing to the satisfaction of the United Nations and the UN Commission for Human Rights, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said yesterday.

Bush announces request for war funding

President George W. Bush on Tuesday asked US Congress for 74.7 billion US dollars to fund the ongoing war with Iraq and the global war against terror.

Saud Floats Iraq Peace Initiative

By - Javid Hassan, Arab News Staff

The Kingdom (Saudi Arabia) has submitted a peace proposal to the US as part of its attempt to end the war in Iraq, according to Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal.

YellowTimes Shut Down for Telling the Truth

Firas Al-Atraqchi, Special to Arab News

Somebody doesn’t like hearing the truth. Okay, for a second, lets scratch that and choose a slightly less politically charged term. Someone doesn’t like to be disputed with alternative views, counterclaims, research and fact. Someone wants you, the reading public, to only gather one-sided, monotone, Orwellian dispatch. News the way they “fashion” it. Or as CNN will have you believe, the “most reliable source for news.”

Pentagon says 300 Iraqis may be dead after battle

Up to 300 Iraqis may have been killed on Tuesday when they attacked the U.S. Seventh Calvary near the town of Najaf, about 160 km south of Baghdad, the Pentagon said.

Sri Lanka says it is investigating attack on Chinese fishing boat

Sri Lankan authorities were talking to survivors of an attack on a Chinese fishing boat on Friday that left 17 people dead to find out if suspected Tamil Tiger rebels sank the vessel.