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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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US War: Zarif condemns US military action against Iraq

Iranian ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned the military code-name Operation Iraqi Freedom, to bring democracy to Iraq.

Civilians under fire by Iraqi forces in Basra, British military says

Iraqi paramilitary forces in Basra fired mortars and machine gunfire Friday on a "couple of thousand" Iraqi civilians trying to flee the city, British military officials said.

Airlines turn away 11 passengers suspected of killer pneumonia

Thailand is following stringent regulations to ensure that it stays off the World Health Organization list of countries at risk from the new killer pneumonia that is sweeping across Asia, with airlines having turned away 11 passengers with suspicious symptoms over the past few days, Public Health Minister Sudarat Keyuraphan announced yesterday.

American delegation stages walkout at UN Security Council meeting

In a dramatic ending to the two-day debate at UN Security Council on the US-led attack against Iraq, America's UN Ambassador John Negroponte along with his delegation stormed out of the chamber after Iraqi envoy Mohammed Aldouri accused Washington and London of trying to "exterminate" the people of his country.

U.S. to add 100,000 troops to Iraq force - officials

By Charles Aldinger

The U.S. military plans to double its forces on the ground in Iraq to about 200,000 in the next month as the United States and Britain press to oust Iraq's President Saddam Hussein, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

A-9 can be used by forces say monitors

by Shamindra Ferdinando

Truce monitors yesterday said that the government should take advantage of a ceasefire agreement reached in February last year to use the Jaffna-Kandy A9 road for the transport of off-duty police and service personnel.

TELO MP urges PM to get India release 6 fishermen and boats

TELO MP A. Adaikalanathan has urged Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to secure the release of six fishermen and their boats held by India.

Govt sets aside Bt10 million for humanitarian aid to Iraq

The government is to give the Thai Red Cross an initial budget of Bt10 million for the immediate supply of medicine and first aid equipment to Iraq, and has promised to send army medical staff to Iraq once the conflict has ended.

Singapore closes all its schools

Singapore yesterday closed all schools to prevent public panic after a mystery flu-like illness killed two people in the city-state.

Exclusive: Bush, Blair Rethink Strategy at Camp David

By Naseer Al-Nahr, Arab News War Correspondent

US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed yesterday to wage war for as long as it takes to eliminate Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, as fierce Iraqi resistance raised questions about how long the fighting might last. Speaking to reporters at the presidential retreat of Camp David in Maryland, Bush and Blair also called on the United Nations to resume its oil-for-food program to help meet growing humanitarian needs in Iraq.

Baghdad "will be encircled in days"

Iraq's defence minister said yesterday he expected that US-led forces would manage to encircle Baghdad within five to ten days but that they would then have to face fierce street-to-street fighting.

Iraq says bombs kill 49, Najaf worst hit

U.S.-British bombing on Thursday killed 49 civilians and injured some 208 people, with the central city of Najaf suffering the heaviest losses, Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf said on Friday.