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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2553

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Jazeera Reigns Supreme in Arab Airwaves During War

Qatar-based station slammed by the U.S. and Britain is the No. 1 news source for war-fixated Arab viewers. FBI to investigate hacking of Al-Jazeera's web site.

US Navy launches 650 cruise missiles into Iraq

The United States Navy has launched about 650 Tomahawk cruise missiles into Iraq, since the US-led war on Iraq broke out on March 20, a senior navy official said here Friday.

Three Main National Causes - utmost importance for strengthening Union Spirit in Myanmar.

Tatmadaw will always stand for the interests of the nation and the people and will maintain with firm, unswerving conviction the national political perspective - "Our Three Main National Causes" Of utmost importance in the country today is the strengthening of Union Spirit
Tatmadaw, which is always loyal to the nation and the people, is being transformed into a strong, efficient and modern one . - Senior General Than Shwe

Rajitha: No WB stances on state banks, land titles

by Rohan Mathes

Lands Minister Rajitha Senaratne denied recent reports in the media which he claimed had misinterpreted the World Bank’s stand on the privatization of the State Banks, stating that the World Bank had not said it will withhold aid allocated to support the Poverty Reduction Programme of Sri Lanka until the State Banks and Financial Institutions are privatized.

233 migrant worker deaths

by Kalinga Weerakkody

The number of reported deaths of Sri Lankan migrant workers last year, including Middle East countries were 233. Of them, 119 had been males and 114 female workers.

US views economic relations with SL seriously - US Trade Rep

Deputy US Trade Representative, Jon Huntsman, addressing the Investment Roundtable hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce on the theme, Sri Lanka — gateway to South Asia" said that the United States had great confidence in Sri Lanka and was taking its economic relations with the country seriously.

LTTE releases carts on reduced ransom payment

By Kalinga Weerakkody

The LTTE, which wanted a ransom of Rs. 5000 each for the release of seven carts belonging to Muslim villagers of Muttur, have release four carts on payment of sum of Rs. 2000 each on Thursday. The carts in question were taken into custody at Uppadachchel forest on Wednesday.

EU fourth co-chair of Sri Lanka Donor Conf.

The European Union yesterday agreed to become a fourth co-chair of the Tokyo Donors Conference in June. This news brings in fifteen more nations within the European Union determined to support aid for Sri Lanka at a critical time in the Peace Process, a Government communing he said.

Saddam will prefer death to surrender: Lt-Gen. Randhawa

A retired Lieutenant General, who once trained Iraq's army, said on Saturday that the President of that country would ready die than surrender to the allied forces.

Karunanidhi demands repeal of POTA

DMK, a constituent of the ruling NDA at the Centre today demanded the repeal of POTA, alleging that it was being 'misused' by state governments.

Nigerian prisoners go home

More than 300 Nigerian prisoners were handed over to representatives of the Nigerian government yesterday before returning home, where they will serve the remainder of their terms.

First fossilised faeces discovered

By - Sirinart Sirisunthorn

A Thai student has discovered the Kingdom's first examples of coprolites - fossilised faeces - while carrying out a research project funded by the Science Ministry.

Japan to offer $100 mil to U.N. for Iraqi refugees

The Japanese government has decided to offer $100 million to the United Nations for relief activities to help Iraqi refugees fleeing to surrounding countries due to the U.S.-led war, government sources said Friday.

Refugees International Proposes Identity System That Protects Neutrality of Relief Agencies in Iraq

Larry Thompson, RI's Director of Advocacy - reported from Amman, Jordan.

An important issue for humanitarian organizations that are planning to provide humanitarian assistance to Iraq is unimpeded access to people in need, wherever they may be located. To pass through territory controlled by the military forces of the Coalition, or the present Iraqi government, or other military and political organizations requires a form of identification for humanitarian organizations that is recognized by all parties to the conflict.

North Korean Escapees Tell United Nations of Appalling Human Rights Abuses in Prison Camps.

Two North Korean escapees spoke yesterday of the appalling conditions inside North Korean prison camps, which drove prisoners to cannibalism and suicide.

Israeli Phalcon sale to India may be frozen

$1 billion deal for the sale of Israeli Phalcon
spy planes to India may be frozen because of American
fears that they could increase tensions with Pakistan
in the subcontinent, an Israel Army radio report said

Thai army will ask Myanmar rebels to withdraw from border

By - Nirmal Ghosh

The Thai army is set to persuade ethnic Shan and Wa forces to withdraw from their bases on the Myanmar border as a first step towards stamping out the cross-border drug trade.

Iraq: Impending Inter-Ethnic Violence in Kirkuk

As U.S. and coalition forces prepare an
assault on the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, U.S. forces have a
responsibility to prevent the eruption of inter-ethnic violence, Human
Rights Watch said today.

Assistance for Poppy Eradication in the Shan State of Myanmar by the Trust Fund for Human Security

The Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend a total of 1,203,935.07- dollar assistance through the Trust Fund for Human Security to the project "Drug Control and Development in the Wa Region of the Shan State" in the Union of Myanmar to be implemented by the United Nations International Drug Control Programme.

China lets long-imprisoned Tibetan nun leave for United States

A Tibetan nun, China's longest-serving female political prisoner, was allowed to leave for the United States Friday, a U.S.-based activist said.Ngawang Sangdrol flew to the United States accompanied by a U.S. diplomat, said John Kamm, president of the Dui Hua Foundation in San Francisco.