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Exclusive: Western Journalists Beaten, Starved by Americans

By - Essam Al-Ghalib - Arab News War Correspondent

Two Western journalists have arrived safely back in Kuwait City after being arrested, beaten up and deprived of food and water in Iraq — by members of the US Army’s military police.

Sri Lanka to test Tamil peace bid at referendum

Sri Lanka is considering a referendum on its controversial Norwegian-backed peace bid with Tamil Tiger guerrillas as the dialogue process moved to highly contentious issues, a senior minister said today.

Day 14 of the War in Iraq

Yesterday- April 02, was Day 14 of the war in Iraq. The American initiated military offensive against Iraq has dragged to the 3rd week. Details of the 14 th. day occurances as chronicled by The Jordan Times.

Thailand First EDGE trial puts DTAC in the first wave of operators

Thailand's First EDGE trial puts DTAC in the first wave of operators
globally moving towards advanced mobile services. Nokia's EDGE solutions selected for high quality network services.

LTTE not invited for "support Lanka" meeting in US

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The US Embassy yesterday said that the LTTE will not be invited for a meeting scheduled to take place in Washington DC on April 14 to discuss ways and means of reaching a consensus on financial support for Sri Lanka. It will be presided over by US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. It takes place before Japan hosts a conference on reconstruction and development in Tokyo in mid-June.

President spokesman cautions SLMM

by Kesara Abeywardena

President Chandrika Kumar-atunga’s spokesman Harim Peiris yesterday cautioned the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission to be "careful about what it says as it would lose credibility."

CBK decries US double standard

"America today is following a double standard with regard to the peace process.The American President is using all his powers to attack another country stating that they are terrorists. England is assisting America," President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said at a ceremony held to facilitate national war heroes’ "Kusum" programme held last Tuesday (01) at the President’s House.

US claims to close in on Baghdad

The Pentagon said that US troops closed to within 50 kilometers of Baghdad on Wednesday, but Iraqi officials disputed the US claims.

Health Minister: SARS in China under control, 46 killed

The falling number of cases of atypical pneumonia in China has proven that the epidemic is now under control, said Health Minister Zhang Wenkang yesterday in Beijing.

Kingdom on the Defence: Govt lays down iron rules

The government yesterday ordered visitors arriving from countries affected by the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) to wear masks constantly while here.

Public rush to buy masks as govt sets up SARS command centre

Pharmacists reported panic buying of nose and mouth masks yesterday; while the Ministry of Public Health set up an emergency command centre to deal with the killer pneumonia that has caused fear across Asia and hotels and hospitals in Bangkok were sprayed with anti-bacterial agents in the hope of keeping the disease out of Thailand.

New RAW chief Israel-trained

CD Sahay, who took over as the fifteenth chief of the Research and Analysis Wing of the Cabinet Secretariat on Monday, is the first RAW chief to have undergone training with Israeli intelligence besides training in the UK.

Sri Lanka gets $800m from the World Bank

The World Bank on Wednesday approved 800 million dollars in loans and grants to help Sri Lanka’s fledgling peace process and revive the island’s war-battered economy.

Myanmar rejects U.S human rights report

Myanmar categorically rejects a recent U.S human rights reports on Myanmar as "politically motivated biased material, rehashing unsubstantiated charges" made by the insurgents and opposition groups, an official press release Wednesday said.

Stop This Mad War – NSSP

Nava Lanka Sama Samaja Party (NSSP) in a statement issued to the press has roundly condemn the war launched by America and Britain.

Saddam shown on Iraqi TV, laughing with ministers

Iraqi domestic television showed footage of President Saddam Hussein on Wednesday, smiling and laughing with members of his cabinet.

Russia intensifies diplomatic interaction with India, China

As US-led invading forces push towards Baghdad, Russia has intensified diplomatic interaction with its eastern strategic partners India and China in search for solution of the Iraq crisis on the basis of UN Security Council resolutions.

Steps taken to help Indians in Maldives: Sinha to Vaiko

Acting on a letter from MDMK chief Vaiko on the alleged illtreatment of Indian job seekers, particularly Tamilians, in Maldives, the Centre has taken steps through its mission there to address their problems, External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha has said.

Marines Move Within 4 Miles of Baghdad

By Ellen Knickmeyer

U.S. Marines and infantry moved with surprising speed toward Baghdad on Thursday, passing down roads littered with black combat boots as Saddam Hussein's loyalists shed their uniforms and switched to tribal robes hoping to avoid capture.