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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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Appointment of APEC Counter Terrorism Task Force Chair From Indonesia

Dr. Makarim Wibisono, a former Indonesian Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York and former Indonesian Ambassador to the United Nations Security Council, has been confirmed as the Chair of the APEC Task Force on Counter Terrorism.

Navy chief convinced Tigers sank own ship

Navy Commander Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri is convinced that a Tiger-owned tanker intercepted by the navy off Mullaitivu last month was sent down to the bottom of the sea by flooding the ship.

Mixed reactions to proposed referendum

The proposed referendum drew mixed reactions from political parties. While most Tamil parties welcomed the referendum, the SLFP opposed it arguing that only President Chandrika Kumaratunga had authority to call a binding referendum.

Thundering Blasts Shake Central Baghdad

By Hamza Hendawi - Associated Press Writer

Deafening explosions rocked central Baghdad early Sunday as Iraqi troops, members of President Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s Fedayeen militia and teenage soldiers patrolled streets to protect the capital from U.S.-led forces.

Myanmar: Secretary-1 inspects development sites in Kachin State, Mandalay Division

Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development Council General Khin Nyunt yesterday went to Mohnyin Township and Hopin in Kachin State, Mandalay in Mandalay Division and Taungtha in Myingyan District and Bagan-NyaungU and inspected regional development, human resource development and greening tasks of the arid zone.

US, Iraqi troops face off in Baghdad

Concerted action continued throughout southern and central Iraq on the eighteenth day of the war even as the battle for Baghdad looked set to begin in earnest

Former general to head post-war administration - Al Jazeera

The United States plans to install the first stages of a civil administration to run post-war Iraq in the southern port of Umm Qasr within days, a US official said on Saturday.

86 inmates die in Honduran prison riot

Soldiers and police were searching Sunday for escaped inmates after a prison riot in northern Honduras left 86 prisoners dead and dozens more injured.

Six mn euros to resettle displaced Sri Lankans

By Dilrukshi Handunnetti - Indo-Asian News Service

The European Commission has granted aid worth six million euros to resettle Sri Lankans who were internally displaced or sought refuge in India's Tamil Nadu state due to ethnic strife in the island nation.

No bias, says truce monitors

by Namini Wijedasa

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) yesterday refuted allegations of bias and said that sharply contradicting information from the government and LTTE had made it impossible to verify either the recent attack on a Chinese fishing trawler or the abortive assault on the state-operated Lanka Muditha.

Moragoda explains progress of peace process

From Sujeeva Nivunhella - Our London corr.

Minister Milinda Moragoda met with British Overseas Development Secretary Claire Short at her Ministry in London last Friday. Minister Moragoda who met European Union Commissioner for External Relations Chris Patten and Dr. Javier Solana, High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU, few days ago in Brussels stopped over in London on his way back home.

Fighting for Iraqi cities rages

* Conflicting claims over control of Baghdad

* Iraq says hundreds of US troops killed as airport retaken

* US says 1,000 Iraqi soldiers killed, Republican Guard HQ seized

* Allied forces withdraw from Basra, central Baghdad

* Fierce fighting in Karbala

US, UK demand for dialogue with Pak "insensitive": Sinha

India has termed as "insensitive" the US and British demand for resumption of a dialogue with Pakistan in the wake of the Nadimarg massacre of Kashmiri Pandits and asserted that it will not not talk to Islamabad till it stops cross-border terrorism

At least 62 Bangladeshis drown as boat capsizes

At least 62 people, mostly women and children, were killed and several more went missing after a boat carrying Bangladeshi workmen capsized in a river near here.

Chennai college students up in arms

College students in Chennai are up in arms over the state government's move to demolish a heritage college building for a new secretariat.

Saddam message urges army, people to fight

Iraq's information minister read a message he said was from President Saddam Hussein on Saturday urging the Iraqi armed forces and ordinary citizens to step up attacks to defeat the U.S.-led invasion.

Animal disease likely SARS cause, no evidence yet

By Simon Pollock

A mysterious flu-like virus that has killed some 80 people worldwide and infected more than 2,300 others most likely originated from animals, but evidence remains inconclusive, members of a World Health Organization (WHO) investigative team said Saturday.

CNN footage not shot in Baghdad:Iraqi Information Minister

Iraqi Information Minister Mohammad Said al-Sahaf on Saturday denied reports that US troops have entered a Baghdad district.

In Panic Mode

Schools will remain closed for nine more days as a precaution against SARS and to give teachers training in safeguarding students. The government is “using this additional time to manage the education efforts on SARS”. The island-state has the world’s fourth-highest number of cases, but the infection rate has slowed sharply, with only one peron coming down with the disease on Friday, bringing the total to 101.<

Iraqi TV did not say when or where the meeting had been held

Iraqi TV late Saturday night aired pictures of President Saddam Hussein chairing a meeting attended by his two sons and senior military officers.