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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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Al Jazeera correspondent killed in US attack

Al-Jazeera correspondent Tariq Ayoub was killed on Tuesday when two US missiles struck the Baghdad offices of the Qatar-based channel.

Postwar Humanitarian Aid Plans in Disarray

Critical humanitarian action for postwar Iraq is in disarray as the endgame approaches in Baghdad. Near-riots break out at feeding stations near Basra. Nobody can agree on how relief should be delivered and who should do it. This squabbling has gone on for months, while Iraq's civilians get by on food stocks set to run out by May Day.

Yala medical workers set up Red Crescent Association to help Iraq

Public sector doctors and nurses from across Thailand’s Muslim southern region today set up a Red Crescent Association in Yala to help the people of Iraq.

Global Campaign to Extradite Fujimori Launched: U.S. Should Back Extradition

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori should be extradited from Japan to Peru, where he faces trial on charges of human rights violations and corruption, Human Rights Watch and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) said today. The two organizations called on the U.S. government to provide vigorous support for efforts to extradite Fujimori.

Dalai Lama: Envoy will visit Beijing by next month

A representative of the Dalai Lama will visit Beijing by the end of May to discuss Tibetans' desire for ''genuine autonomy'' within China, the Dalai Lama said Monday.

Chemical Ali Found "Dead" in Basra

As troops tightened their grip on the southern Iraqi city of Basra Monday a British officer told reporters in the city that General Ali Hassan al-Majid had been found dead.<

Exclusive: Former Jail Mate Accuses Saddam of Betraying Him

By - Abdul Rahman Almotawa - Arab News War Correspondent

“The whole Iraq will be happy if the news about Saddam’s death is confirmed,” says Hussein Al-Rekabi, a prominent Iraqi opposition leader who spent several months in Al-Rasheed Jail with Saddam Hussein during the reign of Abdul Kareem Qasim.

Court gives Chennai heritage college a breather

The Madras High Court has come to the rescue of an old college in this city known for its heritage buildings by signing an order keeping the government's demolition squads at bay for three days.

Chandrika detour to meet Jaya

Jayalalithaa today urged visiting Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga for early repatriation of Tamil refugees and their resettlement in their homeland.

SARS kills 2 more in Singapore

A mysterious and highly contagious pneumonia has killed another two people in Singapore, bringing the death toll here to eight, while six more people have been infected, the Health Ministry said Monday.

Suspected WMD site in Iraq turns out to contain pesticide

A facility near Baghdad that a US officer had said might finally be "smoking gun" evidence of Iraqi chemical weapons production turned out to contain pesticide, not sarin gas as feared.

Highest compensation to date awarded Sri Lanka torture victim

The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka today awarded a torture victim a record amount in compensation.

Annan sees vital UN role in post-war Iraq, names special adviser

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Monday named a special adviser to draw up a framework for UN involvement in post-war Iraq, and planned to pay a whirlwind visit to Europe on a potential UN role in Iraq this week.

LTTE movements violating MoU continue

by Kalinga Weerakkody

Despite many appeals made by the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) to the LTTE not to make crossovers at night attired in uniforms and possessing arms in cleared areas and high security zones, the Tigers continue to violate the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) reached with the Sri Lankan government on February 22 last year.

Arab TVs deny reporting the death of Saddam

Three major Arab television networks rejected on Tuesday suggestions that they were reporting President Saddam Hussein had been killed in U.S. military strikes on the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Sri Lankan president holds talks with Indian intellectuals

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, on a four-day working visit to India, Tuesday met Indian intellectuals and discussed with them the difficulties in the path of the current peace process in the island.

Al Jazeera reporter killed, Four Reuters Staff injured

An Al Jazeera correspondent today became the ninth media casualty in the 20-day old Iraq War as the Baghdad office of the popular TV channel was struck in an air raid and four staff of Reuters news agency were injured as US forces fired at a downtown hotel that housed its office.

India to participate in key international meet on Sri Lanka

Ahead of talks between Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunge and Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, India today confirmed its participation in a key international meeting in Washington next week to discuss development and reconstruction assistance for the island nation.

SARS will affect S-E Asian economy: Singapore Premier

The deadly pneumonia, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), has badly hit air travel and hospitality industry in South-East Asian nations and would affect their economy.

Indian Parliament- Lok Sabha unanimously adopts resolution "deploring" Iraq war

Overcoming differences on its wording, the Lok Sabha today unanimously adopted a resolution "deploring" the US-led war on Iraq with Government maintaining that India cannot be subdued or subjected to similar unilateralism by any country.