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Celebrations, looting as US tanks roll into Baghdad

US tanks rolled into the heart of Baghdad, ready to take full control of the Iraqi capital amid scenes of jubilation after three weeks of war.

Sri Lankan President rejects truce monitor ruling on Chinese trawler attack

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has rejected as bias the final report presented by the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission(SLMM) on the sinking of a Chinese trawler in the northeastern seas off Mullaitivu last month, her office said on Tuesday.

PM: Virus sows seeds of regional mistrust

The deadly SARS virus is undermining regional cooperation and sowing mistrust among Asian countries, many of whom are still on the road to recovery from the 1997 economic crisis, several political leaders and analysts said yesterday.

PM vows to tighten crackdown on drugs

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday moved to keep up the momentum in the government’s war against drugs, vowing that he would tighten the knot on drug traders, while denying reports that heroin was set to surge into the country to replace amphetamines.

Allies tighten control over Baghdad

* Capture Rashid airbase, bridge over Tigris

* US-led civil administration installed at Umm Qasr

* Saddam, sons could be dead

* Syria says US-led govt would represent ‘occupation’

* Marine killed.

Security Council would decide UN role in post-war Iraq - spokesman

Reacting to statements by the leaders of the United Kingdom and United States today that the United Nations would play a "vital role" in post-war Iraq, a UN spokesman welcomed such suggestions but stressed that any potential involvement of the world body could come only at the direction of the Security Council.

Pak to respond appropriately if India test-fires Agni III

Pakistan has said it would take "appropriate" steps if India test-fired Agni III long-range ballistic missile while asserting that it also has a right to launch a pre-emptive strike if the other side thinks the same way.

POTA accused can seek bail before one year in jail

Government today told the Supreme Court that adequate safeguards had been provided under POTA and sought to clarify that a person arrested under it could apply for bail even before completing a year in jail.

S.Lankan negotiator leaves for S.Africa study tour

Sri Lanka's chief peace negotiator G.L. Peiris leaves for South Africa on Tuesday to study its transition from apartheid as the island seeks international help to end a civil war with Tamil rebels.

India court rejects Buddhist organizations claim it owns site of demolished mosque

A court rejected a Buddhist organization's claim that it owns a northern Indian religious site at the center of a deadly dispute between Hindus and Muslims, an official said Tuesday.

Myanmar: Thousands of people are displaced and starving

Mr. Ali Saleem of the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) made an oral intervention on behalf of the ALRC on 'Food insecurity in Myanmar' at the 59th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights under the Agenda Item 10: Economic, social and cultural rights. This intervention was made on the 07 April 2003.

Blair asks Bush for UN role; Invasion tanks incurred in Baghdad test defenses

In the 19th day of the invasion of Iraq, the American invasion forces made a "show of muscles" in the downtown of Baghdad by reaching the extent of breaking into a presidential complex, saying it was a " strong message " to the regime of Saddam Hussein which seemed yesterday for the first time as not having the ability to repulse the successive attacks which also targeted more Iraqi civilians in their houses.

U.S. Plans for Iraq Tribunals “A Mistake”: International Tribunal Needed

Iraqis responsible for past crimes should
be prosecuted before an international tribunal, not the U.S.-sponsored,
Iraqi-led judicial process outlined at the Pentagon today, Human Rights
Watch said.

Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar junta just are not talking, say analysts

Nearly a year after the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the hopes of seeing the opposition leader begin a political dialogue with Myanmar's military junta appear dashed.

Exclusive: The Evil of Cluster Bombs

By - Essam Al-Ghalib - Arab News War Correspondent

Six days after the “liberation” of Najaf, Iraqis of all ages continue to pack the corridors of Saddam Hussein General Hospital.

Looting and celebrations begin in Baghdad

Uniformed soldiers and police have completely disappeared from some areas of Baghdad leading to an outbreak of looting, as US forces continue their advance into the city.

Iraqi leadership no longer controls Baghdad, U.S. says

The U.S.-led coalition declared Wednesday that President Saddam Hussein's regime has lost control over Baghdad, where citizens have taken to the streets in jubilation in some parts of the capital despite continuing fighting elsewhere there.

European Burma network impels Thailand to officially invite SPDC and Burmese ethnic groups for talks

The European Burma network , which met recently in Brussels, resolved to commend Thaksin Shinawatra, for offering to mediate between the Government of Myanmar and the ethnic nationality armies on the Thai – Burma border, with the view to bring peace to the people who have suffered so much for so long.

Jordan Times reporter Tareq Ayyoub killed in US missile attack in Baghdad

Jordan Times staff reporter Tareq Ayyoub, also a correspondent for Al Jazeera satellite television station, was killed by a US missile strike on the station's Baghdad offices early Tuesday morning.

Maldivian, Thai leaders to visit Colombo over peace process

Maldivian and Thai leaders will be here next month to express their support for the peace process in Sri Lanka and strengthen bilateral ties.