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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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Sarandon praises Canadian media perspective

Americans, unlike Canadians, are not getting the full picture of the war in Iraq but are only hearing what serves the purpose of the Bush administration, says the famously lefty actress. S.F. Chronicle: In light of Sarandon and Tim Robbins's anti-war stance, baseball Hall of Fame cancels Bull Durham festivities.

Prabakaran should be extradited

The State president of the Janata party, V.S. Chandralekha has expressed surprise at the LTTE spokesman, Anton Balasingham's reported statement that India should `forgive and forget' the assassination of the former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi.

Myanmar Govt praises Pinheiro for ‘constructive’ role

By Thet Khaing

The government has urged the United Nations special human rights rapporteur on Myanmar, Mr Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, to continue in his role, describing his work as “constructive and positive”.

Myanmar: Deadly SARS prompts isolation action

By Health Reporter Nwe Nwe Aye

The government has stepped up measures aimed at isolating Myanmar from a deadly form of pneumonia that has caused scores of deaths throughout the world, most of them in East Asia.

Pro-US Shia religious leader assassinated

Senior Iraqi Shia leader Abdul Majid al-Khoei and a mosque caretaker were killed by a mob in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf on Thursday, the Khoei family foundation said.

Iraqi resistance continues, looting rife in Baghdad

At least two Marines have been killed in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, including one in a suicide bomb attack at a military checkpoint.

Bush, Blair speak on Iraqi TV as forces sweep into north

U.S. President George Bush, launching a sweeping media campaign in war-torn Iraq, said in a televised address Thursday, "Your nation will soon be free," while British ally Tony Blair assured Iraqis that coalition soldiers are "friends and liberators, not your conquerors."

Space scientists put INSAT-3A in intermediate orbit

In the first critical orbit raising manoeuvre, India's multi-mission satellite, INSAT-3A was placed in the "Intermediate Orbit" today, a day after it was hurled into space by the European rocket Ariane-5.

China conducts animal tests to determine SARS source

China, worst-hit by SARS epidemic, has begun animal experiments in an effort to determine the source of the killer disease that has claimed over 100 lives world-wide, the state media reported today.

North Korea - Kim says air force ready to beat "enemy"

By Martin Nesirky

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il visited an air base just hours after Iraq's leadership crumbled and told pilots he was confident they could "beat back the enemy", the North's media reported on Friday.

Kumaratunga wants India involved in peace process

By P. Jayaram - Indo-Asian News Service

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has pleaded with India to get actively involved in her country's peace process, warning of ominous developments if that does not happen, but the once-bitten-twice-shy New Delhi wants to play it safe.

LTTE to be on terror list until it gives up terrorism

The U.S. administration has made it clear that Sri Lanka's Tamil guerrillas will remain on its terror list until the rebels give up terrorism "in word and in deed".

PM: Arrest of the dad of the Minister will not affect the Cabinet work.

The cabinet's team work is unlikely to be affected by an arrest of a minister's father, according to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Rauff reminds LTTE of their responsibilities towards Muslims

SLMC leader Minister Rauff Hakeem recently reminded the LTTE that the group’s responsibilities would not end with the handing over of lands belonging to the Muslims.

Seventh round venue not Thailand due to SARS, Oslo likely

The venue of the seventh session of peace talks scheduled to be held in Thailand from April 29 to May 2 had been changed due to the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in East Asia, sources said.

Economies in the Region React to New Shocks: Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific

Although the global economy lost momentum in 2002 in the face of weak investment activity in the private sector compounded by mounting geopolitical uncertainties, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) region remained largely unaffected.

Iraq: Protect Government Archives from Looting

U.S. and allied forces should prevent
Iraqi government offices from being ransacked because government
documents will undoubtedly be key evidence in future war crimes trials,
Human Rights Watch urged in a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Colin L.
Powell and U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld today.

Sri Lankan rebels discuss release of child soldiers

The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels met on Thursday to finalise a UNICEF plan to rehabilitate child soldiers recruited by the rebels during a 19-year civil war.

Pentagon defends Chalabi but would not "anoint" him.

By Jonathan Wright

The U.S. Defense Department defended the credibility of Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi on Thursday but said it did not intend to "anoint" him as the leader of Iraq.

SARS victim cremated in secret ceremony

The body of the first person in Thailand to die from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome was finally cremated in a secret ceremony at an undisclosed temple in the middle of last night, after several temples and local communities refused to have anything to do with the corpse.