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Iraq: Response to demonstrations and disorder shockingly inadequate

Amnesty International expressed concern today at the continuing violence in the northern city of Mosul. At least three people were killed and 12 injured, including two children, during an incident yesterday in which US forces exchanged gunfire during a demonstration near the governor's building.

Apprehension regarding SARS Dominated the Launch of the Regional Economic Survey 2003.

Effects of the sudden emergence of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a terminal disease, dominated the launching of the Economic survey by the UN Agency in Bangkok. It was said that the health concern has brought about global uncertainty.

Alleged killing of two Muslim youths proves peace for Muslims is distant - Subairdeen

Referring to the incident at Muttur, S. Subairdeen, leader of the Ashraff Congress yesterday said: "The alleged killing of two Muslim youths has once again proved the fact that peace for the Muslim minority in the east remains a distant dream."

Govt. UNDP sign N/E rehab pact

Soon after the signing of the Memorandum Of Understanding between the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE in February 2002, action was initiated to formulate proposals to build up the north and east, areas which were subject to damage and destruction. The initial work was carried out through special studies made by persons of repute. In this regard it was noted that basic to the rehabilitation effort is the building up of the administrative capacity of the area.

Misunderstanding led to Muttur row - Cader

by Cyril Wimalasurendre

It is our bounden duty and responsibility as Muslim leaders to protect the Muslim community and find relief when they are in grief," Cooperative Affairs Minister A.R.M. Abdul Cader told newsmen yesterday (16) briefing them on the Muttur mosque clash on the previous day.

Transparency in giving aid to LTTE essential - global watchdog on corruption

Transparency International a global non-governmental organisation engaged in the fight against corruption wants the government to reveal its policy on channelling donor funds directly to the LTTE.

Centre to work with J-K govt: Vajpayee

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today said the Centre will work in tandem with the new Government in Jammu and Kashmir for the state's development and root out unemployment there.

American congressman enters Iraq against government military requests

Bucking protests from the US military and the State Department, congressman Chris Shays crossed over the Kuwait border into Iraq Wednesday, saying he was frustrated that humanitarian aid was not reaching the Iraqi people fast enough.
Shays, the first member of Congress to get into the war-torn country, travelled across the border with a convoy of aid workers from the Connecticut-based charity Save the Children.

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak to Visit China

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak is to head a delegation to China next week for a meeting of the Thai-Chinese economic cooperation meeting, aimed at drawing up strategies for trade and investment.

The Iraq War: Winners and Losers

By Amir Taheri - Arab News Staff

The biggest winner is, by far, the Iraqi people, now liberated from the worst regime in its contemporary history. The biggest loser, of course, is the Baathist gang that had brutalized Iraq under Saddam Hussein.

US advisor quits over Iraq museum looting

The head of President George W. Bush’s cultural advisory committee stepped down this week in protest over the United States failure to stop the looting of Baghdad’s National museum, according to a letter released Thursday.

CSW Welcomes First UN Resolution on Human Rights In North Korea, But Regrets Failure to some Key Is

The adoption by the UN Commission on Human Rights of its first ever resolution on the situation of human rights in North Korea has been welcomed by Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).

Muslim-Tamil tensions put east Sri Lanka on edge

By Scott McDonald

One man was shot dead on Thursday as authorities struggled to put a lid on rising communal tension on Sri Lanka's volatile east coast.

Rare ASEAN Meeting: Bangkok to host summit on sars

By - Piyanart Srivalo

ASEAN leaders will gather here later this month to discuss regional cooperation against the deadly Sars virus, the first Asean summit to tackle a health crisis, Public Health Minister Sudarat Keyuraphan said yesterday.

Senior Chinese leaders meet to discuss SARS control

The Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee held a meeting Thursday to discuss the further strengthening of control over the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic.

No proposal to lift Iraq sanctions yet received - Security Council President

The United Nations Security Council, already engaged "in intense dialogue" over resolutions on Iraq, has not yet received a proposal for lifting sanctions, but the issue could come up next week, the President of the 15-nation body said today.

Top UN rights body adopts resolutions on DPR of Korea, Turkmenistan and Myanmar

In a series of keenly debated decisions, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights adopted resolutions expressing concern at rights violations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Turkmenistan and Myanmar, but rejected bids to censure serious human rights abuses in Zimbabwe and the Sudan.

Report of Human Rights Commission Proceedings on Myanmar.

Human Rights Commission welcomed the freedom of movement within Myanmar enjoyed by the leader of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi; the release from prison of a number of persons detained for political activities; the visits to Myanmar by the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Myanmar and the cooperation extended to him by the Government of Myanmar; the visits by the Special Rapporteur during the past year.

Saddam’s brother among 100 captured

Several Iraqi troops killed in fighting

* Violence continues in Mosul

* ‘Mass graves’ discovered

* US sanctions ‘Saddam raid’ into Syria

* US says time not ripe for inspectors to return

* $680m contract given to Bechtel

* Bush aide resigns

* UN boosts aid deliveries

Blair was "ready to quit" over Iraq: Newspaper

British Prime Minister Tony Blair disclosed that he had been ready to quit office if a majority of lawmakers from his ruling Labor Party had opposed his decision to join the US-led war on Iraq, The Sun newspaper quoted him as saying on Friday.