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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

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Post-War Oil Management Should Bolster Rights, Benefit Iraqis

Iraq’s oil must be managed in a
transparent and accountable manner that meets humanitarian needs and
ensures respect for human rights, Human Rights Watch said.

Iraqi minister in custody as US asked to leave

Iraqi police have handed Saddam Hussein's finance minister over to US forces after capturing him in Baghdad, raising hopes of tracing billions of dollars the ousted president may have stashed away.

New Zealander tests positive for SARS

Preliminary reports have shown that a New Zealand national, undergoing treatment in Ram Manohar Lohia hospital here, has tested positive for SARS, Health Ministry sources said.

Friday Prayers Provide Window on Reaction to U.S. Occupation of Iraq

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis flocked to mosques for as the first full Friday prayers since the fall of Saddam Hussein unleashed a wave of relief as well as an undertone of anti-U.S. resentment.

IMF approves $US567 million loan for Sri Lanka

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has announced the approval of a $US567 million credit arrangement for Sri Lanka intended to support the country's economic program through 2006.

US has no legitimate right to Iraqi oil and lifting of sanctions must wait, say neighbours

The US-led forces that invaded Iraq had no right to exploit its oil and UN sanctions on Iraq should end only when it has a legitimate government, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said on Saturday.

Marapana-Hakeem in pow-wow to resolve Muttur strife: Five die in Thoppur clashes despite curfew

By Rohan Mathes and Norman Palihawardena

As tension mounted even after the Police clamped a curfew in Thoppur, Muttur last night, following the LTTE attack which killed four Muslims and wounded six others, Defence Minister Tilak Marapana yesterday flew to Muttur and held discussions with SLMC leader Minister Rauf Hakeem at the Muttur Army Camp.

Soldiers end fast on assurance by president

By Kalinga Weerakkody

The fast-unto-death campaign launched by the 69 soldiers which commenced on April 7, opposite the Fort Railway station was temporarily halted on an assurance given by President Chandrika Kumaratunga that she would discuss their grievances on April 25.

Cremation of Nayake Thera on Monday

The Chief Incumbent of the historic Nagadeepa Temple, Most Ven. Brahmanawatte Dhammakeerthi Nayaka Thera who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 96 will be cremated on April 21.

Top ministers in Muttur area to defuse tension

S.S. Selvanayagam - reporting from Muttur

Tension continued in the Muttur area yesterday as troops fired in the air to separate Muslim and Tamil groups following clashes overnight that killed three people and injured six.

Warm welcome awaits Kumaratunga

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga arrives in Dhaka this morning on a two-day visit to Bangladesh, being viewed as a big step forward in further expanding and strengthening the existing friendly ties between the two countries.

Chalabi, in Baghdad, says will play no role in interim government

Chairman of the Iraqi National Congress (INC) Ahmad Chalabi said Friday that he would not nominate himself for any position in the interim government that will replace the former Saddam Hussein regime.

Show Of Unity: Beijing to join Sars meeting

By Supalak Ganjanakhundee & Usa Shevajumroen

China has confirmed it will join Asean countries in a Bangkok summit later this month to map out a strategy to contain the spread of the deadly disease that has rocked the economy of the region, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said.

DPM denies trip to China to iron out SARS problems

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak yesterday denied rumours that he was planning a trip to China to clear up a misunderstanding concerning Thailand’s treatment of sufferers from Asia’s new killer pneumonia.

My relations with PM horrendous: Sri Lankan President

Terming her relations with Prime Minister Ranil Wikremesinghe as "horrendous", Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunge has said she was not sacking him as it would lead to political crisis and accused the Government of giving in "too much" to the demands of LTTE.

Vajpayee extends hand of friendship to Pakistan

Making one of the rare visits and a rarer public address here, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today offered a hand of friendship to Pakistan and dialogue with people of Jammu and Kashmir to settle "internal and external issues" but made it clear that guns cannot resolve problems.

Maritime boundaries of India neglected: Fernandes

India's maritime boundaries were neglected ever since the country's independence as it was always anticipated that aggression against the country could be made only through a land route, Defence Minister George Fernandes said today.

Hong Kong reports 12 deaths, 31 new SARS cases

Hong Kong today reported 12 more deaths from the killer atypical pneumonia, the maximum in the territory in a single day, increasing its overall toll to 81, even as the government kicked off an extensive clean up campaign to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.