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Rebels damage two gas pipelines in Burma

An ethnic rebel army in military-ruled Burma has damaged two gas pipelines in recent weeks, the junta reported on Friday.

Beijing reports 339 confirmed, 402 suspected SARS cases

The State Council Information Office held a press conference Sunday afternoon on the latest development of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in the Chinese mainland.

Khalida Saleh, one of Iraq few remaining Jews, refuses to leave

Her fellow Jews have fled persecution from the Muslim rulers of Iraq in their tens of thousands. But Khalida Saleh, one of a few dozen left, insists she will live out her days in her native Baghdad.

LTTE wants TULF to go on TNA ticket

The LTTE and the TULF yesterday discussed the local council elections in the North-East during a three-hour meeting in the rebel-held Wanni area.

Govt. rejects claim of threat to Prabhakaran

Authoritative governmental sources yesterday rejected allegations by the LTTE’s Anton Balasingham that Velupillai Prabhakaran’s life was under threat from "segments of the Sri Lankan security forces."

Thailand opposition Democrat Party elects new leader

Veteran politician Banyat Bantadtan took over the helm of the opposition Democrat Party on Sunday from former Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai, who stepped down after 12 years as head of the country's oldest party.

British MPs Alarmed At Failure To Uncover Weapons Of Mass Destruction

Tony Blair is facing the threat of a fresh rebellion from Labour backbenchers who are growing increasingly alarmed, that the failure to uncover weapons of mass destruction in Iraq will confirm that the war was illegal.

Dhaka-Colombo understanding excellent, says President

President Prof Dr Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said Bangladesh is committed to promoting peace and good neighbourly relations through constructive dialogue among the countries of South Asia.

Let us rise up again to rebuild world order : Kumaratunga blasts violent international events

Visiting Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga last night blasted the violent events in the "international arena" saying those put to question the international systems ability to maintain order in the world.

Karen Union Lambaste Burmese Troops for its Atrocities.

Karen National Union (KNU) in a statement has lambasted the Burmese troops under the control of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) for attacking innocent Karen people and constantly burning down Karen villages. Also the statement reveals of the sickening regularity by the Burmese troops committing rape against women, killing civilians and also of forced relocation, forced labor and extortion of money.

Sri Lankan President comes calling

By Saleem Samad

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandarnaike Kumaratunga arrived in Dhaka on Saturday for a 2-day visit. President Kumaratunga’s entourage did not include ministers or other secretary-level officials. Bangladesh Ministry of Foreign Affairs refused to call the visit as a “private” tour, but said there would not be any official talks between the two countries.

SARS is not incurable: recovered patients

Recovered severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) patients have confided to Xinhua that SARS, though terrible, is not incurable.

Asean leaders may not invite Beijing

By Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Asean has decided to delay inviting China to a regional summit on the Sars virus on April 29.

Another 400 houses damaged as third storm sweeps across Udon Thani

Nearly 400 houses were damaged yesterday when Udon Thani experienced its third storm in recent weeks, with power cuts and trees felled across the province, and damages estimated at over Bt4 million.<

Sanctions Must Stay Till Iraq Has Own Govt, Says Saud

UN sanctions imposed on Iraq in the wake of the first Gulf War should end only when the country has a legitimate government, the Kingdom said yesterday.

Pope leads world Catholics into joy of Easter

Pope John Paul led the world's one billion Roman Catholics into the joy of Easter on Saturday, commemorating what Christians believe was the resurrection of Jesus three days after his death by crucifixion.

Kasuri suggests SAARC as forum to begin Indo-Pak talks

Indicating that SAARC was an appropriate forum for India and Pakistan to kick start a fresh dialogue, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri has said his government would soon work out new dates for the regional grouping's summit to be held here later this year.

Vajpayee promises constructive approach to resolve Kashmir

Promising a "constructive approach" devoid of "acrimonies and unrealistic goals of the past", Prime Minsiter Atal Bihari Vajpayee today affirmed the Centre's commitment to a dialogue with elected representatives and other sections of public opinion in Jammu and Kashmir to resolve issues peacefully and democratically.

Growing Evidence of Deception by Washington about Weapons of Mass Destruction.

By Andrew Gumbel in Los Angeles

Anthrax, chemicals and nerve gas: who is lying? Growing evidence of deception by Washington.If US and British forces are scratching their heads at their inability to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, perhaps they should talk to Scott Ritter, the United Nations weapons inspector who famously quit in 1998, after seven years on the job, and has been a controversial figure ever since.