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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2787

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Blackwill to end tenure as U.S. envoy to India

U.S. Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill is ending his tenure as envoy to India to resume his academic career at Harvard University, the U.S. embassy said here Monday.

Tamil Tiger pullout not end of Sri Lanka peace bid

By Scott McDonald

A decision by Tamil Tiger rebels to pull out of peace talks with the Sri Lankan government appears to be more of a cry for recognition than any threat to return to decades of war, political analysts said on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka on red alert as Tigers pull out of talks

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga today placed government forces on maximum alert after Tamil Tiger rebels suspended the peace dialogue to protest the slow implementation of decisions taken at earlier talks.

60-yr-old gurudwara in Baghdad damaged

The 60-year old Guru Nanak's gurudwara in Baghdad has been damaged in the recent military hostilities in Iraq, according to information reaching here.

SOS – For God Sake, Save the dying 189 Burmese political prisoners languishing in prisons in Burma

Asian Tribune recently received reports about the political prisoners languishing in various Prison facilities Burma who are terminally ill. We learnt with alarm that those political prisoners, who are kept in remote prisons, very far away from their homes and relations, are the neglected lots and they need the help of the international community if they are to be saved from their grave illness and death

Bush’s Man Hits Town

The man who will run postwar Iraq, retired US Gen. Jay Garner, landed in Baghdad yesterday to take the reins of this battered country and swiftly dismissed the claims of two Iraqi opposition figures who styled themselves as the new governor and mayor of Baghdad last week

Urgent: Ferry carrying 300 passengers sinks in Bangladesh

A river ferry with nearly 300 passengers sank during a tropical storm Monday in Bangladesh, police said.

US army says another wanted Iraqi official captured

Mohammad Hamza al-Zubaidi, one of 55 wanted Iraqi officials, was taken into custody by US forces on Monday, the US Central Command said in a statement.

Tourism Rescue Plans: Prices cut to woo clients

By Choosak Jirasakunthai

More than 170 luxury hotels throughout the country will offer discounts of up to 70 per cent to attract domestic customers between May 15 and October 31 this year, said the governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

Thai private sector is ready to help rehabilitate Iraq

Thailand will have an opportunity to take part in the rehabilitation in Iraq after the US-led war in the Gulf state ends, and the Thai private sector is prepared to do so, according to Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai.

Tigers suspend Sri Lanka peace talks

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels today announced they were suspending peace talks with the government to protest the slow implementation of decisions taken at the previous rounds of parleys.

UN Myanmar envoy frustrated by Yangon, seeks visit

By Patrick Chalmers

United Nations envoy to Myanmar, Razali Ismail, said on Monday he wanted to return there at once for another try at brokering talks between the military government and the opposition led by Aung San Suu Kyi.

Gunmen attack bus in Laos, 12 dead, dozens wounded

At least 12 people were killed and dozens wounded when gunmen belonging to the Hmong ethnic minority attacked a bus full of local holiday-makers in northern Laos, an official said on Monday.

First ICC Prosecutor Selected: Argentine Junta Prosecutor Brings Experience

The election of the International Criminal
Court (ICC)'s first chief prosecutor marks an historic moment in the
struggle for justice and accountability for atrocities, Human Rights
Watch said today.

Garner tours in the Iraq ahead of Mosul talks

Iraq's post-war US administrator, retired US general Jay Garner, has held his first talks with a Kurdish leader, meeting Jalal Talabani of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in the northern city of Suleimanyah.