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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2556

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Indian survivor of Iraqi prison thanks Bush

Back home in this Indian city after spending 12 years in an Iraqi prison for "insulting" the now deposed leader Saddam Hussein, Mohammad Anis Bashir Saboowalla can't thank American President George W. Bush enough.

Tigers soften stand after US warning

Softening their stand on the participation in peace talks with the government, Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers today said their decision to suspend the dialogue was only to "pressure the government" to deliver on several promises.

Attack on arms dump in Bagdad

Unidentified attackers have fired flares into an arms dump in Baghdad, setting off a huge chain of explosions that wounded a US soldier and caused civilian casualties.

East Asian health ministers meet to discuss SARS

Health ministers from 13 East Asian countries held talks Saturday on measures to combat the SARS virus that has killed more than 260 people worldwide and infected at least 4,000 more.

Iran Scoffs at U.S. Charges of Interference in Iraq

Iran on Thursday scoffed at U.S. charges that Tehran was interfering in Iraq by sending agents to 'destabilize the Shiite population' in southern Iraq, describing the claim as 'baseless'.

Way out of ethnic conflict is through negotiations - US Envoy

US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Ashley Wills, in an interview with Reuters, urged the LTTE to return to the negotiating table. The Tiger’s goal should be to make peace, and quickly. Too much blood has been spilled, too many opportunities for forgiveness missed. If I may quote an Indian politician: "It's impossible to shake hands with a clenched fist." And I might add that it's hard to shake hands with one's back turned, Wills told Reuters.

Policy framework on peace negotiations still not divulged — Kadirgamar

By Rohan Mathes

The Foreign Minister of the former PA regime, Lakshman Kadirgamar, at an Opposition Parties’ press briefing at Colombo, charged that even after 14 months of the current negotiations, the Prime Minister and his negotiating team have yet not thought it fit to inform the country, the President and the Parliament and even, perhaps, most of the Cabinet, of the policy framework which should form the basis for negotiations.

Grenades hurled at PLOTE office Jaffna

by Norman Palihawadana

Two youth riding a motorcycle hurled two handgrenades at the PLOTE political office and a shop nearby, close to the Jaffna hospital on Thursday (24) and made good their escape.

LTTE responds to US Ambassador

The Liberation Tigers Friday denied they had walked away from negotiations with the Sri Lankan government and said they were temporarily suspending talks "to provide time and space for the government to implement crucial decisions."

Myanmar: Press conference explains sending of bombers into nation by insurgent groups including KNU

Announcement to intensify terrorist bomb attacks, not honour, but shame for Karen National Union (KNU). Launching destructive acts with pride, ignoring fact that destruction of nation’s property leads to KNU obstructing development . Press conference explains sending of bombers into nation by insurgent groups including KNU terrorist insurgents opposing the government to commit terrorist acts.

Iraq occupation could last 2 years: Bush

* Rumsfeld says US will not allow pro-Iranian regime in Iraq

* Iraqi Shias say they are ruling Najaf

* Garner begins shaping Iraq’s interim administration

* Tareq Aziz being interrogated

* US says senior Iraqi captives could face charges

SARS Crisis: WHO official to brief Asean summit

By Supalak Ganjanakhundee

The WHO (World Health Organisation), which is co-ordinating the global fight against the Sars virus, will send a high ranking executive to brief leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) at an emergency summit meeting next week, Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai said yesterday.

PM:No medical checks-up for leaders attending ASEAN SARS Summit

There will be no medical checks-up for leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) who will visit Thailand to attend the ASEAN Summit of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) early next week, according to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

India for restoration of lasting peace in Lanka

India today reaffirmed its three-fold commitment to the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka and to the restoration of lasting peace through a peaceful, negotiated settlement that meets the aspirations of all elements of the Sri Lankan society.

Tamil Tigers say talks suspension is temporary

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels, who this week suspended peace talks to end two decades of war, said on Friday the move was only temporary but also rejected US calls that they lay down their arms.

Iraq: Stripped naked and humiliated by US soldiers - Amnesty International

Amnesty International expressed concern today at the disturbing article and images portrayed in the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet which show American soldiers escorting naked Iraqi men through a park in Baghdad. The pictures reveal that someone has written the words 'Ali Baba - Haram(i)' (which means Ali Baba - thief) in Arabic on the prisoners' chests.

189 Dying Burmese Prisoners – British express their interest and concern.

Asian Tribune received an e-mail letter from Philip Lord of the British Foreign and Commonwealth office. The letter gives hopes and also it encourages that the international community is behind our move to safe the lives of those 189 dying prisoners in various prison facilities inside Burma.