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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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Abu Mazen cabinet confirmed by the Palestinian parliament

The Palestinian parliament on Tuesday confirmed Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) as prime minister, clearing the final obstacle to the launch of a U.S.-backed Mideast plan. The plan, sponsored by the "Quartet" of Mideast mediators, could be unveiled by Thursday, a diplomat said.

Navy nets boat with 2 LTTE cadres

by Norman Palihawadane

The Navy had taken into custody a boat cruising in the Trincomalee seas carrying six civilians along with two Tiger members last Monday (28) and had handed them over to the Trincomalee Harbour Police.

Involve President and Parliament in peace talks: LSSP urges UNF to "Clean up its act"

The LSSP urged the UNF to ‘clean up its act’ by involving the President and Parliament in peace talks. "The LSSP has the confidence that the necessary co-operation from the President is forthcoming,", the party said in a release on the impasse in Government and LTTE negotiations.

Myanmar: Revered monk bemoans lack of spiritual progress

By Win Kyaw OO

A Prominent monk has called for the international community to pay more attention to moral and spiritual progress.

Basra governor gives himself up in Baghdad

The governor of Iraq's southern province of Basra on Tuesday gave himself up in Baghdad to the US-backed Iraqi National Congress (INC) and US forces, according to an INC spokesman.

Govt set to ease Sars measures

By Mukdawan Sakboon

The Public Health Ministry is set to announce this week that it will relax strict measures for tourists from Sars-affected countries, a senior health official said yesterday.

ASEAN-Chinese leaders: Strong cooperation will tackle SARS

The special summit of leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome(SARS) ended successfully here today, with the leaders agreeing on continued strong cooperation and information sharing, which are believed to eventually help tackle the new deadly flu successfully, according to a live T.V. news report.

Burmese democracy activists urge govt to halt Salween Dam project

Burmese democracy activists today called on the Thai and Myanmar governments to halt construction work on the Salween Dam project, warning that it would have a devastating impact on the environment, culture and lifestyles of local people.

No proposal to sign water treaty with China, says Minister

Ruling out signing of any water treaty with China, the Government today informed the Rajya Sabha that it would hold consultations with Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh on inter linkages among rivers for transfering flood waters from water surplus basins to deficit areas.

Protest At The Opening Of The North Korean Embassy In London

Skeleton masked protestors will be protesting the official opening of the
North Korean embassy in London tomorrow.

Jacob Makes Clothes in Burma: Montreal business goes against a government recommendation

Boutique Jacob, a Montreal based clothing company gets a portion of its clothes, through sub-contractors, from Burma a country ruled by a military junta guilty of human rights abuses such as forced labour and child labor.

Hillary Clinton Memoirs to Hit Stores

After laying out a seven-figure advance for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's memoirs, her publishers are counting on seven-figure sales.

Report : US forces refuse to arrest al-Sahaf

U.S. forces refused to arrest former Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed al-Sahaf, who tried to turn himself in, the London-based Arabic daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat.

"Saddam" letter urges Iraqi uprising

A leading Arabic newspaper in London has published a letter it says it is from deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, urging his people to rise up and throw out occupying British and American forces.

Sri Lankan PM invites Tigers to restart peace talks

In a bid to revive the stalled peace dialogue, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has sent a five-page letter to Tiger rebels urging them to reconsider their decision to suspend talks and stay away from an aid meeting called by Japan.

APEC Welcomes the Support of Australia to Strengthen Regional Security

Australia's ongoing support and assistance for developing economies in the fight against regional terrorism is a key issue to be discussed when the APEC Secretariat's Executive Director visits Australia from 1 to 7 May.

Two Journalist Released from the Burmese Prison with Amnesia and Serious Mental Disorder .

By Zin Linn - A former political prisoner of Burma

According to reliable source in Rangoon, it has been learned that the Burmese military junta has released 3 political prisoners on this 29th April. Out of the three, two were Dr. Zaw Min and Htay Thein; another name is not known yet.Zin Linn adds that many are still in prison facing fatal health problems.

HSZ move highly risky say parties

by Sumadhu Weerawarne and Kesara Abeywardena

Political parties and other organisations in Colombo yesterday said the government’s decision to withdraw from high security zones in the Jaffna peninsula was a bad move since the LTTE has not stopped stockpiling arms and training its cadres. Tamil parties however welcomed the move.