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Christian Political Prisoner Released After Hunger Strike in the Burmese Jail

A prominent Christian political prisoner has been released from prison in
Burma after staging a hunger strike to draw international attention to
inhumane prison conditions and the persistent violations of fundamental
human rights, including the lack of religious freedom.<

US urges UN to lift sanctions on Iraq; Russia, France oppose

President Bush lifted U.S. sanctions against the old government of Iraq on Wednesday and prodded the U.N. Security Council to do the same. "No country in good conscience can support using sanctions to hold back the hopes of the Iraqi people," Bush said.

Lanka will have one navy, one air force and one police — Marapana

By Upali de Saram, Divaina Corr.

Defence Minister Tilak Marapana yesterday said Sri Lanka would have one navy, one air force, one army and one police.

Chilaw Bishop deplores security situation, says law makers becoming law breakers

Chilaw Diocesan Presbyteral Council Senate of Priests has expressed serious concern over the deteriorating law and order situation.

Explosives hidden in LTTE suicide boat for six months

By Kalinga Weerakkody

Valvettiturai police investigating the recovery of the LTTE suicide boat containing the haul of high explosives from Polikandi on Monday said that the high explosives had been concealed in the boat for six months 800 metres away from the foreshore.

Myanmar-Laos Joint Press Statement released

During the State Visit of Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council Senior General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing to the Lao People's Democratic Republic at the invitation of President of Lao People's Democratic Republic Mr Khamtay Siphandone and wife Madame Thongvan, a joint press statement was released.

Senior General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing arrive back from LPDR

Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council Senior General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing, after paying a state visit to the Lao People's Democratic Republic at the invitation of President of Lao People's Democratic Republic Mr Khamtay Siphandone and wife Madame Thongvan, arrived back here by special flight at 3.30 pm today.

Seinor General Than Shwe discusses with President of LPDR

Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council of the Union of Myanmar Senior General Than Shwe and President of the Lao People's Democratic Republic Mr Khamtay Siphandone had discussions at the meeting hall of the Party Headquarters in Vientiane at 3 pm on 5 May.

US lifts Iraq sanctions

The United States has lifted some economic sanctions on Iraq and says it will ask the United Nations to do the same.

Sri Lanka President Blames International Community for Crisis

Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga Wednesday blamed the "international community" for the impasse in the island's peace bid even as Norwegian and Japanese diplomats tried to revive the process, AFP reported.

Thaksin dismisses concerns

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday dismissed concern that the US Congress could cut off financial aid and technical assistance to Thailand's security forces over the spate of alleged extrajudicial killings during the government's "war on drugs".

Ratchaburi to be pushed into limelight as Thai-Myanmar trade area

The Ministry of Commerce is working to boost the role of Ratchaburi Province as an area of trade between Thailand and Myanmar, while pushing for the opening of border checkpoints to facilitate mutual trade, Commerce Minister Adisai Bodharamik announced today.

Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka put riders for resuming talks

Tamil Tigers, who suspended Norwegian-brokered peace talks with the Sri Lankan government, today said they could come back to the negotiating table if the government took some "positive action" this week.

Upto 1,400 terrorists in POK camps waiting to cross into India

Upto 1,400 terrorists of various outfits are waiting in camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to cross-over into India, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

Global Communications Technology Praised for Role in Slowing the Early Spread of SARS Epidemic

The APEC Emerging Infections Network (EINet) has
cited the value of e-mail and other global information technologies for
providing early warning on the dangers of the SARS epidemic.

Japan Welcomes the Release of the Political Detainees in Myanmar

Japan has urged that basic human rights in Myanmar would be improved which would contribute nation’s democratization and national reconciliation process.

Sri Lanka says taking steps to meet LTTE demands

By Lindsay Beck

The Sri Lankan government expressed confidence on Thursday that talks with Tamil Tigers could be restarted quickly, but despite stepped-up international efforts the rebels showed no sign of returning to negotiations.


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