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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2902

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Saudi Arabia: Human Rights Groups Emerging

The royal decree approving the
establishment of Saudi Arabia's first nongovernmental human
rights organization is a welcome initiative that holds a promise
of greater freedom of association, Human Rights Watch said today.
In addition, the government plans to launch its own national
human rights body.

Thai PM arrives in France for official visit

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, accompanied by his wife and cabinet members, arrived in Paris today, starting his official visit to the European country, making him become the first Thai leader to visit France over the past 14 years, according to TNA reporter.

Prominent Iraqi opposition leader returns home

The leader of the largest Iraqi Shiite Muslim group opposed to Saddam Hussein returned to Iraq on Saturday after two decades in exile.

Thais to expel Pakistani wanted by Australia

A Pakistani man could be brought to Australia to face charges of people-smuggling after he lost an appeal against extradition from Thailand, the government said on Saturday.

EU urges Tamil Tigers to take part in aid meeting

By Scott McDonald

It would be a mistake by the Tamil Tigers to boycott a planned donor meeting to raise aid to rebuild war-hit Sri Lanka and would send the wrong message internationally, a European Union lawmaker said on Saturday.

Bush holds "substantive" talks with Mishra

As his top envoy toured India and Pakistan, US President George W Bush, in a significant gesture, had a 15-minute "substantive" meeting with National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra at the Oval office focussing on the fresh Indo-Pak peace overtures and praised Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's initiative to ease tension in the region.

Dalai Lama stresses on complete education

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama has said one should not be confined to monastic rituals, but should educate himself in such a manner that he is able to serve people at large.

Assumption of LTTE reverting to war premature: G L Peiris

by Rohan Mathes

The assumption that the LTTE will revert to war and not attend peace talks is premature, said Minister G. L. Peiris at the cabinet press briefing in parliament on Thursday.

IUM personnel killings: LTTE suspect held

by Kalinga Weerakkody

The CID arrested a LTTE suspect on Wednesday at De Soysa Flats in Moratuwa in connection with the recent killings of two Intelligence Unit Members (IUM) attached to the armed forces.

Gayoom laments convicted Sri Lankans in Maldives

By Rohan Mathes

Visiting Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom lamented that over 23 Sri Lankans in the Maldives have been convicted and imprisoned there, of whom 19 are for drug-related offences.

Sri Lankan president in collision course with govt

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's action to take under her the control a government lottery on Friday has dealt a blow to the country's government of political cohabitation.

Sri Lankan peace process not irreversible: Japanese envoy

Sri Lanka's peace process with the Tamil Tiger rebels has not reached the irreversible state, a special Japanese envoy said Friday.

General: Do not kick up a fuss about drug killings

General Therdsak Marom, deputy chairperson of the Pavena Hongsakul Foundation, yesterday said the public should not kick up a fuss, even if 100,000 people died in the government's war on drugs.

Nepalese Government agrees to partially withdraw army, talks satisfactory

In a significant move that could help bring normalcy in insurgency-hit Nepal, the government today agreed to partially withdraw the army from rebel areas and release three central level Maoist leaders.

India conducts first-ever test firing of air-to-air missile

The Indian missile programme today reached a new high with the successful first-ever test firing of ASTRA air-to-air missile, making it the country only one outside NATO and Russia to develop such a sophisticated system.

"India and Israel have fundamental similarities"

India and Israel have "fundamental similarities" reflected in their growing tempo of high-level exchanges that should culminate in the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to India soon.

“Shans are refugees, not job seekers” - Report

Once again, a report that recently came out rose up to challenge successive Thai governments' claim that hundreds of thousands of Shans were in the kingdom only to look for better paid jobs.

Tribunal to study food and justice in Asia

The relationship between a full stomach and a functioning judiciary will come under the scrutiny of a new body, the Permanent People’s Tribunal on the Right to Food and the Rule of Law in Asia, the Asian Legal Resource Centre announced today.

Myanmar irked by US criticism, urges end to sanctions

Myanmar on Friday shrugged off the latest US criticism of its military rule and reiterated its call for Washington to end crippling sanctions and help in "our political transition to democracy."