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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2903

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US promise to tighten security; Iraqis call for foreigners to get out

Thousands of the Iraqis celebrated the Prophet Muhammad Birth Anniversary (May 15th) in demonstrations calling for the departure of the Anglo- American occupation from the country.

Sri Lanka PM in India on private visit

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has left for India on a two-day private visit amid a raging constitutional crisis at home with the president, officials here said.

Spouses under 18 barred from coming to Britain

In a move to curb the practice of "forced marriages" in Asian community, Britain has enacted legislation to raise the age at which a spouse can be brought to the country from 16 to 18.

Crew of grounded Indonesian ship rescued

An Indonesian ship laden with soda ash and 150 tonnes of diesel has been grounded off Haldia coast posing an environmental problem even though 22 members of the crew of the ship have been rescued by the Coast Guard.

Fullmoon Day of Kason observed at pagodas in Yangon

Today is Fullmoon Day of Kason (the Day of Buddha) which is a significant day for Buddhists. Day of Kason is observed at all the Buddhist pagodas in Yangon.

President to summon DLB directors; Govt. to reduce security

By Poorna Rodrigo and Ranga Sirilal

As President Chandrika Kumaratuga and the UNF government put their chips down in the crisis over the Development Lotteries Board, Presidential officials said yesterday she would be summoning DLB directors for an emergency meeting as a sign of her authority over them.

LTTE stays tough but Norway hopeful

By Sunimalee Dias and N. Parameswaran

LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran at a three hour meeting with Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Peterson yesterday reiterated that the Tigers would not participate in the Tokyo aid conference and the peace talks unless the decisions taken at earlier rounds of peace talks were implemented by the government.

KNU on Selling of War Weapons to the Burmese SPDC Military Clique

Karen National Union (KNU) has extended an appeal to all the countries in the region, as well as to the other leading countries, not to sell weapons to the Burmese State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) manned by the Army generals.

SARS - A big deal in northern borders of Burma

Burma has posted public health and Red Cross officials along the border with China, but the performance of their duties has left a lot to be desired, said a Shan businessman from northern Shan State.

Hunt On for Blast Masterminds

Three days after the suicide bombings here, the people of the city were slowly getting back to their routine as the hunt for the masterminds of the bombing gathered pace.

Another Saddam regime official captured; Civil authority of Umm Qasr handed over to city council

US forces captured another Iraqi on the 55 most-wanted list in an overnight raid near Tikrit during which more than 200 people were briefly detained, a US officer on the scene told AFP.

Nearly 850 on police blacklist of mafia types

Police have blacklisted 844 suspected mafia figures and their gunmen as part of a government campaign against "influential figures", a deputy police chief said yesterday.

Norway says Sri Lanka peace bid stalled

By Scott McDonald

A huge donor conference to raise aid to rebuild war-hit Sri Lanka could fail if the island's Tamil Tiger rebels reject international pressure to attend, peace mediator Norway said on Thursday.

South-East Asia on terror alert

By Patrick Walters and John Kerin

Australians have been warned that terrorists are planning attacks on foreigners and Western targets throughout southeast Asia in new alerts issued last night.

Stove burst cause of fire: Member Safety

Preliminary examination of the burnt coaches of Frontier Mail showed that the fire was caused by bursting of a stove in S-4 coach - the worst-affected three tier sleeper reserved compartment, Member Safety of the Railway Board H C Gupta said ruling out sabotage.

Norway FM fails to end Sri Lanka peace deadlock

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen failed to break the stalemate in Sri Lanka's troubled peace process despite a high-profile meet with the top Tiger rebel leader, Tamil sources said.

Thailand scornful of travel warning

The Thai Government has poured scorn on travel alerts issued by Australia and New Zealand, saying Thailand is not a potential target for terrorist attacks.