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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2904

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Nephew of Saddam is in Damascus

A prominent member of Saddam Hussein's family has been discovered living in Damascus under the protection of the Syrian government after fleeing Iraq last week, The Telegraph reported Sunday

MOD:Foreign drugs traders set Bt. 80-million reward for "getting rid of" PM

Defence Minister Thamarak Isarangura confirmed today that foreign drugs traders who were losing a huge sum of revenues due to the Thai government's decisive crackdown on narcotics have set a cash reward of Bt80 million for anyone being able to get Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra out of their way, according to a T.V. news report.

At least 200 killed in Sri Lanka floods

By Chamath Ariyadasa

The death toll in Sri Lanka's floods rose to at least 200 on Monday with as many missing after torrential rains devastated the south. Authorities said more flooding and landslides could be on the way.

Myanmar calls U.S. security fears odd

Myanmar's ruling generals on Sunday dismissed as "odd" and "imaginary" U.S. fears that their government poses a threat to U.S. security and urged the United States to cooperate with their efforts to develop the country.

International group calls for end to mining in Tibet

An international coalition of Human Rights and environment groups today called on Australian mining company, Sino Gold Ltd, to cease all exploration in Tibet until Tibetans are in a position to freely express their wishes about the use of their resources.

Four Arrested, Five Identified: Naif

By Raid Qusti : Riyadh Bureau Chief

Interior Minister Prince Naif announced yesterday that five of the nine terrorists who carried out suicide bombings in Riyadh last week, killing 25 and injuring nearly 200, had been identified.

Sharon rejects calls to remove Arafat, West Bank under ''general closure''

The Israeli authorities decided Sunday to impose a "general closure" on the West Bank, tightening restrictions on Palestinians entering the Jewish state after a suicide bomber killed seven people in Jerusalem, the army said.

UN rights envoy gets list of victims

Information regarding the murder of 15 Thai human rights activists was yesterday passed to the UN secretary-general's Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders.

Assassination Plot: Thaksin a target, says US

By Piyanart Srivalo and Samatcha Hunsara

Agencies say PM faces deadly threat from drug lords after crackdown.The US government has warned that Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra could become a target of assassination, a source said yesterday.

20 Indian prisoners return from Pakistan

Pakistan on Sunday handed over 20 Indian prisoners as part of the peace overtures between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Confusion over appointment of Pak envoy to India

Confusion prevailed today with regard to Pakistan's new High Commissioner to India as Foreign Office within hours of Premier Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali's announcement that current ambassador to China Riaz Mohammed Khan will be the new envoy to New Delhi said no decision has been taken even as the Prime Minister's office stuck to his appointment.

India sends navy ship to help as Sri Lanka flood toll near 150

Sri Lanka called for urgent help from abroad as the death toll neared 150 in the worst floods and mudslides in 56 years, officials and police said.

Major haul of heroin-making drug from the house of the former CBI chief.

In a major haul, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has seized 24 kgs of ephidrine hydrochloride, a controlled psychotropic substance used for making heroin, from five foreigners residing as tenants in a house owned by former CBI Additional Director (East) U N Biswas here.

PM: Thailand is not a terrorist target

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra today brushed off United States warnings of possible terrorist incidents in Thailand, saying that while he accepted the US concern and had ordered extra vigilance, Thailand was not a terrorist target.

Sorry, Minister is busy on illegal line

By Varghese K George

Nitish Kumar builds 123-km line — through his constituency — without Planning Commission sanction.