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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2836

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Scientist find "oldest immediate ancestors" in Africa

The 160,000-year-old remains of two adults and a child unearthed in northeast Ethiopia strengthens the theory that all humans originated in Africa and spread out to the rest of the world.

Police intervenes to prevent Hindu attack on Christian group

Eravur police recently intervened to prevent a group of Hindus from targeting Christians at Kaluvenkerni in the Tiger held parts of the Batticaloa district. "We asked them not to create unnecessary problems," a policeman said, adding that Eravur police talked to representatives of both parties in this regard.

Latest offer made by Ranil in Tokyo is rejected by the Tigers

The LTTE on Wednesday rejected the offer made by the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of a ‘provisional administrative structure’ within the laws of the land as a restatement of his previous position with a new terminology, TamilNet reported.

Tokyo Declaration ignores those disabled outside N-E

The Tokyo Declaration has ignored thousands of policemen, security forces and civilians disabled in the districts outside the north-east.

MoU hampers probing of LTTE ops. in Colombo, say police

by Shamindra Ferdinando

Police probing covert LTTE operations in the city and its suburbs face serious difficulties in handling their investigations as a ceasefire agreement prohibits arrests under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), investigators said.

Israeli Onslaught Continues

An Israeli missile strike in the Gaza Strip yesterday killed seven people, including a senior Hamas fighter, his wife and three-year-old daughter. The helicopter attack was launched one day after a Palestinian bombing killed 16 people on a Jerusalem bus and Israeli air raids killed 11 in the Gaza Strip in one of the bloodiest days in months of violence.

Powell to Visit Bangladesh

US Secretary of State Colin Powell will visit Bangladesh, Cambodia and Jordan from June 16, the US State Department has announced.

U.S. urges Tamil Tigers to return to peace talks

By Scott McDonald

The United States, which has listed Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels as a terrorist group, said on Friday they should resume peace talks with the island's government as soon as possible.

Sri Lankan president studying talks crisis

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga was studying the latest crisis in the island’s Norwegian-backed peace process, but has so far reserved comment, her spokesman said Thursday.

Opposition calling for inquiry over former Bangladeshi PM's visa

The Federal Opposition is calling for an inquiry into immigration processes after it was revealed the Government granted a visa to a former Bangladeshi Prime Minister, convicted of corruption.

Corrupt former Bangladeshi PM granted refugee status

The Prime Minister John Howard says he will be looking into reports that a corrupt former prime minister of Bangladesh has been granted refugee status in Australia.

Bush to attend APEC in Thailand, visit RP

President Bush will visit Thailand and the Philippines during a trip to Southeast Asia in October, the White House announced on Thursday (early Friday in Manila).

Powell says it is time for more pressure on Myanmar

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell turned up pressure on Myanmar's military rulers over the detention of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, saying he would seek action from their Asian neighbours at a meeting next week.

Eye Witness Account of the Brutal attack in Northern Burma on May 30.

We are able to learn about the horrendous events of May 30, where Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her entourage were brutally and ruthlessly attacked. Zaw Zaw Aung, head of NLD Youth Wing Mandalay Division was present at the scene when the attack started. He survived to tell the story of woe to the world. This is a translated version of the interview appeared in the Burmese language, with Zaw Zaw Aung.

50,000 Indian Americans are high net worth individuals: Study

India had an estimated 50,000 high net worth individuals in the U.S. at the end of 2002, compared with 45,000 in the previous year, says a study released here by Merrill Lynch and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young.

Chinese Church Leader Beaten Into a Coma In Prison

Pastor Gong Shengliang has been beaten into a coma by prison officers inJingzhou Prison, China.

ICC to Gain First Chief Prosecutor

The inauguration of the
International Criminal Court's (ICC) first chief prosecutor will
enable the court to launch investigations into genocide, crimes
against humanity and war crimes in coming months, Human Rights
Watch said today.

Thailand to focus on tourism at ACD meeting

Thailand will push for greater financial and tourism cooperation at the Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) meeting later this month, Foreign Ministry spokesman said yesterday.

Closing In On Wei: Drug chief aide nabbed

Investigators confident they have enough evidence to charge Laota with trafficking. A key aide to one of Burma's most wanted drug kingpins was arrested in a pre-dawn raid by police commandos yesterday at his house in Chiang Mai.

So tells police rape claim was made up

The Hong Kong woman who filed a police complaint that she was gang-raped confessed last night that she made the story up just to be in the news headlines, police said.