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Ethnic Political Parties on the Recent Political Development in The Union of Burma

Nine non-Burman political parties have expressed their strongest condemnation on the arrest and detention of the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. They have in a press statement indicated their fervent hope for a federal union government based on equality since the very independence of Burma.

Tanks sent to secure Ras al-Khaimah emirate succession change

Tanks were dispatched to Ras al-Khaimah emirate to back a surprising change in succession declared by the emirate's aging ruler. The new move has been rejected by the ousted son.

JI presence in Thailand ‘does not mean terrorism’, says Interior Minister

The recent arrest of three suspected members of Jemaah Islamiya (JI) in Thailand is not an indication that Thailand has become a home for terrorism, Interior Minister Wan Muhamad Noor Matha said yesterday.

The Military alliance of ALP-CNF-KNPP-KNU-RCSS - declared to take appropriate action against Burmese Junta.

The military alliance of Arakan Liberation Party (ALP), Chin National Front (CNF), Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP), Karen National Union (KNU) and Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), which was formed four years ago on 14 June 1999, has express their strong resolve to meet the Burmese junta militarily to give appropriate response for waging war against the ethnic nationalities and the people of Burma.

War fears emerge in Sri Lanka as peace bid remains in limbo

The sinking of a Tamil rebel ship and a string of political slayings have raised fears that Sri Lanka may be slipping back to war as its peace bid remains deadlocked, analysts and diplomats said.

Myanmar says Suu Kyi to be freed, gives no date

By Ek Madra

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be freed but only after the situation in the country has returned to normal, Foreign Minister Win Aung said on Sunday.

Indian help to track Sri lankan gun running

Sri Lankan security forces are receiving help from India to track down Tamil rebel gun running following the latest sinking of a Tiger ship, a media report here said today.

US team to discuss Indian troop deployment on Monday

With the US keen on deployment of Indian troops in Iraq, a team from Pentagon will Monday discuss with the Government, the exact role the proposed stabilisation force is slated to play in the war-ravaged country.

Bala avoiding Akashi meeting

LTTE chief negotiator Anton Balasingham has turned down a meeting in London with Japan's special envoy Yakushi Akashi. Dr. Balasingham has said he will not be available to meet Mr Akashi who was hoping to arrive in London this week for talks with Dr. Balasingham following the LTTE boycott of the Tokyo meeting of the international donor community

Japan denies witch-hunt on Lankan illegal immigrants

The Japanese embassy in Colombo discounted theories that a special witch-hunt was on for Sri Lankans overstaying their visas in that country after an unruly incident at a Buddhist temple when Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe attended a ceremony last Sunday.

Japan’s minister demands Suu Kyi’s immediate release

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi has underlined Tokyo’s demand for an immediate release of pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the foreign ministry said.

' False' Rape Complaint: HK woman faces more lawsuits

A Hong Kong woman who claimed she was gang-raped after taking a tuk-tuk in Bangkok faces more lawsuits by organisations that claim her accusations have damaged their reputations.

Arrest of Terrorists: Plot targeted summit: PM

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said yesterday that the three Thai-Muslim terrorist suspects arrested by authorities earlier this week were plotting to bomb foreign embassies in Bangkok during October's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) leaders summit, at which US President George W Bush will be present.

Flooding leaves 3,000 Bangladeshis homeless

About 3,000 families in north-eastern Bangladesh have been left homeless by flash floods triggered by heavy rain and water gushing across the border from neighbouring India.

New Arms Sales to India Make Israel a Top Global Weapons Supplier

By Tim Kennedy : Special to Arab News

The export of Israeli weapons and military services to India has made this tiny Mideast country one of the world’s top arms suppliers. In 2002 transfers of Israeli defense technology and know-how totaled $4.18 billion, ranking it fifth only to the United States, the European Union, Russia, and Japan in weapons exports. The previous year, Israel’s arms exports totaled just $2.5 billion.

36-feet-high Hanuman statue installed in Pondicherry

One of the tallest statues of Lord Hanuman was erected at Panchavati in Pondicherry on Saturday.

Rebel Ship Explodes Off Sri Lanka Coast

By Joe Ariyaratnam - Associated Press Writer

A navy patrol halted a Tamil Tiger rebel ship carrying 12 people Saturday in a confrontation that ended with the rebel ship exploding and sinking off the country's northeast coast, military and rebel officials said.

\"Buddha Purnima\" celebrated at Dharamshala

Tibetan Buddhists on Saturday celebrated "Saka Dawa," one of their most important festivals.