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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2832

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Saddam Alive In Iraq, Intercepted Calls Suggest

By Andrew Buncombe in Washington

New intelligence recovered by American agents electronically eavesdropping on supporters of Saddam Hussein suggests the former Iraqi dictator is alive and still living inside Iraq. It also suggests that his two sons survived attempts by US and British forces to kill them early in the war.

'Benazir, Nawaz could return together'

Former Pakistani prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif are planning a dramatic joint return from exile for a head-on confrontation with President Pervez Musharraf, media reports said Sunday.

Chronology of major events in India-China ties

Chronology of major events in India-China ties: December 30, 1949 - India was the second non-socialist country after Myanmar to extend official recognition to the People's Republic of China.

Vajpayee arriving today for ground-breaking visit to china

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee would arrive here today for a six-day official visit aimed at charting a new comprehensive road map for the future development of strategic relations between the two Asian giants.

Customs under pressure to release seized separatist propaganda material

Sri Lanka Customs officials have seized a container load of LTTE propaganda material which arrived at the Colombo Port on Friday. According to Customs sources, the said container had been declared as ‘stationery’ and the consignee, one S. Jeganatha, of the Peace Committee, Vavuniya.

Govt. considers security for disarmed Tamil groups

by Shamindra Ferdinando

President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday decided to explore the possibility of providing adequate security to vulnerable Tamil groups disarmed under the Oslo-brokered cease-fire agreement in February last year, political sources said.

LTTE about to begin Eelam War IV, SU says

Sihala Urumaya (SU) will launch a door-to-door campaign in Kiribathgoda today "to inform the general public of the imminent danger to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country posed by the so-called peace talks between the government and the LTTE". Udaya Gammanpila, SU Media Secretary said in a media statement that the party will conduct this campaign throughout the country.

SLFP’s 14th Convention today

by Shabana Ibrahim

The 14th annual convention of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will be held today at 2.00 p.m. at the Nittambuwa Sangabodhi Vidyalaya.

Pamphlets distributed inside Burma with demands and eyewitness account

“A committee of independent persons be convened be set up to inquire into the facts and report the circumstances relating to the Depayin killings and arrests," demands a pamphlet released inside Burma.

Israel Kills Top Hamas Official

By Nazir Majally • Asharq Al-Awsat

A day after US Secretary of State Collin Powell’s visit to the region, Israel yesterday vowed to pursue its policy of targeted assassination of Palestinians.

Memory man recalls 5,000 playing cards

The world memory champion has displayed what the human mind is capable of by memorising 100 decks of playing cards.

Pipeline opponents, police in tense face-off

Pipeline protesters, border patrol police and local police took up positions about 500 metres from each other as the stand-off over the Thai-Malaysian pipeline project intensified yesterday.

War On Narcotics: India joins regional anti-drugs alliance

India is expected to attend a regional meeting on fighting drugs next month following its pledge to cooperate with China, Laos, Thailand and Burma in curbing the spread of narcotics, Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai said yesterday.

NDA asks Vajpayee to decide on troops for Iraq

India's ruling coalition Saturday left a decision on sending troops for the U.S.-led stabilisation force in Iraq up to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Vajpayee's China visit \"important\": Ivanov

Terming Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's China visit as "important", Russia has said the activisation of New Delhi-Beijing dialogue would give a new fillip to ongoing India-Russia-China interaction on global issues of common concern.

US favours permanent seat for India in UN Security Council

The US Administration including President George Bush is in favour of India getting a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani said today.

Sri Lanka premier heads to Britain for talks with Blair

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesighe left for London to hold official talks with Prime Minister Tony Blair (news - web sites), officials said.

2nd ACD meeting kicks start

The second unofficial meeting of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) began this morning in this northern resort province of Chiang Mai, with Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra saying that a declaration will be signed, which will lead to the development of the Asian bond market in the future.