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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2783

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Belgium gives in to US on war crimes law

By Ian Black in Brussels

Belgium has bowed to US pressure and agreed to limit the scope of its controversial war crimes law.

LTTE kills another former EPRLF member

by Kalinga Weerakkody

The LTTE’s killing spree against its opposition continues unabated with the latest killing reported from Sammanthurai yesterday of the killing of a former EPRLF member.

Police intelligence list with LTTE

by Norman Palihawadane

The LTTE had prepared a list of intelligence officers in the police serving in the Colombo city a senior spokesman for the police intelligence division said.

Ranil, Blair pledge further co-operation on asylum seekers' issue

By Namini Wijedasa in London

British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Monday expressed concern to visiting counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe about the vast numbers of asylum seekers in Britain and said that his government was now taking steps to expedite the return of failed applicants, including Sri Lankans.<

Out of Nigeria- Are you Willing to allow yourself impersonated to gain US $ 28 million?

Philips Jones claims to be a banker from Nigeria. He and his colleagues seem to have an urgent proposition for anyone coming forward to allow by them to be impersonated. According to Philips Jones then you are in for a surprise, a surprise of amassing US$ 28, million.

\"PM's visit expected to lead to meaningful dialogue on Tibet\"

Samdhong Rimpoche, a close aide of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, has expressed the hope that the historic visit of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to China would pave the way for a meaningful dialogue between the Dalai Lama and the Chinese leadership for establishment of Tibet as a zone of peace.

Accords \"win-win\" situation for China, India: Sinha

Terming the accords reached by India and China as a "win-win" situation for both of them, External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha today said the border agreement has "recognised" the Nathu la Pass in Sikkim as a "border pass" between the two countries.

Britain piles pressure on Myanmar over Suu Kyi

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw on Wednesday signalled further pressure on Myanmar to release the country's pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi, calling its military rulers brutal, corrupt and incompetent.

Sri Lanka president accuses Tigers of planning war

By Scott McDonald

Sri Lanka's hardline president accused separatist Tamil Tiger rebels on Wednesday of getting ready for war, which she said would catch the government unprepared

Report: Former Iraqi information minister arrested

American soldiers had detained former Iraqi information minister, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, at a roadblocks in Baghdad area, The Daily Mirror reported.

Trishul test-fired at Chandipur

India's sophisticated short range surface-to-air missile Trishul was test-fired once again from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, about 15 km from here, today, defence sources said.

LTTE agrees to resume talks: London breakthrough after Solheim speaks to Tiger chief negotiator

By Sunimalee Dias

The LTTE has agreed to resume talks with the government and was scheduled to meet the government delegation in London yesterday ending a two month deadlock between the two parties.

LTTE firing exercises in Welioya?

By Sunil Jayasiri

The security forces have reported firing of small and heavy arms and explosions in the LTTE held areas of Welioya, Jaffna lagoon and Mullaitivu from last week, military sources said.

CBK horrified by Thabrew killing

President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday denounced the assassination of Dehiwela TID chief Sunil Thabrew saying it was a serious incident which showed the brutal and barbaric attitude of the LTTE.

Taliban names anti-U.S. leadership council

The shadowy leader of Afghanistan's former Taliban regime, Mullah Omar, has named a 10-man leadership council to organise resistance against foreign troops in the country.

Tamil Tigers say waiting on govt to restart talks

By Scott McDonald

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said on Tuesday that stalled talks to end a two-decade ethnic war could resume as soon as the government made a proposal for an interim administration for the island's war-torn north and east.

Funds for the general, not fighters - Pervez bags trade concession, Bush praise for capturing terrorists

By K.P. Nayar

George W. Bush today refused Pervez Musharraf's request for F-16 planes, but publicly praised Pakistan's President for not being "afraid" to bring up the issue of the 28 aircraft, which Pakistan once paid for in full.

PM pledges to eradicate slums within 5-6 years

Work will begin this year on a ‘Secure Homes’ project that will help eradicate slums from Thailand within the next five to six years, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra announced.

False Rape Allegation: HK woman gets 18 months

The Hong Kong woman who wreaked havoc with her fabricated rape story was yesterday found guilty of making false charges and sentenced to three years in jail. The sentence was cut by half because she confessed to all the charges.

Police hunt suspicious 'Arab' pair

Police have distributed sketches of an "Middle Eastern-looking couple" spotted taking photographs of luxury city hotels that might be used by delegates to the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum meeting, an informed source said .