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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2829

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Council of Europe Steps Up ICC Support: Resolution a \"Decisive Benchmark\"

The Parliamentary Assembly of the
Council of Europe's (PACE) passage of a resolution supporting the
International Criminal Court (ICC) marks a decisive benchmark of
support for the ICC, Human Rights Watch said today.

Campbell claims BBC lied over Iraq 'dodgy dossier'

By Patrick Wintour and Michael White

Downing Street and the BBC were locked in a ferocious row last night over government intelligence assessments of Iraq's prewar weapons capabilities after Alastair Campbell apologised for his own mistakes on the "dodgy dossier", but demanded that the corporation do the same over what he described as their lies.

Islamists Denounce Musharraf’s Deal With Bush

Pakistan’s Islamic opposition yesterday denounced a $3 billion US aid pledge secured by President Pervez Musharraf as a disgrace to the country and evidence of subservience to Washington.

Tibetan prisoners in Nepal seek amnesty

By Sudeshna Sarkar, Indo-Asian News Service

While Tibet is the cynosure of all eyes following Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's visit to China, nine Tibetans jailed by the Nepal government are waiting for their turn in the spotlight.

Sri Lanka makes fresh offer to revive peace talks

Sri Lanka was making a fresh offer of unspecified political and financial powers to Tamil Tiger rebels in a bid to end the deadlock in peace talks, the government's top negotiator has said.

India rejects Pak suggestion for US roadmap on Kashmir

India today rejected Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's suggestion for a US-sponsored roadmap on the lines of West Asia to resolve the Kashmir issue, saying there was no place for third party mediation.

Japan ratchets up pressure over Suu Kyi

Japan ratcheted up the pressure on Myanmar over pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday, warning it could reverse its engagement policy unless she is freed in the next few days.

Sir Denis Thatcher dies

Sir Denis Thatcher, husband of former Prime Minister Lady Thatcher, has died aged 88.

Rebuilding Iraq is the toughest of all missions, Abizaid says

Resolving reconstruction and stability issues in Iraq presents a complex set of problems that are not strictly a military concern, but instead require a vast array of support, says President Bush's nominee to lead the U.S. Central Command.

Former Iraqi scientist provides parts, documents from Iraq's nuclear weapons program

A former Iraqi nuclear scientist has provided US authorities parts and documents from Saddam Hussein's nuclear weapons program from over 12 years ago, an American intelligence official said.

Balasingham lashes out at international community

LTTE’s chief negotiator Anton Balasingham has criticised the role of the international community in the Sri Lankan peace process at a meeting with the Norwegian special envoy Erik Solheim in London on Monday, the pro-LTTE Tamilnet website reported.

Thabrew killer remanded for two weeks

by Kalinga Weerakkody

The LTTE suspect arrested by the Dehiwala police in connection with the killing of Officer-in-Charge of the Intelligence Gathering Unit (IGU), Dehiwala Police, Inspector Nimal Thabrew on Monday morning, was remanded for two weeks by the Mt. Lavinia Magistrate.

Speed being made to order In Burma

Speed is still available speedier - in case ordered in advance to any of the existing refineries inside Burma, located along the Thai border. One wonders as to how Burma intends to eradicate drugs by 2004, when the army and its cronies are involved - thick and thin.

Indian navy formally inducts second stealth frigate

The second stealth frigate INS Trishul was commissioned today at the Baltisky shipyard in St.Petersburg, official sources said here.

Sharif breaks Kargil silence

Describing Pervez Musharraf as a "traitor", former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he and Atal Bihari Vajpayee had "almost" decided on a deadline to resolve the Kashmir issue, but the process was sabotaged by the Pakistan military who staged the Kargil conflict.

France invites Suu Kyi to July 14 fete in Yangon

Stepping up international pressure on Myanmar, France announced on Wednesday it had invited detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to the Bastille Day reception at its embassy in Yangon on July 14.

Security beefed up at Burmese Embassy

Police yesterday increased security at the Burmese Embassy and the ambassador's Bangkok residence after a tip-off from the military junta that dissident groups might storm the compound and kidnap diplomats to exchange for the release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Fears over US law

By Rungrawee C Pinyorat

Thai food exporters have expressed concern over possible damage to food exports to the United States as a result of the US Bioterrorism Act to be implemented in December.

Sri Lanka 'slipping back' to war

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga fears Tamil Tiger rebels are gearing up for war as Norwegian-backed peace talks remain deadlocked, her spokesman said on Wednesday.

Blair urges Myanmar junta to free Aung San Suu Kyi

British Prime Minister Tony Blair told Parliament on Wednesday that Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi must be released from prison immediately.