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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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Iraq: No Amnesty for Mass Murderers: U.S. and U.K. Should Not Offer Immunity for Information

U.S. and U.K. officials should not offer former senior Iraqi leaders amnesty or immunity from prosecution in exchange for providing information on Saddam Hussein or weapons of mass destruction, Human Rights Watch said.

Japan tells Myanmar of ODA suspension over Suu Kyi

Japan told Myanmar that it will suspend new official development assistance (ODA) unless the junta releases pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi at an early date, Japanese officials said.

World Communities' Intervention in Burma is Urgent and Unavoidable - NCUB

The National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB) in a statement on the present political situation of Burma appealed to the international community to coordinate with the United Nation’s Security Council in the Burma peace process.

Advani agrees to look into problems of fishermen

Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani has assured the National Fishworkers's Forum (NFF) to look into the problems faced by fishermen in border areas and find a permanent solution to their illegal detention by neighbouring countries.

BBL revises economic growth estimate down to 4.5%

Bangkok Bank, the country’s largest commercial bank, has revised the economic growth estimate down to 4.5%, from 3-5%, citing that the economy would take brunt of the epidemic of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Top Myanmar official arrives in Japan for talks

By Elaine Lies

A top Myanmar official arrived in Japan, with a message from the head of Yangon's ruling junta as Tokyo, a top aid donor, kept pressing the country to release pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Tigers boost peace bargaining with suicide bombers

By Amal Jayasinghe

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers are best known for their suicide attacks, and 16 years after their first strike the rebels are using their elite band of human bombs to boost bargaining power at peace talks.

Suu Kyi moved to Ye Mon military camp in Hlegu and other inside Burma News

Daw Su has been moved from the notorious Insein Prison compound to Ye Mon military camp in Hlegu Township.

Moragoda meets Patten

Minister M. Moragoda met yesterday with the European Commission’s External Relations Commissioner Christopher Patten, at the latter’s office at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

Anti-Burma campaigns staged by 11 exile groups

Eleven groups of Burmese dissidents have been running anti-Rangoon campaigns in Bangkok and some border provinces, police revealed.

Issue of gay monks debated

Ambiguity remains over whether homosexuals can enter the monkhood, as senior monks discuss the sensitive issue.

Raids on Police Posts: Gunmen kill 6 in Pattani attacks

In a renewed terror strike against police in the South, unidentified heavily-armed gunmen last night attacked checkpoints in three districts of Pattani, killing five policemen and a villager.

Palestinian’s Killing Deals Blow to Peace Hopes

by Nazir Majally • Asharq Al- Awsat

Hopes of peace were dealt a blow, when a Palestinian activist group threatened to end its freeze on anti-Israeli attacks after one of its members was shot dead and a Jewish settlement was targeted by a rocket attack.

US offers $25 million reward for information on Saddam whereabouts

The United States on Thursday offered a $25 million reward for information leading to Saddam Hussein's capture or proof that he is dead. Additionally, the U.S. offered another $15 million for similar information on each of the ousted Iraqi leader's sons, Udai and Qusai.

Strike braves jolt from Jaya

Undeterred by the dismissal warning by Jayalalithaa, the majority of the 12.5 lakh state government employees and teachers demanding restoration of pension and other benefits kept away from work for the second day across Tamil Nadu.

US no longer asking India to sign NPT: Sibal

Favouring a vibrant high-technology trade relationship with India, US is no longer asking New Delhi to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty and is expected to liberalise its exports of dual use goods later this year.

Suu Kyi bodyguards seek refuge at UN in Bangkok

Two Myanmar opposition activists took refuge in a U.N. office in Bangkok, after witnessing a bloody May 30 clash between pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's followers and government supporters.