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Torture or death sentence? - Queries Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma )

An elected Member of Parliament has been hospitalized for urgent medical treatment after being tortured in an State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) interrogation center.

Experts say twins' surgery ethically justified

The attempt to separate Laleh and Ladan Bijani, who died during an unprecedented, four-day operation in Singapore, was probably ethically justified despite its disastrous conclusion, several ethicists said

UK to fingerprint all Lankans

Britain announced plans to scan finger-prints of Sri Lankans applying for visas as part of the efforts to contain immigration and asylum abuse in the United Kingdom.

Separated Nepali twins stable two years on - Doctors

Nepali twins Ganga and Jamuna Shrestha, once joined at the head, are stable two years after surgeons in Singapore separated their fused skulls but neither can walk yet, a doctor and family members said.

SPUR calls for investigative body

Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka (SPUR) yesterday called upon President Chandrika Kumaratunga to appoint a permanent body to investigate the instances of ministerial interference in the day-to day activities of the defence forces and departments like the customs, which they feel poses a threat to the existence of the nation.

LTTE links in killings: Marapana

In a surprise move by the government Defence Minister Tilak Marapana yesterday condemned the killing of intelligence operatives and said that there was a clear link between majority of the killings and the LTTE.

Forced Labour Still Continuing in the Arakan State of Western Burma.

Forced labour is still continuing in Arakan State of Western Burma. As part of State Peace and Development Council’s (SPDC’s) design, the Commander of the Battalion No.565 of Burma Army in Buthidaung Township ordered the Rohingya villagers of Nan Ra Gon, San Nyin Way (Lambarbil-East) and Quendaung villages to construct a bridge on the “Dabruchaung River”, according to our correspondent.

Ladan, Laleh Remain Conjoined in Heaven

Iran plunged into shock and grief on Tuesday after conjoined twins died in high-risk surgery aimed at giving the sisters a chance to lead separate lives.

“Saddam” gives out instructions in new tape

Two Middle Eastern television channels broadcast Tuesday what they claimed was a new audio tape by toppled Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Amarnath pilgrims complain of chaos, harassment

By H. Joshi, Indo-Asian News Service

This winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir is again awash with saffron, thanks to the presence of hundreds of sadhus waiting their turn to trudge up to the cave shrine of Amarnath.

Pak open for talks with India

Even as India has ruled out any talks between Foreign Secretary Kanwal Sibal and his Pakistani counterpart Riaz Khokar during the ongoing SAARC Standing Committee here, the latter today said he was open for any dialogue.

Begging Diplomacy: The Burmese Foreign Minister’s Whirlwind Trip

Countries in the Asian region should forcefully ignore Burma’s request to reject the pressure from United Nations, United States and European Union calling for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Norway peace envoys in talks with Sri Lanka rebels

Norwegian peace envoys began fresh efforts on Tuesday to revive Sri Lanka's stalled peace process, travelling to the rebel-held north to meet Tamil Tiger leaders.

India Asks U.S. To Extradite Former Union Carbide Chairman

The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB) and survivors organizations have prompted the Indian government to serve a longstanding notice to the U.S. government to extradite former Union Carbide Chairman Warren Anderson.

600 feared dead in Bangladesh ferry disaster

An overcrowded river ferry has capsized in turbulent waters in southern Bangladesh, and about 600 people are missing and feared dead, rescue officials said today.

Twin's Adopted Dad Angry

The adoptive father of Ladan and Laleh, who lived with them for 27 years, is sad but also bitter and angry at their deaths.