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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2559

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China: Police Violence Against HIV-Positive Protestors Escalates: Henan Authorities Deepen AIDS Cover-up

Police in Henan province are increasingly using arbitrary arrests and violence against HIV-positive protestors seeking access to treatment.

Thai govt struggles with Myanmar policy after Suu Kyi detention

By Samantha Brown

Thailand’s government is struggling to adopt a coherent stance on Myanmar following its military-ruled neighbour’s detention of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi more than a month ago.

Norwegians 'are dirtiest men and women of Europe'

Norway is home to some of Europe’s dirtiest people, according to a survey. The study found seven per cent of people in Norway changed their underwear only once a week.

Ex-Jaffna GA charged in RRAN fund fraud

The Criminal Investigation Department on Monday filed a case in the Jaffna Magistrate’s Court, charging that a former Government Agent, K. Shanmuganathan, defrauded about forty million rupees allocated by the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Authority for North (RRAN), the TamilNet reported

112 killed by LTTE after MoU

by Kalinga Weerakkody

The LTTE has so far claimed the lives of 112 persons since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Sri Lanka government in February 22 last year.

Sydney Declaration: Bring the Case of Burma to the United Nations Security Council

At a special meeting of the recently held in Sydney Australia, Members of the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB) and the Members of Parliament Union-Burma (MPU-Burma): “Reaffirmed that the Tabayin Incident on 30 May was a premeditated attack to eliminate the leadership of the democracy movement ordered by Senior General Than Shwe, chairman of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), and members of the SPDC.”

EU asks Japan to press Myanmar to release Suu Kyi

A senior European Union (EU) official has called on Japan and other Asian countries to increase pressure on Myanmar's military rulers to release detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Twins Return in Separate Coffins to Iran

By Ali Akbar Dareini - Associated Press Writer

Friends wept and a military band played solemn music Thursday as coffins with the bodies of formerly conjoined twins Ladan and Laleh Bijani arrived in their homeland for burial.

Tamil Nadu employees' strike enters ninth day

The indefinite strike by Tamil Nadu Government employees and teachers entered the ninth day even as the High Court sought written submissions today from the agitators who have moved the High Court challenging amendment to ESMA and action against them.

Sri Lanka defence minister visits Israel

Sri Lankan Defence Minister Tilak Marapane left for Israel today on a previously unannounced visit, official sources said.

Myanmar FM calls on President, PM

Foreign Minister U. Win Aung, the Special Envoy of Myanmar’s Head of State, called on the President, General Pervez Pervez Musharraf at the Aiwan-I-Sadr.

Singapore mourners farewell Bijani twins

The bodies of Iranian conjoined twins Laleh and Ladan Bijani are being flown back to Iran, following an Islamic prayer service in Singapore to mark their deaths during the operation to separate them.

The Dream They Died For

"Our biggest dream is to be separated physically and live the rest of our lives as independent individuals." - Laleh Bijani. They had wanted to be separated for as long as they could remember: Here are the milestones in their 29-year journey.

Twins head home, dream fulfilled in death

When she left Iran seven months ago, Laleh Bijani asked: 'Will our dreams come true?' Her twin sister, Ladan, joined to her at the head since birth, responded: 'We can't think otherwise.'

Laleh, Ladan Mourned After Surgery

Two coffins draped in black sheets embroidered with gold lay on the floor of a Singapore mosque on Wednesday as mourners bade farewell to Iranians Ladan and Laleh, whose lives as conjoined twins ended after a pioneering separation operation.

Myanmar backs Pakistan's entry into ASEAN

Visiting Myanmar Foreign Minister Yowan Aang Wednesday said his country fully supported Pakistan's bid for membership of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Former Iraqi interior minister and another top official detained by US forces

Two more top Iraqi officials from the "US most wanted list" have been taken into custody.

Laos frees Western journalists

Two European journalists and a US citizen sentenced to 15 years in prison in Laos left the country on a Lao Airline plane bound for Bangkok.

Sri Lankan army, Tamil rebels deadlocked over rebel camp

The Sri Lankan military and the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels continued to be deadlocked on Wednesday over the issue of the construction of a new camp by the rebels in the country's east, Defense officials said.

AIDS & Condom Use: Call for national campaign

By Usa Shevajumroen & Mukdawan Sakboon

The government must step up its fight against the spread of HIV/Aids and continue its policy of providing condoms for sex workers in brothels, an Aids conference was told.