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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Islamic scholars conference to set up permanent secretariat

The World Conference of Islamic Scholars, which ended here on Saturday, endorsed a proposal to set up a permanent secretariat to be based in Kuala Lumpur.

Helping neighbouring economies 'will solve labour problem', says PM

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra reiterated his commitment to boost the economies of Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia, expressing confidence that this would help reduce the problem of illegal labourers in Thailand.

Malaysian man cuts off penis, fries, eats it

A Malaysian man, believed to be high on drugs and with a history of mental problems, cut off his own penis, fried it and ate it.

Tamil Nadu Govt employees call off strike

Faced with the tough stand taken by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, government employees in Tamil Nadu on Saturday called off their 11-day strike, a day after the Madras High Court declined to intervene in the dismissal of the strikers under ESMA.

The tragedy of a double life

Marjorie Wallace - The Observer

The Bijani sisters died seeking independence. Many other twins, joined or not, face the same dilemma.

Sri Lanka peace talks set for long haul

Sri Lanka will try to revive its stalled talks with Tamil Tiger rebels this week with fresh proposals, but analysts and diplomats say a final peace deal could be years away.

Three held for forging UN refugee cards

Police have charged a Thai and two Burmese nationals with making and selling fake refugee identification cards, normally issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

New Belgian government repeals war crimes law

Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt took office as head of a new government on Saturday and immediately moved to replace a controversial war crimes law that has been used in attempts to indict US leaders for crimes against humanity.

US to use economic pressure on Yangon

The United States plans to pressure Myanmar's military junta for change using economic measures.

Separated in their death, conjoined twin sisters laid to rest

Several thousand Iranians, defying scorching summer heat, converged at this remote village in Shiraz
Saturday to have Laleh and Ladan Bijani interred, as the fused twin
sisters's dreams of living separate lives realized only in death.

Iranian twins buried side by side, in two graves

By Saeed Komeijani

Iranian twins Ladan and Laleh Bijani were buried side by side, but in different graves on Saturday as thousands mourned the conjoined sisters whose determination to lead separate lives touched people around the world.

NC snaps ties with NDA

Ten months after losing power in Jammu and Kashmir, the National Conference today snapped ties with the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre citing differences over handling of the Kashmir issue and communal violence in Gujarat.

Tigers say ready for war as Tamil party slams Israel visit

Tamil Tiger rebels have raised the stakes in Sri lanka's faltering peace process by stating that they were ready for war in case of a change of government.