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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

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Nigeria: No Justice For Kaduna Killings

Not a single member of the Nigerian police or security forces has been charged with dozens of killings during the "Miss World" riots in Kaduna last November.

Supreme Court calls for common civil code

The Supreme Court called for "a common civil code" in India while striking down a law that does not allow a Christian to bequeath property for charitable purposes if he has close relatives.

ASEAN, ASEM to urge Suu Kyi release - Philippines

By Jane Macartney and Jerry Norton

Southeast Asian countries and an Asia-Europe foreign ministers conference will urge Myanmar this week to release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the Philippines foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Myanmar frees 91 detained Suu Kyi supporters

By Aung Hla Tun

Military-ruled Myanmar, under growing pressure to release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said on Wednesday 91 activists had been freed since a bloody clash in late May sparked a fresh crackdown on dissent.

India awaiting explicit UN mandate on Iraq: Sinha

Rejecting the Opposition charge that India was under US pressure to send troops to Iraq, External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha today told the Lok Sabha that India was looking for a "more explicit" UN mandate to consider the issue.

Ceremony at Jaffna university disrupted: LTTE manhandles Rehab. Minister

by Divaina Corr. T. Chandrasekere in Jaffna

The LTTE yesterday denied entry to Rehabilitation Minister Dr. Jayalath Jayawardene to participate at a ceremony at the Jaffna University to divest the authority of 55 schools located in the high security zones in Jaffna back to the education sector.

Hartal against arrest of LTTEers continues for second day

By Norman Palihawadana

The hartal continued for the second day yesterday (22) in all areas in the Batticaloa district over the arrest of LTTE members.

Point-Pedro port activities to be expanded

Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA) has taken over the Point Pedro port to expand its activities in loading and unloading of essential items such as food, medicine, fertiliser, clothes and fuel to the North. Sources said earlier it functioned under the Jaffna Government Agent.

Asean calls meeting on Burma

Asean foreign ministers will hold an ad-hoc meeting today on the Indonesian resort island of Bali to discuss the political deadlock in Burma, amid mounting international pressure for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

UK queen honours Thai-trained monk

A British Buddhist monk has been decorated by Queen Elizabeth for his long service to prisoners in Britain, becoming the first Buddhist monk to receive such an honour.

Prime Minister's Birthday: Premier poops party

Having looked forward to pleasing their leader Thaksin Shinawatra with a lavish birthday banquet, Thai Rak Thai Party members in charge of preparing the event were disappointed to learn that the prime minister prefers a modest function.

Repair Works of Maungdaw James-Mosque in Burma’s Arakan State, Halted Again

The Chairman of the Maungdaw Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC) Capt. Hla Poo had issued an order On 11 July 2003, to stop again all the repair works of the Maungdaw Jame-Mosque.

Uday, Qusay Killed

By Barbara Ferguson • Arab News Correspondent

Uday and Qusay, the two sons of Saddam Hussein, were killed yesterday in a major US military raid in northern Iraq, US Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez said in Baghdad.

US confirms Saddam sons killed

Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusai were killed in a six-hour firefight, when U.S. forces surrounded and then stormed a palatial villa in the northern Iraqi town of Mosul, a senior American general said. "We are certain that Uday and Qusai were killed today," said Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez at a news conference in Baghdad.

Egypt: Homosexual Prosecutions Overturned: Internet Arrests, Harassments Continue

The acquittal by a Cairo appeals court of eleven men earlier convicted of consensual homosexual conduct is a step forward, but arrests and harassment of men who have sex with men continue in Egypt.
The appeals court overturned the convictions on July 20.

Southeast Asia calls special talks on Myanmar

By Nopporn Wong-Anan and Darren Schuettler

Thailand said on Tuesday military-ruled Myanmar's expulsion from a southeast Asian bloc would not be on the table when regional foreign ministers meet this week to discuss that country's political crisis.

India, Sri Lanka to re-establish microwave link

A microwave communication link between Rameswaram in India and Talaimannar in Sri Lanka is to be re-established by November after a gap of over a decade.

ASEAN waiting response from Myanmar

The ten-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is "impatiently waiting response from Myanmar" in regards with the detention of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and calls for the acceleration of reconciliation and democratization process in the country, Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda said Wednesday.