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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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HC grants bail to Azhagiri

Madras High Court granted bail to DMK President M Karunanidhi's son M K Azhagiri, who was arrested in connection with the murder of former Tamil Nadu Minister T Kiruttinan in May last.

Suicide bomber hits Israeli shopping centre: police

An explosion has ripped through a shopping centre in central Israel, killing at least one person and wounding seven.

\"Release all arrested on May 30th\" – Women Activists Appeal to Burmese Strong-man

Burmese women political activists appealed to the Burmese military strong-man for the immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all the other political prisoners.

Peace talks again with new vigour

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said peace talks between the Government and the LTTE would resume soon and would be continued with new vigour.

SLMM probes: LTTE attack on <i>Thinamurasu</i>

Deputy head of the the ceasefire monitoring mission Hagrup Haukland said that they were in the process of inquiring into a complaint that the LTTE prevented transportation of ‘Thinamurasu’ weekly and set fire to 5,000 copies in Valaichchenai. directed our office in Batticaloa to investigate this complaint.

LTTE blocking Interior Minister in Jaffna: Protests an inside job says John

by Norman Palihawadana and T. Chandrasekera

The protest in Jaffna during Interior Minister John Amaratunga’s visit has triggered a bitter verbal clash between Amaratunga and his Gampaha District colleague Rehabilitation Minister Jayalath Jayawardena.

SLMM has no mandate to investigate political killings - Haukland

by Ranil Wijayapala

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission Acting Chief Hagrup Haukland reacting to human rights groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said that they have no mandate, capacity or capability to investigate political killings.

Free heart surgery for 7,200 patients to honour HM Queen’s birthday

As Thailand celebrated the 71st birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, the Ministry of Public Health announced that it was offering free heart surgery to 7,200 patients in honour of the nation’s beloved queen.

Winnie Mandela in Dhaka as women's court member

South African leader Nelson Mandela's former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's participation in a South Asian Women's Court in Bangladesh has raised eyebrows since she is still appealing a prison sentence for fraud.

U.S. clears sale of Israeli Phalcon radars to India

By Vasantha Arora: Indo-Asian News Service

The U.S. has confirmed that it has given Israel the green signal to sell India the Phalcon airborne warning and control system (AWACS) worth nearly $1 billion.

The Queen gives a glimpse into her life, King's advice

Her Majesty the Queen, who turns 71 today, gave a rare glimpse into her activities that reflected her intimate relationship with His Majesty the King.

Peace Road Map: Razali urges coordination on Burma

By Don Pathan

UN envoy warns push for reconciliation should not be seen as a solely Thai initiative.

Liberia's Taylor resigns, to leave country

By Clar Ni Chonghaile

Liberia's President Charles Taylor resigned under pressure from the United States which hopes his departure will speed an end to violence that has gripped Liberia and West Africa for nearly 14 years.

Taylor goes into exile in Nigeria

Charles Taylor reluctantly gave up power Monday as president of Liberia and went into exile in Nigeria. Liberia’s main rebel group declared its years-long insurgency over, and three U.S. warships appeared on the horizon off the coast to support a long-awaited peacekeeping operation.

LTTE’s counter proposals for expert fine-tuning

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has said it would now seek opinion from the legal and constitutional experts after its leadership has drafted a set of 'comprehensive counter proposals, to the Government's fresh offer for the creation of an interim administrative structure.

Iran Says Its Right to Peaceful Nuclear Technology Must Be Recognized

Iran said that it will continue its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), but its rights of access to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes must be recognized.

New anti-terror legislation in Thailand

Thailand has introduced a new anti-terrorism law.

New US Visa \"Prostitute\" Query Shocks Saudis

By Mohammed Alkhereiji & Essam Al-Ghalib

The new US non-immigrant visa application forms have been met with dismay in the Kingdom.

West Africa: Taylor Must Face Justice, Nigeria Must Not Allow Impunity to Reign

Nigerian authorities must arrest Liberian ex-President Charles Taylor and deliver him to the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

PM defends decision to introduce anti-terrorism decrees

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra defended his decision to issue anti-terrorism measures by executive decree, saying that waiting for legislation to pass through the parliament would cause delays that could jeopardise Thailand’s security.