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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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Bombing at U.N. HQ in Iraq kills 17: Top U.N. envoy among the dead in suicide blast at Baghdad hotel

A truck bomb exploded at the hotel housing the U.N. headquarters in the Iraqi capital Tuesday, killing at least 17 people and wounding more than 100 others, U.S. officials said. The chief U.N. official in Iraq was among 15 workers killed in the deadliest attack on the United Nations in its history.

Ferial warns of Muslim uprising

As the tension grew in the Trincomalee district over the killing of two more Muslim youths, National Unity Alliance Leader Ferial Ashraff warned that Muslim youth might be forced to take to arms if the government remained silent on the attacks and intimidation of Muslims in the East.

Angry Hakeem hits out

By Shakuntala Perera and Sajeewan Wijewardena

An angry Minister and SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem hit out at the LTTE, the SLMM and NUA leader Ferial Ashraff over the current tension in the East.

LTTE imprisons four seniors for rape and fraud

by Saman Indrajith

The LTTE leadership in the East has ordered that four of its senior cadres be imprisoned after they were found guilty of charges of fraud and rape.

We don’t approve of killings - TNA

Tamil National Alliance and TULF Secretary General MP R. Sampanthan said that he nor his party would approve the killing of Muslims in the East.

PM pledges to strengthen security in East

by Rashomi Silva

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has agreed to strengthen security in the East when he met the Port and Rehabilitating Minister and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauff Hakeem on Monday night.

UN staffers call for tighter security: UN Staff in Bangkok mourn the death of Iraq colleagues

United Nations staffers based in Bangkok observed a minute's silence today in memory of their colleagues who died in the UN's office in Iraq.

Lanka president warns of threats to peace process

By Lindsay Beck

Sri Lanka's president said that a breakdown in human rights, including a string of killings, in the north and east was a threat to the island's efforts to end two decades of civil war.

Thai PM declares war on Myanmar drug traffickers

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, whose bloody domestic war on drugs caused an outcry from human rights groups, ordered Thai soldiers to kill Myanmar traffickers bringing drugs into Thailand.

Tributes paid to Rajiv Gandhi

Tributes were paid to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 59th birth anniversary.

India to buy 1.4 million barrels of Iraqi crude

India's state-owned Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) is in the process of finalising a deal to buy 1.4 million barrels of crude oil from Iraq.

Top SE Asia terrorist suspect questioned by international interrogators

Hambali is being questioned by a team of international interrogators, including a Thai police officer from Special Branch, as well as intelligence officers from the United States and Indonesia.

Border guards on heightened terror alert

Immigration checkpoints around the country have been tightened in anticipation of the movement of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and al-Qaeda operatives following last week's arrest in Thailand of Hambali - one of JI's top leaders.

Iraq: Human Rights Watch Mourns Death of Sergio Vieira de Mello

The death of U.N. Special Envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello is a shocking loss not only to the United Nations and people of Iraq but to the cause of human rights.

Turmoil in LS over members seeking to table documents

Lok Sabha plunged into repeated turmoil over attempts by members seeking to table documents to embarass Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Leader of Opposition Sonia Gandhi but Speaker Manohar Joshi staved off trouble by his rulings.

DMK speaks in two voices

DMK leader and environment and forests minister T.R. Baalu rose in defence of the Vajpayee government during the no-trust debate today, as expected.

No-trust motion rejected - Vajpayee pleads for unity

By Deepshika Ghosh: Indo-Asian News Service

Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government sailed through an opposition-backed vote of no confidence by 312 to 186 votes in the Lok Sabha early Wednesday after a dragging high decibel debate that assumed the tone of pre-poll rhetoric.

20 Killed in Jerusalem Bus Attack

By Nazir Majally • Asharq Al-Awsat

A Palestinian blew up a bus packed with ultra-Orthodox Jews, killing at least 20 people and wounding 80

Thailand's crown prince visits Australia

Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is on an official visit to Australia, and is currently visiting Cairns in far north Queensland.

Vieira De Mello's Death 'Bitter Blow' For United Nations, - UN Secretary General

The loss of Sergio Vieira de Mello is a bitter blow for the United Nations,
and for me personally, said Kofi Annan in a statement