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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

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Pope to make key appointments

Pope John Paul II has spent part of his summer vacation at Castel Gandolfo deciding on nominations to fill top Vatican posts soon to be made vacant by compulsory retirement, UPI reported quoting church sources.

EU envoys condemn Sri Lanka slayings, ask Tigers to resume talks

Envoys from European Union nations expressed concern that political slayings blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels were undermining the island's peace bid and asked the guerrillas to resume talks.

Three carts, two Muslims held allegedly by LTTE demanding Rs. 60,000 ransom

by Norman Palihawadana

Three Muslims who had gone to the Pudur Forest in Polonnaruwa with three bullock carts to cut firewood had been held hostage by the LTTE in demand of a Rs. 60,000 ransom.

JSS wants CBK to take over Defence

The Jathika Sanga Sammelanaya wants President Chandrika Kumaratunga to take over the Defence Ministry in response to the deteriorating security situation in the country, particularly in the north-east.

US citizen leads LTTE campaign for Interim Council

by Bandula Jayasekara

Participation of a US citizen, Visuvanathan Rudrakumar, at the on-going LTTE parley in Paris convened to draft counter proposals for the government’s proposed interim adminstrative set-up for the North and the East has raised many eyebrows in diplomatic and political circles.

LTTE to extend Paris talks

by Ranga Jayasuriya

Norwegian special envoy Eric Solheim met the LTTE members working on counter proposals in Paris as they were planning to wrap up deliberations and LTTE sources hinted at the possibility of the talks being extended for a few days.

Mulayam asked to form Govt, to take oath Friday

Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav was invited by Uttar Pradesh Governor Vishnu Kant Shastri to form government in the state, ending three-day political crisis triggered by collapse of Mayawati-led BSP-BJP coalition

Earth's neighbour passes by

By Tim Radford: The Guardian - Science Editor

Mars made its nearest approach to Earth for 60,000 years at 10.51am and provided astronomers with the most spectacular pictures of the red planet ever taken.

Thai troops put off departure to Iraq

The deployment of the first contingent of Thai army engineers and machinery to Iraq, scheduledto leave for Karbala on Thursday evening to assist the country's post-war reconstruction, has been delayed.

Chavalit Prophecy: Role for Suu Kyi in junta

By Piyanart Srivalo

Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi would soon become a player in the military-dominated government in Rangoon, Deputy Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh boldly predicted.

Warning To Ambassadors: Sell our products or you'll be retired

By Rungrawee C Pinyorat

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday threatened to decommission poor-performing ambassadors, suggesting early retirement for those who fail to open markets for Thai products abroad

Chavalit: Burma's war on drugs on track

Deputy Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh said that counter-narcotics cooperation with Burma is moving in the right direction, pointing to a number of co-ordination centres along the border as evidence.

Arafat accuses U.S. of interfering in internal affairs

Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat
accused the United States of meddling
in internal Palestinian affairs after the White
House criticized his appointment of a national
security advisor.

Burma’s Changes got China's advanced blessings.

The latest reshuffle in Burma's top leadership became operational, following the green light by Beijing, said a leader of a 'Ceasefire Group' from northern Shan State.

China Promote bilateral Relation with Burma.

China will promote bilateral
relations with Burma to ensure stability and
development even as sanctions are leveled against
Rangoon by the United States and other nations, states
a media report recently filed by AFP with Beijing dateline

Security preparations begin for Ariel Sharon visit

Security officials have begun preparations for the visit here next month of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, one of the most heavily guarded leaders in the world.

Palestine Foreign Minister arriving on a three-day visit

Palestine Foreign Minister Nabil Sha'ath will arrive on a three-day official visit on August 29 for talks with Indian leadership on a host of issues including developments in the Middle East peace process and the Iraq situation

The day Mars came calling

At 3.21 p.m. (Indian Standard Time) on Wednesday 27 August, Mars came the closest to Earth in 60,000 years, and people in the Indian capital kept trooping in to the planetarium to watch the red planet despite warnings of doom from astrologers.

Mars makes its closest pass to Earth in 60,000 years

Mars, the planet the ancients feared and revered as the Red One, the Fiery One, or Death Star, made its closest pass to Earth in 60,000 years Wednesday, glowing a pale orange in a moonless night sky.

Myanmar gives green light to economic road link

A Thai private sector company has begun construction on a Bt2.8 billion road linking this southern province of Prachuap Khiri Khan with Tenasserim and Myeik in Myanmar, following authorization from Myanmar’s Mon State.