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Sharon is a punk, says ambassador

By Donald Macintyre

The new French ambassador to Israel was involved in a diplomatic row after a report that he had called Israel a "paranoid country" and its Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, "a punk".

Don’t Ignore HIV/AIDS, Governments Advised

Governments from around the region
today discussed strategies to prevent HIV/AIDS devastating Asia and the
Pacific, the same way as in Africa at a landmark UNESCAP gathering in

SLMM notified of second LTTE camp close to Wan-Ela

by Ranil Wijayapala

The Security Forces Commander in Trincomalee Major General Sunil Tennekoon has written to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission Chief requesting him to verify facts provided by the civilians about another LTTE camp close to the controversial Wan-Ela camp in Kinniya.

Tigers enforce new petrol tax

by T. Chandrasekera and Mohammed Ghouse - Divaina corrs

The LTTE has demanded all petrol sheds in the Eastern Province to pay a tax of one rupee from every petrol litre and 75 cents from every diesel litre with effect from yesterday. Further, to this demand they had increased the tax from Rs 25 to Rs 250 levied from the Muslim businessmen in the Chenkalady market.

MoU paves way for Eelam says SMM study

by Saman Indrajith

The Students’ Movement for Motherland (SMM) says a study by them reveals that the one-and-half-year period after the ceasefire agreement between the LTTE and the Government paved the way for Eelam.

Ranil challenges CBK's view

Assuring President Chandrika Kumaratunga that the government is pursuing with every effort to get the LTTE camp in Manirasakulam removed, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has told her that acting on the basis of political expediency at a time like this, is in his view, not the correct approach.

Tamil group plans demo in east

A pro-LTTE Tamil group said it would hold a day of mourning in the east, raising fears of renewed ethnic tensions in the area.

Thai Welcome: Mythical spectacular planned for delegates

By Tanita Saenkhum & Niwat Apichartbutr

State and business leaders from 21 Asia-Pacific economies will be treated to a performance next month about how the world and the cosmos were created according to Hindu mythology.

Garland vendors agree to halt sales during APEC meeting

Families who make a living by making jasmine garlands to sell to vendors at some of the capital’s busiest traffic intersections have reluctantly agreed to stop selling during the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leadership summit in October as part of a ‘clean up the city’ operation.

Ministry of Labor gives green light for import of 500,000 foreign workers

The Ministry of Labour will soon allow the legal import of foreign workers to serve entrepreneurs of five local business sectors shunned by Thai workers, according to Labour Minister Suwat Liptapanlop.

\"Saddam\" tape urges attacks on Iraq's occupiers

By Rosalind Russell

A tape purportedly from Saddam Hussein denied on Monday he had any part in postwar Iraq's bloodiest bombing but urged more attacks on the occupiers as his U.S.-appointed successors put more power in Iraqi hands.

Myanmar seeks India's help in building up its Air Force

Myanmar sought India's cooperation in building up its Air Force as the country's visiting Commander in Chief Major General Myat Hein held wide ranging discussions with Air Chief Marshal S Krishnaswamy.

Fresh outcry over Burma as Suu Kyi goes on hunger strike

By Phil Reeves: Asia Correspondent

Britain demanded Burma's military junta immediately end the three-month imprisonment of Aung San Suu Kyi after the United States said she was on hunger strike, and expressed "deep concern" for her health.

Bangladesh Army Seized Arms Cache from Rakhine Armed Groups of Western Burma.

The Bangladesh army seized cache of arms, ammunition and equipment from Rakhine armed groups belonging to Western Burma.

Standard & Poor's upgrades India's banking sector outlook

Standard and Poor's Ratings Services said Monday it had upgraded the outlook for the Indian banking system but warned that the industry risks in the country remain high relative to other developed banking markets.

Kelly 'betrayed', says widow

Dr David Kelly said that he felt "totally let down and betrayed" by the Ministry of Defence after it released his name to reporters, his widow Janice has told the Hutton Inquiry.

Qathafi declared agreement over Yota; Lockerbie ended and a new page with the west

Libya's Leader of the Revolution Colonel Muammar al Qathafi announced that Libya reached an agreement with France on additional compensations for the families of the victims of the French Yota" plane, which blew up in 1989 over al-Niger.

Report inviting Sonia are \"baseless\": Karunanidhi

The DMK described reports that it had invited Congress president Sonia Gandhi for a rally here on September 17, as "baseless".