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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702

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Hundreds of thousands seen off al-Hakim in al-Najaf

The mourning which overwhelmed the funeral of Muhammad Baqer al-Hakim in al-Najaf, Iraq, was given a political dimension by his brother Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, the deputy chairman of the Higher Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, in very strong criticism of the American occupation forces which he held responsible for Friday's massacre in Imam Ali shrine and called on these forces to leave Iraq, immediately.

Tiger rebels say truce depends on government action

By Scott McDonald

The future of an 18-month-old ceasefire in Sri Lanka's ethnic war depends on how the government responds to a Tamil Tiger rebel proposal on power-sharing.

Jaya sacks Minister - Natarajan returns

In a sudden move, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today sacked Labour Minister A Anwer Rhazza from her cabinet and reinducted V T Natarajan.

Norwegian Labour Party under fire for fielding LTTEer

by Bandula Jayasekara

Prestigious and largest circulating Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten has taken the Norwegian Labour Party to task for fielding the LTTE leader in Norway, Yogarajah Balasingham alias Rajah alias Bhaskaran as one of its candidates for Oslo Municipality.

Thamilselvan arrives today with LTTE proposals

By Dinith Karunaratne

Leader of the political wing of the LTTE Thamilselvan was scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka early morning today carrying the Tiger alternatives to government proposals regarding the interim administrative council.

LTTE trains

The Sri Lanka Navy had spotted nine LTTE attack craft engaged in training exercises off the general sea area of Mullaitivu.

First Thai troops depart today for mission in Iraq

By Supaporn Boonmee, & Kiatisak Chitmetta

Twenty-one handpicked military officers will today leave Bangkok for a six-month mission to aid in the reconstruction of Iraq.

Terrorist list endorsed

The Cabinet has endorsed the addition of a United Nations-compiled list of terrorist organisations that includes Jemaah Islamiyah to the recently issued anti-terrorism decrees.

'JI terrorists' plead not guilty to bomb plot

Four alleged Thai members of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terrorist group yesterday pleaded not guilty to charges that they plotted to bomb foreign embassies and tourist destinations in Thailand.

Shots Fired at UK Mission in Tehran

By Edmund Blair: Reuters

Iran’s ambassador in London has returned home amid simmering tensions over Britain’s arrest of a former Iranian diplomat, made worse yesterday by a drive-by shooting at the British Embassy building in Tehran.

Burma: Release Aung San Suu Kyi Immediately

China, Japan, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations should work for the immediate and unconditional release of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her supporters, Human Rights Watch urged.

Rangoon bargains with Wa: military cooperation for drug exoneration

Following last months's two clashes between Thai and Wa forces that netted a million speed pills and 12 Wa dead by Thai authorities, Panghsang is holding another meeting to consider Rangoon's proposal for a military alliance in exchange for its continued defense of the latter over drug charges, according to two separate sources.

Naidu for Milan to bid for Formula 1 race

After snatching the First Afro-Asian Games from New Delhi and hosting international sporting events including athletics and women's tennis during last one year, Hyderabad is aiming big.

China: Discrimination Fuels HIV/AIDS Crisis: Investigation Urged into Blood Infection Scandal

Widespread discrimination against
people with HIV/AIDS is fueling the spread of the epidemic in China,
Human Rights Watch charged.

Thais say they believe Suu Kyi not on hunger strike

Thailand said, it believed Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was not on hunger strike, as suggested by the United States and Myanmar exiles.