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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2552

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Abu-Mazen's Resignation is a Victory for Sharon: Arafat's Life is in Immediate Danger!

There is an immediate danger that Sharon may exploit the new situation in order to kill Arafat, under the pretext that s omething happened to him during an operation to deport him abroad. The chief of Army Intelligence, General Amos ilad, has hinted as much on Israeli TV.

Asia rights group demands Myanmar free Suu Kyi

By Vissuta Pothong

A leading Asian rights body staged a solidarity fast in Thailand's capital , demanding the release of Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to mark the 100th day of her detention by Myanmar's military junta.

Maran re-admitted at Apollo Hospital

After a gap of nearly 10 months, Union Minister Murasoli Maran was re-admitted to the Apollo Hospital here in the wee hours today for further treatment.

Sharon's historic visit to India Monday

After a gap of nearly 10 months, Union Minister Murasoli Maran was re-admitted to the Apollo Hospital for further treatment.

President undecided on de-merger

by S. Selvakumar

President Chandrika Bandaranaike is yet to arrive at a decision with regard to the status of North and East authoritative sources told the Sunday Observer dismissing speculations, that she had taken a firm stand on the de-merger issue.

LTTE embargoes aid meeting again

By Chris Kamalendran

In an apparent bid to prevent the aid pledged by the international community being released to the government, the LTTE has decided to boycott next week's follow- up meeting of the Tokyo donor conference to be held in Colombo under the chairmanship of Japan's special peace envoy Yasushi Akashi.

The flag flies whatever SLMM says

The Scandinavian monitors have declared that the flying of the LTTE flag in government controlled areas is a provocative act and a violation of the ceasefire agreement.

Navy backs Kadir’s claims of LTTE Trinco threat

by Shamindra Ferdinando

Navy headquarters corroborated former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar’s recent claim that the Tigers now pose an immense threat to the port city of Trincomalee. Kadirgamar also warned India of serious security implications if the LTTE succeeded in fortifying their positions in and around Trincomalee.

Israeli weapons deal: Defence minister replies without naming Rajitha

Defence Minister Tilak Marapana has responded to criticism over the proposed purchase of weapons for the naval fast attack craft without naming Lands Minister Rajitha Senaratne, his most vocal and public critic, who last week fuelled the controversy.

'OTOP fair' attracts 200,000 visitors: PM

The government-sponsored one tambon, one product (OTOP) trade fair, being held at the Impact Exhibition Centre, Muang Thong Thani, in Nonthaburi province is expected to attract up to 200,000 visitors.

Bangladesh Repatriated 2858 Rohingya Refugees to Burma.

Some 2858 Rohingya refugees returned to Burma from Bangladesh. This was the repatriation figure of the Rohingya refugees for the month of August 2003

Yassin Targeted

By Saleh Al-Neami, Asharq Al-Awsat

Israel attempted to wipe out top Hamas leaders as they assembled for a meeting here. Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin was wounded along with 15 other people in an airstrike on a house in the teeming Gaza City.

US works to salvage Middle East peace plan

The United States is striving to salvage its "road map" to Middle East peace after Palestinian Prime Minister Abu Mazen's resignation further tore at the already frayed blueprint.

Single Asean mart earlier than 2020?

By Bhagyashree Garekar

PM Goh and Thai Premier Thaksin to push for accelerating the creation of the Asean Economic Community in Bali next month.

U.S., Chief Beneficiary of Hakim's Assassination: Analyst

nalyst on Middle East affairs, Mohammed Bozorgzadeh said that the U.S. is the chief beneficiary of the assassination of Ayatollah Mohammed Baqer al-Hakim.

Hamas threatens to kill Sharon after missile strike

The Palestinian Islamic militant group Hamas threatened to assassinate Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon after an Israeli air strike wounded its spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.

Arafat calls for urgent Fatah Central Committee meeting

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat called for an urgent meeting of Fatah Central Committee to discussa resignation presented by premier Mahmoud Abbas earlier on Saturday.

Lankan Army will not fire first at LTTE

The Sri Lankan army will not fire the first shot, if a 19-month-old cease-fire with Tamil Tiger rebels crumbles.

Washington finds road map in tatters

The United States has reacted with dismay after Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmud Abbas' resignation further ripped into its already fraying blueprint for peace.