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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2644

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Qrei agrees to assume the post of the Palestinian prime minister

The Palestinian President Yasser Arafat announced the consent of Ahmad Qrei to assume the post of the prime minister of the Palestinian government. This came following Qrei's meeting with the Palestinian President in his office in Ramullah, when a Palestinian official announced that Arafat notified the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization of Ahmad Qrei's consent on his assignment to form the new Palestinian government in succession of its resigned Prime minister Mahmoud Abbas.

Peace talks will be revived - PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe voiced confidence Tuesday that stalled peace talks with the LTTE could be revived but predicted tough and prolonged negotiations.

Sharon cuts short his visit

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is returning home, cutting short his visit to India following the twin bombings in Jerusalem killing 14 people.

POTA court denies bail to 8 MDMK partymen

A Designated POTA court denied bail to eight MDMK partymen charged under the anti-terrorist law alongwith with MDMK General Secretary Vaiko for speaking in favour of the banned LTTE at a public meeting last year.

Israel threatens Arafat after twin suicide bombings

By Matt Spetalnick

Back-to-back Palestinian suicide bombings that killed 15 people triggered Israeli threats to put Yasser Arafat in "solitary confinement" at his West Bank compound, cutting him off from the outside world.

Tamil Tigers to boycott aid meeting

By Scott McDonald

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels will boycott a Japanese-led meeting to discuss aid and reconstruction for the island after 20 years of civil war.

ASEAN armies to step up efforts in tackling terrorism

Army chiefs of member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, including Thai Army Chief Gen. Somtat Uttanun, who are attending the ASEAN Chiefs of Army Multilateral Meeting, in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, have focused on enhancing the regional network in combating terrorism.

Terror as innocents die in Israeli blunder

Three Palestinians were killed in a blundering assassination attempt by Israel as an F-16 fighter jet tried to take out a senior Hamas political leader.

Myanmar police general says Aung San Suu Kyi can't be freed immediately

Myanmar's military rulers say they won't release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi anytime soon.

Quraya accepts PM nomination

Palestinian parliamentary speaker, Ahmad Quraya has accepted his nomination by President Yasir Arafat as the next prime minister.

Stronger SLFP-JVP offensive against govt. to follow — Anura

by Cyril Wimalasurendre

Moving away from talks for an alliance between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is only a "temporary divorce".

Govt., LTTE officials meet in Berne for security conference

By Sunimalee Dias

Top Sri Lanka government officials and LTTE representativescame together for a conference arranged by the Swiss government in Berne to discuss civilian security matters.

Global Progress on Banning Landmines: United States Gets Mixed Review

Eighteen countries destroyed their stockpiles of antipersonnel mines in the past year, according to the annual global report by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

States Parties To Landmines Ban Treaty Take Their Message To Asia.

States Parties to the Convention banning anti-personnel mines will meet in Asia for the first time ever when they convene their fifth annual meeting in Bangkok.

Dalai Lama finds Powell sympathetic

The Dalai Lama, exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, said he found U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell "very sympathetic" when they met at the State Department in Washington.

It's Sars, but 'an isolated case'

By Salma Khalik

* Laboratory researcher, 27, is recovering; not known yet how he was infected by virus.

* 25 people issued home-quarantine orders, but no one else has displayed any symptoms.

Israel helping India ‘tackle’ Pakistan

By Iftikhar Gilani

* Sharon warns Europe on ‘laxity’ in containing Islamic extremism

* Says Tel Aviv, New Delhi have ‘common problems like terrorism’

Bombers hit back at Israel

By Chris McGreal, Jerusalem and Assaf Ha Rofeh

Fifteen die in suicide attacks on troops and nightspot

Plans for Exit/Re-Entry Visas Through Local ATMs

By Saeed Haider & Gulf Bureau

The Passports Department may soon provide exit/re-entry visas to expatriates through ATMs, one of several planned changes which are aimed at cutting red tape.

Red Cross visits Shan area 4th time

Apparently determined to prove repeated visits would create what is termed by its Burma representative Michel Ducraux as "a preventive protection effect", a 7 person International Committee of Red Cross crew has arrived in a Shan township, notorious for its poor human rights situation, for the 4th time recently.