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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2528

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Al-Jazeera Airs New Bin Laden Videotape

By Sam F. Ghattas - Associated Press Writer

The first video image of Osama bin Laden in nearly two years was broadcast on Al-Jazeera TV, the eve of the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The al-Qaida leader was shown walking through rocky terrain with his top aide, both carrying assault rifles.

UP CM calls on Vajpayee

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav met Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his Race Course Road residence here.

Swedish foreign minister dies after stabbing

A senior member of the Swedish government died from stab wounds sustained when she was attacked by a man in a Stockholm department store.

Thailand pushes for ASEAN visa project

Many member countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have expressed interest in Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s idea of members of the 10-nationa grouping banding together to issue joint visas.

Bangkok turtles to get new home

Over 250 turtles which have been rescued from polluted water sources in Bangkok where they faced a premature death are to be returned to their natural environment on 13 September, thanks to the dedication of the Friends of Turtles Association.

Emotions still raw as New York remembers 9/11

By Grant McCool

The city hardest hit by the Sept. 11 hijacked plane attacks on America will mark the second anniversary with moments of silence, somber music and a reading of the names of those killed at the World Trade Center.

Akashi here today, LTTE may skip crucial meeting

Japanese Government representative Ambassador Yasushi Akashi will be on a six-day visit, despite serious concern that the LTTE may boycott a crucial follow-up meeting on the "Tokyo Donor’s Conference on Reconstruction and Development of Sri Lanka".

Summit Security: Jakarta dispatches help

By Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Indonesia has sent three intelligence officers to Thailand to help keep an eye out for terrorist suspects who may try to enter the country ahead of next month's Apec summit.

Phnom Penh urged to speed up riot compensation

By Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Thailand urged Cambodia to speed up compensation to Thai businesses damaged during the anti-Thai riots in January.

A Message to the Kith and Kin of the Victims of Sept. 11

By Ibtissam Al-Bassam:

On the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on Washington and New York, religious services will be held in different cities and different languages around the world. Worshipers will gather in mosques, churches, synagogues and temples to remember the victims of a horrific act of terrorism. The attacks were a universal tragedy. The victims belonged to many religions, many cultures and many countries. Many of us lost friends and family members in the attack. Many suffered painful injuries, some of which were permanent.

Al-Qaida sued over 11 September

Major insurance companies are sueing al-Qaida and Middle Eastern governments in a bid to recover billions of dollars in losses related to the September 11 attacks.

Bush meets Dalai Lama, urges dialogue with China

Over Chinese objections, U.S. President George W. Bush metwith the Dalai Lama, exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, and urged both sides to try to work out their differences through dialogue.

Sri Lankan refugees bring back boats from India after 13 years

Sri Lankan fishermen who ferried refugees to India in 1990 have brought back 53 of their boats to north-eastern Sri Lanka under a bilateral agreement.

CBI questions G N Ramachandran

Two days after his reinduction into the Government, the Central Bureau of Investigation questioned Minister of State for Textiles, Gingee N Ramachandran in connection with the "cash-for-transfer" scam in which his personal assistant and Chartered Accountant were arrested in May this year.

Memorial services, tributes to mark 9/11

Tearful memories of the cataclysmic attacks of 9/11 will be
on many a mind, as the U.S. marks the second anniversary of
the day Thursday with tributes and prayers.

United States: Lift Restrictions on Clean Needle Programs: New Report Condemns California AIDS Policy

Government interference with sterile syringe programs is thwarting HIV prevention efforts in California, Human Rights Watch said in a new report today. State laws and local enforcement are preventing drug users from obtaining the sterile syringes they need to protect themselves from HIV.

Qrei: I will not be a prime minister under the Israeli instructions

The designated Palestinian prime minister Ahmad Qrei said that he will not assume the post "under the Israeli instructions" to launch a campaign against resistance men faced by his predecessor Mahmoud Abbas.

Israelis call for Arafat's blood

By Lawrence Smallman

Fears are increasing for the future of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat after Israeli soldiers surrounded his compound HQ.