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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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Israeli army seizes building overlooking Arafat's headquarters

Israeli occupation troops, backed by armored vehicles, re-entered Ramallah, the de facto capital of the Palestinian Authority, seizing a multi-storey building overlooking PA Chairman Yasser Arafat.

Al Qathafi: Arab leaders are fraud; recommends pull out from the Arab League

Libya's Leader of the Revolution Colonel Muammar al Qathafi called on the Libyans to approve pulling out from the Arab League, considering that in the Arab leaders are not committed to the Arab future and that all they do is talk about an Arab union but they have no intention to do so.

Cabinet: Arafat obstacle to be removed

The security Cabinet decided on Thursday to expel Yasser Arafat but put off immediate action.

Quit if you cannot punish rioters: Supreme Court to Gujarat Govt

In a scathing attack on the Gujarat Government for filing an "eye wash" of an appeal in the Best Bakery riot case, the Supreme Court doubted the state's intentions on punishing the guilty and observed that it should quit if it cannot punish the rioters.

Tokyo follow up meeting today

by Ranga Jayasuriya

Visiting Japanese Special Envoy Yasushi Akashi will today chair the follow up meeting to the Tokyo aid parley expected to be attended by diplomats, Government representatives and UN agencies

Tigers boycott aid meeting

The LTTE said they would boycott a Japanese-led meeting to discuss aid and reconstruction in Colombo today Friday.

Govt. says no threat to Trinco

By Shakuntala Perera

Opposition accused of panic-mongering over ‘baseless’ camps.

Peace process on track, talks to resume soon

The government continued to express confidence that peace talks would be revived shortly while expecting a response from the LTTE this month to its proposals for an Interim Administrative Structure in the Northeast.

Surakiart recalls colleague Lindh

Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai yesterday expressed shock and sadness over the death of Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh following a knife attack. "Foreign Minister Surakiart felt particularly saddened not only because Anna Lindh was the Swedish foreign minister but also because of the close working and personal relationship between the two," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Sihasak Phungketkeow said.

Leading rating agency upgrades THAI’s status

Thailand’s leading rating agency yesterday announced that it had upgraded its rating for Thai Airways International Plc. (THAI) to ‘AA-’, citing the national flag carrier’s satisfactory profit performance and strength on both domestic and international routes.

France Lifts Veto Threat After UTA Deal

By Elaine Ganley • Associated Press

Relatives of victims of a 1989 French airliner bombing announced that they had signed a compensation deal with Libya, paving the way for a UN resolution lifting sanctions against the North African country.

Palestinians urged to protect Arafat from exile

Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement is urging Palestinians to stay at his headquarters around the clock, to protect the Palestinian President from any Israeli attempt to force him into exile.

Indian, Canadian FMs and Annan to visit Sri Lanka

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the foreign ministers of Canada and India are expected to visit Sri Lanka next month.

Petition filed in High Court to ban DMK

A petition was today filed in the Madras High Court for a direction to the Election Commission and Tamil Nadu State Election Commission (SEC) to ban the DMK under the Representation of the People Act for violating the code of conduct prescribed in it.

Indian cardiologist to share expertise with West

A leading Indian cardiologist will have an enviable chance this month to give a live demonstration of his expertise in angioplasty to about 15,000 specialists attending an annual conference in Washington.

Report: Elite unit has been ready to snatch Arafat since April 2002

According to reports on Israel Radio, an elite IDF unit has been ready for over two years to 'remove' Yasser Arafat, should the political echelon give it the order to do so.