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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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U.S. soldiers kill 11 Iraqi police officers

.S. soldiers mistakenly killed 11 Iraqi police officers Friday as they chased a car full of highway bandits toward an American checkpoint in a small town west of Fallujah.

Most Dangerous Job in the World

By Abdul Rahman Al-Rashid

Sadly for Ahmad Qorei (Abu Alaa), he has now become prime minister of the Palestinian Authority. It is bad luck for anyone to become part of the government now that Mahmoud Abbas has thrown in the towel and left — thus leaving the office to Arafat’s men, who drove him to distraction.

Aljazeera airs 9/11 hijacker tape

Aljazeera televison on Friday broadcast a videotape showing one of the September 11 hijackers reading out his last will and promising attacks on the US.

More SARS-like diseases likely: WHO chief

Countries across the globe must prepare to face the onslaught of many more SARS-like diseases [Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome] in the new century, the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned.

World warns Israel against expelling Arafat

* Annan urges Israel to reconsider decision

* Palestinian militants warn of ‘volcano of anger’ if Arafat expelled

The Great Robinson Sale

By Edna Koh

Shareholders can expect a windfall as main players OCBC and Great Eastern decide to sell entire retail assets, including John Little and Marks & Spencer stores.

Soleimanpour Released on Bail after Argentina Produces No Evidence

Former Iranian Ambassador to Argentina Hade Soleimanpour was released on bail in the UK Friday after Argentina failed to produce any clear evidence of his alleged involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires.

UN lifts sanctions imposed on Libya over Lockerbie

By Irwin Arieff

Fifteen years after the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, the U.N. Security Council ended its sanctions against Libya, clearing the release of up to $2.7 billion to families of the attack's 270 victims.

Karunanidhi to meet Vajpayee

For the first time in 18 months after DMK snapped its ties with BJP's Tamil Nadu unit, DMK President M Karunanidhi will meet Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during the latter's one-day visit to the metropolis.

Taiwanese investors look to Thailand as part of ‘southward policy’

A new wave of Taiwanese investment is set to come to Thailand as part of Taipei’s ‘southward policy’ of investment, with Thailand used as a base from which to expand trade and investment in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations according to president of the Federation of Thai Industries.

Academics are like gossiping villagers - PM

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra likened academics finding fault with his every move to villagers debating politics over coffee - they sound like "an old record that has been played over and over for 10 years".

Tamil Nadu government sees terrorist threat in entire state

The Tamil Nadu government has told the Madras High Court that it saw a terrorist threat in every nook and corner of the state and so decided to declare the entire state a "notified area" under the federal anti-terror legislation.

Karunanidhi meets PM

For the first time in 18 months after DMK snapped its ties with BJP's Tamil Nadu unit, DMK President M Karunanidhi today had a meeting with Prime Minister A B Vajpayee during his day-long visit here.

Typhoon havocs S.Korea, causes severe loss

At least 26 South Korean people were killed and 24 others missing as of 8:00 a.m. Saturday (2300 GMT Monday) after a powerful typhoon named Maemi pounded the southern part of South Korea.

Part of Thai Embassy in Singapore to be developed as 'Thailand Plaza':PM

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has initiated a plan to develop part of the Thai Embassy in Singapore to be a shopping complex, possibly named 'Thailand Plaza', to showcase and promote the sale of Thai products.

Get back to talks if you want aid

By Keith Noyahr

Japan’s special peace envoy Yasushi Akashi admitted that the international community was “frustrated” over the delay in resuming stalled peace talks and said it was up to the LTTE to get back to negotiations.

LTTE boosts child brigade

by Kalinga Weerakkody

The LTTE have recruited over 70 cadres including children from the east during the past two weeks on instructions of LTTE political wing leader S.P.Thamil Selvem who visited the east recently.

Amunugama challenges Prof. G.L. Peiris

by Nadira Gunatilleke

We challenge Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris to come to a live television debate on the Trincomalee port issue and demand the Government to publish the (Pacific Area Command) Report and the report prepared by Army Chief Lional Balagalla, PA Media spokesman Dr. Sarath Amunugama said.

Donors renew aid pledge

The donor community renewed their pledge to assist Sri Lanka's reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts in tandem with progress in the peace process.

Israeli leaders defend Arafat removal decision

Israeli leaders defended their decision to "remove" Yasser Arafat despite international condemnation, saying he is an obstacle to peace and should have been cast aside years ago.