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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2403

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New Saddam tape tells US to get out

Ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has demanded that the United States unconditionally withdraw its forces from Iraq.

Australia gives funding to Burmese Red Cross workers

Australia has announced a half-a-million-dollar contribution to support the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Burma.

Retreat would be suicide

The message from No 10: In future Tony Blair intends to "engage, explain, listen and trust," he has told his inner circle at No 10.

SM at 80 with family, friends

By Chua Mui Hoong

Emotional night as Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew celebrates 80th. birthday and toasts Singaporeans

U.S. vetoes U.N. plea to Israel to shield Arafat

By Irwin Arieff

The United States vetoed a U.N. resolution demanding that Israel not harm or deport Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, saying the text failed to name Palestinian groups blamed for suicide bombings.

Vajpayee arrives in Turkey

With terrorism and the volatile situation in neighbouring Iraq high on his agenda, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee arrived here today to a red carpet welcome on a three-day visit to Turkey, the first by the head of an Indian government in 15 years.

India committed to Palestinian cause: Sinha

External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha today said there was no change in India's policy towards Arab countries and its commitment to the cause of Palestine was as strong as ever.

'Bush totally against scrapping H1-B visas'

At a private reception attended by eight Indian Americans in Jackson, Mississippi, Bush vehemently expressed his opposition to House Resolution 2688, a bill introduced by Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo of Colorado.

Troops hold Iraq attack suspects

By Tarek Al-Issawi - Associated Press

* U.S. appeals to Iraq's fugitive defense minister

* British Defence official testifies

Boutros Ghali to Al-Ahram: UN is in a crisis

In an exclusive interview with Al-Ahram, Boutros Ghali, the prominent Egyptian politician, and former Secretary General of the United Nations and La Francophonie dealt with the present status of the United Nations that was subject to political and military attacks this year.

PM orders blacklist of Thai-based rebel groups

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra instructed the National Security Council and Immigration Police Bureau to blacklist any foreign groups that use Thai territory to attack their home countries.

Samak's Summit Solution: City to be 'cleansed' of street people

By Oraphan Kitchootrakul, & Kamol Sukin

All homeless people and garland sellers will be off Bangkok streets within the next two weeks to clear the way for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit delegates.

India cannot support Arafat's removal: Vajpayee

Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Wednesday expressed his government's strong opposition to Israel's move to expel Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.

US asks Tigers to be realistic, end terror

The United States today asked Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels to be "realistic" in making demands on the Colombo government and wanted the guerrillas to end terror tactics and return to peace talks.

Jaish-e-Mohammed commander Ansaar killed in encounter

Pakistan-based militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad suffered yet another jolt when its top commander Nasir Mehmood Ahwan alias Ansaar was killed in an encounter with police.

MDMK will continue to support LTTE - says Minister

Marumalarchi Dravidra Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), a constituent of the National Democratic Alliance at the Centre, will continue to support LTTE unmindful of the consequences, because the latter "protected" the Sri Lankan Tamils, according to party Treasurer and Union Minister M Kannappan.

International community should urge the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners.

The Members of the Parliament Union of Burma called for the immediate unconditional release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners. Furthermore, the Burmese Parliamentary union did not hesitate to lash out the Burmese junta for its covetous act of clinging on to power by trying to convene the state-orchestrated National convention for drafting a Constitution to legitimize and prolong the military rule in the country.

Ven. Medhananda defies LTTE threats, visits East

by Harischandra Guneratne reporting from Ampara

The LTTE cadres led by the Eastern Political Wing leader Vishu were just onlookers when the Sihala Urumaya led by Tilak Karunaratne accompanied Ven. Ellawala Medhananda to inspect the archaeological sites at Ampara on Monday despite the Tiger threat that the monk would not be allowed to set foot on that site.

President attacks UN envoy

President Chandrika Kumaratunga while deciding to pull out of both the UN General Assembly and AIDS conference, hit out at Sri Lanka's UN Ambassador Charlie Mahendran, accusing him of unsatisfactory and unprofessional conduct.

Army gets tough on flags

By Sunil Jayasiri

The Army has strongly protested against the hoisting of LTTE flags at functions in government controlled areas of the North and East, Military sources said. The Army told the LTTE in strong terms that Tiger flags must not be flown on school buildings or state institutions to commemorate the death anniversary of LTTE frontliner Thileepan