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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702

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Jordan gives up decision to freeze Hamas assets

The Jordanian government yesterday backtracked from its decision to freeze the assets of the Islamic resistance movement, Hamas and other five Palestinian societies following criticism addressed to it over this decision.

SC directs CBI to register case against Mayawati, Siddiqi

Supreme Court directed CBI to register an FIR against former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati and her then colleague Nassimuddin Siddiqi for alleged irregularities and malpractices in the construction of Rs 1.75 billion Taj hertitage corridor project at Agra.

Myanmar activists detained in Bangkok protest

Thai police detained 15 Myanmar activists in Bangkok on Thursday after breaking up a peaceful protest to mark the 15th anniversary of the military seizing direct control in Yangon.

Thailand’s toy export expected to reach nearly 10 bln baht in 2003

The Thai toy industry enjoys a boom period with an increase of 10-12 percent in export sales during the first half of this year while manufactures hope the total exports take up to ten billion baht at year-end.

Bali bomber lodges appeals against death conviction

Convicted Bali bomber Amrozi bin Nurhasyim has lodged an appeal against his death sentence to the Supreme Court after the Bali Court of Appeal turned down his request earlier this week.

Suu Kyi hospitalized in Yangon - Japan's Kyodo

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been successfully operated on for gynaecological problems at a private hospital in the capital Yangon, Japan's Kyodo news agency said on Thursday, quoting hospital sources.

Norway says Sri Lanka talks may resume after mid-Oct

By Lindsay Beck

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels told a Norwegian peace envoy that they would respond to a government proposal on power-sharing by mid-October, but gave no timeframe for restarting stalled talks.

Hizbullah exchange said to exclude Arad

By David Rudge

Israel has reportedly agreed to release Palestinian as well as Lebanese prisoners in return for the freeing of businessman Elhanan Tannenbaum and the bodies of three missing IDF soldiers, without including IAF navigator Ron Arad.

NY Times: Saudi donations make up half of Hamas budget

By Yaakov Katz

US and Israeli officials estimate that at least 50 percent of Hamas's current operating budget of about $10 million comes from people in Saudi Arabia.

Vietnam: Refugee Monk's Arrest a Mockery of Justice

The Vietnamese government should immediately release Thich Tri Luc, a Buddhist monk who was arrested and forcibly repatriated to Vietnam after receiving refugee status in Cambodia.

NY Times: Saudi donations make up half of Hamas budget

By Yaakov Katz

US and Israeli officials estimate that at least 50 percent of Hamas's current operating budget of about $10 million comes from people in Saudi Arabia.

Sri Lanka extends army recruitment drive amid lukewarm response

The Sri Lankan army has decided to extend its campaign to enlist 4,000 recruits following a disappointing response to an earlier call with a promise of higher pay.

Norwegians back to revive peace talks in Lanka

By Keith Noyahr

Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen and Norway's special envoy Erik Solheim arrived on a three-day visit to discuss plans for reviving face-to-face talks between the government and the LTTE and are due to travel today to its headquarters in northern Kilinochchi.

Tigers on mission of mayhem remanded

by Priyalal Sirisena

The Colombo Additional Magistrate Ranjan Dissanayake remanded two suspected LTTE saboteurs, who Army intelligence claim were on an assignment to make several strikes on key positions in Colombo in the event of a breakdown of proposals on an Interim Administration.

A chilling message to Muslims

By Thomas Walkom

Some might ask: What's the big deal? The U.S. has suffered terrorist attacks. So what if a couple of Muslims spend the night in the slammer. They didn't die.

Clinton urges Indian techies to aid communal harmony

Clinton said: "India's future is threatened mostly by the continuing problem of Kashmir and its problems with Pakistan and now the growth of internal religious violence."

Minister attacks Sri Lankan National Police Commission - Dog that bites Master’s hand.

Sri Lankan Minister was highly critical of the The National Police Commission and blared blatantly the Commision as “Dogs” - dog that is trying to bite their masters.

Thailand gets $17.6m for Hambali capture

The United States has paid Thailand a bounty of US$10 million
(Singapore Dollar worth S$17.6 million) for its capture of Hambali, Asia's most wanted man.

Iraq dumped WMDs years ago, says Blix

Oliver Burkeman - n Washington

No evidence to link Saddam with September 11 attacks, Bush admits

'I'm Ready to Die a Martyr'

By Nazir Majally & Asharq Al-Awsat

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat said he would be ready to die a “martyr” and would use his machine gun to defend himself if Israeli troops tried to exile or assassinate him.