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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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Taliban recaptured town in August, says Afghan official

The Taliban have been in control of a Southeast Afghan town near the Pakistan border since hundreds of them attacked government offices a month ago and sent officials fleeing.

Chandrasekeran wants all Tamils under Prabhakaran

Community Development Minister Periyasamy Chandrasekeran has appealed to the Tamils to unite under LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, fearing that the Tamil language and the Tamils as a distinct people will cease to exist in 50 years time because they do not have a country and a government of their own.

LTTE bans Govt. sports festival in Jaffna

The LTTE has banned the government-sponsored National Peace Sports Festival scheduled for September 30 in Jaffna . The LTTE has conveyed its position to the organisers of the festival and wanted all the coaches sent by the Sports Ministry for training to leave the peninsula. Accordingly they have returned to Colombo.

Roadmap for a hunger-free India

An ambitious roadmap has been drawn up by the Chennai-based M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) here for achieving the goal of a hunger-free India by August 15, 2007, which marks the 60th anniversary of India's independance.

Indian princess who became Mexican saint, almost

By P. Jayaram: Indo-Asian news Service

An Indian princess is kidnapped, sold in the slave market and ferried across the seas to serve as a slave in Mexico -- but becomes a source of veneration and is almost beatified as a saint.

US arrests Guantanamo chaplain

A US Army chaplain who worked with the hundreds of Muslim detainees held without charge in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been arrested on suspicion of espionage.

Karen refugees pour into Thailand as Myanmar army steps up crackdown

Fourteen Karen refugees from Myanmar have crossed the Prachuab Khiri Khan border into Thailand, fleeing from what they say is a crackdown by the Myanmar army on dissident troops in the border region.

Thailand's exports of rice increase 6% in first nine months of this year

Exports of Thai rice in the first nine months of this year increased about 6%, thanks to rising demand for Thai fragrant or Hom Mali rice in the world market.

Jakarta envoy arrives in Yangon for talks on Suu Kyi

By Aung Hla Tun

A special envoy from Indonesia said on Sunday he hoped to meet detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is recuperating in hospital after surgery for an undisclosed ailment last week.

No LTTE build-up in Trinco

by Ananth Palakidnar

The SLMM confirmed that there was no LTTE build-up in Trincomalee as claimed by the PA and said that the monitors had been granted unlimited access to the areas controlled by the LTTE to carry out patrolling and the monitoring activities.

Kadir takes swipe at Navy chief

Former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar defended his decision to release information he had received about an LTTE threat to the Trincomalee harbour at a security briefing by the Sri Lanka Navy, taking a backhanded swipe at Navy Commander Daya Sandagiri.

Cabinet Reshuffle Set For Monday: Koizumi wins new mandate to lead LDP

By Junko Takahshi - Staff Writer

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi was re-elected head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Saturday, a sweeping victory in a vote by LDP politicians and the party's local chapters over his three challengers.

CBI still to peruse the Bareli order, no decision on appeal

CBI said it is still to peruse the Rae Bareli court's "voluminous" order discharging Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani in the Babri Masjid demolition case and could decide on appealing against it only after studying the verdict.

Jamali invites Vajpayee to SAARC summit

Pakistani Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali Saturday extended a formal invitation to his Indian counterpart, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, to attend the 12th SAARC summit on January 4-6.

Germany, France, Britain Urge Rapid Transfer of Power in Iraq

Britain, France and Germany joined forces to call for a transfer of power in Iraq "as quickly as possible" and a central role for the United Nations, while failing to hide their differences.

German bank won't release Marcos money

A German bank in Singapore has refused to release a portion of the US$683 million (S$1.2 billion) in Marcos funds to the Philippine government until a Singaporean court rules on how it would be disposed.

US will not deal with PA fully controlled by Arafat

By Khaled Abu Toameh

The United States is putting pressure on the Palestinian Authority to include Minister of Security Mohammed Dahlan and Information Minister Nabil Amr in the new cabinet of Ahmed Qurei.

US anti-terror law could hurt exports

The Department of Foreign Trade (DFT) is urging Thai exporters to prepare for the enforcement of two new US anti-terrorism laws that could impact exports of food and related items to the US.

Hambali Interrogation: Bangkok hotels, airport targeted

Hambali, a key Jemaah Islamiyah member and regional point man for the al-Qaeda terrorist network, has revealed plans for attacks on Bangkok International Airport and hotels hosting Apec leaders.

Koizumi picks LDP vice president, secretary general

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, who was reelected Saturday as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), named LDP Secretary General Taku Yamasaki as the party's vice president.