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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

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Netanyahu cancels Dubai trip due to security concerns

By Motti Basso: Haaretz Correspondent, and The Associated Press

Acting on the recommendation of security officials,
Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
canceled a trip to Dubai at the head of an
80-strong Israeli delegation to the annual
conference of the World Bank and the International
Monetary Fund.

Cracks found at two buildings after quake in Myanmar

Cracks have been found at two high buildings in Bangkok, which officials have confirmed that they are caused by a strong earthquake in Myanmar this early morning.

Wounded Maldivian prisoners arrive in Sri Lanka for treatment

Three convicts wounded in a prison clash in the Maldives were brought to the Sri Lankan capital for treatment.

Arrangements are being made by the government to give full medical care to those who were injured in the disturbances at Maafushi prison

Arrangements are being made by the government to give full medical care to those who were injured in the disturbances that occurred at Maafushi Prison.

Indonesian envoy in Myanmar for talks on Suu Kyi

By Aung Hla Tun

Indonesian special envoy Ali Alatas went into meetings with Myanmar's military government, sounding less certain that he could meet detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she recovered from surgery.

Mayawati elected BSP National President

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has been unanimously elected National President of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

Death and injuries in UN car bomb

A car bomb has exploded in a car park near the United Nations headquarters in central Baghdad, killing the driver and at least one person.

6 retained, 11 new picked in Japan's cabinet reshuffle

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Monday retained six ministers and picked 11 new ones in his cabinet reshuffle on all 17 ministers

High buildings rocked by earthquake in Myanmar

High buildings in many areas in Thailand were rocked by a strong earthquake in Myanmar, but there have been no reports of damages and casualties so far.

PA says 840 LTTE suicide cadres in Colombo

by Rohan Mathes

SLFP spokesman Mangala Samaraweera expressed concern over the deteriorating security situation in and around Colombo and alleged that according to intelligence reports they have received, 840 suicide cadres trained by Pottu Amman have been placed in Colombo to cause anarchy and chaos, if the counter proposals put forward by the LTTE in the near future were not accepted.

Weapons-Smuggling Ring: RTAF officer admits role

An Air-Force officer confessed that he had supplied small arms to Sri Lankan weapons-smugglers, but said he did not know the recipients were contacts of Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels.

Thailand, Germany plan peace scheme

By Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Germany has agreed to forge a "trilateral-cooperation" agreement with Thailand to enhance development in neighbouring countries and post-conflict reconstruction in war-torn areas.

Tourism set to hit 9.7 million target

Tourism Minister Sontaya Kunplome yesterday announced the imminent launch of a new wave of tourism stimulus projects, expressing optimism that visitor arrivals this year would reach the government’s target of 9.7 million, with revenue of over Bt600 billion.

Sharon: UN vote will not change our position

By Gerald Steinberg

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon dismissed on Sunday a United Nations General Assembly vote on Friday demanding that Israel retract its decision to "remove" Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat.

Myanmar finds ways around US sanctions

Tough new US sanctions against Myanmar are ravaging its valuable garment industry, but local businesspeople are adapting to find a way around the punitive measures in their latest bid to survive the country's moribund economy.

Suu Kyi: Push for freedom

Indonesia's former foreign minister, Mr Ali Alatas, began a visit to Myanmar aimed at securing the release of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is recuperating after surgery last week.

New Cambodian parliament to open Sept 27

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Sunday parliament would meet next Saturday for the first time since July's general election, but opposition parties look set to boycott the opening.

Sri Lankan military worried ahead of LTTE-backed event

By Dilrukshi Handunnetti: Indo-Asian News Service

As thousands of Tamils prepare for an event in a northern Sri Lankan town that has the blessings of the Tamil Tigers, military officials are becomingly increasingly worried.