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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Pope announces 31 new cardinals, one name secret

By Philip Pullella

Ailing Pope John Paul appointed 31 new cardinals, the elite "princes" of the Roman Catholic Church, putting perhaps his last stamp on the group that will one day choose his successor.

LTTE to allow more freeedom of movement to SLMM

by Ranil Wijayapala

The LTTE assured the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission that they would take steps to enhance the freedom of movement of the truce monitors in LTTE controlled areas.

Rousing welcome for SB in Batticaloa from farmers, LTTE

The farmers in Batticaloa and the LTTE gave a rousing welcome to Agriculture, Livestock and Samurdhi Minister S. B. Dissanayake during his tour to Batticaloa, to look into problems faced by farmers in the district.

Govt responds to HRC: On claims of intimidation of opposition activists

Interior Minister John Amaratunga will appear before the Geneva-based Human Rights Commission of the International Inter-Parliamentary Union this week to respond to opposition claims that the police were engaged in an organised campaign to intimidate opposition activists, particularly MPs.

Abducted sailor flees from Tiger custody

By Sunil Jayasiri

A sailor abducted by the LTTE in May and detained for nearly five months had after fleeing from Tiger custody reached Kattaparichchan in Batticaloa where Government troops were, in the early hours of Saturday.

Panghsang Recalls Men Ahead of Crackdown on Drug Dealers by Burmese Army

The information on the impending crackdown of the so called drug dealers in Tachilek by the Burmese army was told in advance to the Wa dealers in drugs, to enable them to leave the place safely before the attack.

India wont be in a position to provide troops: U.S.

By Vasantha Arora: Indo-Asian News Service

The Bush administration has admitted that India has rejected, once and for all, the United States' plea to send troops to Iraq to help the alliance forces in stabilising the war-torn nation.

Govt sends home over 600 illegal Cambodian immigrants

Over 600 illegal Cambodian immigrants were sent home this morning, as part of the government's clean up the city policy, in preparation for the kingdom's host of the upcoming summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation next month.

Ruddock leaves immigration in Australian government shake-up

Australian Prime Minister John Howard has announced a major ministerial reshuffle, including the promotion of long-serving Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock to become Australia's new attorney general.

Cong suffers a setback as BJP bags Solapur LS seat

The Congress sufferred a major setback after the BJP nominee romped home in the prestigious Solapur Parliamentary by-election, considered to be first trial of strength of the ruling DF combine after Sushilkumar Shinde donned the mantle of the Chief Ministership.

Million Thai condoms are bound for Burma

Thailand will donate one million condoms and anti-HIV/Aids medicines to Burma in an effort to fight the increasing levels of the disease in that country.

Suu Kyi to be key topic at Bali

By Rungrawee C Pinyorat

Asean members remain divided over how to secure the freedom of detained Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, indicating the issue could become a hot topic during the grouping's Bali summit next month.

India stops Pak bid for comeback - Commonwealth keeps Islamabad out

By K.P. Nayar

An understated but resolute objective of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's visit to New York was achieved, when the Commonwealth decided to extend Pakistan's suspension from the 54-member organisation.

Israel’s Role in Arrest Warrant Against Ex-Iranian Diplomat Revealed: Spokesman

Iran said that an announcement by the Zionist regime that Tehran could swap its former diplomat, held in Britain, is a very clear indication that this regime was behind the arrest warrant against Iranian citizen by an Argentine court.

Sex & singles

By Li Xueying

A lot of them are doing it, particularly the young and educated, but even more would rather meet friends, read or watch TV.

‘Myanmar could become source of regional instability’

Myanmar’s insular military regime is sowing seeds of instability in south and southeast Asia, leading US Senator Richard Lugar warned.

53,000 Australian sheep stranded in the Persian Gulf for the past two months: Govt eyes changes to animal exports trade

The Australian Government is still trying to find a taker for about 53,000 Australian sheep stranded in the Persian Gulf for the past two months.
The Federal Government says tougher regulations will be introduced for the live animal export trade.

On intifada's third anniversary: Palestinian factions vow to continue resistance

Hamas and Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades vowed to continue the armed uprising against Israel as thousands of people rallied to mark the intifada's third anniversary.

Al-Qaida tape calls for Musharraf's ouster

Aljazeera has aired an audiotape of Usama bin Ladin's spokesman calling on Pakistanis to overthrow President Pervez Musharraf.

16 Expats Arrested for Practicing Sufism

The Kingdom’s religious police have arrested 16 expatriate workers after raiding a house in Sakaka, the capital of the northern Al-Jouf region, for allegedly practicing sufism.