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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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Court asked to lift gag order over kidnapped Tennenbaum

By Zvi Harel, Yossi Melman and Aluf Benn - Haaretz

Haaretz and Channel 10 Television have petitioned the Tel Aviv District Court to lift a sweeping gag order over details relating to reserve IDF colonel Elhanan Tennenbaum and his kidnapping by
Elhanan Tennenbaum and his kidnapping by

We’ll crush tripartite conspiracy to divide country — PNM

by Saman Indrajith

The joint opposition and the Maha Sangha on Wednesday vowed to press on with their protest campaign to save the motherland from what they called a tripartite conspiracy to divide the country on ethnic lines

US reimposes ban on LTTE

The United States today redesignated 25 militant groups as "foreign terrorist organizations", including the LTTE and Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network.

Changes likely in talks format

The government is to propose a change in the format of peace talks depending on how the LTTE would respond to the government proposals for an interim administrative structure.

Pakistan tests successfully short range ballistic missile

Pakistan tested successfully a short range surface to surface ballistic missile Hataf-III Chaznavi, which is capable of carrying all types of warheads up to a range of 290 kilometers.

U.N. visit fails to resolve Myanmar impasse

By Aung Hla Tun

U.N. envoy Razali Ismail not only failed to persuade Myanmar's ruling generals to free opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi but got no assurance her party would be part of their "road map" to democracy.

Advani meets Naidu, wants to take on Maoists

By Mohammed Shafeeq - Indo-Asian News Service

Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani urged "strong" steps against Maoists after calling on Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, who survived an assassination attempt by the rebels.

Vajpayee to leave for ASEAN summit Sunday

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will leave for the India-ASEAN summit in the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Sunday, instead of Monday as planned earlier.

Iraq WMD search draws a blank

Saddam Hussein's elusive weapons of mass destruction are yet to be found, the man leading the US search has told the US Congress while officials begged for patience.

Another Army informant killed

by Ranil Wijayapala and Trincomalee correspondent

Suspected LTTE cadres beat to death yet another Army informant in the highly secured area near 22 Division Headquarters of the Sri Lanka Army, in Trincomalee yesterday afternoon.

Armitage re-affirms US support for Lanka

US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage re-affirmed the US Government's continuing support for Sri Lanka and its commitment to further expand and enhance bilateral relationship, when he met Economic Reforms, Science and Technology Minister Milinda Moragoda during his visit to Washington DC.

LTTE hands over 50 child soldiers to UNICEF

by Ranil Wijayapala

The LTTE handed over 50 under-aged cadres to the UNICEF representatives in Killinochchi to be included in their programme of reintegrating them in to society, a day prior to the opening of the first transit centres for the welfare of such children.

Qrei announces new Palestinian government

Palestinian prime minister Ahmad Qrei has announced the formation of his new government and said he will present it to the legislative council for approval beginning of next week. Qrei's announcement was made after his meeting with the Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and briefing him on the results of his consultation and ministerial formation.

India to restart futures trading in gold, silver

India is set to restart futures trading in gold
and silver from Friday, ending a ban imposed nearly
four decades ago.

Thailand: Do Not Close Burmese Refugee Clinic

"In an apparent attempt to appease the military government in Burma, Thai authorities on September 29 ordered Dr. Cynthia Maung and her staff of more than 100 medics and teachers at the Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot to prepare for deportation," - Human Rights Watch.

Thai Pays For His 13 Years On The Run

By Rol Ezam

The Bandar Magistrate’s Court yesterday sentenced a 44-year-old Thai national to 13 months jail when he pleaded guilty to remaining in this country unlawfully for 13 years and nine months, after the expiry of his employment pass on December 9, 1989.

U.N. Myanmar envoy fails to free Suu Kyi, vows return

By Aung Hla Tun

The U.N. envoy sent to secure Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's release from house arrest said he would return later this year after his three-day mission yielded only two hours with the democracy icon.

JM Coetzee bags Nobel literature prize

Enigmatic South African writer J.M. Coetzee has won the 2003 Nobel Prize for literature, the Swedish Academy said.

‘Pope John Paul nearing death’

Pope John Paul is approaching death, the head of the Catholic Church in Austria said on Thursday.

Exclusive: Al-Jazeera Buckles Under US Pressure

By John R. Bradley: Managing Editor

Al-Jazeera bowed to pressure from the United States government last month by immediately pulling two cartoons deemed “inflammatory” by Washington from its websites.