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1,200 weapons inspectors spent 90 days in Iraq. The exercise cost $300m. And the number of weapons found? 0

By Rupert Cornwell in Washington and Paul Waugh

Five months after the end of the war in Iraq, a CIA adviser has admitted that his 1,200-strong team of inspectors has discovered none of Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction.

Malaysia-Indonesia-Thailand to sign agreement on cooperation in rubber trade

The Malaysian, Indonesian and Thai governments are scheduled to sign an agreement on joint cooperation in rubber trade next week.

Exclusive: US Threatened to Downgrade Qatari Ties Over Al-Jazeera

By John R. Bradley - Managing Editor

Al-Jazeera made the decision to pull two “anti-US” cartoons from its website last month under US pressure after an article appeared in a Kuwaiti newspaper quoting a US Gulf-based diplomat as saying that Congress had proposed to George W. Bush, that he should put “all possible pressure” on the Qatari government to close down the satellite station.

US troops fire on former Iraqi soldiers

Clashes erupted on Saturday in Baghdad between US forces and former Iraqi soldiers who had gathered to receive their salaries.

Vajpayee to raise terrorism issue at India-ASEAN summit

Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee will embark on an eight-day visit to Indonesia and Thailand on Sunday night.

Trade, North Korea sideline Suu Kyi at ASEAN talks

By Achmad Sukarsono

Officials preparing for a summit of Southeast and North Asian leaders are focusing on boosting trade with China, relegating the issue of freedom for Myanmar opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi to the back burner.

Kofi Annan - Avoid meeting the Tamil Tigers – Paranthan Rajan

Koffi Annan was told very loud and clearly and in no uncertain terms, not to meet the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam at Killinochchi during his proposed visit to Sri Lanka.

Burma Army sends Precious-stone experts to the newly discovered ruby bonanza.

By Zong Arng

Gem specialists were among those who arrived at Mongton's Nakawngmu village, on their way to investigate reports that rich ruby deposits had been discovered in the western corner of the township opposite Chiangmai, said local sources.

SU ready to get LTTE camp withdrawn

By Gagani Weerakoon

The Sihala Urumaya (SU) has said if the Prime Minister and his government would not come forward to evacuate the Manirasakulam LTTE camp that was built against the cease-fire agreement within a week, they will come forward to withdraw it on behalf of the thousands of patriotic people in the country.

Change of attitude vital for lasting peace: President

By Poorna Rodrigo

President Chandrika Kumaratunga said she hoped and prayed for a negotiated settlement of the ethnic conflict, which she said might not materialise unless there was a change in the mindset of the people along with radical reforms in education.

World Bank indirectly funds LTTE rehabilitation project

By Bandula Jayasekara

World Bank Director in Colombo Peter Harold says that the World Bank is indirectly funding a project of the LTTE front Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO). Harold said that money was channelled through the government of Sri Lanka for a project carried out by the TRO. He said that in fact the government was funding the said project.

UNICEF keen on childcare

by Nadira Gunatilleke

The UNICEF closely monitors the peace process of Sri Lanka which has offered UNICEF a good opportunity to work with and for children, said Sadig Rasheed, `Regional Director, UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia.

APEC Blacklist: Activists take aim at Thaksin

By Subhatra Bhumiprabhas & Pravit Rojanaphruk

Activists reacted to a government move to blacklist them ahead of the Apec summit by introducing a blacklist of their own - headed by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Interior Minister to ‘invite’ Falun Gong leaders to leave Thailand

Interior Minister Wan Muhamad Noor Matha admitted that he was preparing to ‘invite’ key members of China’s banned Falun Gong sect to leave Thailand, stressing that although international non-governmental organizations were welcome in Thailand, they were not allowed to use Thailand as a base from which to denounce the governments of other countries.

Tamil Tigers regret extension of US ban

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels Friday expressed regret over the US’ decision to extend a ban on them for a year amid moves to revive the island’s stalled peace process.

At least 20 people killed in Haifa blast; Israel says Islamic Jihad behind attack

At least 20 people were killed and about 50 injured when a female suicide bomber blew herself up in a restaurant in Haifa on Saturday afternoon.