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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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Suicide bomber kills 20 at Haifa restaurant

A female suicide bomber exploded in Haifa's 'Makom Maxim' restaurant at about 2:15pm Saturday killing twenty people and injuring sixty.

'One Country - One Voice' : main slogan at the PNP march

by Deepal Warnakulasuriya

The five day Kandy to Colombo march, organised by the Patriotic National Movement (PNM) and led by Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna concluded at the Lipton Circle on Wednesday with more of a whimper than the expected roar. The march was in protest against interim administration proposal offered by the government to the LTTE, which the NPM views as a betrayal of the country's sovereignty.

A UNF Defence Board in the offing as: LTTE arms ship nabbed - then released in Indonesia

The UNF Government is to make a fresh attempt to wrest control of the defence establishment from the President amidst rising fears of weakening security forces and a militarily stronger Tiger guerrillas.

Periyasamy Chandrasekaran denies all

By Santhush Fernando

Minister Periyasamy Chandrasekaran is denying that he supported an LTTE candidate at the Oslo Municipal elections and that he called for all the Tamils to unite under LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. In an interview the Minister claimed that media reports were untrue, exagerated or contradictory.

Thai medics discover new treatment for elephantiasis

Thai doctors have discovered a new approach to the treatment of elephantiasis by creating a new channel to divert lymph away from the feet, amid growing concerns about the large number of elephantiasis sufferers remaining in Thailand.

Myanmar seeks ASEAN backing for democracy

Myanmar sought support from fellow Southeast Asian states for its “positive developments” towards democratisation but made no mention of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, according to senior officials preparing for a regional summit.

Tamil Nadu Government 'defers' decision on Union Minister Kannappan

Tamil Nadu government, which had demanded the removal of MDMK leader M Kannappan from the Vajpayee ministry, today said it had 'deferred' its decision to invoke the provisions of POTA against him.

Pope, looking slightly stronger, makes more saints

By Philip Pullella

Amid African singing and dancing, a slightly stronger-looking Pope John Paul extended his saint-making record on Sunday by canonising three men who worked as missionaries in the 19th century.

Israel attacks Islamic Jihad and Hamas ''training camps'' on Syrian soil, one person wounded

Israeli warplanes have attacked Islamic Jihad and Hamas "training camps" inside Syrian soil early Sunday following the Haifa bombing the left 20 Israelis killed.

IA counter proposal before Deepavali

by Ananth Palakidnar

The second meeting convened by the LTTE to finalise the proposals on the Interim Administration for the North and the East will begin in the Irish capital Dublin.

Army-Civilians clash in Jaffna

Tension remained high in Jaffna yesterday following clashes between the Army and civilians after two persons were killed in a collision involving an Army truck and a motorcycle.

No visit by Annan

by Namini Wijedasa in New York

After weeks of uncertainty and discussion, it has been decided that UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will not visit Sri Lanka this week.

PM made me feel like a fool: Samak

Bangkok Governor Samak Sundaravej refused to back down yesterday in the fight over public access to Sanam Luang, despite being urged by the premier on Friday to allow organisers of the 30th anniversary of the October 14 pro-democracy uprising to use the historic site.

Immigration: Authorities send hundreds of Burmese illegals over the border in Tak

About 600 illegal Burmese migrants were sent back home through Mae Sot in Tak province.

Cambodian MPs sworn in

Cambodia's newly elected members of parliament have been sworn in at a ceremony presided over by King Norodom Sihanouk.

Burma says Suu Kyi will be released 'eventually'

Burma's military junta says detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is in good condition and will be freed "eventually".

Jaya trip

ADMK leader Jayalalithaa has cancelled her visit to New Delhi today to participate in the wedding reception of the son of deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani.

Arafat's expulsion considered unlikely

By Herb Keinon & Arieh O'Sullvan

The security establishment held consultations late into Saturday night to decide on Israel's reaction to the Haifa suicide attack, amid little expectation a green light will be given to implement the cabinet's decision to remove Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat.

Thai Army Mulls to Move out Burma’s Ethnic Rebel Forces: Already Shan Rebels Moved out.

On the 4th day of the Thai army's "unprecedented military push", according to a Thai English daily, against one of the Shan State Army's base straddling the Thai-Burma border, Col Yawdserk had agreed to pull back his outposts that were "unintentionally jutting out" inside Thai territory.

Four Tamil parties laud CBK for standing up to JVP

by Franklin. R. Satyapalan

Four Tamil parties last week commended President Chandrika Kumaratunga for standing up to the JVP and refusing to agree to scuttle devolution as a means of settling the ethnic conflict.