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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2553

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Arafat installs emergency govt after Israel strike on Syria

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat installed an eight-member emergency Cabinet on Sunday, with Mr Ahmed Qurie as Prime Minister, in an apparent attempt to deflect possible Israeli action against him following a suicide bombing a day earlier.

ASEAN foreign ministers meet ahead of summit to discuss trade bloc

Foreign ministers and businessmen gathered Sunday to discuss Southeast Asia's efforts toward economic integration in talks marred by Myanmar's continued detention of pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Kofi Annan skips Sri Lanka amid controversy over Tiger meeting

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has put on hold a planned visit to Sri Lanka this week amid opposition to his meeting with Tiger rebels inside guerrilla-held territory.

UN initiative on the rule of law adds new impetus to the struggle for human rights

Asian Human Rights Commission, a human rights watchdog organization of Asia in particular has emphasized that the absence of Rule of Law in several countries in Asia as the chief cause for the abuse of power by the authorities, which enable them to arrest people and keep them in prolonged detention.

Myanmar supports establishment of ASEAN economic, security communities

Myanmar Deputy Foreign Minister U Khin Maung Win has voiced support for proposals due to be discussed at the forthcoming summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which call for establishing regional economic and security communities.

Chinese premier arrives in Indonesia for ASEAN-related meetings

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived here Monday afternoon to attend a series of meetings related to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

PM leaves for Bali for Ninth ASEAN Summit

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinwatra has left for the Indonesian resort island of Bali to attend the summit of leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), scheduled on 7-8 October.

Female politicians press for domestic violence legislation

150 women gathered in this northern province of Phitsanulok yesterday to attend a seminar, organized as part of an initiative by female MPs and senators to push for the drafting of legislation against domestic violence.

More to Tamil Tiger legitimacy than overseas trips

By Lindsay Beck

It's a long way from the jungles of northern Sri Lanka to the pubs of Ireland. And the distance from rebel group to legitimate political organisation may be even greater for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam .

SE Asia leaders to avoid criticism of Myanmar

Southeast Asian leaders looked set to avoid criticism of fellow member Myanmar over its treatment of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, according to a draft final statement to be presented at an annual summit.

Vajpayee arrives in Bali for ASEAN meet

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee arrived here today to attend India's second Summit with the powerful ten-nation ASEAN, declaring the need to deal with increasing spread of terrorism and voicing concern over "unsatisfactory" progress of WTO negotiations.

Former AIADMK minister Indra Kumari acquitted over 'dhoti scam'

special court today acquitted former AIADMK Minister Indira Kumari, her personal assistant Venkatakrishnan and four others of charges pertaining to securing pecuniary benefits to the tune of Rs 11.42 crore in the distribution of 'free saree, dhoti and school uniforms' to the socio-economic backward persons in the state between 1994-96.

Indo-US Joint Naval exercises commence

The biggest ever Indo-US joint naval exercises, in which a nuclear submarine from the US Navy's seventh fleet and an Indian submarine are participating, commenced in the Arabian sea off Kerala coast this morning in damp weather conditions.

Bali Summit: Suu Kyi not on agenda at Asean meet

By Marisa Chimprabha & Achara Pongvutitham

Asean’s foreign ministers yesterday expressed satisfaction with “positive developments” in Burma on the detention of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and hinted that her future would not be on the Asean summit’s agenda.

Village Protests: Activists say they'll defy PM

At least 20,000 villagers and activists are expected to hold demonstrations during this month's Apec summit to protest at what they consider unfair trade practices and the government policy of obstructing freedom of expression.

Security Council meets over strike on Syria

An emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council is under way in New York over an Israeli air strike deep inside Syria.

ASEAN ministers praise Myanmar's 'positive steps'

Military-ruled Myanmar won support for its “positive steps” towards democracy when Southeast Asian foreign ministers met Sunday to prepare for a regional summit, according to hosts Indonesia.

Israel Strikes Deep Inside Syria; Iran, Arab World Strongly Condemn the Action

Countries across the Arab world and beyond including the Islamic Republic of Iran condemned an Israeli strike in Syria on Sunday and said the raid threatened to plunge the Middle East into an even deeper cycle of violence.