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World wants more religion - Majority of Hindus and Muslims support tolerance

By K.P. Nayar

Secularism, as Indians know it, may be reaching a cul de sac in many parts of the world, if a global survey on religion conducted by two American organisations is any guide.

Lanka awaiting LTTE peace proposals: Advani

Lankan Government is awaiting fresh proposals from LTTE to take the Norwegian-brokered peace process forward, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani said after meeting visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wikremesinghe. "Wikremesinghe discussed with me the progress in the ongoing peace process between the Government and LTTE," Advani told reporters after the meeting.

Vajpayee, Wikremesinghe to discuss ways to boost trade

Sri Lankan Prime Minister will meet Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to discuss a wide range of multilateral, regional and bilateral issues of interest to the two countries.

Sri Lanka Tigers to unveil power-sharing plan by end of month

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels announced they will unveil their first ever comprehensive power-sharing plan by the end of this month.

President Hu outlines China's ideas on improving APEC process

Chinese President Hu Jintao made a three-point proposal here Monday on improving the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation process.

Spouses of APEC Leaders are impressed with the architecture of Grand Palace

The Thai Prime Minister's wife Khunying Pojaman Shinawatra along with the wife of the Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs led a group of spouses of APEC leaders on a tour of Chakkri Maha Prasat Throne Hall, Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall, Amarindra Winitchai Throne Hall and the Emerald Buddha Temple, or Wat Phra Kaew.

Plenary Retreat of 11th APEC Summit begins

Economic leaders of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) began their plenary gathering for the 11th APEC Summit at the Government House.

Opposition plans massive rally come Friday

by Dilanthi Jayamanne

The PA and SLFP in collaboration with all other political organisations including the JVP will stage a protest campaign next Friday against the UNF government in Colombo. SLFP General Secretary, Maithreepala Sirisena said at a press conference on Friday. The rally would be staged against the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s "appeasement process," which he said had dragged the country into a mess.

Navy to prepare new operational procedures

The Navy decided to prepare new operational procedures in dealing with special circumstances, following shocking allegations by the Navy commander that the leak of information allegedly by the Scandinavian truce monitors had foiled a Navy operation to track down an alleged LTTE arms smuggling ship.

US president sleeps soundly amid intense security

US President George W Bush had no problems sleeping on his first night in Thailand amid tight security.

Position of trust for Democrat MP Surin

Former foreign minister Surin Pitsuwan has been elected to the board of trustees of The Asia Foundation, a leading US-based non-profit organisation that has been working in Asia since 1954.

PM hails Thai free trade deal

By Graeme Dobell- in Bangkok

The Federal Government says a new free trade agreement with Thailand could be worth billions of dollars to Australia's economy.

Shalom chastises Chirac over Mahathir tirade

By Herb Keinon

Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom slammed France at Sunday's cabinet meeting for blocking efforts to include a condemnation of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's antisemitic tirade in the concluding resolutions of an EU summit Friday.

Hu rejects pressure to devalue yuan

By Nirmal Ghosh and Paul Jacob

Keeping the US dollar link is the most responsible thing to do, a policy that has served China and the world well, he says.

British Police Thwart Plot to Kill Putin: Report

British police have thwarted a plot to kill Russian President Vladimir Putin after arresting a renegade Russian intelligence agent in London.

Pope in surprise appearance for fireworks display

Pope John Paul, at the end of a long day in which he beatified Mother Teresa, on Sunday made a surprise appearance at his window in St Peter's Square to thank Romans for a spectacular fireworks display in his honour.

APEC leaders granted an audience with Thai King and Queen

Economic leaders of all the 21 economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) were granted an audience with Their Majesties the King and Queen.