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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Anti-Bush Rallies Erupt Across Indonesia

Protests against US President George W. Bush were staged in several cities across Indonesia, ahead of his brief visit to Bali.

Court stays Mayawati's arrest pending Taj probe

By Sharat Pradhan: Indo-Asian News Service

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court Wednesday restrained the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from arresting former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati in the Taj Heritage Corridor scam case.

Sri Lanka government shows rare unity over Indian defence deal

Sri Lanka's usually squabbling main parties united in a rare display of unity to support increased defence and economic cooperation with neighbouring India.

Bush visits Indonesia to voice support for fighitng terrorism

US President George W. Bush on Wednesday visited Indonesia as a gesture of support for the country's fight against terrorism, following a series of terror attacks in the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Russian President pays state visit to Thailand

Russian President Vladimir Putin is paying an one-day state visit to the Thai kingdom today, one day after the two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2003, which ended successfully yesterday.

Counter-proposals on Interim Administration : LTTE to brief Tamil parties

by Ranga Jayasuriya

The LTTE will brief Tamil parties on its counter proposals in a series of planned meetings this week, but the proposals are unlikely to be amended following the meetings, an LTTE spokesman said.

Pakistan's rural barbers refuse to make the cut

Barbers in a mountainous Pakistani town have banded together to ban the shaving of beards, maintaining that it is un-Islamic to do so.

UN assembly orders Israel to halt West Bank wall

By Irwin Arieff

The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved late on Tuesday a resolution demanding that Israel halt construction of a barrier cutting deep into Palestinian West Bank lands.

SU not for devolution

by Franklin R. Satyapalan

The Sihala Urumaya is against any type of devolution of power either to the districts or to the provinces which they claim was a concept created by the colonial rulers to divide and rule.

SLFP wants alleged SLMM mole deported

The SLFP accused the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission of leaking information to the LTTE and thus preventing the Navy from capturing an alleged arms vessel.

China will attempt to break Burma deadlock

By Supalak Ganjanakhundee

China yesterday pledged to support Thailand in its efforts to break the political deadlock in Burma and coax the military-ruled nation toward national reconciliation and democracy.

Remarks Over Jews: Mahathir: Bush never chided me

By Rungrawee C Pinyorat

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad refuted a White House claim that US President George W Bush had chided him for his controversial statement that Jews rule the world by proxy.

Malaysia's PM is unrepentant: `Jews run the world'

By Itay Katz

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday that he would be willing to come to Israel to explain his charges against the Jewish people, on the condition that leaders of world Jewry first explain why they refer to Muslims as terrorists.

Azerbaijan: Government Launches Crackdown After Election, Hundreds of Opposition Members Arrested

Azerbaijani authorities have unleashed a massive and brutal political crackdown, arresting hundreds of opposition leaders and activists since the October 15 presidential election.

Kadirgamar Enunciate the Importance to Honor the Basic Aspirations of the Muslims.

No Durable Peace without Meeting the just aspirations of all the communities in the country are met insists Lakshman Kadirgamar MP, in a speech delivered by him on 21 October, on behalf of Sri Lanka Freedom Party at the Parliamentary debate on the adjournment motion relating to the question of the representation of the Muslim community at the Peace Talks.

Sri Lanka to sign military pact with India

Sri Lanka, whose leaders forced Indian troops to quit
their island in 1990 after inviting them, now wants to
sign a military pact with New Delhi that will guarantee
its unity and territorial integrity.

Iraq: Civilian Deaths Need U.S. Investigation: Report Tallies Civilian Toll in Baghdad

The U.S. military is failing to conduct proper investigations into civilian deaths resulting from the excessive or indiscriminate use of force
in Baghdad, Human Rights Watch charged.

Palestinians happy with UN vote on wall

The Palestinian Authority has welcomed a UN resolution calling on Israel to stop building its apartheid wall along the West Bank.