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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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Two US troops killed in Baghdad area attack; 115 soldiers die since end of major combat

Two U.S. soldiers, from the 4th Infantry Division, were killed and one was wounded when their tank was hit by an explosive north of Baghdad.

Liberal Party condemns detention of Suu Kyi

The Liberal Party of Sri Lanka condemns the detention of Ms Aung San Suu kyi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) by the Myanmar government since May 30, 2003

Thonda assures CWC support for LTTE's IA proposals

by Ranil Wijayapala

Leader of Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) and Housing and Estate Infrastructure Minister Arumugam Thondaman assured his party's fullest support for the LTTE's Interim Administrative proposals when he met LTTE Political Wing leader S.P. Thamilselvan in Kilinochchi.

SLMC delegation meets Eric Solheim

The Muslim delegation led by Rauff Hakeem met Eric Solheim, Special Envoy and Ms. Lisa Golden, advisor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who had arrived in London from Norway specially to meet the delegation at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Country will be in strong hands: Mahathir

Outgoing Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is confident that his successor, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, will weather the stress of his new job from Friday.

Iran Says It Knew Al Qaeda Terror Before Rest of World

its handling of terror networks, Iran told the United Nations it had warned the world of the "fanatic nature" of the Taliban and al Qaeda networks before anyone else.

Sri Lanka president guns for Norwegian truce monitoring chief

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga pressed for the immediate firing of the top Norwegian army general monitoring a ceasefire between the island's security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels.

Burmese Junta’s tenets obstacle to making headway

A three-decade long Burma-watcher recently told that Rangoon's main obstruction to winning the war on drugs was its own cynical philosophy.

World Parliamentary Body Strongly Urges the Immediate Release of All Detained MPs-Elect of Burma

The Members of Parliament Union (MPU-Burma) welcomes the recent resolution adopted unanimously by the Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union at its 173rd session in October 2003, which reiterates its calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all detained MPs-elect.

Nepal/Bhutan: Bilateral Talks Fail to Solve Refugee Crisi: International Community Should Take Concerted Action

The latest round of talks between the governments of Bhutan and Nepal to resolve the Bhutanese refugee crisis has failed to provide a solution, a coalition of five leading nongovernmental organizations. Donor countries should convene an international conference to devise a solution to the longstanding crisis.

‘I will not recognise anyone as leader of Tamils’

by J. Chandrasekere

TULF General Secretary and Jaffna District MP, V. Anandasangarie has said that he would not recognise any party or person as the leader of Tamils living in the country.

Senators To PM: 'Get our troops back from Iraq'

A group of senators urged the government to immediately withdraw Thai troops from Iraq, fearing they could become victims of bomb attacks following the string of blasts that shook Baghdad on Monday.

Malaysia: New PM Should End Mahathir-Era Abuses

Malaysia's incoming prime minister Abdullah Badawi, due to take office on Friday, should signal his commitment to human rights by repealing the Internal Security Act, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the new Malaysian leader. The repeal of this repressive law should be the first step in opening Malaysia's tightly controlled political climate.

Myanmar urges U.S. cooperation in fighting narcotics

The Myanmar government urged the U.S. to cooperate with it in the war against narcotics.

Prince Charles and Kalam talk space; enjoy nature

By Deepshikha Ghosh: Indo-Asian News Service

Prince Charles and President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam enjoyed a lively chat and a stroll in the gardens, discussing subjects ranging from spirituality to India's space programme.

No honeymoon for new leader Abdullah

By Brendan Pereira

In his first 100 days, he plans to confront corruption and law-and-order problems and prepare the ground for an election.

Chinese mainland opposes Taiwan's separatism, referendum

The Chinese government voiced its "firm opposition" to separatist moves by Taiwan authorities by abusing the planned "referendum" as an excuse.

Former public health minister sentenced to 15 years in jail for curruption

The Supreme Court yesterday ruled that former public health minister Rakkiart Sukthana was guilty of bribe taking, and sentenced him to 15 years in jail.

Saudi Arabia: Arrest of Protesters Belies Reform Pledges

Saudi Arabia's arrest of hundreds
of peaceful protesters in a series of demonstrations and its
continued denial of freedom of expression and assembly make a
mockery of the kingdom's pledges of political reform.

Prince Charles begins India visit with youth seminar

By Hindol Sengupta - Indo-Asian News Service

Britain's Prince Charles made his first public appearance at a youth entrepreneur seminar at the Indian Parliament on Wednesday in his fifth official visit to the country.