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Up to 15,000 people killed in invasion

BySuzanne Goldenberg: in Washington

As many as 15,000 Iraqis were killed in the first days of America's invasion and occupation of Iraq, a study produced by an independent US thinktank said yesterday. Up to 4,300 of the dead were civilian noncombatants.

Norway to study Oct 16 incident

by Ranil Wijayapala

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Peterson replying to President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga's October 23 letter informed her yesterday that he would undertake a separate examination of the reported incident on October 16, involving the Nordic truce monitors.

NLD Members in Burma Suddenly come to live.

Suddenly Members of the National League for Democracy has come to live to campaign for the reopening of the Township offices in Burma. At last, it is said it has dawned on the NLD membership to take the struggle directly with the Burmese junta. A good omen says a Burmese watcher.

Channel 1 Beams Live Translation Into English of Ramadan Prayers

Saudi TV’s Channel 1 has launched the first live translation into English of Ramadan prayers from Makkah and is beaming it around the world.

Response to 12-points Indian offer: Pakistan proposes own CBM package

By Shaukat Piracha

Pakistan responded `positively and constructively’ to a set of 12 Indian proposals for better relations with India and hoped that this would lead to resumption of a composite and meaningful dialogue with India on all issues, including Kashmir.

Tears at Mahathir's last Cabinet meeting

By Reme Ahmad

Many ministers weep after posing for pictures with the outgoing Premier; they also promise to give his successor their full support

Norwegian truce monitor in Sri Lanka heads home under fire

The top Norwegian army general monitoring a ceasefire in Sri Lanka left for Oslo Wednesday after President Chandrika Kumaratunga demanded his sacking.

Burma/Myanmar’s Dictators Must Repeal Military Order 5/96

Janelle Saffin, International Commission of Jurist’s Australian Section Convenor of the Burma/Myanmar sub-committee, urged Burma’s newly self installed ‘Prime Minister’, military intelligence chief General Khin Nyunt, to repeal Order 5/96, which prohibits anyone from being involved in constitutional debates and discussion.

Attack on Muslim woman not religiously motivated, say police

By Elham Asaad Buaras

Wembley police have refused to brand a malicious attack on a Muslim woman wearing the hijab as “religiously or racially motivated attack”. A white man punched Fatema Dossa, 23, in the face on September 18, in London underground (Jubilee Line) after he accused her of staring at him. The attacker is still at large.

Sihala Urumaya members spotted at the scene : Mob attack mars cultural show

by Ranga Jayasuriya and Ranil Wijayapala

A Sinhala-Tamil cultural event in Colombo was disrupted by an Ultra-nationalist mob which went berserk attacking participants and creating mayhem at the New Town Hall.

SLMC delegation meets Solheim

The Muslim delegation led by Rauff Hakeem met with Eric Solheim, special envoy and Ms. Lisa Golden, adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who had arrived in London from Norway to meet the delegation at the foreign and Commonwealth office.

Parliament attack accused Geelani released

Delhi University lecturer Syed Abdul Rehman Geelani, who was acquitted on Wednesday in the December 13, 2001 Parliament attack case, was released from New Delhi's Tihar jail on Thursday.

Lankan PM for talks with Muslim leader on LTTE proposals

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will discuss crucial power-sharing proposals of Tamil Tigers with the main Muslim leader.

Pak too small to pose threat to India: Fernandes

Defence Minister George Fernandes has said that
Pakistan is not a threat to India as it is "too small
a country to be afraid of," even as he maintained there
had been no meaningful change in cross border terrorism in the last six months.

Duncan Smith ousted as Tory leader

Iain Duncan Smith has been ousted as UK's Conservative party leader by Tory lawmakers.

'I loved what I did'

Born in Czechoslovakia, moves to America, wins Ivy League scholarship, marries newspaper heir, suffers desperately sad divorce, becomes the most powerful woman in the world... Madeleine Albright has lived a bit. Now 66, she tells Emma Brockes she is ready to start dating again

General Khin Nyunt encounters resistance to his Burma Roadmap

Prime minister General Khin Nyunt has swiftly responded to the growing opposition to his 7 step roadmap that was announced on August 30 during his maiden speech to the country by extending invitation to the ceasefire group leaders for separate meetings with him in Rangoon.

Surakiart On Iraq: 'Our troops will stay on in Karbala'

By Rungrawee C Pinyorat

The Foreign Ministry defended its decision to send Thai troops to Iraq, saying they would not be withdrawn despite the rising number of deadly bomb attacks.

Talking to Muslims a must- Thamilchelvan

"It is a must that we talk to the Muslim after we give the Sri Lankan government our proposal on the Interim Administration for the Northeast. I can say that Muslims will have their rightful place in it. The aspirations of all the communities in the northeast find expression in our proposals," said S. P Thamilchelvan.

Up to 15,000 people killed in invasion

BySuzanne Goldenberg: in Washington

As many as 15,000 Iraqis were killed in the first days of America's invasion and occupation of Iraq, a study produced by an independent US thinktank said yesterday. Up to 4,300 of the dead were civilian noncombatants.


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