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Lanka seeks talks with LTTE rebels on power-sharing plan

The Sri Lankan government today called for fresh talks in response to the Tamil Tiger rebels unveiling a federal plan seeking sweeping powers in their landmark power-sharing plan aimed at ending three decades of ethnic violence, official sources said.

Indian charged with exporting nuclear plans to North Korea

Mahadevan allegedly shipped the blueprints to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Inc in New York knowing that the Japanese firm would send them to, among other possible places, Pyongyang

Blix Writing Book on Iraq

Former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix, a central player in the hotly debated build-up to the Iraq war, revealed in an interview that he was working on a book about his experiences.

Talks to discuss both sets of proposals - Govt.

by Ananth Palakidnar

Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen is due in Colombo next week as the Government moves quickly to exploit the opportunity opened up to revive the peace talks following the LTTE's presentation of its proposals for an interim administration.

ISGA proposals not prelude to secession - Thamilselvan

by Ranga Jayasuriya: in Kilinochchi

Barely 24 hours after submitting a landmark power-sharing proposal to the government, the LTTE indicated its readiness for a dialogue with the government and has asked the Norwegian facilitators to arrange a meeting with the government at a mutually convenient time and venue.

Look beyond the constitution, says Thamilselvan

The Government will have to look beyond the constitution if it wants to find a genuine solution to the humanitarian problems of the Tamil population, LTTE' Political Wing leader S.P. Thamilselvan declared at a news conference at the LTTE's Kilinochchi Peace Secretariat.

Swift, angry reaction from JVP

Hours after the LTTE proposals were announced, the JVP yesterday strongly rejected them and accused the government of giving into the LTTE demands.

LTTE proposals ‘unacceptable’: Hakeem

SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem yesterday dismissed as unacceptable the LTTE proposals for devolution of power saying they do not reflect at all the aspirations of the Muslim community.

Vice-President Shekhawat leaves for Myanmar

Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat today left for Myanmar on a four-day visit during which three agreements, including one on visa exemption for officials and diplomatic passport holders of the two countries, are likely to be signed.

Lung cancer patients can now live longer

By Arup Chanda: Indo-Asian News Service

A new combination of drugs promises to lessen the trauma of patients of lung cancer and, in some cases, even prolong life expectancy by three years.

Bush says God chose him to lead his nation

By Paul Harris - in New York

Book reveals how President's religious and political beliefs are entwined - and claims he did pray with Blair.

Damascus talks to go ahead - without Iraq

A summit of foreign ministers of countries bordering Iraq is to take place without the presence of the US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council.

Car crashes into building at Bush rally

By Randall Mikkelsen

A car breached security and crashed into a building where U.S. President George W. Bush was attending a political rally on Saturday. Police swarmed the car and dragged a woman away.

Riding the silk Road to power

By Theeranuch Pusaksrikit

It took the Shinawatra family a century and 26 years, to be exact, to come this far. From a very humble start in 1877 when Seng Sae Ku, a Chinese immigrant and the great grandfather of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, set foot on Thai soil, the clan has been through its ups and downs.

Non-Nato Ally Status: US 'explains' Thai position

Following mounting concern that Bangkok would be seen siding too closely with Washington following its quick acceptance of Major Non-Nato Ally (MNNA) status, the US Embassy issued a statement clarifying the motivation for granting the status and its benefits for Thailand.

Colombo calls for resumption of peace talks with Tigers

The Sri Lankan government on Saturday called for the resumption of peace negotiations with Tamil Tigers in response to the proposals for power sharing submitted by the rebels despite differences between the two sides.

Bangladesh seals Myanmar border to check Rohingyas' influx

By Ershadul Huq: Indo-Asian News Service

Bangladesh has sealed its border with Myanmar after around 50,000 Muslim Rohingyas from the Arakan province camped near the border following sectarian riots that claimed at least nine lives in two weeks.

Burmese Generals’ Seven Point Roadmap - is nothing more than to Legitimize Military Rule.

In a joint policy declaration, the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma and the National Council of the Union of Burma had steadfastly rejected the so called the "seven-point roadmap" proposed by the State Peace and Development Council's Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt.

Non-Nato Ally Status: US 'explains' Thai position

Following mounting concern that Bangkok would be seen siding too closely with Washington following its quick acceptance of Major Non-Nato Ally (MNNA) status, the US Embassy issued a statement clarifying the motivation for granting the status and its benefits for Thailand.

Riding the silk Road to power

By Theeranuch Pusaksrikit

It took the Shinawatra family a century and 26 years, to be exact, to come this far. From a very humble start in 1877 when Seng Sae Ku, a Chinese immigrant and the great grandfather of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, set foot on Thai soil, the clan has been through its ups and downs.


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