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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2560

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Tobacco giant withdraws from Burma after pressure from Government

By Rachel Stevenson

Cigarette giant British American Tobacco has withdrawn from Burma, bowing to moral pressure from the Government and human rights campaigners.

Chat Pattana Party excluded from Thai coalition government

The King of Thailand on Friday approved the cabinet reshuffle list sent by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and Chat Pattana Party was excluded from the coalition government led by Thaksin's Thai Rak Thai (TRT) Party.

PM: \"There'll be 12 changes in new cabinet \"

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra announced here this morning that there would be 12 changes in the new cabinet, as he would submit the list of the new cabinet members to His Majesty the King for the royal endorsement by today.

Sri Lanka's President Never declared State of Emergency to Withdraw Now.

Sri Laka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga never declared the State of Emergency at any given time, for her to withdraw now. A Presidential spokesman told this to “Asian Tribune” and said these are rumors spread by vested interest elements to create confusion in the midst of the people.

Cabinet to remove CBK appointees

By Keith Noyahr and M. Ismeth

The Cabinet has resolved to remove several top officials appointed by President Chandrika Kumaratunga in her "Constitutional coup" that politically rocked the government.

JFMC congratulates President

The Joint Free Media Coalition (JFMC) has congratulated President Chandrika Bnadaranaike Kumaratunga for using powers vested in her by the constitution and taking over the Ministries of Defence, Mass Communication and Interior at a time when national security had been threatened.

Thai Troops In Iraq: Senate wants mission justified

The Senate is to grill the government over its decision to dispatch more then 400 troops to join US-led coalition forces, saying disquiet from the upper house and the general public cannot be ignored.

Lanka emergency withdrawn as PM returns

In a dramatic turnaround, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga withdrew the state of emergency minutes after her rival Prime Minister Rani Wickremesinghe returned to the country after his US visit.

UN rights envoy meets Suu Kyi

UN human rights envoy Paulo Sergio Pinheiro has met Burma pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but would not say what was discussed during the two-hour meeting at her Rangoon home, witnesses said.

Royals deny rumours about Prince Charles

By David Leigh

Clarence House broke its silence over allegations surrounding the future king when his most senior aide took the extraordinary step of issuing a public denial of as-yet unpublished rumours involving Prince Charles's household.

Sri Lanka PM returns, rival president to address nation

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe returned home to a showdown with the island's president that threatens a peace process with Tamil rebels.

Lankan refugees want peace process to go on despite crisis

Sri Lankan refugees living in India have said they want the peace process between the government and the Tamil rebels to contiue despite the political crisis in the island nation.

Vajpayee urges Sri Lanka president to protect peace

Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee urged Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Thursday to avert a constitutional crisis and safeguard the peace process with Tamil Tiger rebels.

Sri Lanka's President Defends as Showdown Looms

By Scott McDonald

A showdown loomed in Sri Lanka's bitter political crisis as the embattled prime minister headed home to confront a president who made a power grab while he was overseas and threatened the peace he built with Tamil rebels.

Six die in downed US chopper

At least six American soldiers are dead after a helicopter was "forced down" near the northern Iraqi town of Tikrit, the US Army has said.