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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

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Gore to Bush: Rescind Patriot Act

Former Vice President Al Gore accuses the Bush administration of using
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to justify a major assault on civil
liberties of all Americans. Gore calls for a repeal of the Patriot Act
and end to 'big brother'-style government.

Several die in Iraq attack on Italian base

At least 12 Italians and eight Iraqis were killed on Wednesday in an explosion at the headquarters of the Italian Carabinieri military police in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriya.

Sri Lanka : Talks went on well and they agreed to meet again

The much awaited face to face talks concluded well and it has been agreed that they will meet again to discuss further with the view to move forward.

Flash: Sri Lankan President and PM Met - Details gradually emerging.

One and one face-to-face Talks between the Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe took place this morning, at the President’s House in Colombo.

Two Young Burmese Girls Raped But Now Sentenced to Imprisonment.

This is the true story of two young girls being criminally raped by local authority in Pyapon Township, but now suffer imprisonment. Report and appeal to SPDC Sr. General Than Shwe and Myanma Women Welfare Committee were ignored. Compulsive local authority rapist was at large and remains unpunished.

Russia for lifting of nuclear sanctions against India

By Rezaul H. Laskar - Indo-Asian News Service

In an apparent reaction to India's concerns about the Nuclear Suppliers Group's (NSG) guidelines impacting the growth of its civilian nuclear programme, Russia has called for the lifting of sanctions against the supply of nuclear technology to New Delhi.

Norway's facilitators to meet Prabha tomorrow

By Ranga Sirilal and Munza Mushtaq

Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen and his delegation who flew in amidst political turmoil with President Chandrika Kumaratunga sacking three key Ministers, are to meet LTTE leader Valupillai Prabhakaran tomorrow.

SLMC will do its best to solve CBK—UNP Govt. crisis — Rauff

SLMC Leader Minister Rauff Hakeem told Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen that the party would do its best to find an amicable solution to the present crisis between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the UNF government so that the peace process would proceed without obstacles.

Gazette Notification taking over Ministries

In the Gazette Notification promulgating the taking over of the three Portfolios of Defence, Interior and Mass Media by the President, the functions and subjects under each Ministry have been issued.

PA ready to continue with peace process

The People's Alliance announced that they are ready to continue with the peace process even though the Interim Administration proposals submitted by the LTTE is in contrary to the Constitution and could result in the likely division of the country.

US-Brit war killed 55,000 Iraqi civilians

By Shaista Aziz

The invasion, war and occupation of Iraq has cost up to 55,000 civilian lives, according to a shocking new report published by a UK-based charity.

Thailand agonises over legalising sex trade

By Nirmal Ghosh - India Correspondent

It would swell govt coffers and offer legal protection, but many sex workers object to being officially labelled as prostitutes.

German state to ban headscarf in schools

A German state approved legislation that would ban teachers from wearing the Islamic headscarf in schools, although Christian and Jewish symbols would be allowed.

Neighbourly Ties: Burma accepts a helping hand

By Piyanart Srivalo

Military-run Burma, desperately trying to cope with sanctions imposed by Western governments because of its poor human rights record, yesterday gave in-principle agreement to accept Thai currency loans.

Ministry to draft bill legalising all gambling

The Justice Ministry has indicated that it will draft legislation to legalise all types of gambling so that the government can use the proceeds to benefit social development.

Jindal likely to be first Indian American governor

Just 32 and the son of immigrants from India, Piyush "Bobby" Jindal seemed an unlikely bet only a few months ago to be elected governor of Louisiana.

China: AIDS Treatment Plan Welcome, but Must Protect Rights: Poor to Gain Treatment Access as High-Risk Groups Face Crackdown

China's decision to provide HIV/AIDS
medicines to the poor is a major breakthrough, but it could be undermined by a threatened crackdown on high-risk groups and continued discrimination by hospitals and clinics.

Thailand signs Pagan Accord

A historic moment in sub-regional cooperation was marked today with the signing of the Pagan Accord on by Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, while Thailand’s energy minister signed four separate pacts on energy cooperation.