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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2528

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Occupation forces net Saddam Hussein <br>

Saddam Hussein has been captured alive near his hometown of Tikrit in a major coup for the beleaguered US-led occupation forces in Iraq.

Photo Shows Saddam Hussien after arrest whilst on pensive mood

PM to open hospital in Wa-controlled area of Myanmar <br>

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is to travel to Yaungkha model village in Myanmar’s border region on 26 December to preside over the opening of a hospital together with his Myanmar counterpart Gen. Khin Nyunt.

Thailand says Myanmar entering democracy talks with open mind <br>

Myanmar's Foreign Minister Win Aung is entering landmark international talks on prospects for democracy in the military-run state with an open mind and a positive attitude.

Blasts outside two Baghdad police stations <br>

Two car bombs have exploded outside police stations in Iraq, leaving at least nine people killed and shattering any hopes of an end to violence after Saddam Hussein's capture.

Myanmar minister to visit India for highway talks <br>

Myanmar Foreign Minister U Win Aung will visit India next week for a meeting with his counterparts of India and Thailand on building a highway linking the three countries.

Maheswaran threatens to block Army in Jaffna <br>

By Sajeewan Wijewardana and Gagani Weerakoon

Hindu Affairs Minister T. Maheswaran on Friday threatened he would keep on blocking the movements of all military vehicles and Army personnel in Jaffna Peninsula if they denied him access to the High Security Zone (HSZ) in the future as they did earlier.

<font size = 2> <u>Athurugiriya raid: </u></font> JVP wants traitors punished<br>

The People's Liberation Front (JVP) in a media communique yesterday urged President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, as the Head of the State, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Minister of Defence and Interior to initiate immediate legal action against the traitors responsible for the treacherous betrayal of raiding the Army Safe House at Millennium City, Athurugiriya.

International Political Forum in Thailand – What should and what not. <br>

By Zin Linn

Delegates from Burma and from Burma and from 10 other countries including Thailand, are gathering in Bangkok this afternoon 15th. December, to attend a forum on Burma's political reform.

We Never Had WMD, Former President Tells Interrogators <br>

by Chris Bunting

Saddam Hussein told his American interrogators that Iraq never had weapons of mass destruction, claiming that they were an invention of the US government to justify an invasion, it was reported last night.

Pervez Musharraf escapes assassination bid <br>

By Zeeshan Haider

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf narrowly escaped an assassination attempt on Sunday when a bomb exploded just seconds after his motorcade had passed by.

Sri Lanka: Only a miracle could avoid holding a snap poll.<br>

Miracle can only save the country from avoiding a snap poll, but in case the poll is held, it would be the third election within a two-year period, but the second parliamentary general elections, though the present parliamentary term could last up to December 2007.

Thaksin: 'No religious split on my watch' <br>

Prime Minister Thaksin Shina-watra said yesterday there would be no division in Thai Buddhism so long as he remained in power.

Road Map Forun: Delegates don't expect much <br>

By Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Today's international forum on Burma holds little promise of any outcome that will lead to the end of the country's political stalemate, which has dragged on since the detention of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in May.

Philippine foreign minister dead in Taiwan hospital <br>

Philippine Foreign Minister Blas Ople died in a Taiwan hospital after he fell critically ill while on an aircraft taking him from Tokyo to Bangkok.

Iraq - No Political Show Trial for Saddam Hussein: International Expert Participation Key to Trial<br>

Human Rights Watch warned today that the Iraqi Governing Council must not mount a political show trial of Saddam Hussein.

Capture of Saddam Hussein could help stabilize the war-ravaged country – Koffi Annan<br>

Reacting to the news that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has been taken into custody, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said this could help stabilize the war-ravaged country.

Bush says Saddam will face justice <br>

United States President George W Bush, cautiously marking a major milestone in the Iraq war, says Saddam Hussein's capture "marks the end of the road for him" but not the end of violence in Iraq.

Army tells of pulling Saddam from hole <br>

US forces say they pulled Saddam Hussein from a hole in the ground behind a two-room shepherd's hut within sight of the former Iraqi President's lavish palaces in his home town, Tikrit.

Photograph of Saddam Hussien taken after his capture, and his beard was shaved off.

<font size =2> <u>Sri Lanka: Political impasse handled coolly: </u></font><br> For what they are waiting for?<br>

Again a stalemate. Nothing concluded. Roller coaster ride continues, while the country as the whole is kept guessing. The four-member panel appointed by President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met today for what was to be the final round of talks, but failed, yet again, to arrive at a consensus.