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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2783

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First Soldier Faces Court-Martial in Iraq

A 24-year-old U.S. military policeman will be the first soldier to face a court-martial in connection with the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison, the military said Sunday. Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits of Hyndman, Pa., a member of the 372nd Military Police Company, will stand trial in Baghdad on May 19, Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said.

Sri Lanka U-turn on Tamil Tigers

In a major policy shift, Sri Lanka's ruling Freedom Alliance has recognised the Tamil Tiger rebels as the sole representatives of the country's Tamil minority.

New picture and military critics increase pressure on Bush

Fresh revelations about Iraqi prisoner abuse - with photographs of a naked, cowering detainee in front of barking dogs - overwhelmed the Bush administration's efforts to contain the scandal yesterday and placed the future of the defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, in further jeopardy.

Polling begins in final phase of Indian general election

President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was among the first to cast his vote as polling began at 7 a.m. Monday in the fifth and final round of the staggered general election in 182 constituencies spread across 16 states and union territories in India.

Factbox - Main policies of major political parties

India votes on Monday in the final and largest round of its five-stage general election being fought mainly on economic issues.

Blair apologizes for abuses in Iraq

British Prime Minister Tony Blair apologized Sunday for any abuses committed by British soldiers in Iraq, and said those responsible would be punished.

Den says police try to abduct and kill hiim

Pattani Senator Den Tohmeena yesterday claimed that police were trying to abduct and kill him because they suspected he was behind the violence in the deep South. Senator asks prime minister to investigate

Army man killed by LTTE operative.

According to eye witness reports received by “Asian Tribune” an LTTE operative named “Ilavan” of the LTTE’s Military Intelligent Unit in Batticaloa under Ramanan was the one who shot and killed Vasantha Colomboage.

Protests planned to stop deportation of Thai girl

Protests are planned in Cairns and Brisbane today in support of a 12-year-old girl who may be facing deportation to Thailand.

Norwegian Foreign Minister is Due in Colombo

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen will arrive in Sri Lanka today. He will be accompanied by his Undersecretary of State Vidar Helgesen.

“We may even loose our loincloths” - An Open letter by a Tamil militant,

How many battle fields, stiff oppositions and roadblocks we two would have faced in our long struggle for Tamil Eelam? For the noble goal of Tamil Eelam, we never cared for our own lives, but we were involved in the legendry heroic struggle. Eelam is our last cherished noble goal - but today, my dear friend, I am very much dejected.

Genocide Than Shwe

By - Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

Last week a patriotic officer in the Burma Army went to an internet cafe in Rangoon and posted the list of 282 individuals murdered on May 30th last year by General Than Shwe. This information was immediately broadcast by Radio Free Asia to the Burmese people.

Philippines readies to vote, Arroyo in driving seat

The Philippines votes Monday to elect a new president after a bitter campaign that has left incumbent Gloria Arroyo heading for re-election of a deeply-divided country.

Burma: A National Convention– <i>Whither for ? </i>

By - Zin Linn

When Burma’s junta boasts loudly of the National Convention it is planning to hold it should be remembered that the junta holds over 1500 Political Prisoners behind bars. The writer pin points details of 32 of the journalists, writers and poets who are at present languishing in the army controlled notorious Burmese prisons – hell-holes. National Convention or call it what not, but there is no place for the media at the proposed convention …?

Elections outcome in Nagaland will boost peace process - also send positive message to rest of country: Dr Lotha

Oken Jeet Sandham - Reporting from Kohima

Nagaland Home Minister Dr TM Lotha said the outcome of the just concluded parliamentary election in Nagaland, which was held in an "unprecedented peaceful environment" would not only strengthen the ongoing peace process between the Government of India and the NSCNs, but also send out a "positive massage" to the rest of the country, that Naga people had really "wanted for peace."

Bad news for AIADMK-BJP as Tamil Nadu votes

Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK party and its ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were projected to lose heavily as millions voted in the state to elect 39 MPs.