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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 73

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Departure of Silvio Berlusconi: longest-serving, post-war Italian leader calls it a day

The curtain, at last, came down on the political career of Silvio Berlusconi, Europe’s most colourful statesman, who ran the country for almost two decades. Mr Berlusconi, who time and again proved that boredom is not part of his vocabulary, finally kept to his promise: he said that he would resign once the parliament voted for new austerity measures – and that’s what he exactly did.

Palestinian Freedom Riders to Ride Settler Buses to Jerusalem

Groups of Palestinian Freedom Riders will attempt to board segregated settler buses heading to Jerusalem through the occupied West Bank this Tuesday November 15, in an act of civil disobedience that takes its inspiration from the US Civil Rights Movement Freedom Riders aim to challenge Israel’s apartheid policies, the ban on Palestinians’ access to Jerusalem, and the overall segregated reality created by a military and settler occupation that is the cornerstone of Israel’s colonial regime.

Arab League suspends Syria over protester killings

After months of indecision, the Arab League on Saturday suspended Syria's participation and sought other extraordinary censures that reflect the shifting politics of the region after this year's Arab uprisings.

“ Hapless Harper Cuddles up to the LTTE for votes”

Stephen Harper’s excited call for an “independent international investigation” into the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka, while being unbelievably misplaced, comes at a crucial juncture in Sri Lanka’s history as it prepares to host the next CHOGM and the next Commonwealth Games.

President Mahinda invites Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to visit Sri Lanka and get first hand information

In an exclusive interview with Times Now TV of India, at the Maldivian capital of Male, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has responded to many questions raised by the interviewer on the LTTE activities, rehabilitation in the North, welcoming the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha, Sri Lanka’s infrastructure development and relations with India and China. Given below are excerpts from this interview.

Telecast of “sex CD” in missing nurse case angers Government

The Government has taken a serious note of the telecast of a CD purportedly showing nurse Bhanwari Devi and former Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna in a compromising position and issued show-cause notices to two news channels why action should not be taken against them.

SAARC Heads emphasized the importance of rooting out terrorism and combating maritime piracy

The leaders of SAARC countries concluding their 17th Summit at the Addu town in Maldives have agreed to direct the South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) Ministerial Council to intensify efforts to fully and effectively implement SAFTA, to direct the SAARC Finance Ministers to chart a proposal to intra-regional long-term investments, and to hold the Twelfth SAARC Trade Fair along with SAARC Travel and Tourism Fair at Kulhudhuffushi, in Maldives in 2012.

Swamy to register FIR on black money with CBI

Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy has said he will soon register an FIR with CBI on the issue of black money stashed in foreign countries that would help him obtain letter rogatory from a court and his organisation then can directly approach foreign countries to get details of funds stashed.

AIPMC calls on ASEAN to place ethnic conflict and human rights in Myanmar on ASEAN agenda

ASEAN MPs and members of the ASEAN Inter-parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) will speak in Jakarta Monday to call on leading ASEAN delegates to place the unresolved ethnic conflict and outstanding questions on political and human rights in Myanmar high up on the agenda at the 19th ASEAN Summit in Bali this week.

Kiran Bedi hits out at Team Anna’s Kejriwal

In yet another indication of growing rift within the Team Anna campaign against corruption, hitting out at Arvind Kejriwal for his remarks over the inflated travel bills issue involving her, Kiran Bedi on Saturday said he would not have made such a comment if he had comprehended the issue fully.

Lighting The Lamp Of Friendship: Deepavali Festival Celebrated in Frankfurt Consulate

Hindu devotees as well as Buddhist, Muslim and Christian diaspora joined Mr. Pradip Jayewardene, The Consul General of Sri Lanka, to celebrate Deepavali Festival in Frankfurt last weekend.

Some hard realities

Fighting in Afghanistan and in Pakistan is continuing for over a decade with no end in sight. The US military allied with forces of 48 countries are combating with resistance forces in Afghanistan, while 147000 security forces are fighting the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and affiliated militant groups in FATA and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Letter from America: the Assad Regime Must Go

As usual the Syrian government of Bashar Al-Assad has made a travesty of its promises. It was only a week ago before Eid-ul-Adha that the tyrannical regime had promised to abide by an Arab League proposal to halt all violence, release all detainees, withdraw all armed elements from populated areas and allow unfettered access to journalists and to Arab League monitors. But the violence in Syria has not stopped.