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Alleged people smuggler to be extradited to Australia
The Federal Government says it has, for the first time, extradited an alleged people smuggler to Australia. Australia's Justice and Customs Minister, Chris Ellison, says a Federal Police officer yesterday brought Ali Hassan Abdolamir Al Jenabi from Bangkok to Darwin in the Northern Territory. Senat...
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Burma: Rule of fear and torture still blocks hope for democracy
By James Pringle - Rangoon With fresh arrests of pro- democracy followers of the Burmese opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and violent threats to 'annihilate destructive elements', Burma's hard-line military regime has served notice that a new UN-brokered dialogue on the country's political futu...
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Thailand Drug War Sows Fear, Bloodshed
By Daniel Lovering - Associated Press Writer & Ban Huay Rua in Thailand At dawn, two men with close-cropped hair arrived at Sairung Chuwong's farmhouse in a black sedan, claiming they had a search warrant. When the woman's husband, Sompong, came outside, one of the men shot him three times wi...
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Police seize Bt 80m assets of Burmese drug king’s relative
Bangkok, February 23, (TNA): – Police raids across the country this morning resulted in the confiscation of assets worth more than Bt80 million belonging to a relative of the infamous Burmese heroin warlord Khun Sa. Officers from the Drugs Suppression Division joined with officers from the Office...
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Police admit to ‘only’ 14 killings
Bangkok, February 23, (TNA): The National Police Bureau today stepped in to defuse the controversy over the huge number of extra-judicial killings carried out by police officers as part of the government’s war on drugs, saying that in fact police officers had killed ‘only’ 14 suspects. Police bure...
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Officials seize - Khun Sa assets.
Bangkok, Feb. 24: Anti-narcotics police and officials yesterday seized nearly 200 kilograms of jade and more than Bt200 million in other assets allegedly belonging to a drug-trafficking syndicate. Apichart Thanomsap, deputy secretary-general of the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO), said the off...
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Death sentence by hanging painful, inhuman: JeM militant
New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 23: Is the capital punishment by sending a person to the gallows "inhuman, barbaric, painful" and violated the right to life? The Parliament attack case convict and Jaish-e-Mohammed activist Mohammed Afzal, sentenced to death, believes so. Though there is a provision und...
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Myanmar talks with US? It will be fruitless .
By Lee Kim Chew In an unprecedented move, Myanmar's military regime is seeking talks with the United States about the country's political future. It wants 'pragmatic, useful advice on making the transition to a stable democracy', the Yangon government that once scoffed at an offer of a US$1 billion...
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World needs urgent and concerted action to address common threats - Kofi Annan
Kuala Lumpur, Feb. 24: “This Summit is taking place at a critical juncture, with the prospect of war in Iraq looming before us. However, I believe that war, even now, is not inevitable. “ This was emphasized by Kofi A. Annan, UN Secretary General. Kofi Annan in his message delieverd to the XIII Sum...
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Sri Lanka union battles "peace dividend" reforms
By Chamath Ariyadasa Colombo, Feb 24 (Reuters): A powerful Sri Lankan trade union is fighting to block economic reforms the government hopes will attract foreign aid as a "peace dividend" if it succeeds in ending the island's 19-year ethnic war. "We have kept the labor reforms in check," said S....
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Car industry boom creates 32,000 jobs
Bangkok, Feb. 24 (TNA): Figures released today by the Ministry of Industry appear to back the government’s rosy economic growth forecast, showing that 3,289 new factories opened last year and that 120,950 new jobs were created, 32,000 of them in the automotive sector alone. While the number of new...
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Troops confront Tigers checking pilgrims
The Island: Troops yesterday afternoon surrounded a group of armed Tigers when they were checking a vehicle carrying a group of pilgrims on the Kuchchuveli-Thiriyaya road, police said. A contingent of navy personnel moved in immediately after receiving information that armed Tigers were operating...
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ICRC believes records prevent enforced disappearance
The Island: The ICRC believes that by maintaining records of detainees during regular visits, the organisation has succeeded in preventing enforced disappearances and ill treatment. The ICRC in a statement dealing with its activities in year 2000 said: "It maintains an ongoing dialogue with detain...
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Local cease-fire monitor obtains bail for LTTE abductors of schoolgirls
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: A leading lawyer and a local cease-fire monitor recently filed a motion in the Trincomalee Magistrates’ court requesting the release of two female Tigers, accused of abducting two 14-year-old girls at Sambaltivu, informed sources said. One of the abductors is on...
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Burmese Military Government Leader General Than Shwe Cancel Trip to Summit
Rangoon, (Reuters) Feb. 23: Burmese Military Government Leader Than Shwe called off a visit to Kuala Lumpur for a summit of non-aligned nations yesterday in a move that diplomats said showed rising jitteriness over runs on bank deposits. Deposit runs started early this month at all 20 privately...
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Earthquake in Xinjiang kills 42
Urumqi, Feb. 24 (Xinhuanet): A strong earthquake that struck at 10.30 a.m. Monday morning (Beijing time) in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has killed at least 42 people, according to early reports. More than 1,000 houses and school buildings collapsed in a village in Bachu Coun...
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Non-aligned nations line up against war with Iraq
By Simon Cameron-Moore Kula Lumpur, (Reuters), Feb. 24: - Kings and presidents from non-aligned countries massed in Malaysia on Monday to show that the developing world that accounts for two-thirds of the U.N. wants a say in the Iraq crisis and to tell Baghdad to disarm. Malaysian Prime Minister...
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Miraculous escape for Naidu as chopper makes emergency landing
New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 22: BJP President M Venkaiah Naidu had a providential escape this afternoon when the helicopter he was travelling in developed a serious technical snag and had to make an emergency landing at Tuenseng in Nagaland. Naidu, who is on a three-day campaign tour of Nagaland, Me...
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Nawaz Sharif permitted to go to London for heart surgery
Islamabad, (PTI), Feb. 22: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been permitted by the Pakistan Government to go to London for heart surgery. Sharif, currently living in exile in Saudi Arabia, underwent an angiograph test yesterday in a hospital at Jeddah and would shortly go to London to under...
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New Norwegian chief of international peace monitors arrives in Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Feb. 22: - The newly appointed head of an international mission monitoring a cease-fire in Sri Lanka arrived in the island on Saturday, an official said. Tryggve Tellefsen, a retired army major general, succeeds another Norwegian, Trond Furuhovde, as the head of Sri Lanka...
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