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Editors of an electronic newsletter sentenced to life in prison
Maldives, Feb. 14: Since July 2002, Mohamed Zaki, Ibrahim Luthfee and Ahmed Didi, editors of the electronic newsletter Sandhaanu, have been serving a life term in prison. Fathimath Nisreen, Ibrahim Luthfee's assistant, received a 10-year prison term. They were found guilty of "insulting the Presid...
09.09.2009 - 02:16
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San San Nweh finally gets 1999 Reporters Without Borders prize
Well-known French TV journalist Christine Ockrent has presented Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi with the 1999 Reporters Without Borders / Fondation de France Prize to pass on to winner San San Nweh. Ockrent, who is also a member of the board of Reporters Wi...
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Japan to lend Sri Lanka $270 million for economy
Colombo, Feb 14 (Reuters): Japan, Sri Lanka's biggest aid donor, said on Friday it would give the island a loan of about $270 million to restructure the war-torn economy as it pushes ahead with a peace bid to end a 19-year ethnic war. The announcement comes during a visit by Yasushi Akashi, a spec...
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U.S. Pushes Both Sides in Sri Lanka Peace Talks
Washington, (Reuters), Feb. 14: The United States on Friday said it hoped to provide more aid to Sri Lanka this year but that it would depend on the government and the rebel Tamil Tigers showing the political will to pursue peace. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage praised both sides...
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Only Cong can solve Naga row: Sonia
Dimapur, Feb 15: AICC President Sonia Gandhi on Friday called for a comprehensive dialogue with all the underground Naga factions to hammer out a lasting solution to the Naga problem, adding that only the Congress was capable of delivering the solution. Addressing a rally here, Sonia stated that it...
09.09.2009 - 12:53
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Lankan army jeopardises peace talks: LTTE
Colombo 14 : Condemning the attack on its unarmed female cadres by the Army soldiers in Manipay on Wednesday, LTTE has said the ongoing dialogue with the Lankan government would be 'seriously jeopardised' if such incidents continued to recur. Describing the Manipay incident, where the Army soldie...
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International drug ring busted in US
Buffalo, Feb. 14: US state and federal authorities arrested 61 people in four cities and seized more than $300,000 in a sting operation they said dismantled a large international drug trafficking ring. The investigation, dubbed Operation Deja Vu, began in July and targeted heroin and cocaine traff...
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Thai prime minister admits 350 die in war on narcotics
Bangkok, (AFP), Feb. 15: Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra admitted yesterday a staggering 350 people have been killed in the war on drugs he launched two weeks ago, but fiercely defended the battle against traffickers. The figure amounts to 25 deaths per day since the crackdown began Februar...
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Suu Kyi calls for talks, generals defiant
Yangon, Feb. 15: : The gulf between Myanmar's opposition and military appeared to widen on Wednesday with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi calling for talks while the ruling generals railed against threats to stability. Speaking at a ceremony to mark Union Day, Suu Kyi said Myanmar's economy...
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Lanka troop should withdraw from Jaffna: LTTE
Jaffna, Feb. 15: Thousands rallied on Friday in northern Sri Lanka to demand the withdrawal of government troops after a fistfight between soldiers and Tamil rebels dealt a blow to a year-old truce. At least 8,000 people carrying placards and shouting slogans rallied in the northern town of Jaffn...
09.09.2009 - 12:54
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Only Cong can solve Naga row: Sonia
Dimapur, Feb 15: AICC President Sonia Gandhi on Friday called for a comprehensive dialogue with all the underground Naga factions to hammer out a lasting solution to the Naga problem, adding that only the Congress was capable of delivering the solution. Addressing a rally here, Sonia stated that it...
09.09.2009 - 12:57
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Lankan army jeopardises peace talks: LTTE
Colombo 14 : Condemning the attack on its unarmed female cadres by the Army soldiers in Manipay on Wednesday, LTTE has said the ongoing dialogue with the Lankan government would be 'seriously jeopardised' if such incidents continued to recur. Describing the Manipay incident, where the Army soldie...
09.09.2009 - 12:57
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International drug ring busted in US
Buffalo, Feb. 14: US state and federal authorities arrested 61 people in four cities and seized more than $300,000 in a sting operation they said dismantled a large international drug trafficking ring. The investigation, dubbed Operation Deja Vu, began in July and targeted heroin and cocaine traff...
09.09.2009 - 12:57
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Thai prime minister admits 350 die in war on narcotics
Bangkok, (AFP), Feb. 15: Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra admitted yesterday a staggering 350 people have been killed in the war on drugs he launched two weeks ago, but fiercely defended the battle against traffickers. The figure amounts to 25 deaths per day since the crackdown began Februar...
09.09.2009 - 12:57
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Suu Kyi calls for talks, generals defiant
Yangon, Feb. 15: : The gulf between Myanmar's opposition and military appeared to widen on Wednesday with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi calling for talks while the ruling generals railed against threats to stability. Speaking at a ceremony to mark Union Day, Suu Kyi said Myanmar's economy...
09.09.2009 - 12:57
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Lanka troop should withdraw from Jaffna: LTTE
Jaffna, Feb. 15: Thousands rallied on Friday in northern Sri Lanka to demand the withdrawal of government troops after a fistfight between soldiers and Tamil rebels dealt a blow to a year-old truce. At least 8,000 people carrying placards and shouting slogans rallied in the northern town of Jaffn...
09.09.2009 - 12:57
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You cannot tell the difference between a blessing and the Last Rites
One afternoon he noticed a strange sight. Just before the first race, a Priest visited one of the horses in the stable area and gave it a blessing. Bernie watched the horse race very carefully, and, sure enough, the blessed horse came in first. Intrigued, Bernie followed the Priest before the next...
09.09.2009 - 02:16
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SSA Leader, Sao Yawd Serk: On the mediatory role proposed by Thai Prime Minister
Chiang Mai, Feb. 13: According to a news item that appeared in a Bangkok based newspaper, it said that, "Rangoon has agreed to let Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to help and persuade its ethnic rebels to come to the negotiating table". Although it was a perfect and brilliant offer of the Prime...
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Iraq: Prepare for Humanitarian Crisis
New York, February 13, Iraqi civilians could face tremendous hardship if war disrupts their access to food and water or forces them to join hundreds of thousands of people already displaced from their homes, Human Rights Watch said today. A 25-page briefing paper released today by Human Rights Watc...
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Bahraini activists head for Iraq in a solidarity trip
A Bahraini activist has announced that 100 Bahraini activists will head for Iraq on the dock of a ship on February 17 in a one- week solidarity trip to Iraq. The chairman of the Bahraini people's committee in support of the Iraqi people Hassan al-Alli said that the " committee called for the organi...
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