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Negotiations begin with Thai carrier on direct Bagan, Angkor Wat flights
By Myo Theingi Cho and Yin Min Tun Yangon, Feb. 03 - 09: Myanmar has begun negotiations aimed at launching direct flights between Bagan and Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the director general of the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism, U Khin Maung Latt, told Myanmar Times last Wednesday. He said the neg...
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PA calls on government to step down
by Dilanthi Jayamanne The Island: The People’s Alliance called for the government to step down claiming that there was rampant corruption and incompetence in its administration. Addressing the regular press briefing yesterday, PA Media Spokesman Dr. Sarath Amunugama said the UNF government had ple...
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Govt says Thailand home to 70,000 drug dealers
Bangkok, Feb. 7, (TNA): Thailand could be harbouring as many as 70,000 drug dealers, the interior minister warned yesterday, reiterating his pledge that all government servants found involved in the drugs trade would be hunted down by February 15. Mr Wan Muhamad Noor Matha defended the government’s...
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Cambodian PM: relations with Thailand to be back to normal soon
Bangkok, Feb 8, (TNA): Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday expressed his confidence that the relationship between Thailand and Cambodia would return to normal in the near future, as the Thai government has pledged to delve deeply into motives behind late last month 's arson attacks against...
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No change in nuke doctrine: Fernandes
Chennai, Feb 08: India's nuclear doctrine will not be reconsidered unless there were extraordinary situations, Defence Minister George Fernandes asserted on Friday. He was replying to questions from newspersons in this regard on board the Coast Guard(CG) Vessel Vajra after witnessing a fleet rev...
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Permanent war crimes tribunal elected
United Nations, Saturday, February 8: The world's first permanent war crimes tribunal took a major step toward starting business on Friday when 85 nations finally elected a panel of judges, more than a third of them women. After four days of voting and 33 ballots, the nations that have ratified th...
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Sri Lankan peace talks set to conclude after progress made despite blast
By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer Berlin, (AP), Feb. 08: Sri Lankan government and Tamil rebel negotiators met Saturday to wrap up a fresh round of peace talks after overcoming a crisis over a rebel suicide blast. "It was very fortunate that we were here for peace talks at the time,...
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India expels Pakistani envoy, four others
By Naveen Thukral New Delhi (Reuters), Feb. 08: India expelled Pakistan's acting ambassador in New Delhi and four other mission staff on Saturday, deepening the chill between the nuclear-armed neighbours. The foreign ministry announcement came after Indian police accused Acting High Commissioner J...
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Black flags flown after Sri Lankan rebel suicides
By Scott McDonald Colombo (Reuters), Feb. 08: - Black flags went up in northern Sri Lanka on Saturday to honour three Tamil Tiger weapon smugglers who blew themselves up in an act that shows the deep mistrust despite talks to end the island's ethnic war. Witnesses said the flags were displayed no...
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Pakistan expels Indian envoy in retaliatory move
Islamabad, (Reuters), Feb. 08: - Pakistan expelled India's acting high commissioner and four other Indian high commission staff on Saturday in retaliation for a similar move by New Delhi earlier in the day, the foreign office said.
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A Bland end of the shorten Fifth Session of Peace Talks in Berlin with Agreement for Future Talks.
Berlin, Feb. 08: The Tamil Tigers have pledged to stop the underage recruitment in their armed forces in future. Also the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, (LTTE) has agreed to a complete cessation of recruitment of and recruitment campaigns aimed at, persons under 18 years of age. This was revea...
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Sri Lanka goes on red alert after Tiger suicide bombing
Colombo,(PTI), Feb. 08: Sri Lankan security forces were today placed on red alert as LTTE guerrillas fired rockets and mortar bombs and put up black flags to mark the death of three rebels who blew themselves up after an anti-aircraft gun was found on their trawler. Troops in the island's emba...
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Sri Lanka Tigers vow to end child recruitment
Berlin, (Reuters): Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers pledged on Saturday to stop recruiting child soldiers, one of the biggest obstacles to the rebels' hopes of being seen as a legitimate political party. The rebels also agreed -- at the end of two days of peace talks in Berlin on ending a war that has ki...
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We have cleared up your sinuses, let us work on your hearing
Compiled by: V. Rajeny A little old lady goes to the doctor and says, "Doctor, I have this problem with gas, but it really doesn't bother me too much. They never smell and are always silent. As a matter of fact, I've passed gas at least 20 times since I've been here in your office. You didn't kno...
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Searchers Snare Shuttle Nose Cone
HHemphill, Texas (AP) Recovery teams sent in a helicopter Wednesday to hoist the damaged nose cone of space shuttle Columbia from an east Texas forest as authorities cracked down on looting. NASA also sent a team to California to inspect material that might be part of one of Columbia's wings. Poss...
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UK And Sri Lanka Sign Bilateral Prisoner Transfer Agreement.
London, Feb. 06: British Foreign Office Minister Mike O'Brien and Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Fernando today signed a bilateral Prisoner Transfer Agreement (PTA). On signing the agreement Mike O'Brien said: ”This agreement gives prisoners the opportunity to apply to serve the remainder of their se...
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Lanka talks to focus on human rights
Colombo,(PTI), Feb. 06: Sri Lanka's peace talks enter their fifth round in Berlin tomorrow with the focus shifting to human rights issues and foreign pressure mounting on Tamil rebels to stop recruiting child soldiers. The talks are to take up fundamental rights that will not only be part of a fi...
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Group headed to Burma on mission of mercy
By: Scott Spitler North Kingstown, Feb. 06: - Genocide. It is one of the most potent words in the English language, conjuring up images of Auschwitz, the Cambodian killing fields and the Rwandan Civil War. All terrible incidents after which the world community vowed such things would never happen...
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Alleged Muslim guerrillas kill police officer
Pattani, Feb 6, (TNA): – A police officer and a member of a Muslim terrorist group were fatally injured on Tuesday night in a shoot-out sparked by the hunting down by police of the head of the Pattani Mujahideen. Police officers were carrying out their duties as normal at a temporary checkpoint in...
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PM reassures readiness of the government if US-Iraq war erupts
Bangkok, Feb 7 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinwatra yesterday reassured the government could manage and control the situation in the country should the United States-led military action against Iraq takes place. He said the government had already prepared a contingency plan, including a measur...
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