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MOC:Cambodia to compensate damages of Thai firms
Bangkok, Feb. 13 (TNA): - The Cambodian government has pledged to take full responsibility for damages of Thai private businesses in Phnom Penh, according to Commerce Minister Adisai Bodharamik. Adisai told reporters on Thursday after meeting here with his Cambodian counterpart Jom Prasid and repr...
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Muslim Pilgrims Start Trek Home as Haj Winds Down
Mena, Saudi Arabia (Reuters), Feb. 13: Muslim worshippers began leaving holy Islamic sites in Saudi Arabia Thursday, the fifth and final day of the haj pilgrimage which was overshadowed this year by a looming U.S.-led war on Iraq. The bulk of the two million pilgrims started trekking out of Mena,...
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Osama predicts his death on tape: Report
London, Feb. 13: A British-based news agency said it had a new tape recording of Osama bin Laden in which the Saudi militant allegedly predicts his own death this year in an act of "martyrdom".
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Myanmar, Columbia and Nepal - castigated for the rampant use of child soldiers.
Coalition to stop the use of Child soldiers identifies Myanmar, Nepal and Colombia for recruiting children in the armed forces. It alleges that Myanmar state army uses Children in the state army. According to the press release children are recruited in Myanmar forcibly and by threat. UN experts are...
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Children should not be used in adult wars: 12 February Anniversary of the UN -Child Soldiers Treaty
On the eve of the anniversary of the entry into force of an international treaty banning child soldiers, the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers warned that the problem of child soldiers, far from being solved, is still prevalent. "Child soldiers continue to be abused as foot soldiers, port...
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Indians among fourteen pilgrims killed in haj stampede
By Mehrdad Balali Mena, Saudi Arabia (Reuters), Feb. 11: Fourteen people were trampled to death in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in seething crowds marking Eid al-Adha, the most accident-prone part of the annual haj pilgrimage to Mecca. Another three pilgrims were missing in the crowds who throng to th...
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Hindutva encompasses all sections of society: Vajpayee
New Delhi, (PTI) Feb. 11: In the midst of a debate after Gujarat, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today said Hindutva was neither a religion nor a way of worship but encompassed all sections of society. "Hindutva is not a religion but a philosophy which encompasses all irrespective of caste...
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Nuclear programme of Iran is for weapons and not power: US
Washington, (PTI), Feb. 11: The US insists that Iran's pursuit of a complete nuclear fuel cycle - from mining uranium to processing spent fuel - is for nuclear weapons and not for power as it claims. Iran's ambitious and costly pursuit of a complete nuclear fuel cycle only makes sense if it is...
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PM to pay official visit to China next week
Bangkok, Feb 12 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is scheduled to pay an official visit to the People’s Republic of China during February 18-20. Government Spokesman Squadron Leader Sitha Thivaree said the premier wanted to make the trip to thank third generation Chinese leaders, whose ter...
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2,000 expected at peace march
By Pravit Rojanaphruk & Pennapa Hongthong Bangkok, Feb. 12: The anti-war movement is gathering momentum in Bangkok, with 2,000 people expected to demonstrate in front of the US Embassy on Saturday in what promises to be the biggest protest of its kind in recent years. "This is part of a world...
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Bin Laden tape proves Iraqi nexus with terror: US
Washington, Feb. 11 (Xinhuanet) The United States said an audiotape aired on Arab television network Al-Jazeera on Tuesday proved that Osama bin Laden's terror network finds "common cause" with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. "He (bin Laden) threatens everybody in the Arab world except Saddam Huss...
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Cambodia: Freedom of Expression Under Attack
New York and London, Feb. 11 -- Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International today expressed concern about the impact of the arrests of two journalists in Cambodia on the country’s climate for free expression. The rights organizations said the arrests of journalists Mom Sonando and In Chan Sivuth...
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Myanmar: U.N.-Sponsored Democracy Conference To Open Saturday
Restoration of democratic rule in military-governed Myanmar will be the topic of an international conference set to begin Saturday in Tokyo under the auspices of the United Nations. Representatives from Japan, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the United States, the United Kingdom and Au...
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Senior General Than Shwe holds discussions with Thai PM Dr Thaksin Shinawatra
Yangon, Feb 10: Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council Prime Minister of the Union of Myanmar Senior General Than Shwe held discussions with Thai Prime Minister Dr Thaksin Shinawatra at Annawa Yeiktha, Thandwe, Rakhine State, at 9 am today. At the discussions, leaders of both nations...
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Akashi role becomes focus of Sri Lanka political rivalry
Colombo, Feb. 11 (Kyodo): Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's uneasy ties to her prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, broke into the open on Tuesday, with Kumaratunga publicly challenging newspaper reports on the role of Japan's peace envoy Yasushi Akashi in Wickremesinghe's government....
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LTTEs insistence on taxes boomerangs: Govt. businesses in north face closure
by Sumadhu Weerawarne The Island: Government businesses in the north may face closure with LTTE’s continuing to insist on "taxes". The LTTE which in the first few months after the opening of the A-9 highway exempted government entities has subsequently extended taxes to government establishments....
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LTTE should permit full check on child recruits — Presidential spokesman
The Island: President’s spokesman Harim Peiris yesterday said that there should be "unfettered access" to LTTE camps by the UNICEF or representatives from the office of Olara Otunu to look into the child recruits of the LTTE. Peiris said that offices of the UNICEF and relevant organisations should...
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Defence ministry delayed following president orders — Presidential spokesman
By Kesara Abeywardena The Island: President’s spokesman Harim Peiris yesterday accused the Defence Minister and the Defence Ministry for delaying and not adhering to orders from the President to act swiftly on ceasefire violations by the LTTE. President’s spokesman Harim Peiris told a news confere...
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All communities should co-exist peacefully - Sri Lankan President
Colombo, Feb. 12: The Haj festival is being held at a time when Sri Lanka is facing the challenge of establishing peace and unity, President Chandrika Bandaranaike said yesterday. In a message to Muslim devotees islandwide, President Kumaratunga said peace was essential for Sri Lanka at this hour...
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Feb. 12 - Burma Union Day message by Shan Democratic Union
On this day, February 12th -- fifty-six years ago -- the Union of Burma or "Burma", as it is generally known nowadays, was born. A treaty -- the Panglong Accord -- signed by the founding fathers of the Union, created the Union of Burma. U Aung San, the Yawnghwe prince (Sao Shwe Thaike) and other Sh...
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