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U.N. investigator interviews political prisoners in Myanmar
Yangon, Myanmar, (AP), March 23: A United Nations (news - web sites) investigator who is assessing the human rights situation in Myanmar interviewed political prisoners in Yangon's main Insein prison on Saturday, U.N. officials said. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, declined t...
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Sri Lanka negotiators leave Japan with little progress
Tokyo, (AFP), March 22: The last of the Sri Lankan peace negotiators were leaving Japan after four-days of talks, hoping that Tokyo would drum up millions of dollars in foreign aid for reconstruction, diplomats said. The Sri Lankan government delegation left Friday, shortly after the talks ended...
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No request for Lankan base
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island - March 23: Contrary to expectations, a US request to use Sri Lankan facilities to refuel warships and aircraft and to secure related facilities in the event of an attack on Iraq, was not made, a ministerial source told the Sunday Island. US Ambassador Ashley Wil...
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Hakeem-Balasingham meeting in Wanni soon
by Franklin. R. Satyapalan The Island - March 23: The LTTE’s Anton Balasingham has agreed to meet a Muslim delegation led by SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem in the Vanni very shortly, a SLMC spokesman said yesterday. Balasingham has given this assurance when he, together with S.P. Thamilselvam, the LTTE...
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Chinese trawler sailors missing, feared dead
by Namini Wijedasa The Island- March 23: Rescuers working off the Mullaitivu coast to locate eighteen missing sailors from a sunken Chinese fishing trawler did not find survivors or dead bodies yesterday, a navy spokesman said. Sixteen Chinese and two Sri Lankan crew members of the fishing trawle...
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Iraq war takes toll on Lanka
By Nilika Kasturisinghe The Sunday Times - March 23: The crunch of the three-day-old US led military campaign against Iraq is beginning to affect Sri Lanka's economy as a Bill just passed last week by parliament to curb escalating consumer prices is yet to become law. Worst hit are tea exports to...
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China protests to Tyronne
By Chris Kamalendran The Sunday Times - March 23: China yesterday strongly protested to the government over the Mullaitivu incident where suspected LTTE cadres attacked a trawler, killing 15 Chinese nationals and three Sri Lankans. Chinese Embassy Counsellor Zhang Weiguo fired out a protest to Fo...
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CBK’s 2001 Referendum was invalid: Supreme Court
By Laila Nasry The Sunday Times - March 23: In a judgment delivered this week the Supreme Court held that the proclamation made by President Chandrika Kumaratunga declaring a referendum in August 2001, to determine whether the country needs a new constitution, was invalid It held that the questio...
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LTTE must renounce violence before ban is lifted:US
The Sunday Times- March 23: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Ms. Christina Rocca has declared that although the LTTE has renounced their concept of a "Tamil Ealam" they should also "renounce violence in word and deed" in order to be removed from the US list of proscribed terrorist organizations....
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20 killed in gas explosion in northern China
Beijing, (PTI), March 23: At least 20 miners were killed and 52 still trapped underground in a major gas explosion in a coal mine in north China's Shanxi province, the state media reported today. Some 75 miners were working underground in the Mengnanzhuang coal mine in Xiaoyi city Saturday noon w...
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Mubarak says he fears Iraq war will drag on
Cairo, March 23 (Xinhuanet): Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak expressed his fear on Sunday that the US-led war on Iraq would drag on due to strong resistance by the Iraqi army, the official Middle East News Agency reported. Speaking to reporters at the Presidential Palace, the president reiterate...
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US jet shot by Iraqi troops, 60 killed in US strikes
Dubai, (PTI), March 23: Iraq today claimed that its troops shot down a US jet over Baghdad even as at least 60 people were killed in the US missile blitz of an Islamic militant group in Iraqi Kurdistan. The aircraft's woman pilot and the co-pilot parachuted safely after being hit by anti-aircraf...
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"Iraqis unable to reach refugee camp in Jordan"
By Tareq Ayyoub and Roufan Nahas Ruweished, March 23: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) emergency supervisor Douglas Oldman on Saturday said the agency is working hard to accommodate more than 20,000 refugees expected to come from Iraq as a result of the ongoing war on th...
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Pakistani court turns down conviction of Christians for blasphemy
Lahore, Pakistan, March 22: An appeals court has ordered the release of two Christians in eastern Pakistan who were sentenced to life in prison for allegedly insulting Islam's Prophet Mohammed, a Christian activist said Saturday. The Lahore High Court overturned a lower court's conviction of the C...
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Shans Ex-SSA commander passes away
Chiang Mai, March 23: Lt-Col Kamkhurh, former brigade commander of the Shan State Army, took leave of his family and comrades yesterday evening (17:30, 21 March 2003) at his home in Laktaeng, Wianghaeng District, Chiangmai. He was 64. His last posting was with the defunct Mong Tai Army of Khun Sa a...
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S.Lanka negotiators urge world to remain committed
By George Nishiyama Hakone, Japan, (Reuters) March 21: The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels ended their latest round of talks on Friday, with both urging the world to stay committed to the peace process on their island despite the U.S.-led war against Iraq. ''It is our hope and expec...
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Thaksin cool on Iraqi Embassy closure
Bangkok, March 22: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra played for more time yesterday, refusing to commit Thailand to a request from the United States that friendly governments close down Iraqi embassies in their countries. Thaksin, who is reportedly under immense pressure to take a position on the...
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US-led massive bombing campaign on Iraq starts
Baghdad/Washington/Cairo, March 22 (Xinhuanet): Dozens of deafening explosions rocked central Baghdad at the start of an intensive bombing campaign by US-led forces Friday night, while loud speakers of mosques across the Iraqi capital were blaring out"Allah Akbar (God is great)" as prayers for peac...
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S.Lankan Tamil rebels deny involvement in Chinese trawler sinking
Colombo, March 21 (Xinhuanet): Sri Lanka's separatist Tamil Tiger rebels on Friday denied accusations by the navy that they were involved in the sinking of a Chinese trawler in the northernsea of the country. Officials of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) said that they had informed the Sr...
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U.S. fires 320 cruise missiles in latest strike
Aboard USS Kitty Hawk (Reuters), March 22: U.S. warships launched as many as 320 Tomahawk cruise missiles on Friday to strike military targets around Baghdad, the commander of the Kitty Hawk battle group said. Rear Admiral Matthew Moffit told reporters the missiles were launched from warships in t...
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