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Anti-war demonstration: Millions give dramatic rebuff to US war plans
Weekend protests worldwide by millions of anti-war activists delivered a stinging rebuke to Washington and its allies on their hard-line advance towards war. The unprecedented wave of demonstrations, involving eight million to 11.5 million people, according to various estimates, further clouded US...
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Sri Lanka rebels kill soldier as truce under strain
By Lindsay Beck Colombo (Reuters), Feb. 16: Tamil Tiger rebels on Saturday shot dead a Sri Lankan army soldier who they said trespassed into their territory in violation of a truce that has been keeping the warring sides at arm's length after 19 years of civil war. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil...
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Naga political issue dominates poll campaigns
Kohima, (PTI), Feb 16: Naga issue dominated the campaigning by major political parties for February 26 assembly elections in Nagaland. In the no-holds bar campaign, political parties are trading charges and counter charges to woo over 10,00,000 electorates. Stalwarts from Delhi are hitting the...
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Tamil rebels fatally shoot government soldier in Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Feb. 16: Women rebel fighters have shot and killed one of three government soldiers who crossed into guerrilla-held territory in northern Sri Lanka, the insurgents said. The shooting Saturday occurred despite a year-old cease-fire agreement between Tamil Tiger rebels an...
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Police urge investigation into drug gang murders
Bangkok, February 16, (TNA): The National Police Bureau today launched an investigation into the huge number of murders carried out by drug dealers trying to silence people likely to provide the police with clues. A police spokesman said that the national police chief, Pol Gen Sant Suratanon, had o...
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Lung Disease Means Goodbye, Dolly
London, (AP), Feb. 14: Dolly the cloned sheep was put to death Friday, after premature aging and disease marred her short existence and raised questions about the practicality of copying life. The decision to end Dolly's life at age 6 -- about half the life expectancy of her breed -- was made bec...
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US accuses Myanmar junta of backing away from reforms
Washington, Feb 14: The United States yesterday accused Myanmar of backing away from national reconciliation and reform, calling on the military junta to release all political prisoners. The State Department expressed strong support for democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and reaffirmed US support...
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Action against Iraq "inconceivable" after UN report: Fernandes
Bangalore, (PTI), Feb. 15: Defence Minister George Fernandes today said it would be "inconceivable" that US should take any action against Iraq after the UN inspectors have found no weapons of mass destruction there and reaffirmed India's position that the issue must be resolved amicably. Fernan...
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Human cloning should not be done: Kalam
Mumbai, (PTI), Feb. 15: President A P J Abdul Kalam today expressed reservation about human cloning, saying he did not favour it. "I have a definite view about human cloning. It should not be done," the President said while interacting with students at a programme organised by South Indian Ed...
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Japan fears Iraq war could hurt Lankan peace process
Colombo, (PTI), Feb. 15: Japan is concerned that a possible war in Iraq could divert international attention from Sri Lanka's peace process, Tokyo's top peace envoy Yasushi Akashi said Saturday. "A lot depends on the outcome of the war (in Iraq) which many people, including myself feel is likely...
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Thai and other Asian central banks urged to institute reforms
Bangkok, Feb. 15 (TNA): The Philippine Central Bank has urged other central banks in Asia to implement reform policies to foster sustainable growth and economic stability in the region, according to a news report of the Philippine News Agency (PNA). Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Rafael Bue...
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Thailand to sign free trade deal with India
Bangkok, Feb 15 (TNA): India has agreed to establish a free trade area with Thailand, making the kingdom be the first country outside the South Asian region with which New Delhi has agreed to do such a deal. In his weekly radio programme, "Premier Thaksin Talks with the Public" this morning, Prime...
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Iraq Crisis: Thousands join peace march
By - Pares Lohason, Pravit Rojanaphruk, & Rungrawee Chalermsripinyorat More than 10,000 peace-lovers from the five southernmost provinces gathered yesterday in Pattani, joining other demonstrations in Bangkok and cities around the world in voicing opposition to a US-led war on Iraq. Leaders fro...
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Japan says tough questions ahead in Sri Lanka peace
Colombo, (Reuters), Feb. 15: A Japanese envoy to Sri Lanka said on Saturday the island's peace efforts were entering a "difficult phase" and expressed concern a conflict in Iraq could divert attention from its bid to end 19 years of war. Japan is Sri Lanka's biggest aid donor. It will host a conf...
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Tiger ‘magistrate’ re-remands soldier
The Island: Soldier H. S. Nimal Kumara taken prisoner by the Tigers on December 24 when he unintentionally entered their area has been remanded by a Tiger magistrate again. He was produced before an LTTE ‘magistrate’ last Thursday and was remanded till March 7. Kumara who had been with the army fo...
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Suicide bombing blunts peace momentum
by Amal Jayasinghe The Island, Colombo (AFP): Sri Lanka’s warring parties have pledged not to resume fighting, but the latest Tiger suicide blast is seen as denting foreign confidence crucial for the success of the Norwegian-backed peace bid. The truce that is set to mark its first full year in un...
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Commitment to peace doubtful: Japan
by Namini Wijedasa The Island: Japanese envoy Yasushi Akashi yesterday observed that recent incidents in Delft and Manipay had created a sense of "renewed concern" over Sri Lanka’s commitment to its tenuous peace. "I think these events cast some doubt on the stability and durability of the peace,"...
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US, others, have role to end conflict: Armitage
The Island: US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said yesterday the United States and other nations have a role to play in settling the conflict in Sri Lanka. "The United States should be playing a role in concert with other nations, committing our human and financial resources to settli...
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Tiger delegation takes 25 packages in two choppers
The Tiger guerrilla delegation to the latest Berlin peace talks who arrived in Colombo last Friday for their return journey to the Wanni demanded two helicopters, one to carry their members and the other for more than 25 packages they brought along. They received both. The Sunday Times learns that...
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No two armies or two navies in united Lanka, Armitage tells LTTE
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage in an address in Washington said internal self determination, within the framework of one Sri Lanka, was not going to be consistent with separate armies and navies for different parts of the country and that the LTTE, down the road in the peace proces...
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