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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 943

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Seized N.Korean Scud Ship Bound for Mideast -Spain
Madrid, (Reuters), Dec. 11: - A North Korean ship carrying hidden Scud missiles and about 85 drums of chemicals was bound for a Middle East port when it was intercepted in the Arabian Sea by Spanish warships, Spain said on Wednesday. Spanish Defense Minister Federico Trillo told a news conference...
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Yemen Protests Seizure of North Korean Ship; Says Scuds Were Bound for Its Army
By Thom Shanker with Terence Neilan New York Times: Washington, Dec. 11 — Yemen said today that Scud missiles found on a North Korean ship were destined for its army, and issued formal protests over the vessel's seizure to the United States and Spain, the official news agency Saba said. ``The shipm...
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U.S. releases to Yemen its shipment of North Korean-made Scud missiles after standoff
By Ahmed Al-HaJ Associated Press Writer cantonrep.com: San'a, Yemen (AP), Dec. 11: - The U.S. Navy released the shipment of North Korean-made Scud missiles it seized, sending the vessel and its cargo on their way Wednesday to the original destination of Yemen. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer s...
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Sri Lanka Seeks Ways To Better Utilize India Credit Line
Colombo -(Dow Jones), Dec. 11:- Sri Lanka plans to set up a facilitation bureau to better utilize a $100 million credit line received from the Indian government in April 2001, the Minister of Industries said Wednesday. The funds under the credit line are available to the Sri Lanka government for th...
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Northern Sri Lanka town hit by violence, police arrest 14 .
By Joe G. Ariyaratnam, Associated Press Writer Yahoo News: Jaffna, Sri Lanka (AP), Dec. 11. - Police used tear gas and truncheons to disperse about 300 protesters who threw stones at the office of a pro-government political party in a northern stronghold of the rebel Tamil Tigers, officers said We...
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British Foreign Office Minister Mike OBrien spoke to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Mike O'Brien spoke to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on 9 December about the current situation in Burma. Following the call Mike O'Brien said: 'I spoke today with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the Burmese democracy movement and Nobel Prize winner, as par...
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Myanmars feared Wa fighters resent
Pangsang , Myanmar (AFP): Myanmar's ethnic Wa, former head hunters reviled by foreign governments as a ruthless narco-army flooding the world with heroin, insist they have abandoned drugs and bitterly resent their reputation. "Give us a chance to prove ourselves," pleaded Pauk Yu Yi, one of four br...
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MOC to promote Hom Mali rice in China
Bangkok, Dec 12 (TNA):The Ministry of Commerce will join forces with rice exporters to promote Thai Hom Mali or jasmine rice in China, according to a senior official. Rachen Pachanasunthorn, Director-General of the Department of Foreign Trade told TNA that Commerce Minister Adisai Bodharamik woul...
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Thai PM remains confident of economic strength
Bangkok, Dec 12 (TNA): – Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday reiterated the Thai economy would not be adversely affected if the United States experienced economic malaise and got in a heap of non-performing loans as many feared. The optimism about the local economy was made upon a report of...
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Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Commission used its powers to bite the victims and not its perpetrators.
Asian Human Rights Commission based in Hong Kong has railed against the National Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka as “a disappointing Institution.” It alleged the statutory body functioned in such a way often violating the principles of international and national law in dealing with torture ca...
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Thailand-Myanmar to hold meeting on drugs suppression
Bangkok, Dec 12 (TNA) – Thailand and Myanmar will hold a bilateral meeting on cooperation in narcotics suppression during December 13-14 to discuss obstacles and ways to coordinate efforts to cope with the drugs problem. A source at the Office of the Narcotics Control Board said the meeting would...
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Bangladesh PM goes to Thailand today
Dhaka, Dec. 12: Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia goes to Thailand today on a three-day landmark trip opening a new air-route between the two countries. Thai Prime Minister Dr Thaksin Shinawatra will fly in to Chittagong earlier in the day to take her to his country’s resort city Chiang Mai f...
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Thai PM inaugurates Chiang Mai-Chittagong route
Chiang Mai, Dec 12 (TNA) - Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Thursday inaugurated a new air-route linking Chiang Mai in the North of Thailand with Chittagong port city of Bangladesh, according to T.V. news reports. The inaugural ceremony was held this morning at the Chiang Mai Airport, said the...
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Protest paralyzes Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula
Clombo, Sri Lanka (AP) Dec - 12:- Shops and offices were closed, public transport stopped and people remained indoors on Thursday in the Tamil rebel-held Jaffna peninsula in a shutdown to protest disputed allegations that police fired on civilians this week. One man was arrested on Thursday after o...
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Court begins case involving LTTE attack on Socialist Equality Party
By Deepal Jayasekere World Socialist Web Site: Dec. 10. The Magistrates Court on Kayts Island in northern Sri Lanka began hearing charges on December 4 against Karthikesu Amirthalingam, a member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who is accused of assaulting Nagarajah Kodeeswaran. Kod...
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MOC:Website of major rice exporting countries to be opened soon
Bangkok, Dec 11 (TNA): A new website linking information among major rice exporting countries, including Thailand, will be opened soon, according to an official report. The official report of the Ministry of Commerce's Department of Foreign Trade, which was sent to TNA, said that Thailand was esta...
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Thai PM downplays concern on effect from possible US-Iraq war
Bangkok, Dec 11 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday expressed confidence Thailand would not be adversely affected as many worried if the war between the United States and Iraq broke out. In particular, he believed oil prices would neither overly increase nor the fuel shortage would...
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Study Faults Australia for Accepting Refugees - By Invitation Only.
Sydney, December 10, 2002: Many refugees who come uninvited to Australia are compelled to do so because they cannot find effective protection anywhere else, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released to mark International Human Rights Day. The 94-page report, "By Invitation Only: Australian...
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Row over handing over of uncensored Iraqi declaration to US
United Nations, (PTI), December 10, 2002: Resentment is brewing within the UN Security Council after its President handed over the first copy of uncensored version of the Iraqi declaration to the United States, ignoring other members. The remaining permanant members and all non-permanent members...
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Myanmar burns massive quantity of opium poppy seeds
Yangon, Myanmar, Dec. 10: - Myanmar's military authorities have burned more than 8,500 kilograms (18,700 pounds) of opium poppy seeds, stimulant pills and other drugs in their latest show of determination to stamp out the drug trade, a newspaper reported Tuesday. The event was part of a new drug e...
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