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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 110

Roundup: Myanmar strengthens ties with ASEAN

Yangon, Feb. 09 (Xinhuanet, by Duan Tingchang ): To expand diplomatic space and attract more foreign investment from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Myanmar joined the ASEAN on July 23, 1997, thus becoming the ninth member of the regional grouping.

Thai prime minister to discuss drug trade with Myanmar leaders

Yangon, Myanmar, (AP), Feb. 09: Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra arrived on a two-day official visit to Myanmar Sunday and was expected to ask the ruling military junta to help stem the deluge of illegal drugs from Myanmar into neighboring Thailand.

For Cambodians, Angkor is heart and soul of nation

By Ed Cropley

Angkpr Wat, Cambodia (Reuters), Feb. 09: It's on the national flag, bank notes, beer cans, passport stamps, police badges, cigarette packets and newspaper mastheads.

Bush, Blair to give 48 hrs to Saddam to leave Iraq

London,(PTI), Feb. 09: Britain and America plan to give Saddam Hussein just 48 hours to flee Baghdad or face war, if UN weapons inspectors report this week that the Iraqi dictator is still refusing to disarm fully, The Sunday Telegraph reported Sunday.

Four Hindus killed in Pakistan

Islamabad,(PTI), Feb. 09: Four Hindus were killed by unidentified gunmen in a liquor shop in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta.

Myanmar trip of Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra is to strengthen relations

Bangkok, Feb. 09, (TNA): The prime minister today embarked on an unofficial visit to Myanmar which the government hopes will cement Thailand’s relationship with the Rangoon regime and lead to collaborative efforts to stamp out the regional drugs trade.<

The fearless first lady of Burma

Rangoon, Burma, Feb. 06: She's 5-foot-3-inches small and weighs less than 100 pounds. But every ounce of freedom advocate Aung San Suu Kyi radiates respect for human rights and dignity.

Two top opposition parties of Sri Lanka, unite in attempt to oust the government

Colombo, Sri Lanka (AP), Feb. 07: - Upset with rising prices and concessions made to Tamil rebels in peace talks aimed at ending the nation's 19-year civil war, Sri Lanka's two biggest opposition parties joined forces Friday in a bid to replace the current government.

Sri Lanka peace talks make progress after avoiding crisis over rebel arms cache

Berlin, (AP), Feb. 07: - Sri Lankan government and Tamil rebel negotiators made progress on human rights and banning the use of child soldiers as a new round of talks began Friday on ending one of Asia's longest civil wars.

Poll watchers sniff split mandate in Nagaland

Kohima, Feb. 7: Confusion reigned supreme in the pre-election scenario in Nagaland, with the Nationalist Democratic Movement (NDM) appearing to be in a position to dictate terms in the event of a hung Assembly.

SC upholds TN legislation banning all types of lottery

New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 07: The Supreme Court today upheld a Tamil Nadu legislation banning all types of lotteries in the State and dismissed a petition by Mizoram challenging a Madras High Court order dismissing its plea for permission to allow operation of its lottery in the southern state.

Claim for Security Council seat - France backs India .

New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 07: France today backed India's candidature for a permanent seat in an expanded UN Security Council and its fight against terrorism even as it expressed concern over the situation in South Asia and said war should be the last resort against Iraq.

Suicide blast raises doubts over Tiger motives: Sri Lankan President

Colombo, (PTI), Feb. 07: Even as the LTTE and Sri Lanka government began the latest round of peace talks Friday, President Chandrika Kumaratunga said the incident of three rebels blowing themselves up after the discovery of an anti-aircraft gun on their trawler raised doubts over the genuineness of Tamil Tigers' commitment to the peace process.

Southern Muslims to hold anti-war prayer rally

Pattani, Feb. 7, (TNA): The Islamic committees of five southern provinces are to hold a mass prayer rally next Saturday to protest against the US stance on Iraq, which the organizers have said is likely to attract over 50,000 participants.

Burma: Anti Muslim riots in Katha Township.

This is the first information received relating to the anti Muslim riots that occurred in Katha Township on the 24th and 25th January.

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