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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2956

A Plan to Stop Online Kiddie Porn

By Steve Friess

Las Vegas: Joan Irvine knows she's preaching to the choir, and she tells her audience as much. But she's talking to an unusual group -- pornographers who want to stop Internet kiddie porn.

Turkish officials and the war against Iraq

Ankara, Jan. 09: Information leaked from the meeting of the Turkish parliament on Monday unveiled that the Turkish authorities permitted a team composed of 36 experts from the CIA accompanied by Turkish intelligence officers entered North Iraq during the 9th and 10th months of 2002 and that this team arrested some 150 Iraqis suspected to be agents for the intelligence of the Iraqi regime and they were transported to a third country for questioning

Bangladesh: Senior Awami League politician in danger of torture

Amnesty International has expressed serious concern about the safety of a senior Awami League politician, Saber Hossain Chowdhury. He is anounced as a prisoner of conscience by the London based human rights organization.

Myanmar a good friend, partner: Hu

Bejing, Jan. 09: China will work with Myanmar to boost co-operation in various fields for their mutual benefit and to improve future bilateral ties, said senior Chinese officials Wednesday in Beijing.

Injection of Life for Wa Drug Project with an Extra $ 1.1 Million

Extra funding from the international community will enable a United Nations Drug Control Project (UNDCP) in Shan State to be continued for two years longer than originally planned, a senior UN official has revealed.

Sri Lanka peace negotiators end latest round with accord on resettling refugees

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Nakhon Pathon, Thailand, (AP) Jan. 09: - Sri Lanka's government and Tamil rebels concluded a fourth round of peace talks Thursday, making major strides on issues including resettlement, foreign aid and human rights but deferring contentious military matters.

International Red Cross: Sri Lanka, Tamil rebels ask for help tracing war missing

Geneva, Jan. 09: - The international Red Cross said Thursday it had been asked by Sri Lankan authorities and Tamil rebels to help track down people missing during the country's civil war.

Black Tigers must remain as bargaining power — Balasingham

The Island:Anton Balasingham on Wednesday (8) told BBC World ‘Asia Today’ that LTTE units including Black Tigers were now observing a ceasefire, but, that they contributed much to the bargaining power of the Tamil people and so had to keep them to pressurise the government to bring about a settlement.

Norwegian-led peace will lead country to ruins - JVP

The Island: JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva and parliamentary group leader Wimal Weerawansa Wednesday reiterated their stance that the so-called Norwegian-led peace process would lead to the division of the country.

History in the making

By V.S. Sambandan

Nakorn Pathom (THAILAND) JAN. 9: The Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister, Vidal Helgessen, today termed the ongoing peace negotiations between Colombo and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as "history in the making".

NLD urges the release of Prisoners and the start of dialogue

The National League for Democracy in its statement on the 55th anniversary of Independence has urged that today is the most auspicious, being the Independence Day and is the most appropriate time for a dialogue between NLD and SPDC.

Top executives in securities business bullish about market

Bangkok, Jan 10 (TNA): – Top executives in the securities business yesterday projected the local stock market would enjoy bullish sentiment this year as a result of the government’s efforts to stimulate the economy continuously and capital inflow in the market driven by low interest rates.

Sri Lankan Peace Talks: Action plan approved

Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Nakhon Pathon, Thailand, Jan 10: Two sides agree on framework to resettle displaced persons, return govt-held land.

U.S. says disappointed by Indian missile test

Washington, (Reuters), Jan. 9: The United States said on Thursday it was "disappointed" by an Indian missile test, saying it contributed to tension with neighboring Pakistan.

Naga leaders to meet Advani today evening.

New Delhi, (PTI), Jan. 10: As Naga peace process gathers momentum, top leaders of major insurgent group NSCN (I-M) will meet Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani today after a "cordial and friendly" discussions with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee last night.

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