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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 2994

Myanmar reiterates denials of using rape as weapon of war

By Grant Peck, Associated Press Writer

Bangkok, Thailand, (AP) Dec. 27: - Stung by criticism from the U.S. State Department, Myanmar's military government issued a new denial of charges that its army uses rape as an instrument of war.

Army wants bus passes restored

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The Island: The army wants the government to restore bus passes for junior officers and men deployed in non-operational areas, military sources said yesterday.

Lanka protests to US over marine’s drunken manner

The Island: Sri Lanka yesterday protested to the US regarding an unprovoked attack by a US marine on a vehicle carrying a senior Foreign Ministry official near Kanatte junction, Borella on Thursday, official sources said.

As long as LTTE retains military capability High security zones must continue — President

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday said that existing High Security Zones (HSZs) in the north-east should remain intact as long as the LTTE retains ‘a military capability’ to target key bases, particularly Palaly and KKS, a presidential aide said.

The Nation - Editorial: Let the truth about mass rapes be told

December 28: An investigative report by the US State Department disclosed by The Washington Post this week said that Burmese troops have systematically raped Shan women and girls. The report verified exactly what local groups - the Shan Human Rights Foundation and the Shan Women's Action Network - reported early this year. The US report confirms beyond any doubt that the Burmese junta leaders lied in their denials.

17 December Washington File: State Department Condemns Burma Militarys Use of Rape as Weapon

The United States is appalled by reports the Burmese military uses
rape as a weapon against civilians in the ethnic regions of that
country, according to the State Department's Bureau of Democracy,
Human Rights, and Labor (DRL).

MCOT’s New Year celebration proves Thailand as a world tourist attraction

Bangkok, Dec 26 (TNA): A grand New Year celebration, to be organized by the Mass Communication Organization of Thailand (MCOT), and other 12 public and private agencies, will prove to the world that Thailand is a favourable tourist attraction, according to a T.V. news report.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat: CIA tempts Iraqis to split

London, Dec. 26: In its yesterday's issue, the London- based al-Hayat daily said that the US CIA made contacts in June this year in New York with three senior Iraqi weapons experts including Lt. Gen. Amer al-Saadi, the advisor for the Iraqi President in an attempt to convince them to split from Baghdad.

Nepal: Victims of alleged human rights abuses under pressure

Amnesty International is extremely concerned for the safety of victims of human rights abuses who are being further persecuted by the military in Nepal.

Sri Lankas Tamil Tiger rebels reject call to put down arms

By Dilip Ganguly, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, (AP), Dec. 26: - Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday rejected a call by Sri Lanka's military to disarm, saying the issue was "nonnegotiable" at this stage.

Wives plead with SLMM for release of hubbies from LTTE custody

The Island: A group of wives have appealed to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) to secure the release of their husbands from LTTE custody.

8 relieved of SLMC posts

The Island: A meeting of the High Command of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress held on Wednesday presided over by the SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem, removed the following persons from the posts they held on the charges of causing dissension in the party and thereby causing harm to the good repute of the party, placing the party in a critical position and misguiding party members and the public.

Firewood collectors collected by LTTE, released on Rs. 40,000 ransom

By Norman Palihawadana

The Island: Three persons collecting firewood in a Valaichchenai jungle were abducted and released on the payment of a forty-thousand-rupee ransom by the LTTE, police sources said.

Thaksin reassures continued host facilities for peace talks

The Island: Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of Thailand said he was greatly pleased with the progress made in the Sri Lanka Peace Talks and assured continued host facilities in the Kingdom for this ground-breaking peace effort in a fellow Buddhist country.

Dawn of long awaited Peace seems nearer now - Archbishop of Colombo

Colombo, Dec. 26:We, Christians celebrate Christmas this year at a very significant moment of our country's history. The dawn of the long awaited peace seems nearer now than ever before. Especially within the past two decades we have been yearning and praying for the gift of peace, but it has been eluding us until now. The Peace Talks that have been initiated and the temporary cessation of hostilities have given us a new hope. All men of goodwill are hopeful as they witness signs in the horizon.

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