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US and Asean sign crucial antiterrorist agreement
Southeast Asian nations signed a comprehensive pact with US Secretary of State Colin Powell yesterday to combat terrorism, cut off terrorist funding and develop more effective counter-terrorist policies.

------------------------------------ 08/07/2001

2 U.S. Soldiers Charged in S. Korea
Two American soldiers have been charged with negligent homicide for hitting two South Korean girls with their armored vehicle, the U.S. military said, reversing an earlier decision not to prosecute the men.

India to Use Space Technology to Boost Global Role
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said Wednesday India would exploit space technology rather than use its military might to boost its standing on the global stage.

------------------------------------ 22/06/2001

Myanmar Opposition Leader Travels
Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday started a weeklong tour of the countryside on party business, a test of the military junta's sincerity after it released her from house arrest last month.

President asked to quit
Resignation letter likely to be submitted today

President Badruddoza Chowdhury has been asked to step down immediately. The BNP Parliamentary Party at a meeting last night asked the President to leave office for 'betraying' the party.


Asian Security Group Strengthens Ties
The leaders of Russia, China and four Central Asian nations anointed their security group as a full-fledged international organization and moved to strengthen cooperation against terrorism at their regional summit Friday.

PKB turns indifferent to Akbar inquiry
Public expectation for a transparent inquiry into a graft scandal in which House of Representatives Speaker Akbar Tandjung has been implicated is likely to be disappointed, with the faction that spearheaded calls for an inquiry apparently running out of steam.


Dalai Lama unfazed at PM's snub
The Dalai Lama says he is "not unhappy" Prime Minister John Howard has not met him during his national tour.
The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader has delivered a wide-ranging speech at the National Press Club in Canberra.


Indo-Pakistani fight intensifies
Thousands of villagers fled the India-Pakistan border region Saturday as firing between the two nuclear-armed neighbours escalated, with heavy weaponry being used in all-night shooting across the frontier.


World Waits for Myanmar Military to Free Suu Kyi
Myanmar's pro-democracy movement kept up a vigil on Sunday waiting for news of their leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who is expected to be freed from 19 months of house arrest within days.

Sri Lanka: The Untold story
Chapter 38: Badgering for Indian withdrawal

U.S.-Malaysia Defense Cooperation:
A Solid Success Story

The reason is that for many years U.S. and Malaysian forces have cooperated on a wide range of missions with virtually no fanfare or public acknowledgement.

Malaysia waives fees for new flights
Thailand sees little impact from plan to build KL traffic


S. Korea's ruling party names presidential candidate
A self-taught lawyer and reformist human rights campaigner, who wants to lessen South Korea's reliance on the United States, was chosen by the ruling party as its presidential candidate on Saturday.


Philippines approves more US troops for south
Hundreds more US troops will join 660 American soldiers who are already in the southern Philippines helping to fight Muslim rebels linked to the al-Qaeda terror network, officials said on Friday.

NKorea Unveils Software Industry
There's an unlikely new competitor in the computer software market — North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

Private Galleries in Shanghai: a World of Free Art
Shanghai, generally known as the economic hub of east China, is also home to domestic and international artists, who have swarmed here to run private galleries, attracted by the splendid cultural and artistic resources.


Zhu paints peaceful China picture
Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji on Friday told an Asian Economic Forum that tomorrow's China will remain a country at peace with the outside world, seeking the benefits of economic cooperation with other nations.


Tibet's longest-serving political prisoner freed
Tibet's longest serving political prisoner, who has spent much of the past 40 years in jail, has been released from jail nine years early, a rights group said Thursday.

China Frees Tibetan Held Since 1983
The Chinese government has freed one of its longest-serving political prisoners, a Tibetan teacher, in a release a leading activist said was an attempt to please the United States.

Singapore Uncovers Plane Crash Plot
A Singaporean member of an Islamic militant group linked to al-Qaida is suspected of planning to hijack a plane and crash it into the city-state's international airport, Singapore's prime minister said Friday.


Beijing rounds up Muslims
The Chinese authorities have detained thousands of Muslims in Xinjiang region in the north-west since September 11, claiming that local separatists are linked to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida, Amnesty International said yesterday.

Japan, S. Korea Test Communication
Japan's prime minister chatted Saturday on a high-speed video link that symbolizes efforts to build closer economic ties with South Korea, a day after agreeing to study a free trade agreement.


Japan, Pakistan to step up dialogue
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf agreed Thursday in Tokyo to step up economic cooperation and security dialogue between their countries by creating a new framework of high-level talks.

Violence prevented as 10,000 are held
From Coomi Kapoor in Delhi


Japan's Economy Shrinks
Japan's recession deepened in the final quarter of 2001 as business investment logged its biggest quarterly fall on record, putting pressure on Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to speed up plans to restore growth.


Indian troops try to stop bloodshed
Hundreds of troops have been deployed across the western Indian state of Gujarat in an attempt to quell the worst outbreak of Hindu-Muslim bloodshed in ten years.

After half a century, Prince Philip remains wedded to the use of undiplomatic language
After half a century of travelling the world at the Queen's side, the Duke of Edinburgh showed he is still master of the ill-chosen quip yesterday when he asked Aborigines whether they still threw spears at each other.


WWII veterans remember fall of Singapore
Australian World War II veterans are today marking the anniversary of the fall of Singapore at the Kranji War Cemetery on the island state, to remember their fallen comrades.

Japan sending troops to Timor
THE Japanese government has announced it will send 680 troops to East Timor - Japan's largest military deployment for a UN peacekeeping operation.


N Korean footballers back in spotlight
The footballers of North Korea will make a rare foray into the international spotlight on Sunday when their team takes part in a four-country tournament in Thailand.

Cambodia defies UN over genocide court
Cambodia has said it is determined to bring former leaders of the murderous Khmer Rouge regime to trial, despite a UN decision to abandon plans for a special international court.

Manila police seize 104 passports
Philippine police have arrested a Malaysian man at Manila international airport who was carrying 104 passports and $50,000 in cash.


Dalai Lama leaves hospital
The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has left hospital in the Indian city of Bombay after recovering from a bowel infection.
"I am feeling much better," he told reporters.

16 Chinese Discovered in Cargo Container
Sixteen Chinese men and teenage boys were discovered Saturday morning in a cargo container at the Port of Long Beach, immigration authorities said.

------------------------------------ 28/01/2001

Shaolin's enchanting try-outs
Electricians and stage builders at work at the MBJB Indoor Stadium yesterday halted their labour momentarily and stared with amazement when the Shaolin kung fu masters began their rehearsal.

China website giants fight it out
The two biggest Chinese-language internet websites are embroiled in a vicious legal battle over copyrights.
The portal is suing its rival, for alleged copyright violations.

China offers olive branch to Taiwan leadership
In a shift that could ease tensions in one of the world's hot spots, a top Chinese official has tempered Beijing's hostility to the ruling party in Taiwan, blaming only a small minority for pushing independence, and extending a tentative welcome to the majority.

------------------------------------ 21/01/2001

China slashes drugs prices
From Friday, authorities have announced the price of more than 380 types of medicine must be reduced.

Inside the Ring
A Chinese jet flew within 500 feet of a U.S. P-3 patrol aircraft in the closest aerial encounter since the EP-3 incident April 1 near Hainan island. U.S. intelligence officials said the Chinese F-8 interceptor jet conducted the aerial maneuver with the P-3 maritime patrol craft over the East China Sea on Jan. 7.





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