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Between a rock and Jakarta

The recent attack on Acehnese rebels in northern Sumatra by thousands of Indonesian soldiers, outnumbering local fighters by more than 10 to one, poses serious challenges to Indonesia and the rest of the region. We look behind the slogans and rhetoric to assess some of the problems and possibilities.

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Militant in court over bombing

B>BALI:/BAn Islamic militant appeared in court yesterday in the first of a series of trials over the Bali bombings, which the prosecution said were driven by a desire for revenge on the United States and its allies.


Pressure rises in the south

TENSIONS are simmering yet again in Thailand's predominantly Muslim southern provinces. The lynching of two policemen and the staging of 'Al-Maunah style' arms heists at two military outposts last week manifest deep-rooted militancy and lawlessness in the region.

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Vajpayee softens tone over Kashmir

B>SRINAGAR:/BIndian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said yesterday there was no issue that cannot be resolved 'peacefully and democratically,' on the final day of his two-day tour of troubled Kashmir.


Pak Lah: We must be rational, not emotional

Malaysians must be rational and not be guided by sentiments and emotions in facing the Iraqi crisis.

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Seven killed in Bombay train blast

B>BOMBAY:/BAt least seven people were killed and 50 to 60 injured in a bomb blast yesterday in a commuter train here, police said, the latest in a string of blasts in India's financial capital.


Kashmiri willow can prevent some weeping

NEW DELHI: It's a World Cup bonanza. Far away from the Wanderers, Centurion or Kingsmead, in a region where playing the game is yet to develop into a passion, there is a heady spin-off from that sporting extravaganza.

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It's just cricket, not war: Shaharyar

Pakistan team manager Shaharyar Khan has warned spectators to keep their emotions under control during today#8217;s highly-charged World Cup clash between his side and India.


Religious militants similar to communists

I>BERITA Harian/Iran an article on how to overcome religious militancy written by Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo, who described the war against militants as similar to fighting the communists during the Emergency.


The past catches up with Hadi

DATUK Seri Hadi Awang attracts attention wherever he goes, partly because he is one of the most recognised faces in Malaysian politics and partly due to his trademark jubah-and-turban outfit. But the last few weeks have seen the acting PAS president making the headlines in ways that he would surely not prefer.