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Khamenei rules out polls delay

B>TEHERAN:/BIran's supreme leader Tuesday ruled out any delay to the Feb 20 parliamentary elections and warned officials to back off their threats to resign in protest at the mass barring of reformist candidates.

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Khamenei brokers deal to end crisis

B>TEHERAN:/BIran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has again intervened in the country's political crisis by ordering four ministers to urgently investigate the mass disqualifications of reformist candidates from next month's elections, a top official announced yesterday.

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Activist is latest in series of murders

The murder of Cambodia's most prominent labour activist, whose funeral attracted thousands yesterday, is the latest in a series of broad daylight assassinations that has aroused fear on the streets of the capital.

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Iranian ministers resign

Some Iranian Cabinet ministers and vice-presidents have submitted their resignations to protest disqualifications of thousands of prospective election candidates, Vice-President Mohammad Ali Abtahi announced yesterday.

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Sri Lanka on road to snap elections

Sri Lanka was headed for snap elections as the president cut a deal with hardline leftists amid a worsening political crisis and fears of a return to war, political sources said yesterday.

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Kumaratunga may stay longer

B>COLOMBO/B>: Sri Lanka's president has revealed that she privately underwent a second swearing-in ceremony a year after she last took office, and claims this entitles her to stay in the post for an additional year, until 2006, further complicating the island's political crisis.

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Iran govt may quit over election row

B>TEHERAN:/BA senior Iranian official has warned that President Mohammad Khatami's government may resign if it cannot persuade hardliners to overturn a decision to bar hundreds of liberal candidates from a national election, the official IRNA news agency reported Monday.

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Attacks could spell political crisis

B>BANGKOK:/BA series of bloody attacks in Thailand's Muslim-majority south represents a marked departure from previous violence and could spell a political crisis for the government, analysts said yesterday.


Battles across borders

This year, North Korea expelled two United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors, and later pulled out of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), raising jitters over its nuclear plans.


‘Don’t let up on war against radicals’

The infiltration of Islamic radical elements into Umno must continue to be quashed, said Deputy Information Minister Datuk Zainuddin Maidin.