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‘Sexy sanyasin’ not giving up

By COOMI KAPOOR

Ex-Taiwanese minister denies charges

Former Taiwan defence minister Chiang Chung-ling strongly denied President Chen Shui-bian's allegations that he had plotted a 'soft coup' in collaboration with China to cripple the Taiwanese government.

Stepped-up security ensures incident-free polls

Landmark presidential polls ended without incident yesterday, officials said, as heavy security was deployed nationwide to prevent disruption from terrorist attacks and simmering conflicts.

Bollywood flops in the Lok Sabha

By COOMI KAPOOR

Coal mine blast kills eight

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Megawati unveils coalition

Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri, fighting to win a fresh term, formally unveiled yesterday a coalition of parties seeking to ensure she stays in power for the next five years.

Afghanistan acknowledges need for polls delay

Afghanistan's government said yesterday that it had been necessary to delay parliamentary polls, put off until next year amid shaky security, as it prepared for landmark presidential elections in October.

Walking the Sarawak tightrope

The recent Sarawak Cabinet reshuffle signals early state polls. A tapestry of ethnic interests and real rivalries within each party of the ruling coalition proves that here democracy is alive, writes SUHAINI AZNAM.

Indonesians look set to vote in Susilo

Indonesia's young democracy moves up a notch tomorrow with its first direct presidential election, and voters appear set to dump the incumbent and choose a poetry-writing, guitar-playing ex-general with a Mr Clean image.

Veep candidate spurns clerics’ edict

A leader of Indonesia's largest Islamic body, who is now the electoral partner of President Megawati Sukarnoputri, dismissed as mere personal opinion his colleagues' edict telling Muslims not to vote for a woman, a report said yesterday.