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America facing hard options on Iraq

The graphic pictures of Iraqi prisoners of war being tortured and abused by American troops and intelligence officers - splashed all over the world and on page one in the Arab world - is a devastating blow to the image of the United States. Wong Sulong comments.

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History the key to current woes

It is indeed a place steeped in both beauty and bloodshed. Pattani#8217;s spectacular landscape of verdant hills, swaying palms and beckoning beaches has also been the backdrop for its constant wars and revolts throughout the ages.

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Pakistan grants amnesty to five renegade tribesmen

B>SHAKAI (Pakistan): /BPakistan granted an amnesty yesterday to five renegade tribesmen accused of harbouring al-Qaeda fugitives, and gave foreigners in a lawless region near the Afghan border until April 30 to surrender or face military action, officials said.


Fraternising in French

BRENDA BENEDICT says #8216;oui#8217; to learning more languages even as French-speaking week takes off.

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Thailand to lift martial law in the south

Thailand will lift martial law in parts of the restive Muslim south and issue an amnesty for separatists in an effort to end three months of violence there, officials said yesterday.


Empowerment and awareness

IN CONJUNCTION with International Women's Day last Monday, the TV programme 3R (Respect, Relax, Respond) is organising a month-long series of events aimed at empowering women and raising awareness of women's issues.

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Breakaway LTTE leader rejects amnesty offer

B>COLOMBO:/BA breakaway Tamil Tiger commander rejected Tuesday a fresh amnesty offered by rebel leaders despite a Catholic bishop intervening to bridge the rift that has threatened to undermine Sri Lanka's peace efforts.

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China's security chief orders fewer executions

B>BEIJING:/BChina's security tsar has quietly ordered that fewer executions be carried out, independent sources said yesterday, in keeping with the kinder, gentler image the leadership has tried to portray.

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Tamil Tigers offer amnesty to renegade leader

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers offered an amnesty to their expelled renegade commander yesterday and stressed he was alone in his battle to break away from the main guerilla group.


A salute to sisterhood

Five women with different roles and responsibilities at different stages of a Malaysian woman's life - ALLAN KOAY and IRENE KIEW talk to them about various aspects of their lives to see if there are changes down the generations and across lifestyle choices.