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AseanPlus News 01 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

South Koreans hold huge anti-US protest rally

In the latest of a series of rallies, over 20,000 South Koreans holding candles gathered in downtown Seoul on New Year#8217;s Eve to protest the deaths of two teenage girls hit by a US armoured military vehicle.

Nation 01 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Hambali plotted terror campaign

Hambali, the operations director for Osama bin Laden#8217;s al-Qaeda terrorist movement, is on the run, but for over 10 years he was in Malaysia planning and recruiting like-minded radicals for his campaign of terror to hit Western targets in South-East Asia. Malaysian police have collected new information on Hambali and his involvement in Jemaah Islamiah in their continuing war against terrorism, write WONG CHUN WAI and LOURDES CHARLES.

AseanPlus News 01 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

30 more die in Bangladesh cold spell

Thirty more people have died in unusually cold weather in Bangladesh, taking the toll to 160 in more than a week, press reports said Tuesday.

Nation 02 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Combi squads to combat dengue

Bicycle and van squads will be going around residential areas to monitor cleanliness and promote health awareness in view of the rise in dengue fever cases, said state health committee chairman Halimah Sidique.

AseanPlus News 02 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

North Korea looks to South for backing

B>SEOUL: /B>Seeing an opportunity in widespread anti-American sentiment in South Korea, North Korea urged the South yesterday to prevent war by backing the North in its confrontation with the United States over nuclear weapons development.

Nation 03 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Tobacco smoke contributes to crib deaths

Babies whose mothers are exposed to tobacco smoke during pregnancy stand a higher risk of dying suddenly in their sleep, according to the National Clearing House for Tobacco Control (C-Tob), an organisation based at Universiti Sains Malaysia.

AseanPlus News 03 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

185 people die as cold wave sweeps northern India

B>PATNA (India):/BA cold wave sweeping northern India has claimed 185 lives, reports said yesterday.

AseanPlus News 05 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Mediator: Civilian killings in Aceh drop sharply

The killing of civilians has dropped sharply in Indonesia's Aceh province since the signing of a landmark peace accord between the central government and rebels, a Geneva-based organisation that brokered the deal said.

AseanPlus News 06 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Afghan whooping cough spreads

B>KABUL:/BThe United Nations said yesterday it was airlifting and driving medical supplies to remote mountain villages in north-eastern Afghanistan as a whooping cough epidemic spread and threatened the lives of 40,000 children.

AseanPlus News 07 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Tense round of Sri Lankan talks kicks off

BANGKOK: The Sri Lanka government and Tamil Tiger rebels kicked off what was expected to be a tense round of peace talks yesterday, with the process clouded by an army call to the rebels to surrender weapons.