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Thai minister faces impeachment

Thailand's Interior Miniter Wan Muhamad Nor Matha faces a grilling by a Senate panel and possible impeachment proceedings over the handling of a violent protest last month, a report said yesterday.


Drop charges, Government urged

Amnesty International and Article 19, a British-based non-governmental organisation, have called on the Government to drop its charges against Tenaganita director Irene Fernandez for publishing an article which contravenes the Printing Presses and Publication Act.


Illegal agents not bothered about health checks

Writes B>PKK of Petaling Jaya./B>

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Sri Lanka’s Tigers vow to stop recruiting child soldiers

B>BERLIN:/BSri Lanka's Tamil Tigers pledged on Saturday to stop recruiting child soldiers, one of the biggest obstacles to the rebels' hopes of being seen as a legitimate political party.

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Myanmar arrests political activists

B>YANGON:/BMyanmar's military government said yesterday it had arrested 12 opposition activists for plotting to create unrest, in a further sign of deteriorating relations between the ruling generals and the pro-democracy movement.

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No let-up in war against drug traffickers

B>BANGKOK: /B>Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said yesterday his government would continue its #8220;decisive action#8221; against drug traffickers despite an outcry over an alleged 600 suspect deaths in the war on drugs which begun this month.

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Arab countries helpless to stop war on Iraq

B>AMMAN:/BArab countries have no way of averting a US-led war on Iraq but will seek to limit the damage of an eventual conflict at their forthcoming Arab summit, regional officials and analysts have said.


Export markets more diversified, stronger trade links with China

MALAYSIA'S export markets were further diversified by 3% in 2002, with trade links with China particularly pronounced.

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Thai drug war set to end amid scepticism

B>BANGKOK:/BThailand's brutal three-month war on drugs ends today, with a likely death toll of at least 2,200, but doubts remain over its long-term effectiveness in curbing the kingdom's huge use of methamphetamines.