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US State Department Defends outsourcing of terror suspects: Refutes Amnesty International report

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

“When we do return people to their home countries, we always go through a very, very careful and detailed process. And they have to be able to assure American officials and policy makers that they believe that these individuals will not be maltreated, will not be tortured. So we go through and do that in every single case,” was what United States Department of State spokesman Sean McCormack told the Washington press at his daily briefing on May 24 when questioned about Amnesty International report accusing the Bush administration of outsourcing terror suspects to their home countries that are notable for prisoner torture.

Sri Lanka aims to complete tsunami housing reconstruction by end 2006

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Sri lanka

In an effort to overcome various difficulties and issues in the sphere of housing reconstruction and to address the needs of the tsunami affected masses, President, Mahinda Rajapaksa has revised the housing policy to expedite relief to the people who have lost their homes to the tsunami. In assessing tsunami damage, Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) has identified that housing has been the largest physical assets lost to the tsunami. Analyses have shown that houses are the most valued assets and that people affected need them urgently to rebuild their lives.

India blamed for backing destruction of Bangladesh’s garment sector

By Sunita Paul

Is Bangladesh the target of yet another attack? The attack this time was against its economic power-house - the garment industry - unlike the countrywide bombing campaign in August last year, which was apparently motivated by religious extremism. Last year's attack was directed against the judicial institutions and internal security of the country.

Two LTTE gunmen shot dead. Tigers blow up an army vehicle.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

The security forces today shot dead two Tiger guerrillas who attacked an army check point in Kopay, Jaffna in the North of Sri Lanka while the Tiger guerrillas blew up an army vehicle in Batticaloa in the East. In Kopay, Jaffna two Tiger guerrillas riding a motorcycle fired at the security forces check point when the soldiers ordered them to stop.

Mumma - M.I.A! Pro-Tiger rap star refused visa to US

M. I. A. (real name Maya Arulpragasam), the 28-year-old British rap star, spouting lines like "I've got the bombs to make you blow" has been barred from working on her new album in US, according to her website. "I'm locked out! They won't let me in!" reported M.I.A. on her MySpace page. She was scheduled get into a studio with Timbaland to record her next album.

Bush and Blair admit making costly mistakes in ‘war on terrorism’

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

In a very rare departure from a position of stubbornly refusing to admit setbacks, mistakes and wrong decisions that epitomized his little over five-year presidential rule, George W. Bush on May 25 at a White House press appearance with British prime minister Tony Blair admitted that the U.S. made costly mistakes in the war on terrorism and particularly in Iraq citing the American military mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at the U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad.

Attack on industrial sector in Bangladesh: This is more than conspiracy

The Kansat-type mayhem that took place in last four days targeting the country's growing garment industry in and around the capital is, undoubtedly, an ominous sign. One after another in the same style but in different pretexts is being used in this election year when the incumbent four-party alliance government is due to relinquish power at the end of its five-year term. After Kansat, similar agitation was created at Shanir Akhra at the city outskirt to press the demand for water and electricity and now at the capital city's industrial belt in the name of 'agitated' garment workers. The unruly elements went on rampage setting ablaze dozens of factories and enterprises and smashing many public and private vehicles at different places - Savar, Mirpur, Tejgaon, Uttara, Ashulia, Kafrul, Gazipur and Narayangonj - on Tuesday.

Former Enron Corp. executives found guilty: Long prison terms expected

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling were convicted Thursday in U.S. District Court in Houston, Texas of conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud, and lying about their company’s crumbling finances in one of the nation’s biggest business scandals in U.S. history.

Senior Tiger commander killed "mysteriously"

A senior commander of the Tiger guerrillas has been killed on Wednesday night under mysterious circumstances, as the Tigers buried their deputy Commander Ramanan killed by the renegade rebels loyal to former Eastern commander Karuna. Former Special commander of Tigers Charles Anthony Brigade, Lt. Col. Veeramani was killed on Wednesday night in Kilali, Tiger controlled area according to intelligence sources and sources inside the Tiger held area confirmed the death.

Pak denies Osama’s presence on its soil

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan has denied reports regarding presence of Al-Qaida Chief Osama Bin Ladin on its soil. Pakistan military spokesman Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan termed an American Television report downright wrong and baseless. He said no official of any country would publicize the intelligence information in this way on media. Pakistan had already said that if anyone got such information should provide it to the country, Sultan added.

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