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Bush ready to face intelligence probe panel
WASHINGTON, FEB. 8. The U.S. President, George W Bush, has again defended his decisions on Iraq even if the United States has not found banned weapons stockpiles which was the primary rationale trotted out by this administration for going to war ...

Powell talks to Musharraf on probe into Khan episode
ISLAMABAD, FEB. 8. In a clear indication that the chapter on the sale of nuclear secrets has not been closed despite Pakistan's top nuclear scientist, A.Q. Khan, owning complete responsibility, the U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell, ...

Pakistan will decide Khan's fate, says Jamali
ISLAMABAD, FEB. 8. The Pakistan Prime Minister, Mir Zafarullah Jamali, has said Pakistan would not allow any other country, including India, to intervene in the domestic affairs of the country. His reference to India is presumably in the ...

Ranil to be caretaker PM, Kadirgamar appointed Minister
COLOMBO, FEB. 8. The Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, is to continue as the island's caretaker Premier, and two new Ministers — Lakshman Kadirgamar and D.M. Jayaratne — both from the Opposition Sri Lanka Freedom Party ...

Kerry surges ahead with double victory
WASHINGTON, FEB. 8. Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts has kept up the pace for sewing up the Democratic Party nomination by posting solid wins in Washington and Michigan and setting his sights on the South — Virginia and Tennessee — ...

Putin's election rival 'missing'
MOSCOW, FEB. 8.Russian police launched a hunt on Sunday for a presidential candidate in the March 14 poll after he was reported missing. Ivan Rybkin, former Parliament Speaker and former national security chief, was cleared to run for ...

LTTE to assist ANC in campaign for Indians
DURBAN, FEB. 8.The ruling African National Congress in South Africa plans to bring in a group of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers to assist it to woo members of the Indian community during the general elections in two months' time. The Minister in ...

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Six BIMSTEC nations sign free trade deal
PHUKET (THAILAND), FEB. 8.India and five other countries of the BIMSTEC economic grouping today signed a free trade agreement being touted as a bridge between the crucial markets of South Asia and South East Asia. Bangladesh is the lone member ...



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