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Barghouti throws his hat in the ring
MANAMA, DEC. 2. The jailed Palestinian leader, Marwan Barghouti, has reversed his decision and decided to contest Presidential elections slated for January 9. Mr. Barghouti's papers were filed hours before a deadline for candidates to register. ...

Putin, Kuchma favour fresh elections
MOSCOW, DEC. 2.The Presidents of Russia and Ukraine have come out for holding a new presidential election in Ukraine, rather than a re-vote of the runoff as demanded by the Opposition. Ukraine's President, Leonid Kuchma, also called for Russia ...

More U.S. troops for Iraq
WASHINGTON, DEC. 2. The Pentagon has said it will increase the troop strength in Iraq by about 12,000, bringing the figure to 150,000 — the highest since the occupation began some 19 months ago. The increase involves extending the ...

BSF, Pakistan Rangers meet to resolve border dispute
SUCHETGARH, DEC. 2. Senior commanders of the Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers met here today and reached an agreement to delegate powers to the area commanders to make a ground assessment and resolve a border dispute. For the past ...

ENDLF accuses LTTE of abducting leader
COLOMBO, DEC. 2. The Eelam National Democratic Liberation Front (ENDLF) has charged the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) with abducting its general secretary, P. Rajaratnam (Mano Master). According to the ENDLF, Mr. Rajaratnam — ...

`India, Bangladesh discussing anti-desertification steps'
DHAKA, DEC. 2. The Bangladesh Prime Minister, Khaleda Zia, has said discussions are continuing at the expert level between Bangladesh and India to prevent possible desertification as an adverse impact of construction of barrages and dams upstream ...

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