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JVP actions bewilder international donors
COLOMBO, DEC. 15. In a sign of difficulties ahead for Sri Lanka's peace process, international donors today expressed "deep concern" over the actions by the ruling left-nationalist ally, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), "against the peace ...

Iraq poll campaign begins amid violence
MANAMA, DEC. 15.Iraqi political parties contesting the January 30 elections for a 275-member Assembly can begin campaigning from today amid violence, which has engulfed large parts of the country. The Assembly will appoint a government and ...

Hijackers `have criminal records'
ATHENS, DEC. 15. Two armed men hijacked a bus carrying more than two dozen passengers early on Wednesday, threatening to blow it up with explosives unless they were taken to the airport and put on a plane, police and government officials said. ...

Abbas for a halt to violence
MANAMA, DEC.15.The Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, has called on his people to halt fighting Israel to give negotiations a chance to succeed. He said Palestinians had a legitimate right "to express their rejection of the occupation by ...

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South Asia no longer a nuclear flashpoint: Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, DEC. 15. India and Pakistan talks on nuclear and conventional confidence building measures (CBMs) aimed at reducing the risk of accidental war and promoting strategic stability ended here today on an upbeat mood with Pakistan declaring ...

Joint survey of boundary pillars in Sir Creek area next month
ISLAMABAD, DEC. 15. India and Pakistan have agreed to begin a joint survey of boundary pillars in the disputed Sir Creek area, a small coastal strip along the Rann of Kutch off the Gujarat coast, from January 3. A joint statement at the end of ...

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