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    A WARRIOR'S END
    CHAIRMAN YASSER ARAFAT'S six decade long personal struggle for the emancipation of his people has come to an end. In contrast to other iconic figures who led their people against the forces of colonialism, the Chairman of the Palestine Liberation ...

    THE SANKARACHARYA'S ARREST
    THE DRAMATIC ARREST and incarceration of the Kanchi Sankaracharya, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi — the most high profile of all contemporary Hindu religious leaders — as the prime accused in a brutal contract killing of a humble adversary ...

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    Sri Lanka ready for federalism: Chandrika
    Ten years after Chandrika Kumaratunga was elected Sri Lanka's powerful Executive President on a massive mandate for devolution of powers to end the decades-long separatist conflict, her main goal _ constitutional reforms _ remains elusive. In an excl usive hour-long interview to V.S. Sambandan at her official residence in Colombo on November 10, Ms. Kumaratunga asserted that Sri Lanka was now "quite definitely" ready for federalism. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), she said, habituall y "baulked at the point when Government negotiators want to sit down and talk about the final settlement." However, Ms. Kumaratunga is of the view that the LTTE "has changed a lot" and that she nurses "some hope" of a solution because of changed "circumstances and political conjectures." Excerpts:

    AIDS: the next agenda
    By Peter Piot

    Unless the cycle of infections that feeds the disease is stopped, treatment will prove unsustainable.

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