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Estrada arrested for 'economic plunder'

MANILA -- Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada became the first chief executive ever arrested in his country's history when he was detained on charges of economic plunder on Wednesday.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo called the arrest an "historic moment" and presidential spokesperson Rigoberto Tiglao said the action showed that "justice is working in the Philippines."

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Bush: No to Aegis, maybe later

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President George W. Bush will not sell Taiwan the advanced Aegis radar system, but has approved the sale of submarines and destroyers, congressional sources said Monday.

Beijing had strongly resisted the sale of the Aegis system saying that it would destabilize the region.

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Embattled Region"s Leaders
Retain High Economic
Hopes
(Times of Central Asia)

Indo-Nepalese medical
team leaves for
Everest
(World Tibet News)

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CHINA: Strong reaction
if US proceeds
(Straits Times)

Koizumi names new
Cabinet
(Japan Times)

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Saipan group supports
RP's call for
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(Saipan Tribune)

Micronesia youth conference
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No new World Bank
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troops
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Thaksin amnesty slammed
(Bangkok Post)

AFP, police on
red alert
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