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Central Asian states play key role

TASHKENT -- Three Central Asian nations bordering Afghanistan will play a crucial part in potential U.S. actions. Uzbekistan Friday agreed to host American support and humanitarian missions at one of its air bases.

However, the Uzbekistan government will not allow attacks to be staged from its soil. Uzbek President Islam Karimov also denied press reports that elements of the U.S. 10th Mountain Division have arrived in the country.

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Explosions, threats in Asia after U.S. attacks

MANILA -- Explosions rocked the southern Philippines while extremists threatened to lay siege on the U.S. embassy in Jakarta after U.S. attacks in Afghanistan Sunday.

Bombs exploded in three hotels in Zamboanga Monday morning at intervals about 15 minutes. No casualties were reported. Police suspect the Abu Sayyaf group who have been involved in a number of kidnappings and are still holding 18 hostages.

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Central Asia

Dalai Lama puts
off Europe tour
due to tensions
(World Tibet Network)

Uzbek Leader, British
Premier Discuss Terrorism
(Uzbekistan Report)

East Asia

S.Korea Supports U.S. Military
Strikes on Taliban
(Xinhua)

Assurance of Chinese
support
(Straits Times)

Pacific Islands

Australia defends removal
of asylum seekers
on Nauru
(PacNews)

Opposition leader yet
to be named
(www.fijilive.com)

South Asia

Pakistan was taken
into confidence, says
Qureshi
(Dawn)

Pakistan Afghan Defence
Council may announce
holy war against
US
(Dawn)

Southeast Asia

No exodus of
foreigners: Immigration
(Jakarta Post)

New chief paints
bright picture for
airline
(Bangkok Post)

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'Bedhaya' dance,
a Mangkunegaran
masterpiece
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