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TOKYO, March 24 Kyodo

---------- Khmer Rouge tribunal hopes int'l donors will fix budget shortfall

PHNOM PENH - A U.N.-assisted tribunal established in Cambodia to try former Khmer Rouge leaders for crimes against humanity and war crimes is hoping international donors will remedy a budget shortfall after an explanatory meeting is held this week in New York.

Reach Sambath, spokesman for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, told Kyodo News a three-member delegation led by Sean Visoth, director of administration of the ECCC, left for New York on Monday for the ambassadorial-level meeting scheduled for Thursday.

---------- Organizers protest Japan's handling of philosopher Negri's visit

TOKYO - A group of Japanese academics who had planned for a lecture by Italian Marxist political philosopher Antonio Negri issued a joint statement Monday in protest of Japan's ''effective refusal of entry'' and criticized the act as a violation of freedom of thought.

''While we were told in consultations with the Foreign Ministry in advance that there was no need (for Negri) to apply for a visa, we were suddenly requested to do so three days before he was scheduled to enter Japan,'' said Yoshihiko Ichida, a Kobe University professor who was involved in arranging Negri's visit.

---------- Empress Michiko suffering from gastroesophageal regurgitation

TOKYO - Empress Michiko has been diagnosed as suffering from gastroesophageal regurgitation, a condition in which gastric fluid flows backward into the esophagus, the Imperial Household Agency said Monday.

The empress is taking medicine to reduce gastric acid and her condition is improving, the agency said, adding that it intends to consider alleviating the empress's burden on such occasions as court ceremonies.

---------- Bhutan votes in 1st general election

THIMPHU - Bhutanese on Monday turned out for the country's first-ever general election, part of the process of bringing democracy to the landlocked Himalayan kingdom.

Polling stations opened at 9 a.m., and although the turnout was brisk, voting was reportedly peaceful and orderly.

---------- New MSDF chief inaugurated, calls for discipline

TOKYO - New Maritime Self-Defense Force chief Adm. Keiji Akahoshi called on Monday, in a meeting after his formal inauguration, for his subordinates to exercise discipline following a series of incidents and scandals involving the MSDF since last year.

''Though the MSDF is in very severe circumstances, I want you to fully recognize your mission and duty, be united and do your utmost'' to deal with the situation, Akahoshi was quoted by Maritime Staff Office officials as telling the meeting.

---------- China arrests 5 more over Tibet riots

BEIJING - China on Monday arrested five Tibetans over two arson cases which took place during deadly riots in Tibet earlier this month, the Public Security Ministry said, bringing the known number of arrests linked to the unrest to 29.

Three young Tibetan women were arrested for allegedly setting fire to a garment store on March 14 that led to the deaths of five people, while two Tibetan men were held for allegedly torching a motorcycle store on March 15, which also killed five including an 8-year-old, spokeswoman Shan Huimin said.
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