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Taiwan party’s anniv :

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s governing Democratic Progressive Party celebrated its 20th anniversary on Thursday with a hip hop band at an upscale hotel amid sinking popular support in the wake of corruption scandals surrounding President Chen Shui-bian. Chen told attendees the party has tolerated criticism as a “free, open and democratic party ... which will insist on doing the right things.” — AP

One convicted :

MUMBAI: An Indian court on Thursday convicted one man and acquitted five others of involvement in the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people. Judge Pramod Kode convicted Sarfaraz Phanse of helping transport arms and ammunition from coastal India

into Mumbai for the explosions. However, Kode said there was insufficient evidence to convict

the other five men. — AP

Fusion reactor test :

BEIJING: Chinese scientists on Thursday carried out the country’s first successful test of an experimental fusion reactor, powered by the process that fuels the sun. China, the United States and other governments are pursuing fusion research in hopes that it could become a clean, potentially limitless energy source. The test on Thursday by the Institute of Plasma Physics was carried out on a Tokamak fusion device in the eastern city of Hefei. — AP

S’pore bans magazine :

SINGAPORE: Singapore has banned the Far Eastern Economic Review magazine after it failed to comply with regulations on foreign publications sold in the city-state. The government said the monthly magazine’s sale and distribution rights had been revoked immediately for failing to abide by an earlier deadline to appoint someone authorised to accept any legal notices on the magazine’s behalf. — AFP