32 killed in Lanka

COLOMBO: New fighting between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels across Sri Lanka’s embattled north killed 26 rebels and six soldiers, the military said on Tuesday. The fighting took place on Monday along the front lines in the Vavuniya, Kilinochchi and Welioya regions. — AP

Oppn executive held

YANGON: Police in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state arrested the chairman of a chapter of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party on Tuesday, a party official said. “Nyi Pu was taken from his home early Tuesday morning,” said Thein Naing, a senior official of the National League of Democracy in Rakhine. — AP

Zia’s refusal

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s ex-premier Khaleda Zia, detained on corruption charges against her since last September, has refused to register as a voter in upcoming elections in December, an official said on Tuesday. — AFP