Sharon's life in no
JERUSALEM, Feb 11(AFP): Doctors treating Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said there was no immediate danger to his life after conducting emergency surgery Saturday to remove part of his intestines, more than five weeks after he suffered a massive stroke.
Shlomo Mor Yosef, director of Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital, told reporters that around a third of his largest intenstine had been removed in an operation after doctors had detected significant swelling to his abdomen overnight.
"There were no complications at all," Mor Yosef said.
Lankan trawler explodes
in trouble waters
COLOMBO, Feb 11(AFP): An unidentified trawler blew up with its crew off Sri Lanka's northwest coast Saturday as naval acraft tried to approach it, the military said.
The craft exploded with at least four people aboard, a navy official said, citing reports from a Sri Lankan navy craft which was in the area at the time of the explosion off the coast of Mannar.
"As naval craft started moving towards this traweler, sailors saw an explosion on board that sank the vessel with people on board," the official in Colombo said, declining to give his name.
Thai PM proposes constitutional referendum
BANGKOK, Feb 11(AFP): Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra Saturday proposed holding a referendum on calls for contitutional change, in a concession to critics who are also demanding his resignation.
"I welcome the call for constitutional changes, but I have to ask for the public's approval. If they agree, then I will go ahead," he said, adding that a ballot could be held in April when upper-house Senate elections are held.