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Web-only Exclusives
November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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WIJEYANANDA DAHANAYAKE, 94, CARETAKER PM of Sri Lanka in 1959; after a brief illness; in Galle; May 4. Dahanayake entered national politics in 1944 and held his seat in Parliament until retiring in 1989. He never left Sri Lanka, quipping that "Socrates never left Athens" either.

• Sompop Hotrakit, 77, former Thai deputy prime minister and justice minister; of cancer; in Bangkok; May 5.

• Utagawa Sue, 113, Japan's oldest person; of undisclosed causes; at a spa hospital in Ube, Yamaguchi prefecture; May 4.


KONO HYOICHI, 39, JAPANESE adventurer. Kono traveled to the North Pole, alone on foot on May 3. Having set out on his 780-km trek on March 5, he is the first Japanese to make the journey.


NASIB KELEWANG, 47, AN Indonesian sorcerer; suspected of killing at least 16 women; in Medan, Sumatra. Also known as Amat Saruji and Datuk Maringgi, Kelewang admitted to strangling 42 women who sought his help in making themselves more attractive to men.


MAJ.-GEN. LEE POONG KIL, head of the South Korean Defense Ministry's arms acquisition department; for releasing information to a U.S. arms dealer (see below); in Seoul; May 1. Lee's subordinate was also dismissed from his post.


DONALD RATCLIFFE, 62, CHARGED with collecting classified military information; in Seoul; April 30. Ratcliffe, a U.S. citizen, runs the Asian operations for the American defense contractor Litton Guidance and Controls Systems. He denies using his military contacts for intelligence or commercial purposes.

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U.S. secretary of state says China should be 'tolerant'

Philippine government denies Estrada's claim to presidency

Faith, madness, magic mix at sacred Hindu festival

Land mine explosion kills 11 Sri Lankan soldiers

Japan claims StarLink found in U.S. corn sample

Thai party announces first coalition partner


COVER: President Joseph Estrada gives in to the chanting crowds on the streets of Manila and agrees to make room for his Vice President

THAILAND: Twin teenage warriors turn themselves in to Bangkok officials

CHINA: Despite official vilification, hip Chinese dig Lamaist culture

PHOTO ESSAY: Estrada Calls Snap Election

WEB-ONLY INTERVIEW: Jimmy Lai on feeling lucky -- and why he's committed to the island state


COVER: The DoCoMo generation - Japan's leading mobile phone company goes global

Bandwidth Boom: Racing to wire - how underseas cable systems may yet fall short

TAIWAN: Party intrigues add to Chen Shui-bian's woes

JAPAN: Japan's ruling party crushes a rebel at a cost

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans need to have more babies. But success breeds selfishness

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