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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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PASSAGE


DIED:

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.


VICTORIOUS:

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.


DETAINED:

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.


FIRED:

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.


ARRESTED:

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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