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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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WHO KILLED TAIPEI PLASTIC surgeon Fang Pao-fang, 67, his wife, Chang Chang-pi, and a 21-year-old nurse, Cheng Wen-yu.They were found executed -- gagged, stabbed, and shot in the back of the head -- in Fang's office, not far from President Lee Teng-hui's residence. Police believe the crime was committed by hit men hired by a disgruntled patient, possibly the same killers who shot Taoyuan County Chief Liu Pang-you and seven others in his home last November. Opposition legislators want Interior Minister Yeh Chin-feng and National Police Administration Director-General Ting Yuan-ching, both in their posts less than five months, to step down if the case is not solved in two weeks. Premier Vincent Siew could come under pressure if security continues to deteriorate.


SINCE HONG KONG'S CHIEF Executive Tung Chee-hwa refused to live in the colonial-style Government House -- he cited its bad fung shui -- the mansion has been used as a grand reception hall. But Tung met with extremely bad vibes when he planned an 80th birthday bash for his senior advisor, veteran Hong Kong political figure Sir Chung Sze-yuen. Tung's plan received a thumbs-down from 95% of the respondents in a TV poll. They felt it wrong to use public money to finance a private party. Tung held fast and responded that Chung had "contributed a lot to Hong Kong." Chung finally stepped in to graciously turn down the CE's invitation: "I don't want Mr. Tung to be criticized as having been involved in any corrupt dealings."


PHILIPPINE VICE PRESIDENT JOSEPH Estrada admitted he considered himself a bachelor and had "numerous flings" during an 18-year separation from his wife, but said that should not affect his bid for the presidency in next year's elections. In a candid interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Estrada detailed the "temptations" in his former profession as a movie actor. His wife, Loi, with whom he is reconciled, said in the same interview said she does not regret marrying Estrada, adding "it's been worth it, he's been worth it." Francisco Tatad -- a senator close to the powerful Roman Catholic church -- described Estrada as a "habitual adulterer" and urged him to drop his presidential ambitions.


PRIME MINISTER INDER KUMAR Gujral denied reports that India asked Britain to recall its high commissioner. "It is deliberate disinformation," he said on his return from a Commonwealth summit in Edinburgh, Scotland. The British Observer newspaper said India was asking for Sir David Gore-Booth to be recalled for his "rude and haughty" behavior during Queen Elizabeth's visit to India in October. The Observer attributed the quotes to an Indian official at the heads of government summit in Edinburgh. "You ask that Indian official," Gujral retorted to reporters' questions in New Delhi.

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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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