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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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BING XIN, 98, A key figure in 20th-century Chinese literature, following a long illness in a hospital in Beijing on Feb. 28. Born Xie Wangying, Bing was a U.S.-trained poet and novelist as well as a strong figure in the women's liberation movement. Her career suffered a setback during the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s but she continued to write into her 90s and was regarded as a possible contender to receive China's first Nobel Prize for Literature. Bing urged Chinese writers to support the Tiananmen Square demonstrations in 1989.

MUSTAFIZUR RAHMAN, 57, foreign secretary of Bangladesh and one of the most distinguished diplomats of the country. Mustafizur died of cancer in a hospital in Singapore on Feb. 28. He had been given a two-year extension as foreign secretary in December.


SULTAN SALAHUDDIN ABDUL AZIZ SHAH, 73, Sultan of Selangor, as the new king of Malaysia, by a secret vote from the nine rulers who rotate the position among themselves every five years. Sultan Salahuddin's five-year term begins April 26. He takes over from Tuanku Ja'afar, the 10th king.


A FAST TRACK TOWARD eventual sainthood for MOTHER TERESA, the Nobel Peace Prize winner who devoted her life to the welfare of the downtrodden in Calcutta. Teresa died in 1997. Normally, five years must pass after a person's death before the Catholic Church begins the bureaucratic procedure leading to sainthood. That regulation was dispensed with in the case of the "saint of the gutters," as Teresa was called, after Pope John Paul II granted her a special dispensation.


A STAR IN THE Guide Michelin, France's bible of gastronomy, to FUNG CHING CHEN, owner and chef of the Paris-based Chinese restaurant, Soleil de l' Est. Fung is the first Chinese to win the prestigious ranking.

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Yeltsin to hold summit with leaders of China, Central Asia

Taiwan domestic airliner jet catches fire, 28 injured

Jakarta loyalists warn of new Timor war

Missing American tourist found alive in Australian desert

Sonia Gandhi's son joins his mother's campaign

Tanks, missiles, roll through Beijing in display of might

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

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Philippine government denies Estrada's claim to presidency

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Faith, madness, magic mix at sacred Hindu festival

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Land mine explosion kills 11 Sri Lankan soldiers

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Japan claims StarLink found in U.S. corn sample

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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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