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September 17, 1996
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Japan's prime minister praises Okinawa
GINOWAN, Japan (CNN) -- In an effort to ease ill-feelings
towards a U.S. military presence in Okinawa, Japanese Prime
Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto is praising the southern island
for maintaining Japan's "stability and peace" with Asia.
In a speech Tuesday, Hashimoto said Japan has not made
"enough efforts to understand the historic burden and
feelings" of Okinawans, who play host to 30,000 American
soldiers. The issue over U.S. troops flared when three
servicemen beat and raped a 12-year-old Okinawan girl a year
Gov. Masahide Ota, acting on a vote by Okinawans nine days
ago, was lobbying to end forced leasing of private land to
the American military, but yielded on the issue when
Hashimoto promised $45 million to study a proposal that would
make Okinawa a free-trade zone and a center for learning and
Mother Teresa recovers from head injury
CALCUTTA, India (CNN) -- Mother Teresa reportedly slept well
Monday night and spoke with doctors Tuesday after suffering a
minor head injury that forced her to spend the night in an
intensive care unit at Calcutta's Woodlands Nursing Home.
The 86-year-old Nobel Peace laureate fell and bumped her head
Monday while trying to rise from a chair. She suffered no
cuts or bruises, but doctors performed CT scans on her Monday
and Tuesday. The tests found no significant damage. Doctors
will keep her for two more days of observation.
Mother Teresa was released from the nursing home on September
6 after being treated for malaria, a chest infection and
Dalai Lama visits Australia amid threats from China
CANBERRA, Australia (CNN) -- Tibet's Dalai Lama continued his
two-week visit of Australia Tuesday, while China warned the
Australian government of possible damage to economic and
trade relations if the Buddhist leader holds talks with the
country's prime minister.
Despite the threats, Prime Minister John Howard said that
when he returns from a two-country trip next week he might
meet with the Nobel Peace Prize winner. The Australian
government says it sees the Dalai Lama as a religious figure,
not a political one.
China, which has ruled Tibet since 1950, regularly protests
when other countries host the Dalai Lama. The Tibetan monk
has lived in exile since 1959, asking for greater autonomy
for his homeland.
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S. Korea charges hundreds with campus violence
SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) -- In a sweeping crackdown on campus
activism, the South Korean government charged 438 students
Tuesday for their alleged part in violent, anti-government
One police officer was killed and more than 1,000 people
injured last month when, prosecutors say, the students threw
firebombs and rocks and attacked police at Seoul's Yonsei
University. The students were reportedly angry over the
government's policy on the reunification with North Korea.
The government claims the students are allied with North
Korea's communist regime, and that they were trying to
undermine the Seoul government. Each student faces up to
seven years in prison if convicted.
Muslim militants hang on in Lebanon elections
BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) -- Final election results Tuesday show
Hezbollah guerrillas lost only one seat in parliamentary
elections despite a government drive to weaken the Muslim
The Iranian-backed Shiite Muslim guerrilla group claimed
seven seats, only one less than the outgoing legislature,
which ends its four-year term October 15. Hezbollah called
the vote a victory against Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who
campaigned to oust the militant group's representation in
Chernobyl dome needs repairs
KIEV, Ukraine (CNN) -- The Chernobyl nuclear reactor that
exploded 10 years ago is covered by a corroding shell, and a
German engineering firm is working on plans to repair it to
prevent another accident, Ukraine officials said Tuesday.
The concrete and steel covering, called a "sarcophagus," was
placed over the still-bubbling reactor shortly after it sent
a radioactive cloud over much of Europe on April 26, 1986.
But harsh weather has weakened the structure and nuclear
experts say it could collapse and cause another explosion of
radioactive debris inside.
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