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September 28, 1995
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Three U.S. servicemen indicted in rape of 12-year-old

TOKYO (CNN) -- Three U.S. servicemen who allegedly raped a 12- year-old girl in Okinawa have been indicted by Japanese prosecutors. They are expected to be handed over to Japanese authorities on Friday.

The alleged rape has fueled fierce anti-American protests. Japanese leaders and citizens have called the closure of U.S. military bases in Okinawa, where 24,000 of the 44,000 U.S. military personnel in Japan are stationed.

U.S. military authorities had refused to turn over the servicemen to Japanese police earlier because of a clause in the bilateral Status of Forces Agreement which bars such a move until Japanese authorities issue an indictment.


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Fighting continues in Bosnia-Herzegovina

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (CNN) -- Recent steps toward peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina have not stopped the fighting. Despite plans that are in the works for restoring water and electricity to Sarajevo, shelling continued Thursday north of the city. Government and Bosnian Serb troops battled for territory surrounding the town of Banja Luka.

Bosnian Serb forces have brought in heavy artillery to counter a government advance. The government has threatened to attack the Serb-held city unless the current leadership there steps down. (1,340K QuickTime movie)


Aristide's party to dominate Haiti parliament

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CNN) -- The results of parliamentary runoff elections held September 17 confirmed earlier predictions that Haiti's new parliament will be dominated by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's Lavalas party.

A coalition of three leftist parties, Lavalas will control at least 80 percent of the Chamber of Deputies and two-thirds of the Senate.

Lavalas members swept 69 deputy seats in the initial election and the runoff and won 17 Senate seats. Independent and opposition candidates won 13 deputy seats.

Despite the party's strong showing, analysts predicted natural opposition would soon surface to challenge their dominance.


Exxon donates money to help save tigers

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Endangered tigers are getting some help from Exxon Corp. The company said Thursday it will donate $5 million over the next five years to support international efforts to protect wild tiger habitats.

Exxon uses a tiger in its marketing campaign. The company has been criticized by environmentalists for its handling of the 1989 Valdez oil spill.


Magazine photos show French fliers held in Bosnia

PARIS (CNN) -- Two French fliers not seen since their jet was shot down over Bosnia-Herzegovina last month now can be seen on the cover of a French news magazine. Paris Match on Thursday published the first photographs of the missing men. They are surrounded by what it said are their Serb captors.

The magazine said the pictures came from the Bosnian Serb capital, Pale, where the fliers' plane was downed in August. French officials said they believe the pictures are genuine. The government said Wednesday it has proof the Bosnian Serbs indeed are holding the two men.

NATO has tried three times to rescue the airmen.


Chinese communists kick out corrupt leader

BEIJING, China (CNN) -- China's ruling Communist Party has expelled one of its most powerful leaders from two important posts, accusing him of corruption.

In a communiqué issued at the close of a four-day annual central party meeting in Beijing, former Beijing Mayor and Party Secretary Chen Xitong was charged with "leading a dissolute, extravagant life, abusing his power to seek illegal interests for his relatives and accepting valuable gifts for his own use by taking advantage of his position." The former Beijing mayor was stripped of his central party committee seat and his place in the 19-member Politburo.

The move reflects general secretary Jiang Zemin's mission to root out corruption and solidify support among party officials.


Australia pleads for clemency for businessman in China

SHENZHEN, China (CNN) -- An Australian-Chinese businessman has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in China for corruption and embezzlement. A judge in Shenzhen on Thursday also ordered James Peng deported. It isn't clear if Peng will have to serve his sentence first.

The Australian government immediately made a plea for clemency. Foreign Affairs Minister Gareth Evans is expected to appeal personally to Chinese Foreign Minister Qian Qichen to deport Peng quickly.

Peng was accused of embezzling $1.4 million from business rivals to finance his family's emigration to Australia.


Student protesters clash with police in Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) -- More than 2,000 students at three universities in Seoul staged protests and clashed with police Thursday over the government's failure to indict two former presidents for a student massacre in 1980.

The students demanded prosecutions of Roh Tae-woo and Chun Doo-whan for the military suppression of democracy demonstrations 15 years ago in which at least 200 people were killed. The former presidents were army generals at the time.

Prosecutors announced in July the two men would not be indicted.



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