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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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SHAW SOO LING, 29, granddaughter of Hong Kong movie baron Sir Run Run Shaw, and Philip Lemette, 31, her friend; of drowning; near the Anambas Islands, Indonesia. The two had been diving near the islands and went missing June 13. Their bodies were found June 17. They are thought to have been disoriented by oxygen narcosis - a state similar to drunkenness - when they dove too deep.


MIYANAGA SUEKIKU, 114, JAPAN'S oldest person; of natural causes; in Osumi, Japan; June 20. Miyanaga, mother of 11 children, had been bedridden for six years. Her health began to deteriorate significantly last year when a blood clot in her brain resulted in paralysis.


SHU TONG, 92, FORMER high-ranking commander and political commissar of the People's Liberation Army and an accomplished calligrapher; in Beijing; June 19. Tong died of undisclosed causes on May 27. Mao Zedong once described him as "the Red Army's Calligraphy Master."


MICHAEL FAY, 23, WHO drew international attention four years ago when he was caned in Singapore for vandalism; in Orlando, Florida, where he is attending a community college; on June 22. The judge ruled that police illegally obtained evidence during Fay's March arrest for marijuana possession.


LASANTHA WICKREMATUNGA, 41, EDITOR of the Sunday Leader; shot at by gunmen; in Colombo, Sri Lanka; June 17. Assailants burst into Wickrematunga's home, spraying about 40 rounds. The editor, unhurt, believes that the shooting "is the work of someone against whom I have been writing recently." Unidentified men had previously assaulted Wickrematunga and warned him to stop criticizing the government.


GEN. KIL HYONG BO, commander of South Korea's Third Army, for allegedly using his influence to get his son an easier military assignment; in Seoul. The general - along with 132 other army officers - was included in a newly-released list of military officials being probed for collusion in helping the sons of influential people avoid the country's mandatory military service or get plumb postings.

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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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