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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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PASSAGE


BORN

SHARISTAL MARYADA'S SOSROWARDOYO, AT 9:42 a.m. on July 4, in Kuala Lumpur, to columnist Marina Mahathir, 42, eldest daughter of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, and Indonesian professional photographer Tara Sosrowardoyo, 47. Marina and Tara were married on June 7, 1998. Marina has another daughter, Ineza, from a previous marriage and Tara has a son, Haga, also from a previous marriage.


RELEASED

EAST JAVANESE LABOR ACTIVIST Dita Sari, 25, from a West Java prison, July 5, three years into a five-year term she was serving for organizing 10,000 factory workers in two 1996 rallies. The People's Democratic Party leader's pardon by Indonesian Prime Minister B.J. Habibie was rather sudden, though it follows months of stepped-up "Free Dita" protests and government promises to release political prisoners.


FREED

FORMER THAI MP THANONG Siripreechapong from prison June 29 in San Francisco, where he was convicted four years ago for trafficking marijuana. The first Thai ever extradited to the U.S., Thanong won his freedom in a plea bargain when it was discovered an American customs official investigating the case had received $4,000 from an informant. Thanong returned to Thailand July 1.


SHOT

NOTED CAMBODIAN FILM ACTRESS Piseth Pilika, 34, in broad daylight on July 6 by two gunmen on motorbikes while shopping with her niece in downtown Phnom Penh. Police have not determined a motive for the shooting, which left the Shadow of Darkness star in "extremely critical condition" and possibly paralyzed from the waist down, according to doctors. Her young niece was shot in the arm.


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

MANILA
Philippine government denies Estrada's claim to presidency

ALLAHABAD
Faith, madness, magic mix at sacred Hindu festival

COLOMBO
Land mine explosion kills 11 Sri Lankan soldiers

TOKYO
Japan claims StarLink found in U.S. corn sample

BANGKOK
Thai party announces first coalition partner



TIME:

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



ASIAWEEK:

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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