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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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SINGAPORE'S ELECTION MAY BE over, but an onslaught of legal actions is keeping the opposition preoccupied. Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong launched his People's Action Party's13th lawsuit against Workers' Party member Tang Liang Hong, 61, alleging libel in Tang's recent comments to The Straits Times. Tang's remarks at campaign rallies about the Lee family's property deals also provoked a slander suit by Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his son, Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. In addition, Goh and 10 other PAP members this week targeted Workers' Party leader J.B. Jeyaretnam for alleged defamation.


AFTER HIS CHAEBOL -- South Korea's 14th largest -- crashed, owing more than $6.5 billion, Hanbo boss Chung Tae Soo faces charges that he issued promissory notes for millions of dollars fully aware that they could not be honored. The scandal is spreading. Korea First Bank president Shin Kwang Shik, Cho Hung Bank's Woo Chan Mok and former Korea Development Bank president Lee Hyung Koo are at the top of the police arrest list, accused of making massive, and improper, loans to Hanbo. Prosecutors pulled Chung from his jail cell to grill him about secret slush funds, amid allegations he diverted cash from bank loans to lobby high-level connections to help expand his business.


VIOLENTLY BREAKING UP A peaceful meeting has earned three of the culprits token fines -- and high praise. Nadzri Ismail, Suparadi Noor and Abdul Hadi Zam, officials of the Youth Wing of Malaysia's dominant UMNO party, admitted to disrupting a regional meeting on East Timor by smashing doors and disobeying police orders in Kuala Lumpur last November. They were each fined RM1,500 (about $600) for causing a riot. Party leaders said the guilty men will not be reprimanded and that their bravery was admired, reflecting UMNO disapproval of the activists' conference. It would have discussed Indonesia's troubled province. Leader of the mob, UMNO Youth secretary Saifuddin Nasution, also accused, was overseas and will attend court later this month.


SCANDAL-TAINTED FORMER INDIAN PRIME minister P.V. Narasimha Rao is fighting a daunting string of corruption charges, but he won his first legal battle. Accusations that he used official aircraft for personal flights at a cost of $4.8 million were thrown out by the Delhi High Court when Rao's Congress party offered to cover the costs. But Rao must still answer allegations that he bribed MPs to vote for his minority government in 1993 and that he masterminded the forging of documents to frame a political opponent, former PM V.P. Singh.

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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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