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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


DIED:

QIN JIWEI, 82, VETERAN soldier and Long March survivor, vice-chairman of the National People's Congress, former defense minister; due to incurable illness; in Beijing Feb. 2. Qin became a general in 1988 and a full Politburo member at the 13th Party Central Committee in 1987.


KILLED:

BEN DE JESUS, 56, Roman Catholic bishop; reportedly by extremist Muslim gunmen; in Jolo, Southern Philippines, while on the way to mass Feb. 4. De Jesus had received threats following the 1995 kidnapping of a fellow priest.


ACCUSED:

ABDURRAHMAN WAHID, 55, HEAD of Indonesia's mass Muslim organization Nahdlatul Ulama; by Andrianto, leader of the Humanika Foundation on Feb. 1. Andrianto said he soiled Humanika's reputation by saying its activists masterminded a riot in which four people died in Tasikmalaya, West Java, in December.


PURGED:

LIONEL GUNATILLAKE, SRI LANKA'S senior superintendent and Crime Detection Bureau director, Chief Inspector M.N. Nilabdeen and Sub-Inspector T. Jeyeratnam on Feb. 1. They were fired because they released information about the assassination of a Tamil leader that was revealed in a closed Presidential Commission hearing.


NAMED:

OW CHIN HOCK, 53, Singapore Minister of State (Foreign Affairs) and Eugene Yap, 54, MP; as likely candidates to become the island state's first post-colonial mayors; by Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong Feb. 1.


STILL AT LARGE:

PHOOLAN DEVI, 36; IN New Delhi. Devi, an MP from Uttar Pradesh, is wanted for retrial in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. She is accused of killing 22 men in 1981 who she claimed raped her. She became a bandit gang leader and later a politician.


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