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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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DIED:

MAHMUD AL MUKTAFI BILLAH SHAH, 68, sultan of Malaysia's eastern Trengganu State; of a heart attack; in a Singapore hospital; May 14. The sultan suffered from heart problems for 20 years. His oldest son, Tengku Mizan Zainal Abidin, was proclaimed the 16th Trengganu sultan following his father's burial on May 15. Under Malaysia's rotating monarchy, the sultans - who are titular heads of nine of the country's 13 states - choose a national king from among themselves to reign for five years.

BRIG.-GEN. LARRY WIJEYARATNE, 47, Sri Lankan army commander in Vadamaradchchi, a coastal town in the heart of Tamil separatist homeland; by a suicide bomber who threw herself in front of his vehicle, also killing two of the general's aides; May 14.

SAROJINI YOGESWARAN, 60, the mayor of the northern Sri Lankan city of Jaffna, now held by the government but virtually cut off from the rest of Sri Lanka by Tamil separatists; by two gunmen who attacked her in her home; May 17. Yogeswaran was a member of the Tamil United Liberation Front. She won her post in January in elections that were opposed by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

FRANK SINATRA, 82, the American singer, actor and all-around paradigm of smooth entertainment; of a heart attack; in Los Angeles; May 14.


SENTENCED:

MATSUMOTO TOMOKO, 39, WIFE of Matsumoto Chizuo, better known as Asahara Shokou, leader of the Aum Shinrikyo religious group that carried out a 1995 nerve gas attack in the Tokyo subway; to seven years in prison for her role in the 1994 murder of an Aum member; in Tokyo; May 14.


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