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MAY 17, 1999 VOL. 153 NO. 19



DIED. OLIVER REED, 61, rakish British actor, whose swashbuckling onscreen exploits were matched by equally hellraising real-life episodes; in Malta. Despite his boozy reputation--he once claimed to have knocked back 136 pints of beer in two days--Reed approached acting with relish, whether playing a malevolent rogue in Oliver! or a provocative seducer in Women in Love.

BANNED. MOHAMMED DAOUD OUDEH, 63, controversial member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, who admitted responsibility for the bloody hostage-taking of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics; from entering France, where he remains on an unwanted list. Oudeh, better known by his nom-de-guerre Abu Daoud, was on a book tour touting his memoir, which defends the Munich attack as a way of attracting international attention to the Palestinian cause.

CHARGED. DAVID COPELAND, 22, English engineer, with planting a string of brutal nail bombs that killed three people and injured more than 100 in London last month; at the West London magistrates' court. The three explosions were detonated in neighborhoods frequented by ethnic minorities and gays, but authorities allege Copeland worked alone without the help of extremist hate groups.

ASYLUM REQUESTED. By RIGOBERTO HERRERA BETANCOURT, 54, veteran Cuban pitching coach, after the island nation's baseball team trounced the host Baltimore Orioles in a landmark matchup between representatives of two of the world's top baseball-playing countries; at a Baltimore police station. In a welcome-home ceremony for the victorious national team, President Fidel Castro criticized American sports agents for waving fat paychecks at Cubans to entice them to defect, but he did not mention Herrera's disappearing act.

FOUND. LIBERTY BELL 7, one-man spacecraft that splashed into history as the only American space capsule lost after a successful mission; at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of the Bahamas. The craft, which carried Virgil "Gus" Grissom on a suborbital flight in 1961, sank after explosive bolts detonated and opened the hatch prematurely. Grissom, who died six years later in a launchpad fire, denied he had panicked and caused the mishap.

RESIGNED. AYDIN MENDERES, moderate voice in Turkey's pro-Islamist Virtue Party, after a fellow party member wore a banned Muslim headscarf into parliament; in Ankara. Wearing the controversial headcovering in public institutions is illegal in secular Turkey, and the move by newly elected deputy Merve Kavakci could get the country's third-biggest party outlawed.

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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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