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September 9, 1996
Web posted at: 1:00 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT)

China marks anniversary of Mao's death

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BEIJING (CNN) -- Monday marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Mao Zedong, communist China's founder and "Great Helmsman" for 27 years.

"Chairman" Mao founded the republic on October 1, 1949. In the two decades since his death economic reforms have undermined allegiance to his ideology, but he is still revered by millions in China.

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Indonesian opposition opens headquarters

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- Followers of Indonesia opposition leader Megawati Sukarnoputri have opened a new party headquarters despite a warning by the military that the move is "unacceptable."

Megawati, daughter of Indonesia's late founding president Sukarno, was ousted from the leadership of the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI) in June by a government-backed party faction. But she has challenged her ouster, and her attorney said that until the case is settled, she is still the party leader.

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S. Korean Red Cross ships aid to N. Korea

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SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) -- The South Korean Red Cross sent a shipment of flour to North Korea on Monday, its eighth shipment of humanitarian aid to the communist country since November.

South Korea has permitted the shipments to ease the burden of those affected by 1995's devastating floods. North Korea has refused the South's offer of substantial aid if it improves political relations.

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Former Khmer Rouge leader hands over remains

PHNOM MALAI, Cambodia (CNN) -- Renegade Khmer Rouge leader Ieng Sary on Monday handed over to a representative of the Order of Malta's Bangkok mission what he said were the remains of German tourist Matthias Wolf, missing for two years and allegedly executed by Khmer Rouge guerrillas.

Sary, Cambodia's foreign minister during the Khmer Rouge's bloody regime in the late 1970s, was sentenced to death in absentia for his alleged role in the genocide of more than one million people. Sary, who denies being second in command in his brother-in-law Pol Pot's government, broke away from the Khmer Rouge last month and has been negotiating a cease-fire between his group and the Cambodian government.

Monday's move appeared to be an attempt to bolster his case for a pardon.

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