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October 4, 1995
Web posted at: 12:55 p.m. EDT (1655 GMT)

Cult Leader

Cult leader reportedly confesses to Tokyo gassing

From Tokyo Bureau Chief John Lewis

TOKYO (CNN) -- The jailed leader of the Japanese doomsday cult Aum Shinri Kyo reportedly has begun confessing the group's wrongdoings. Japan's public television network NHK Wednesday quoted the cult's lawyer as saying Shoko Asahara told police he ordered his followers to undertake such actions as the deadly poison nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system last March and the murder of a Yokohama attorney, his wife, and their son.

The cult's lawyer reportedly said Asahara, who had denied any involvement since his arrest, began confessing in attempt to keep the government from disbanding the cult under Japan's anti-subversion act.


Leeson

Rogue trader can be extradited to Singapore

FRANKFURT, Germany (CNN) -- A Frankfurt court Wednesday approved the extradition of British trader Nick Leeson to Singapore. Leeson's lawyer said the ruling will be appealed.

Leeson is wanted in Singapore on charges of forgery and fraud in connection with his risky trading practices, which are blamed for bankrupting the venerable British bank, Barings.

The federal government would have to issue a final approval before Leeson would be moved from Germany to Singapore.


Dried dog penises seized in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (CNN) -- Customs authorities in Hong Kong said Wednesday they have seized a 375 pound (170 kilogram) package containing 1,500 dried penises from dogs. They said it was labeled "Chinese medicine" and air-mailed from Thailand.

According the Reuters news service, some Hong Kong people believe dog penis is a tonic to boost male sexual performance.


Map

Former general in Haitian army killed

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CNN) -- A former general from the now- disbanded Haitian army was shot and killed Tuesday.

According to witnesses, former Gen. Henri Max Mayard was trailed by gunmen as he drove down a busy thoroughfare in the capital. Mayard scrambled to escape from his vehicle as it was sprayed with bullets. The unidentified gunmen escaped. There was no known motive for the killing.

In the year since President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has been restored to power, 20 Haitian army supporters and opponents of the president have been killed in professional-style hits. One of Aristide's first reforms in office was to dissolve the country's military, the same military which had overthrown him in a bloody coup.

The joint United Nations-Organization of American States human rights mission in Haiti said that no evidence has emerged linking the crimes. Haitian authorities are investigating motives ranging from revenge to drugs.


Yom Kippur

Security tight as Israelis observe Yom Kippur

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Security was extremely tight in Israel Tuesday as Jews prepared to observe Yom Kippur. The government was warning citizens of possible bomb attacks by Muslim militants.

Israelis are being told to look out for bombs in buses and at markets and synagogues.

Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, began at sundown Tuesday.


Macedonian president critically injured in car bomb attack

SKOPJE, Macedonia (CNN) -- Macedonian President Kiro Gligorov was critically injured Tuesday in a car bomb attack that took the life of his driver.

Gligorov, 78, suffered a head injury in the powerful blast, which sent glass flying and damaged buildings near the national parliament.

The bomb, apparently rigged by remote control, detonated in a parked car as Gligorov's vehicle passed. According to radio reports in the Macedonian capital, police arrested two men who fled the scene at a high speed. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The incident comes at a tense time, as Macedonian and Greek diplomats begin talks on an agreement to normalize relations, muddied by a dispute over Macedonia's right to its name. Greece argues that the former Yugoslavia republic's name suggests a claim to the Greek province of Macedonia.

Macedonia also has suffered internal strife since its departure from Yugoslavia in 1991, much of it related to a rights struggle by the country's large Albanian minority.



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