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October 14, 1995
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Zimbabwe opposition leader arrested

HARARE, Zimbabwe (CNN) - Zimbabwe opposition leader Ndabaningi Sithole was arrested on Saturday in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate President Robert Mugabe and overthrow his government, the state news agency reported. The 75-year-old leader of the right-wing ZANU-Ndonga party was seized at dawn at his home and was helping police probe a Mozambique-based Zimbabwe rebel group involved in the alleged coup plot, police said. Political analysts believe his arrest could be part of the ruling ZANU-PF's efforts to destroy the political opposition.

Chinese dissident starts hunger strike

BEIJING, China (CNN) -- Leading Chinese dissident Chen Ziming has started a hunger strike in prison after officials failed to respond to his appeals for medical help and access to his bank account, his wife said. Chen is serving a 13-year prison term for "counter-revolutionary" activities, in connection with the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy movement. He was freed on parole for medical reasons last year, but rearrested in June. He has been diagnosed as having cancer, hepatitis B, heart disease and other medical problems. Chen's wife, Wang Zhihong, said Chen's health is deteriorating, and the couple's bank account has been frozen, making it difficult to buy medicines.

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Israeli soldiers kill guerrillas in southern Lebanon

JERUSALEM (CNN)-- A senior Israeli army officer said on Saturday villages in southern Lebanon would be hit hard if guerrillas kept up attacks on Israeli forces. Israeli military sources said Israeli soldiers killed two guerrillas on Saturday two days after pro-Iranian Hezbollah fighters killed three Israeli soldiers in southern Lebanon. Hezbollah had claimed responsibility for the Thursday bomb attack which hit an Israeli patrol -- killing three and wounding six soldiers inside Israel's self-declared security zone.

Japan doomsday cult considered spraying LSD from sky

TOKYO (CNN) -- Japan's Supreme Truth doomsday cult, accused of masterminding a fatal nerve gas attack on Tokyo subways, considered spraying the drug LSD from the sky, the daily Asahi Shimbun said on Saturday. The Aum Shinri Kyo cult first started studying the powerful hallucinogenic LSD as a kind of "chemical weapon" it might use during an armed revolt, the Asahi said citing police sources. Japanese police declined to comment on the report. Police, who believe the sect was making LSD, mescaline, amphetamines and other illegal drugs at the cult's facilities, have already charged members of the sect with drugs-related offenses. The subway attacks in March killed 12 people and made more than 5,000 sick. Cult leader Shoko Asahara has already been arrested and charged with murder and other crimes. His trial is due to begin on October 26.


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