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Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Mongolia yesterday to support the country's fledgling democracy. The White House said she is the highest-ranking American to visit Mongolia since 1944. China criticized remarks by Mrs. Clinton directed at the country yesterday. Meanwhile, a dozen members of parliament from Europe staged a daring demonstration against nuclear testing on the steps of China's Great Hall of the People in Beijing yesterday, and delivered a protest letter to Chinese officials.Skip to next paragraph
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A Mexican government negotiator Wednesday said Chiapas rebels must lay down their weapons before discussion on political reform can take place. In Tepoztlan, south of Mexico City, rioting townsfolk released their hostages but are still angry over a proposal to turn land farmed by their ancestors into a golf course.
Floods crashed through several southern Philippine villages when a volcano's crater wall partly collapsed, killing 14 people and leaving about 500 missing, local officials said yesterday.
Tamil Tiger separatists who freed 121 of 144 passenger and crew taken from a Sri Lankan ferry demanded yesterday the release of two women ''Sea Tigers'' in return for the eight-man crew. The women were arrested after an attack on a navy command and supply vessel sunk in July.
Spanish military intelligence recommended kidnapping and murder as weapons in the fight against Basque rebels, publication yesterday of a reportedly 12-year-old document seems to show. Spain's ''dirty war'' resulted in 27 deaths between 1983 and 1987. Meanwhile, European Union foreign ministers will meet in Santander, in Spain's Basque country, this weekend to discuss European security.
A wedding for the foster son of Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalitha in Madras, India, Wednesday is creating a stir. The cost? About $25 million in a state where half the population lives below the poverty line. Indian Prime Minister Rao declined an invitation in protest.
The New Establishment 50
Vanity Fair magazine rated the world's top 50 leaders in the entertainment, information, and technology industries. Their criteria: How leaders and their companies excell in distribution, notable brand names, and personal connections.
1. Rupert Murdoch, CEO, News Corp.
2. Bill Gates, CEO, Microsoft
3. Michael Eisner, CEO, Disney
4. Sumner Redstone, chairman, Viacom
5. John Malone, CEO, Tele-Communications Inc.
6. Gerald Levin, CEO, Time Warner
7. Andrew Grove, CEO, Intel
8. Steven Spielberg, co-founder, Dreamworks SKG
9. David Geffen, co-founder, Dreamworks SKG
10. Robert Allen, CEO, AT&T
11. Edgar Bronfman Jr., CEO, Seagram; chairman, MCA
12. Louis Gerstner, CEO, IBM
13. Ted Turner, chairman, Turner Broadcasting
14. Herbert Allen, CEO, Allen & Co.
15. Michael Ovitz, president, Disney
16. Barry Diller, Silver King Communications
17. Ronald Perelman, chairman, MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings
18. James Clark, chairman Netscape Communications
19. Ray Smith, CEO, Bell Atlantic
20. Lawrence Ellison, CEO, Oracle Corp.
21. John Doerr, partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
22. Bert Roberts, CEO, MCI
23. Paul Allen, chairman, the Paul Allen Group
24. Nathan Myhrvold, GroupVice President, Microsoft
25. Steve Case, CEO, America Online
26. Frank J. Biondi, CEO, Viacom
27. Craig McCaw, investor
28. Edward McCracken, CEO, Silicon Graphics
29. Warren Buffett, chairman, Berkshire Hathaway
30. Brian Roberts, president, Comcast Corp.
31. Robert Daly and Terry Semel, chairmen, Warner Bros.
32. Richard McCormick, CEO, US West
33. Michael Bloomberg, founder, Bloomberg L.P.
34. Jeffrey Katzenberg, co-founder, Dreamworks SKG
35. Ron Meyer, president, MCA
36. Michael Fuchs, chairman, HBO; CEO, the Warner Music Group
37. Michael Schulhof, CEO, Sony Corp. of America
38. Robert Iger, president, Capital Cities/ABC
39. Norman Pearlstine, editor in chief, Time Warner
40. George Lucas, founder, Lucasfilm
41. Steven Jobs, CEO, NeXT
42. Esther Dyson, president, EDventure Holdings
43. Steven Rattner, managing director, Lazard Freres & Co.
44. Gordon Crawford, senior VP, Crawford Research Co.
45. Robert Frankenberg, CEO, Novell
46. Theodore Forstmann, partner, Forstmann Little & Co.
47. Scott Cook, chairman, Intuit
48. Howard Stringer, CEO, Tele-TV
49. Doug Carlston, CEO, Broderbund Software
50. Nicholas Negroponte, founder, M.I.T. Media Lab
'' Please stop it.''
- Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on BBC TV Sept. 6, pleading in a humble tone for a halt in NATO bombing.