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As Europe reinvents itself at the start of a new millennium, the continent that came up with the nation-state is experimenting with ideas that could blaze a new trail - 1st of a four-part series.

Taiwan's new president reaches out to mainland China.

Since President Wahid took office seven months ago, Indonesia has made progress on democratic reforms. But there's much more to do.

A new baby arrived at 10 Downing Street - the first in 150 years. Prime Minister Tony Blair has tried to keep his family affairs private, but the British press won't relent on this one.

Faye Bowers Deputy world editor


*CURTAIN FALLS: The Monitor's Cameron Barr is making his last trip to Indonesia; he soon will take up an assignment in the Middle East. But he reports that he is not the only one moving on. Indonesia has been a galvanizing story for the past three years - first the social discord caused by the East Asian economic crisis, then the downfall of Suharto, then East Timor's chaotic separation from Indonesia.

The world's interest has in large part turned elsewhere. Many Jakarta-based reporters have left, and others are contemplating a move.

The breakfast room at the Jakarta hotel where many visiting correspondents stay is now quiet. But two years ago yesterday - the day Suharto resigned - reporters and photographers were elbow-to-elbow. For Cameron, it was more than just another media pack - it was a chance to witness history.


*SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN CHINA: Film star Arnold Schwarzenegger (shown below) and some of his best-known movies - including "Terminator II" and "Kindergarten Cop" - are in China to promote the Special Olympics sports program for mentally handicapped Chinese citizens.

His trip is aimed at raising the number of mentally handicapped participants in the China program from 50,000 to 500,000 by 2004. The week of special events runs from May 18 to May 25.

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