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Chinese POWs held in mental asylum

HONG KONG Two Chinese prisoners of war have been found in an Indian mental asylum where they spent the past 35 years, a newspaper reported yesterday.

The two inmates, Shih Liang and Yang Chen, have been held at the Central Institute of Psychiatry in the east Indian state of Bihar since 1965, the South China Morning Post said.

The two were arrested in 1962 during a bloody Sino-Indian border war across the Himalayas and were held at a jail in New Delhi on charges of espionage, it said. Three years later, the Indian army took them to the asylum.

The newspaper quoted India's Home Affairs Ministry as saying that it has no knowledge of the two prisoners.

Militant veterans split in factions in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe A militant war veterans' organization that led illegal occupations of white-owned farms attempted to fire its leader in a revolt that has split the group, a state-controlled newspaper reported yesterday.

Chenjerai Hunzvi, the outspoken chairman of the National Liberation War Veterans Association, was ousted after a vote of no confidence was adopted by some of the organization's officials at a meeting in Harare, the Sunday Mail reported.

But Mr. Hunzvi, who did not attend the meeting Saturday, said later he was still in control and the ouster bid was carried out by a few "rebels" who had no power to remove him.

Hospital refuses Turk a new heart

BERLIN A German hospital that refused to give a Turkish woman a life-saving heart transplant operation because she could not speak the language has been censured, but allowed to stand by its decision.

Gero Tenderich, chief doctor at the Bad Oeynhausen hospital transplant center, said patients who had serious problems in speaking German had reduced chances of success in a similar way to heavy smokers or alcoholics.

Guenter Kirste, secretary-general of the German Association for Transplantation Medicine, said the argument was invalid and that it should have been possible to arrange treatment with the help of an interpreter.

McDonald's toys said packaged by children

HONG KONG Snoopy, Winnie the Pooh and Hello Kitty toys sold with McDonald's meals in Hong Kong are made at a mainland Chinese sweatshop that illegally employs child laborers to package the toys, a newspaper reported yesterday.

The children, as young as 14, work 16-hour days for about $3 barely the cost of one McDonald's meal in Hong Kong, the Sunday Morning Post reported.

Police search Mitsubishi offices

TOKYO Police searched the headquarters of Mitsubishi Motors Corp. as well as two factories and the homes of two officials yesterday in connection with the automaker's massive 20-year cover-up of auto defects, an official said.

They confiscated more than 1,000 items, including records of meetings of Mitsubishi officials discussing recalls, consumer complaints, and computer disks containing records of recalls and consumers' claims, a Tokyo Metropolitan Police official said on the condition of anonymity.

He would not identify the Mitsubishi officials whose homes were searched, but said the factories were in Kawasaki, just south of Tokyo, and in Nagoya, central Japan.

Murdered priest carried documents

NAIROBI, Kenya Speculation surrounding the death of an outspoken American priest increased yesterday with local media reports that documents found on his body linked two Kenyan Cabinet ministers to violent tribal clashes.

The Rev. John Kaiser had intended to hand the documents over to a government commission looking into the clashes, which took place in Rift Valley Province between 1992 and 1997, the independent Sunday Nation newspaper reported.

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