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JAPAN WILL ATTEND: Japan's defense minister will attend ceremonies Sept. 2 in Hawaii to mark the 50th anniversary of the Japanese surrender in World War II, the government announced Friday. The head of the Defense Agency, Seishiro Eto, will visit Hawaii Sept. 1-4 and meet with U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry, officials said. President Clinton also will attend the Honolulu ceremony.GERMAN FACES TRIAL: East Germany's last communist leader will be tried for the deaths of six people killed trying to flee the communist state. Egon Krenz will go on trial Nov. 13, along with five other former members of the once-ruling Politburo, Berlin's justice department said Thursday. Among them, they are charged in 71 deaths of East Germans who were shot by border guards or died of wounds inflicted by booby-trap automatic firing devices. Krenz alone is charged with six counts of manslaughter and two counts of attempted manslaughter.

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IRAQI SUES: An Iraqi refugee is suing an Oklahoma City television station for a report about the John Doe No. 2 once considered a suspect in the federal building bombing. KFOR's June 7 report said the suspect might be an Iraqi national living in Oklahoma City. The station digitally blurred the man's face and did not give any names. But Al-Hussaini Hussain alleges that he was indirectly identified and as a result suffered defamation, invasion of privacy and emotional distress, according to the lawsuit filed Thursday.

MANATEE ON HER OWN: Marine biologists lost track of a wayward manatee on a history-making odyssey along the East Coast when a radio transmitter tethered to the animal fell off. The 1,200-pound sea cow, nicknamed Chessie, headed north from Florida two months ago and was last seen along the shore of Connecticut's Long Island Sound after it apparently reversed direction to warmer waters. Scientists said Thursday the transmitter was recovered off the coast of New Haven. They believe the manatee lost the radio buoy on Tuesday after the mammal became entangled. Now biologists don't know exactly where he is.