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  • Shanghai stock market closes with a spooky echo of Tiananmen Square

    Whether a cosmic joke or coincidence -- or as some wags suggested, an act of God -- the Shanghai stock market index fell 64.89 points on Monday, which happened to be June 4, the 23rd anniversary of the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators at Tiananmen
  • From the archives: Crackdown on Dissent

    MOSCOW -- No one has watched the crisis in China with greater concern than Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, for in it he can see some of his compatriots' worst fears for what could go wrong here with his ambitious program of political, economic...

    From the archives: Protests For Democracy Troops Fire on Beijing Crowds

    BEIJING -- Chinese troops of the People's Liberation Army opened fire with automatic weapons early today on huge crowds of civilians in Beijing, killing at least 100 of them and perhaps many more, according to medical and diplomatic reports, in a...

    From the archives: Kremlin Unruffled as East Bloc Allies Go Own Way

    MOSCOW -- The Soviet Union, which built an empire of Communist satellite states in Eastern Europe with zeal and determination over four decades, now seems to be watching its breakup with surprising equanimity--and even approval--as one ally after...