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WORLD WAR II // 50 YEARS AGO TODAY

From newspapers of Sept. 19, 1945: Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov says his nation wants to be the sole United Nations trustee over Tripolitania, Italy's former territory in Africa. Molotov adds that Moscow is extremely interested in the future development of the Mediterranean and Africa and probably would like to be sole trustee in Eritrea, too. At a news conference in London, Molotov claims the Soviet-supported governments of Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary are overwhelmingly supported by the people. Japanese Premier Prince Naruhiko Higashi-Kuni says Japan has taken the punishment of some war criminals into its own hands. He promises to announce names and details within a few days. The prince says that Emperor Hirohito, his cousin, was "deceived" by the militarists who planned the attack on Pearl Harbor and is not a war criminal. In Washington, Sen. Richard Russell, D-Ga., introduces a resolution calling for Hirohito to stand trial. Gen. Douglas MacArthur suspends publication of the Tokyo newspaper Asahi for two days for editorials criticizing occupation forces and for "slanting" news to carry an anti-American tinge. Henry Stimson resigns as war secretary; President Truman nominates Robert Patterson as his successor.

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