DENIED. Final appeal by Shoko Asahara, 51, messianic leader of the Aum Shinrikyo cult, of a 2004 death sentence for masterminding the 1995 sarin-gas attack on Tokyo's subway that killed 12 people and injured 5,000; by Japan's Supreme Court; in Tokyo. His appeals exhausted, Asahara faces death by hanging, although no date has been set for his execution.

RESIGNED. Major General Udi Adam, 47, head of the Israeli Defense Forces' northern command, which spearheaded last month's conflict with Hizballah militants in Lebanon; in protest over how the fighting was managed; in Biranit, Israel. Adam, who reportedly clashed over...

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