INTERNATIONAL NOTES: Intrigue in Bucharest

Strange stories were circulating last week about mysterious events in Bucharest. One of them centered on the supposed execution of a Rumanian general named Ion Serb who reportedly was shot by a firing squad for handing over defense secrets to the Russians. There were also reports of sudden demotions. One of the country's most powerful leaders, Vasile Patilinet, lost his important post as the Central Committee Secretary in charge of defense and internal security, and was relegated to the minor job of Minister of Forestry. Two other officials, including the country's propaganda chief, have also been demoted.

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