Milestones Aug. 2, 2004

RELEASED. JIANG YANYONG, 72, prominent surgeon who blew the whistle on China's SARS cover-up; after 49 days in custody; in Beijing. Chinese authorities, apparently bowing to pressure inside and outside the country, allowed Jiang--who has also been an outspoken critic of the 1989 violence at Tiananmen Square--to return home, and he is not expected to be charged.

CHARGED. LUIS ECHEVARRIA, 82, former Mexican President; with murder in the killing of at least 25 student protesters in 1971. It is the first criminal charge against a former Mexican President and stems from the violent suppression of antigovernment protesters in the 1970s. A...

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