Li Hongzhi doesn't seem like a revolutionary with the power to topple the Chinese government. His guiding principles, taken from a blend of Buddhist, Taoist and mystical beliefs, are "Truth, Benevolence, Forbearance." He also believes, among other things, that aliens inhabit the earth, and that he can give his followers a "celestial eye" with supernatural powers.
THE CEREMONY ALONG THE DEMILI- tarized zone was proceeding smoothly and solemnly, as befits the handing over of dead men's remains. North Korea had issued a rare apology the day before, expressing "deep regret" for the lives lost in South Korea when its spy submarine ran aground there last September, and its panicked soldiers killed three civilians trying to get back home.
People who make peace in the Middle East are called a lot of things. "Traitor" and "dupe" are among the mildest. And as PLO leader Yasir Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed a landmark agreement at the White House last week, their opponents were manning the barricades.
Bus no. 5 was nothing but a charred metal skeleton. Among the debris were twisted bodies, limbs wrenched in odd directions, faces mutilated. Orthodox Jews from Israel's Burial Society, together with emergency workers, removed corpses from the wreckage and carefully placed smaller body parts into transparent freezer bags.
THEY WERE EXHAUSTED. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators bargained through the night before appearing together last week in Cairo. They finally were ready to make good on the deal signed nearly eight months earlier at the White House--self-government for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank town of Jericho.
IBRAHIM MEHANNA AND HIS SON AYMAN are legends in their Gaza City neighborhood. Ayman, 19, joined the armed wing of the Islamic group Hamas as a teenager. Friends boast that he bought black-market assault rifles for Hamas until his capture by Israeli agents this year. "Whoever knows Ayman knows he'll never change, no matter what changes around him," says one of his chums.
ON THE FACE OF IT, THE MIDEAST peace is still going strong. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators last week set an agenda for working out the fine points of self-government in Gaza and the West Bank town of Jericho. "We achieved within hours what wasn't achieved [at peace talks] in Washington in two years," said Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath.
With 180 people dead in terrorist attack, since last year, Egypt has been looking for someone to blame. Until recently, one of the Egyptian government's favorite scapegoats was the foreign press. "There is a Western media prejudice against Egypt that distorts Egypt's image," Interior Minister Hassan al-Alfi told NEWSWEEK last month. "The reality is that everything is safe." Alfi has been at the forefront of Egypt's tough battle against Islamic extremism.