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dated November 12, 1960
dated November 12, 1960

Coup in South Viet Nam

Rebel paratroops launched a dawn attack on President Ngo Dinh Diem's palace in Saigon on November 11 and then went in to negotiate his surrender. But authoritative sources announced that negotiations had broken down and a new assault on the palace might begin at any moment. Washington reports, however, said an army coup led by 28-year-old paratroop Major Du Quoc Dong, had forced pro-Western President Ngo Dinh Diem to resign, and a number of paratroops had been reported killed in fighting round the palace. The Washington reports described the coup as a complete surprise. Saigon had been relatively quiet recently. Rebel leaders claimed that reinforcements which the President had summoned to the city had sided with the rising.

Kennedy's message

President-elect John Kennedy told Mr. Nikita Khrushchev that his main task on assuming the Presidency would be a just and lasting peace. The Senator, replying to a message of congratulations received from the Soviet Prime Minister, sent a telegram saying: “I am pleased to have your good wishes at this time.” Senator Kennedy, holding his first Press conference since his election victory on November 10, read out his message which said: “I am most appreciative of your courtesy in sending me a message of congratulations. The achievement of a just and lasting peace will remain a fundamental goal of this nation, and a major task of its President. I am most pleased to have your good wishes at this time.”Mr. Kennedy announced that Vice-President-elect, Mr. Lyndon Johnson would play a major role in his administration.

Space stations on moon

A top-ranking Soviet scientist predicted on November 10 that “robot space stations will soon be established on the moon” as the first of a series of exploratory steps leading up to a moon landing by spacemen, Tass reported. The prediction was made by Nikolai Barbashov, member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, writing in the Academy's official publication The Monitor. Barbashov sketched a tentative programme for “future steps in moon exploration…”


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