February 9, 1959

USSR-CHINA: London, 6 – The Tass News Agency revealed today that Russia’s leaders have held talks with Chinese Premier Chou En Lai on problems concerning the communist parties of their two respective countries. RENATO CAROSONE: Rome, 6 – A song titled «Atene» by Italian singer Renato Carosone has become a bit hit. The song has many Greek words in the lyrics and is expected to be an even bigger hit than Carosone’s «Arrivederci Roma.» A French version of the song is also soon to be released. MERTEN CASE: Yesterday began the trial of Max Merten, who had been the commander of the German forces in Macedonia during the occupation of Greece during World War II. Merten claimed that he had had written assurance from the Greek military authorities that there were no charges pending against him. He said that, while in Athens, he had visited many friends in high places and that the charges currently being brought against him were groundless and would be proven as such during the trial. ANDREAS LASKARATOS: The first volume of the memoirs of 19th-century satirist Andreas Laskaratos have just been published by Atlas Books.

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