February 9, 1959

USSR-CHINA RELATIONS: London, 6 – The Tass news agency has revealed today that Russia’s leaders have held talks with Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai on the 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 huge hit. The song has many Greek words in the lyrics, and is expected to become an even bigger hit than Carosone’s «Arrivederci Roma.» A French version of the song is also rumored to be in the pipeline. MERTEN WAR CRIMES CASE: The trial began yesterday of Max Merten, who had been the commander of the German forces in Macedonia during the Nazi occupation of Greece during the Second World War. Merten has claimed that he had had written assurance from the Greek military authorities that there were no charges pending against him. He said that while he was in Athens he had visited many friends in high places and that the charges currently being brought against him were groundless and would be proved as such during the subsequent trial.

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