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Widow of Assassinated South Vietnamese Leader Speaks Out

On November 2, 1963, South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem and his closest adviser, his brother Ngo Dinh Nhu, were killed in a U.S.-instigated military coup. Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu speaks out about the assassinations.

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