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A Soviet research ship left Manila without releasing 37 Vietnamese refugees it picked up from a boat adrift in the South China Sea, relief and shipping sources said. The Philippine Foreign Ministry earlier agreed to a U.S. request for temporary asylum for the refugees rescued by the Soviet vessel M-S Poisk on June 15. The Soviet vessel had requested permission from the Philippine government to release the “boat people” but then sailed with them still aboard.


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