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Attacks on two American targets in Manila caused minor damage but no injuries, police reported. A number of grenades were thrown before dawn at the Thomas Jefferson Cultural Center, which houses the U.S. Information Agency, and at the International School, attended by the children of most Western diplomats in Manila. The attacks came on the anniversary of Philippine independence from the United States in 1946, which was formerly celebrated here as a national holiday called Philippine-American Friendship Day. But President Corazon Aquino last week canceled the holiday, saying that while “the Americans are our friends,” there is no need for a holiday to celebrate ties with the United States.


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