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Famed Greek Director Theo Angelopoulos Killed During Movie Filming

Posted January 24th, 2012 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Award-winning Greek film director Theo Angelopoulos died Tuesday after being hit by a motorcycle while filming scenes on his latest movie. Angelopoulos was rushed to an Athens hospital where he died hours later of head injuries. He was 76 years old. The motorcyclist was an off-duty policeman. Angelopoulos was Greece’s most honored contemporary director, winning […]

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US Blues Legend Etta James Dies of Leukemia

Posted January 20th, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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American blues singer Etta James, best known for her early-1960s hit “At Last,” has died of leukemia. The singer’s manager said the 73-year-old James died Friday at a hospital in California with her husband and two sons by her side. Her manager described her death as a “tremendous loss” for her fans around the world, […]

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Former Soviet Spy Vartanian Dies

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Gevork Vartanian, a former Soviet intelligence agent who helped derail a Nazi plot to assassinate allied leaders during World War Two, has died. He was 87 years old. Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service made the announcement Wednesday, saying Vartanian died Tuesday in Moscow. Vartanian, whose father was a Soviet agent of Armenian descent based in Iran, […]

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Bulgarian-Born Pianist Alexis Weissenberg Dies at 82

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Bulgarian-born French pianist Alexis Weissenberg, whose passion for music saved him and his mother from a World War II concentration camp, has died at the age of 82. Weissenberg died Sunday in Lugano, Switzerland, where his family had settled. He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for years. Bulgarian Culture Minister Vezhdi Rashidov described Weissenberg as […]

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Former Macedonian President Gligorov Dies

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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The first democratically elected president of Macedonia, Kiro Gligorov, has died in Skopje. He was 94 years old. Mr. Gligorov died in his sleep Sunday night, surrounded by his family. Once a top communist official, he became president of Macedonia in 1991 when it was still part of Yugoslavia. He peacefully led the country to […]

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Prominent South Korean Democracy Activist Dies

Posted December 29th, 2011 at 10:50 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korean news media report that a former leading South Korean democracy activist and prominent liberal politician, Kim Geun-tae, has died. Reports say Kim died Friday from a brain disease at the age of 64. Kim was known as a democracy activist during dictatorships of the 1970s and 1980s. He was repeatedly jailed and tortured […]

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Kim Jong Il Led North Korea With Power of Personality

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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Kim Jong Il ruled North Korea for 17 years, continuing a government focused on the principle of self-reliance and a cult of personality founded by his father, Kim Il Sung. There is not much reliable personal information about the enigmatic Mr. Kim. According to local legend, he was born on North Korea’s Mount Paekdu under […]

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North Korea’s Kim Jong Il Dead at 69

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea’s long-time leader Kim Jong Il has died. The official Korean Central News Agency reported Monday the 69-year-old reclusive leader died Saturday of a heart attack while on a train for one of his “field guidance” tours. The agency attributed his death to “physical and mental over-work.” KCNA said his funeral will be held […]

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North Korea’s Kim Jong Il Dead at 69

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea’s long-time leader Kim Jong Il has died. The official Korean Central News Agency reported Monday the 69-year-old reclusive leader died Saturday of a heart attack while on a train for one of his “field guidance” tours. The agency attributed his death to “physical and mental over-work.” KCNA said his funeral will be held […]

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North Korea’s Kim Jong Il Dead at 69

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea’s official news agency reported Monday that Supreme Leader Kim Jong Il has died at the age of 69. The Korean Central News Agency said the reclusive leader died Saturday of a heart attack while on a train for one of his “field guidance” tours. The agency attributed his death to “physical and mental […]

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