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North Korea’s Kim Jong Il Dead at 69

Posted December 18th, 2011 at 11:45 pm (UTC-5)
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North Korean state television reports that Supreme Leader Kim Jong Il has died at the age of 69. An announcer said he died Saturday of physical and mental over-work. Some reports say he died from a heart attack, and was traveling on a train at the time. Kim Jong Il came to power after his […]

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Vaclav Havel Dies at Age 75

Posted December 18th, 2011 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Czech President Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright who led the peaceful revolution that toppled communism in the former Czechoslovakia, has died. He was 75. A spokeswoman said Mr. Havel died in his sleep early Sunday at his weekend house in the northern Czech Republic with his wife and a nun at his side. A […]

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Vaclav Havel Dies at Age 75

Posted December 18th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Former Czech President Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright who led the peaceful revolution that toppled communism in the former Czechoslovakia, has died. He was 75. A spokeswoman said Mr. Havel died in his sleep early Sunday at his weekend house in the northern Czech Republic with his wife and a nun at his side. A […]

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Vaclav Havel Dies at Age 75

Posted December 18th, 2011 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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Former Czech President Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright who led the peaceful revolution that toppled communism in the former Czechoslovakia, has died. He was 75. A spokeswoman said Mr. Havel died in his sleep early Sunday at his weekend house in the northern Czech Republic with his wife and a nun at his side. A […]

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Vaclav Havel Dies at Age 75

Posted December 18th, 2011 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright and former Czech president has died at the age of 75. Mr. Havel was his country’s first democratically elected president after the non-violent “Velvet Revolution” that ended four decades of repression. As president, he oversaw Czechoslovakia’s transition to democracy and the free-market economy, as well as its peaceful 1993 breakup […]

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Cape Verde’s ‘Barefoot Diva’ Dies

Posted December 17th, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Cesária Évora, the Cape Verdean singer known as the “Barefoot Diva” because she performed without shoes, has died at the age of 70. The singer, who won international acclaim with her sultry voice and melancholy ballads of lost love, died Saturday in a hospital on her native island of Sao Vicente. Évora retired in September […]

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Provocative British-Born Author Christopher Hitchens Dead at 62

Posted December 16th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Provocative British-born American writer and intellectual Christopher Hitchens has died at the age of 62 following a long battle with cancer. Vanity Fair magazine, where Hitchens worked as a columnist, said the sharp-witted commentator died late Thursday of pneumonia, a complication of the esophageal cancer he was diagnosed with in 2010. Though Hitchens developed a […]

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Lana Peters, Stalin’s Only Daughter, Dies at 85

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Lana Peters, the only daughter of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and a woman whose life reads like a classic Russian novel, has died at age 85 of cancer. Born Svetlana Stalina, Peters led a privileged life in Soviet Russia. But she wrote that her father’s treatment of her became brutal and tyrannical during World War […]

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Former Biafra Leader Ojukwu Dies in Britain

Posted November 26th, 2011 at 9:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A Nigerian colonel, politician and the leader of the former breakaway Republic of Biafra has died at the age of 78. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu died in a hospital in London after a long fight to regain health following a stroke. The office of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan issued a statement Saturday saying Ojukwu will be […]

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Former French First Lady Danielle Mitterrand Dies

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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Danielle Mitterrand, a hero of the French Resistance and widow of former French President Francois Mitterrand, has died at the age of 87. Mitterrand died early Tuesday after being hospitalized in Paris for several days. She helped redefine the role of first lady, and was known as a humanitarian and activist for the underdog. Mrs. […]

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