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Kenyan Nobel Laureate Maathai Dies

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 2:26 pm (UTC-5)
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Global leaders are honoring the late Wangari Maathai of Kenya, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Maathai died at a Nairobi hospital on Sunday after a long battle with cancer. She was 71. The Nobel Committee awarded Maathai the peace prize in 2004, citing her stand against Kenya’s former oppressive government […]

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Kenyan Nobel Laureate Maathai Dies

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 2:38 am (UTC-5)
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Kenya’s Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, has died. She was 71. The organization she founded, the Green Belt Movement, said in a statement that Maathai died Sunday at a Nairobi hospital after a long struggle with cancer. The Nobel Committee awarded her the peace prize in 2004, citing […]

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Cape Verde’s Former President Aristides Pereira Dies

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Cape Verde’s former president Aristides Pereira, a leader in the country’s fight for independence from Portugal, has died. He was 87. Government officials say Mr. Pereira passed away Thursday at the University of Coimbra Hospital in Portugal, where he had been hospitalized since early August. Early reports did not indicate a cause of death. The […]

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Slain Former Afghan President Led Peace Efforts

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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As head of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, former President Burhannudin Rabbani was tasked with leading efforts to find a political solution to the ten-year war with the Taliban. Afghan President Hamid Karzai appointed the council in October of 2010. The 68-member body made up of tribal elders, religious leaders, and politicians was set up to […]

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Slain Former Afghan President Led Peace Efforts

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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As head of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, former President Burhannudin Rabbani was tasked with leading efforts to find a political solution to the ten-year war with the Taliban. Afghan President Hamid Karzai appointed the council in October of 2010. The 68-member body made up of tribal elders, religious leaders, and politicians was set up to […]

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Romania’s ‘Mr. Jazz,’ Johnny Raducanu, Dies at 79

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 10:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Jazz musician Johnny Raducanu, dubbed “Mr. Jazz” of Romania, has died of a heart attack at age 79. Raducanu was born into a Roma family whose roots as musical performers date back more than 300 years. He was one of Romania’s most versatile jazz musicians and entertainers, mastering the bass and piano, and also composing […]

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“Father of Pop Art” Hamilton Dies at 89

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The man known as the “Father of Pop Art” has died in Britain. He was 89 years old. British artist Richard Hamilton died Tuesday. The Gagosian Gallery, which represented Hamilton, confirmed his passing but did not disclose the location or cause of his death. Hamilton was best known for his pop art collages, and was […]

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Actor Cliff Robertson Dies

Posted September 11th, 2011 at 1:43 am (UTC-5)
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American movie actor Cliff Robertson, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a mentally disabled janitor in the 1968 movie Charly, died Saturday, a day after his 88th birthday. Robertson’s long career began in the mid-1950s and continued into the 21st century. His later roles included kindly Uncle Ben in the Spider Man […]

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Italian Opera Star Salvatore Licitra Dies a Week After Scooter Crash

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Italian opera star Salvatore Licitra, who critics hailed as the heir to the great Luciano Pavarotti, died Monday more than a week after he was seriously hurt in a motor scooter accident. Hospital officials in the Sicilian city of Cantania say he never regained consciousness from head and chest injuries and declared him brain dead. […]

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Former ‘Most Wanted’ Nazi-Era Suspect Dead

Posted September 3rd, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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A former Hungarian war crimes suspect once wanted in connection with the massacre of as many as 2,000 Serbs and Jews is dead. News agencies say Sandor Kepiro died Saturday in Budapest. He was 97. Kepiro once topped the most wanted list at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Los Angeles-based organization dedicated to tracking down […]

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