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S.Africa's apartheid-era foreign minister Pik Botha dies aged 86

Johanesburg - Former South African foreign minister Roelof "Pik" Botha, whose long career in government straddled both the apartheid era and the presidency of Nelson Mandela, has died aged 86, local media reported Friday.

Nukes and nationalism: Former Indian PM Vajpayee

New Delhi - Former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died Thursday aged 93, will be remembered for declaring India a nuclear-armed state while struggling to maintain his image as the moderate face of Hindu nationalism.

Longest-serving Dutch prime minister Ruud Lubbers dies

Den Haag - Ruud Lubbers, the longest-serving prime minister ever of the Netherlands and a former UN high commissioner for refugees, died Wednesday, the Dutch government announced. He was 78.

Popular Amsterdam mayor dies after lung cancer battle

Den Haag - Amsterdam's popular mayor Eberhard van der Laan, widely seen as the embodiment of the Dutch capital's reputation for tolerance, has died of lung cancer aged 62, the city announced Friday.

Dario Fo, a master of agit prop and political farce

Rome - Dario Fo was one of the leading figures in modern farce and political theatre, whose brilliant satire earned him both a rebuke from the Vatican and the literary world's highest honour.

Egyptian Nobel prize winning chemist Zewail dies aged 70

Cairo - Nobel prize-winning Egyptian chemist Ahmad Zewail, who served as a science and technology advisor to US President Barack Obama, has died in the United States at the age of 70, Egypt's presidency announced.

Former French PM Michel Rocard dies aged 85

Paris - Former French Socialist prime minister Michel Rocard, hailed a "visionary statesman", died Saturday aged 85 his son Francis told AFP.

Holocaust survivor Martin Gray dies in Belgium

Brussels - Best-selling author and Holocaust survivor Martin Gray has died in Belgium aged 93, a local official told AFP on Monday.

Iggy Pop hails Bowie as 'light of my life'

London - US rock musician Iggy Pop, a key collaborator of David Bowie on tracks including "China Girl", paid tribute Monday to the icon following his death, calling him "the light of my life"."David's friendship was the light of my life.

Tributes to music icon David Bowie, dead aged 69

London - The death of music icon David Bowie drew tributes from around the world Monday, with figures from music and showbusiness recalling his transformation of music and trailblazing, androgynous style.Here are some of the reactions:- Madonna: "Talented.

Music legend David Bowie dies aged 69

London - British music icon David Bowie has died of cancer at the age of 69, drawing an outpouring of tributes for the innovative star famed for groundbreaking hits like "Ziggy Stardust" and his theatrical shape-shifting style.

Passing away in 2015: some notable deaths

Paris - From legendary Egyptian actor Omar Sharif to Germany's ex-chancellor Helmut Schmidt and Nobel-winning author Gunter Grass, here are some of the notable figures who died in 2015:- January -- 3: Edward Brooke, the first popularly elected black US senator...

Controversial Russian media mogul found dead in Washington

Washington - Controversial Russian media mogul Mikhail Lesin, who helped launch the English-language television network RT, has been found dead at a Washington hotel. He was 57.

Turkey ex-leader who survived two coups dies aged 90

Istanbul - Turkey's former president and prime minister Suleyman Demirel, a political giant for over half a century who survived two military coups and a ban on holding office, died Wednesday. He was 90.

U.S. Vice President Biden's son Beau dies of cancer, aged 46

Washington - Beau Biden, the eldest son of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and the former attorney general of Delaware, has died of brain cancer, his family announced. He was 46.

2011 Nobel literature laureate Tomas Transtroemer dies

Stockholm - Swedish poet Tomas Transtroemer, who won the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature, has died at the age of 83, his publishing house Bonniers said on Friday.

Beverly Hillbillies star dead at age 81

Zachary - The actress who played Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies has died at the age of 81. Donna Douglas played the beautiful but dim-witted daughter of Jed Clampett on the long running television show.

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo Dead at 82

New York - Mario Cuomo, former three term governor of New York, has died at the age of 82. Cuomo's son Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, had canceled his swearing-in ceremony yesterday in Albany to spend time with his father, just hours before the elder Cuomo passed away.

Guru who sparked global yoga craze dies aged 95

New Delhi - BKS Iyengar, the Indian yoga guru credited with helping to fuel a global explosion in the popularity of the ancient spiritual practice, died on Wednesday aged 95, his website said.

Former Haitian president Leslie Manigat dies at 83

Port-au-prince - Former Haitian president Leslie Manigat, who was ousted in a coup after 120 days in office, died Friday at his home in Port-au-Prince. He was 83.Manigat, who suffered a stroke in 2012, had retired from political life.

Actor Maximilian Schell dead at 83

Vienna - Austrian actor Maximilian Schell, who won an Oscar for best actor for his role in the 1961 film "Judgment at Nuremberg", has died at the age of 83, his agent announced Saturday.

Dear Abby columnist has died

Pauline Friedman Phillips, better known as advise columnist Dear Abby, has died at the age of 94 of natural causes Wednesday. Her burial was on Thursday.

General 'Stormin Norman' Norman Schwarzkopf dead at age 78

Tampa - Retired United States General Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. died Thursday in Tampa, Florida from complications of pneumonia. In 1991 Schwarzkopt led the United States military during Operation Desert Storm.

Ravi Shankar dead at 92

San Diego - Ravi Shankar has died at the age of 92. The Indian sitar player was a mentor to the Beatles and brought Indian music to the world.

Larry Hagman, star of Dallas dead at 81

Dallas - Actor Larry Hagman died today at Medical City Dallas Hospital in Dallas, Texas at the age of 81 from throat cancer according to a statement released by his family.

Toronto leader Charles Roach dead at 78

Toronto - One of the most devoted civil rights leaders in Toronto has died. Charles Roach, 78, passed away from brain cancer in Toronto yesterday.

Canada's Sam 'the Record Man' Sniderman has died

Toronto - Music died a bit this weekend in Canada with the passing of Sam "the Record Man" Sniderman. Sam's record stores at one time spanned the nation with 130 locations coast to coast.

Op-Ed: Comic Phyllis Diller dead at 95

Los Angeles - Ohio born Comic Phyllis Diller died in her sleep at her home in Los Angeles Monday surrounded by her family. The comedian was 95.

Ernest Borgnine dead at 95

Los Angeles - Ernest Borgnine, one of the most active actors of our times, has died at the age of 95 with his family at his side. His death was the result of kidney failure.

Maurice Sendak, author of Where The Wild Things Are, dead at 83

Danbury - The man behind the children's book "Where the Wild Things Are"died this morning from complications of a stroke last Friday in Danbury, Connecticut. Maurice Sendak was 83.
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