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Pierre Claude Nolin (2015)
The Associated PressOntario (AP) — The Speaker of Canada's Senate, Pierre Claude Nolin, has died after a five-year battle with a rare form of cancer.A spokeswoman for the Senate said Friday that Nolin died Thursday evening. He was 64.Nolin was appointed to the Senate in 1993 by former Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.He became Speaker last November, the unanimous choice of...
U.S. Sen. Robert Griffin, 91 (1923 - 2015)
By ED WHITE, The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Robert Griffin, a Michigan Republican whose withdrawal of support hastened President Richard Nixon's resignation during the Watergate scandal, has died at age 91. Griffin was defeated in 1978 but landed a new career in 1987 as a Michigan Supreme Court justice — a job he described as his "highest calling" as a public...
Surya Bahadur Thapa, 87 (1928 - 2015)
The Associated PressKATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Surya Bahadur Thapa, who served as Nepal's prime minister five times, has died in a hospital in India where he was being treated for stomach cancer, an official said Thursday. He was 87.Thakur Sharma, a spokesman for Thapa's Rastriya Prajatantra Party, said he was hospitalized at Medanta Hospital on the outskirts of New Delhi last week and died...
Stanislav Gross, 45 (1969 - 2015)
The Associated PressPRAGUE (AP) — Stanislav Gross, who became the Czech Republic's youngest prime minister but was forced to resign nine months later, has died at the age of 45.The Social Democratic Party said Gross died Thursday but offered no details. Public television said he had been battling illness.Gross became premier at the age of 34 in July 2004 and took over as chairman of the leftist...
Gerry Calabrese (2015)
The Associated PressCLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) — A man believed to be New Jersey's longest-serving mayor has died. Gerry Calabrese was the mayor of Cliffside Park for the past 50 years.Family members say the 90-year-old Calabrese died Monday. They haven't disclosed the cause of his death.Calabrese was a Democrat who was first elected as the Bergen County community's chief executive in 1959. He...
Raul Hector Castro, 98 (1916 - 2015)
By PAUL DAVENPORT and JONATHAN J. COOPER, The Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Raul Hector Castro first noticed discrimination on his way to school in a dusty Arizona border town. Why, he...
Victor Gotbaum, 93 (1921 - 2015)
By JENNIFER PELTZ, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Victor Gotbaum, an influential New York labor leader who both fought City Hall and helped it survive its 1970s fiscal crisis, has died, his...
John Paul Hammerschmidt, 92 (1922 - 2015)
By CLAUDIA LAUER, The Associated PressLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — John Paul Hammerschmidt, the longtime Arkansas congressman who defeated Bill Clinton in the former president's first race for...
Carlos Gaviria, 77 (1937 - 2015)
By JOSHUA GOODMAN, The Associated PressBOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Carlos Gaviria, a former Colombian presidential candidate who became an icon of the country's democratic left while presiding over its...
Yehuda Avner, 56 (1958 - 2015)
The Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) — Yehuda Avner, a former Israeli diplomat and aide to a string of prime ministers who turned his insider stories about the country's leaders into a best-selling...
Lee Kuan Yew , 91 (1923 - 2015)
By JEANETTE TAN, The Associated Press SINGAPORE (AP) — Singaporeans stood in silence Wednesday as Lee Kuan Yew's coffin traveled on a ceremonial gun carriage a short distance from the...
Bob Kastenmeier, 91 (1924 - 2015)
The Associated PressMADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Bob Kastenmeier, an early and staunch opponent of the Vietnam War who served 32 years in Congress, has died. The Wisconsin Democrat was 91...
Jerry Warren (2015)
The Associated PressSAN DIEGO (AP) — Jerry Warren, the editor of San Diego's largest newspaper for 20 years and a White House press secretary during the Nixon and Ford administrations, has died. He...
Malcolm Fraser, 84 (1930 - 2015)
By ROD McGUIRK, The Associated PressCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Malcolm Fraser, the former Australian prime minister who was notoriously catapulted to power by a constitutional crisis that left the...
Providencia Paredes (2015)
JULIET LINDERMAN, The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — The special assistant to former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, believed to be one of the first persons of Latino descent to work in...
Jim Molyneaux, 94 (1920 - 2015)
By SHAWN POGATCHNIK, The Associated PressDUBLIN (AP) — Jim Molyneaux, a soft-spoken, cautious politician who led the Ulster Unionist Party through some of Northern Ireland's bloodiest years and...
F. Ray Keyser, Jr., 87 (1927 - 2015)
By WILSON RING, The Associated PressMONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — F. Ray Keyser Jr., the former Republican governor of Vermont whose 1962 defeat by a Democrat is seen as a turning point in the state's...
Claude Dilain, 66 (1948 - 2015)
The Associated PressPARIS (AP) — Claude Dilain, a Socialist politician who became a leading advocate for France's most troubled and impoverished neighborhoods as mayor of a town at the heart of...
Deedee Corradini, 70 (1944 - 2015)
The Associated PressSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Deedee Corradini, the only female mayor in the history of Salt Lake City who helped bring the Winter Olympics to Utah, has died. She was 70.Corradini died...
Natalia Revuelta Clews, 89 (1925 - 2015)
By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, The Associated PressHAVANA (AP) — Natalia Revuelta Clews, the Cuban socialite who emptied her bank account and sold her diamond jewelry to support Fidel Castro when he was a...
Tom Schweich, 54 (1960 - 2015)
By DAVID A. LIEB, The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth, an outspoken critic of the uncompromising nature of modern politics, is expected to speak...
Deng Liqun, 99 (1915 - 2015)
The Associated PressBEIJING (AP) — Deng Liqun, a former conservative propaganda chief known for his criticism of China's economic reforms, died Tuesday in Beijing of illnesses, according to the...
U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, 56 (1958 - 2015)
By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, The Associated Press TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The late U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee was a state senator for 15 years before being elected to Congress in 2010, but his greatest...
Richard von Weizsaecker, 94 (1920 - 2015)
By GEIR MOULSON, The Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who declared Germany's World War II surrender a "day of liberation" for his country as he...
Zhelyu Zhelev, 79 (1935 - 2015)
The Associated PressSOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Zhelyu Zhelev, a philosopher and communist-era dissident who became Bulgaria's first democratically elected president, died Friday, his family said. He...
John Myers, 87 (1927 - 2015)
The Associated PressCOVINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. John Myers, who represented western Indiana's 7th District for three decades, has died.Owner Robert Shelby of Shelby Funeral Home in...
King Abdullah, 90 (1924 - 2015)
By LEE KEATH and ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI, The Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — His changes looked minute to the outside world. But in a kingdom where ultra-conservative Muslim clerics long...
Wendell Ford, 90 (1924 - 2015)
By BRUCE SCHREINER and ADAM BEAM, The Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. and Kentucky Gov. Wendell Ford, an unapologetic smoker whose unfiltered chats and speeches endeared...
Robert E. White, 88 (1926 - 2015)
The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Robert E. White, a former U.S. ambassador to El Salvador and strong critic of U.S. policy in the region during the Central American wars, has died at age 88,...
Jozef Olesky (2015)
The Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Jozef Oleksy, a communist-era party leader who in democratic Poland served as a left-wing prime minister until he was forced to resign over unproven...