Former U.N. chief and Nobel peace laureate Kofi Annan dies aged 80

By Kwasi Kpodo and Stephanie Nebehay ACCRA/GENEVA Aug 18 : Former U.N. Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan died on Saturday at the age of 80, his foundation said, after decades of championing efforts to try to end protracted conflicts in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Annan, a Ghanaian national, died in […]

Former UN chief and Nobel peace laureate Kofi Annan dies aged 80

By Kwasi Kpodo and Stephanie Nebehay ACCRA/GENEVA Aug 18 : Former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan died on Saturday at the age of 80, his foundation said, after decades of championing efforts to try to end protracted conflicts in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Annan, a Ghanaian national, died in […]

‘She knew she was blessed’ – Smokey Robinson remembers Aretha

By Pavithra George UNDATED, Aug 18 : When Motown great Smokey Robinson saw his lifelong friend Aretha Franklin play music for the first time, he said he was struck by the talent of the young girl who would become the “Queen of Soul.” In an interview with Reuters TV, the former lead singer of hit […]

Marvel Comics mogul Stan Lee wins renewal of protect order

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES, Aug 17 : Marvel Comics mogul Stan Lee won renewal of a protective order on Friday against a onetime business manager accused of subjecting the 95-year-old “Spider-Man” co-creator to elder abuse after taking charge of his affairs earlier this year. Keya Morgan, a New York-based memorabilia collector who became involved […]

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin, 76, dies at home in Detroit

By Bill Trott Undated, Aug 16 : Aretha Franklin, the preacher’s daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning “Queen of Soul” with such hit songs as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” died on Thursday at the age of 76, officials said. Franklin, who won 18 Grammys and had some 25 gold records, died at […]