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World Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell dies at 84

14:26  19 october  2021
14:26  19 october  2021 Source:   pri.org

Colin Powell, first Black secretary of state, dies from COVID-19 complications

  Colin Powell, first Black secretary of state, dies from COVID-19 complications Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has died of complications from COVID-19, his family said in Facebook post.Powell, 84, was born in New York City and joined the Army after graduating from the City University of New York. He died Monday at Walter Reed National Medical Center. His family said he was fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is seen at the State Department in Washington, Jan. 19, 2011. © Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP/File photo

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is seen at the State Department in Washington, Jan. 19, 2011.

Colin Powell

Former US Secretary of State and top military commander Colin Powell, who served Democratic and Republican presidents, has died at the age of 84 from COVID-19 complications, his family announced. Powell — who, during his four decades of public service rose to become the first African American national security adviser, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state, serving under President George W. Bush — had his reputation stained after making faulty claims before the UN Security Council to justify the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. In a speech, he cited false information claiming that then-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had secretly stockpiled weapons of mass destruction. At the end of the Cold War, as national security adviser to President Ronald Reagan, Powell helped negotiate arms treaties and cooperation agreements with Soviet then-President Mikhail Gorbachev. Powell was born in Harlem to Jamaican parents and grew up in the South Bronx in New York City.

Who was Colin Powell? First Black Secretary of State dies from COVID complications.

  Who was Colin Powell? First Black Secretary of State dies from COVID complications. Who was Colin Powell, the first Black Secretary of State, who died early Monday morning from complications from COVID-19?The four-star general was the first Black Secretary of State in U.S. history, serving from 2001 to 2005 under former President George W. Bush.

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Nicolas Maduro’s government has said that it is halting ongoing negotiations with the Venezuelan opposition in Mexico City after businessman Alex Saab, a close ally of Maduro, was extradited to the United States. Saab, who could be a significant witness in corruption cases in Venezuela, according to US prosecutors, was flown to the US from the African island nation of Cape Verde on Friday and is expected to appear in a Miami court on Monday. In 2019, Saab was indicted on money-laundering charges linked to an alleged bribery scheme that embezzled over $350 million from a low-income housing project for the Venezuelan government. Saab has also been subject to sanctions by the Trump administration for allegedly using shell companies around the world to hide huge profits from food contracts obtained through bribes and kickbacks.

'Country before self ... before all else': US presidents remember Colin Powell as American hero

  'Country before self ... before all else': US presidents remember Colin Powell as American hero President Joe Biden said former secretary of state Colin Powell "embodied the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat."Powell, the nation's first Black secretary of state, died of complications from COVID-19, his family said.

Haiti

Haitian authorities are working with US officials to secure the release of 17 people from the Ohio-based missionary group Christian Aid Ministries. Twelve adults and five children were kidnapped by the notorious 400 Mawozo gang east of the capital Port-au-Prince over the weekend. Haiti is struggling with a precarious security situation and gang-related abductions are on the rise. The Caribbean nation has one of the highest rates of kidnapping in the world, with 600 such crimes reported so far in 2021.

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  Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Nation mourns Colin Powell It's Monday, welcome to Overnight Defense & National Security, your nightly guide to the latest developments at the Pentagon, on Capitol Hill and beyond. Subscribe here: thehill.com/newsletter-signup.Former Secretary of State Colin Powell's unexpected death was greeted by an outpouring of grief from across the political spectrum, as Democrats and Republicans alike lauded the four-star general as a giant of public service and an African- American hero.We'll share the reactions from across the nation and globe, how the White House has responded, and Powell's long and distinguished legacy.For The Hill, I'm Ellen Mitchell.

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A lab assistant looks at an assay plate to prepare sequencing at the Wellcome Sanger Institute that is operated by Genome Research in Cambridge, March 4, 2021. Cambridge University microbiologist Sharon Peacock understood that genomic sequencing would be crucial in tracking the coronavirus, controlling outbreaks and developing vaccines, so she began working with colleagues around the country to put together a plan when there were just 84 confirmed cases in the country. Frank Augstein/AP © Frank Augstein/AP A lab assistant looks at an assay plate to prepare sequencing at the Wellcome Sanger Institute that is operated by Genome Research in Cambridge, March 4, 2021. Cambridge University microbiologist Sharon Peacock understood that genomic sequencing would be crucial in tracking the coronavirus, controlling outbreaks and developing vaccines, so she began working with colleagues around the country to put together a plan when there were just 84 confirmed cases in the country. Frank Augstein/AP

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Bright Spot

The Nebra Sky Disc is set to go on display at the British Museum. It was unearthed in Germany in 1999, and is believed to be 3,600 years old — dating back to the Bronze Age. The disc is about 12 inches with a blue-green patina and gold symbols representing the sun, moon, stars, solstices and other cosmic phenomena. ???? But some scholars have also disputed its authenticity.

Colin Powell and the Transformative Power of Owning Your Mistakes

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Colin Powell: Soldier, scholar, statesman and gentleman .
One reason Powell chose not to run for president arose from his sense of dignity. After speaking at the 1992 Republican Convention, Powell was dismayed by the fawning and groveling needed to gain the nomination, and of course fundraising. Powell was simply incapable of succumbing to what he found deeply offensive and troubling. And the two voting "yes" to at least consider a run were Colin and his son, Michael. But obviously, that vote was non-binding.One of Powell's greatest legacies is his family: Alma, daughters Linda and AnneMarie and son, Michael.

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