Grieving Singaporeans pay respects to Lee Kuan Yew

Mar 25, 2015

Grieving Singaporeans pay respects to Lee Kuan Yew

Singaporeans wept on the streets and gathered in their thousands Wednesday to pay their respects to founding leader Lee Kuan Yew as his flag-draped coffin was transported on a gun carriage to parliament for public viewing. After a two-day private wake for the family, ...

Ex-top China military official, facing bribery probe, dies

Mar 16, 2015

Ex-top China military official, facing bribery probe, dies

The Chinese military’s former second-highest ranking officer, Xu Caihou, who was being investigated on suspicion of taking bribes and brokering promotions, has died in a hospital of cancer, the state Xinhua News Agency reported early Monday. He was 71. A former deputy chairman of ...

Canadian 'Trekkies' take to 'Spocking' their $5 bills

Mar 4, 2015

Canadian 'Trekkies' take to 'Spocking' their $5 bills

The death of actor Leonard Nimoy last week has inspired people to post photos on social media of marked-up 5-dollar Canadian bank notes that show former Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier transformed to resemble Spock, Nimoy’s famous “Star Trek” character. For years, Canadians have been ...

Leonard Nimoy leaves legacy beyond science fiction

Feb 28, 2015

Leonard Nimoy leaves legacy beyond science fiction

Leonard Nimoy didn’t just leave a lasting impression on the science-fiction world, he also left his mark on science itself. Seth Shostak, who researches the possibility of extraterrestrial life as the senior astronomer at SETI Research, recalled that Nimoy was regularly willing to lend ...

'Star Trek' Spock actor Nimoy dies at age 83

Feb 28, 2015

'Star Trek' Spock actor Nimoy dies at age 83

Leonard Nimoy, who won fame with his portrayal of the logic-bound, half-alien Mr. Spock in the “Star Trek” TV series and movies, died on Friday at 83. Nimoy, who had battled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), died at his home in Los Angeles’ Bel ...

Veteran rock vocalist Sheena dies at 61

Feb 15, 2015

Veteran rock vocalist Sheena dies at 61

Sheena, vocalist of veteran Japanese rock band Sheena & the Rokkets, died Saturday of cervical cancer at a Tokyo hospital, the band’s record label said. She was 61. Sheena, whose real name was Etsuko Ayukawa, formed the band with her husband Makoto Ayukawa, the ...

Scientist considered father of birth control pill dies

Feb 1, 2015

Scientist considered father of birth control pill dies

Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died. Stanford University spokesman Dan Stober said Djerrasi (jer-AH-see) died Friday of complications of cancer at his San Francisco home. He was 91. Djerassi was a professor emeritus at Stanford, ...

Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94

Feb 1, 2015

Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94

Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who declared Germany’s World War II surrender a “day of liberation” for his country as he urged it to confront the Nazi past, and promoted reconciliation during a tenure spanning the reunification of west and east, has died. ...

AFP Tokyo bureau chief Jacques Lhuillery dies at age 61

Jan 19, 2015

AFP Tokyo bureau chief Jacques Lhuillery dies at age 61

Journalist Jacques Lhuillery, whose more than three decades with Agence France-Presse took him to three continents, died overnight at age 61, the news agency said Sunday. The Tokyo bureau chief died in Brest in western France after a battle with cancer. “Jacques adored his ...