Poland's last communist ruler, Wojciech Jaruzelski, dies at 90

May 26, 2014

Poland's last communist ruler, Wojciech Jaruzelski, dies at 90

Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, Poland’s last communist leader who imposed martial law to crush the Solidarity movement only to hand over power less than a decade later, died aged 90 on Sunday following a long bout of illness, a military hospital in Warsaw said. In ...

Legendary Soviet interpreter Sukhodrev dies at 81

May 18, 2014

Legendary Soviet interpreter Sukhodrev dies at 81

The Soviet interpreter who for three decades brought the words of Kremlin leaders to the English-speaking world died in Moscow on Friday at the age of 81. Ekho Moskvy radio first reported the death of Viktor Sukhodrev, citing his son. No cause of death ...

Gary Becker, economics Nobel Laureate, dies at 83

May 5, 2014

Gary Becker, economics Nobel Laureate, dies at 83

Gary Becker, a University of Chicago professor who received the Nobel Prize in economic sciences and is credited with pioneering the approach to economics as the study of human behavior, died Saturday at age 83. Becker’s stepson, Mike Claffey, said Becker died at Northwestern ...

Apr 22, 2014

Mexico bids farewell to adopted son 'Gabo'

Long into the night, the line of mourners stretched for nearly a mile (1.6 km), waiting their turn to file into Mexico City’s majestic Palace of Fine Arts and bid farewell to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian Nobel laureate considered one of the greatest ...

Australian Labor great Neville Wran dies at 87

Apr 21, 2014

Australian Labor great Neville Wran dies at 87

Former Australian state Premier Neville Wran has died at the age of 87, prompting tributes from both sides of politics Monday for the man who led New South Wales in the 1970s and ’80s. Wran was premier of Australia’s most populous state, which is ...

Ambivalence lingers in hometown

Apr 19, 2014

Ambivalence lingers in hometown

Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his homeland had a relationship as conflicted as any in the Nobel laureate’s twisting and impassioned novels. Colombia inspired and dismayed Garcia Marquez in equal measure, and the feeling was often mutual. Nowhere is that ambiguity more evident than in ...

Garcia Marquez hailed as giant

Apr 19, 2014

Garcia Marquez hailed as giant

FOCUS His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America’s passions, superstition, violence and social inequality. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer ...

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

Apr 18, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. One of the most revered and influential writers of his generation, he ...