Nov 4, 2014

Former Lower House speaker Tamura dies at 90

Hajime Tamura, a former speaker of the Lower House and a powerful member of the Liberal Democratic Party, has died, his family said Tuesday. He was 90. First elected to the Lower House in 1955 from a district in Mie Prefecture, Tamura won 14 ...

Oct 28, 2014

Hisahiko Okazaki, security adviser to Abe, dies at 84

Former Ambassador to Thailand Hisahiko Okazaki, who later became a diplomatic and security adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, died Sunday at a Tokyo hospital, the Foreign Ministry said. He was 84. Okazaki also served as intelligence bureau chief and as ambassador to Saudi ...

Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71

Oct 26, 2014

Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71

Jack Bruce was part Mississippi Delta and part Carnaby Street. In his glorious heyday as bassist and lead vocalist of 1960s power trio Cream, he helped create a sound that combined American blues and psychedelia to thrill audiences throughout the world. Bruce, who died ...

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

Oct 22, 2014

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

Ben Bradlee, the hard-charging editor who guided The Washington Post through its Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Watergate scandal and invigorated its newsroom for more than two decades, died Tuesday. He was 93. Bradlee died at his home of natural causes, the Post reported. ...

Oscar de la Renta, legendary designer, dead at 82

Oct 21, 2014

Oscar de la Renta, legendary designer, dead at 82

At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each model just as she was about to emerge in one of his sumptuous, impeccably ...

Gough Whitlam, former Australian prime minister, dies at 98

Oct 21, 2014

Gough Whitlam, former Australian prime minister, dies at 98

Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, who died on Tuesday at the age of 98, was one of his country’s most revolutionary yet divisive statesmen, forging ties with China but triggering a constitutional crisis that split the country. Whitlam, who held office from 1972 ...

Oct 5, 2014

Ousted Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier dies

Jean-Claude Duvalier, who presided over what was widely acknowledged as a corrupt and brutal regime as the self-proclaimed “president for life” of Haiti until a popular uprising sent him into a 25-year exile, died Saturday at age 63. Duvalier died from a heart attack ...

Convicted former U.S. congressman James Traficant dies

Sep 28, 2014

Convicted former U.S. congressman James Traficant dies

James Traficant, the colorful politician whose conviction for taking bribes and kickbacks made him only the second person to be expelled from the U.S. Congress since the Civil War, died Saturday. He was 73. Traficant was seriously injured Tuesday after a vintage tractor flipped ...

Northern Ireland's Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley dies

Sep 13, 2014

Northern Ireland's Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley dies

For most of his half-century in Northern Ireland politics, Ian Paisley was synonymous with two words: “no” and “never.” The Protestant minister, who became the province’s most divisive politician, used the slogan “Ulster says no!” to oppose Anglo-Irish negotiations over the future of Northern ...