Nov 18, 2014

U.N.'s Ebola pointman in Guinea dies

The United Nations envoy charged with leading the response to the Ebola crisis in Guinea died on Monday, just a month after taking on the role, the organization said. Rwandan national Marcel Rudasingwa, 59, “died suddenly,” Aissata Cisse Yao Yao of the U.N. Development ...

Bahamas small jet crash during storm kills prominent pastor

Nov 11, 2014

Bahamas small jet crash during storm kills prominent pastor

Severe weather was likely a factor in the small plane crash that killed nine people, including a prominent Christian minister and his wife, on approach to the island of Grand Bahama, the foreign minister said Monday. Heavy rain was buffeting the region when the ...

Nov 7, 2014

Flamenco guitarist Manitas de Plata dead at 93

Iconic flamenco guitarist Manitas de Plata, who sold nearly 100 million records worldwide and broke boundaries for Gypsy musicians, has died in southern France. He was 93. De Plata died in a Montpellier retirement home early Wednesday surrounded by his extended family, his great ...

Nov 5, 2014

AP photojournalist dies in car crash in Cuba

An Associated Press photographer in Cuba, Franklin Reyes Marrero, has died in a car accident while returning from an assignment west of Havana. Reyes, 39, was driving from the port of Mariel on Monday after working on a story about the Cuban economy. He ...

Sierra Leone says Ebola claimed a fifth doctor

Nov 4, 2014

Sierra Leone says Ebola claimed a fifth doctor

A doctor in Sierra Leone has died of Ebola — the fifth local doctor in the West African nation to die of the disease, authorities said Monday. The death of Dr. Godfrey George, medical superintendent of Kambia Government Hospital in northern Sierra Leone, was ...

Jazz clarinetist Acker Bilk dead at 85

Nov 3, 2014

Jazz clarinetist Acker Bilk dead at 85

English clarinet player Acker Bilk, who beat the Beatles and other British rockers to the top of the U.S. music charts with the instrumental “Stranger on the Shore,” has died at the age of 85. Manager Pamela Sutton said Bilk died Sunday at a ...

Oct 27, 2014

Avant-garde artist, writer Genpei Akasegawa dies

GENPEI AKASEGAWA Avant-garde artist Genpei Akasegawa died of blood poisoning at a Tokyo hospital Sunday morning. He was 77. Born Katsuhiko Akasegawa in Yokohama, he attended Musashino Art School, now Musashino Art University, in Tokyo, but dropped out before graduating. He started exhibiting at ...

Famed Elvis photographer Alfred Wertheimer dies

Oct 22, 2014

Famed Elvis photographer Alfred Wertheimer dies

Alfred Wertheimer, the photographer whose portraits of Elvis Presley documented the birth of a music legend, has died. Wertheimer, who was 85, died of natural causes at his New York apartment, said Chris Murray, who owns Washington, D.C’s Govinda Gallery, which counts Wertheimer among ...

Total CEO killed as jet slams snowplow on Moscow runway

Oct 22, 2014

Total CEO killed as jet slams snowplow on Moscow runway

Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who dedicated his career to the multinational oil company, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday. Three French crew members ...