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  1. Former Israeli Prime Minister Dies at Age 85

    ”The Bulldozer”, one of Israel’s most controversial leaders, had spent eight years in a coma following a stroke at the height of his political power. Ariel Sharon, the iconic and hard line general-turned-politician, divided national opinion: to Israelis he was a hero, warrior and decisive ruler; to Palestinians he was ”The Butcher of Beirut,” responsible for thousands of civilian deaths. A giant figure – both in presence and metaphorically – Sharon leaves behind a complex legacy. His son Gilad said, “He has gone. He went when he decided to go.”

    Sources: BBC, Al Jazeera, USA Today, The Guardian

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