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    Panama Strongman Manuel Noriega Dies at 83

    He called himself “El Man.” The colorful general, de facto dictator of Panama for six years, has died of complications from brain surgery. Noriega was a cagey American ally, passing secrets to all sides, until he was deposed in 1989 over ties to drug trafficking and a wave of anti-American sentiment that led to the shooting of a U.S. soldier. He served time in the states and in Panama, writing in his 1997 memoir, “I only ask to be judged on the same scale of treachery and infamy of my enemies.”

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