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    Former UN Head Kofi Annan Dies at 80

    As Secretary General from 1997 to 2006, Annan led the world body through some of its worst scandals and won the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for revitalizing it. He died Saturday “after a short illness” in Geneva, his foundation announced.  The Ghanaian son of a provincial governor under British rule, he studied in Switzerland and the U.S. before joining the U.N.’s World Health Organization in his 20s. Later, as head of U.N. peacekeepers, Annan drew criticism for not reinforcing troops struggling to stop Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, leaving him with “bitter regret and abiding sorrow.”

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