The former United Nations secretary general and Nobel peace prize laureat has died at the age of 80, his foundation said. Annan served two terms as secretary general in New York from 1997 to 2006 and retired in Geneva. He faced tough times during his tenure at the UN – the war in Iraq, which he opposed, lingering questions on UN scandals, deteriorating ties with the George W Bush administration and US rightwingers calling for his head. His worst moments, Annan said, included not being able to stop the bloodshed in Sudan’s Darfur region and in the Iraq war

Kofi Annan, former UN secretary general, dies

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