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Former US secretary of state Colin Powell dies of Covid complications – statement.

Colin Powell, the first black US secretary of state and top military officer, died on Monday at the age of 84 from Covid-19 complications, his family said in a statement.

“He was fully vaccinated. We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” Mr Powell’s family said in a post on his Facebook page.

As a four-star army general, he was chairman of the military’s joint chiefs of staff under President George HW Bush during the 1991 Gulf War in which US-led forces expelled Iraqi troops from neighbouring Kuwait.

Mr Powell, a moderate Republican and a pragmatist, later served as secretary of state under President George W Bush. – Reuters

County Lines: PM launches 10-year plan to tackle drug crime.

County Lines: PM launches 10-year plan to tackle drug crime.

Boris Johnson has launched a 10-year plan for tackling drug crime in England and Wales and taking on the 'kingpins' behind supplies, warning criminals they will have 'nowhere to hide'. The PM has promised £300m investment to close down drugs gangs...

COVID-19: Boris Johnson on Christmas: 'Wait to see how dangerous Omicron is.

COVID-19: Boris Johnson on Christmas: 'Wait to see how dangerous Omicron is.

Coronavirus latest: PRIME Minister Boris Johnson today urged the public to remain 'calm' and face a waiting game to see how much of a threat is posed by the Omicron variant, before a decision on Christmas restrictions is made. The PM said: 'Nothin...

Germany mulls vaccine mandate as 4th COVID wave rages - DW News.

Germany mulls vaccine mandate as 4th COVID wave rages - DW News.

With Germany struggling to contain a massive surge in COVID-19 infections, talk of a vaccine mandate is heating up. In the coming weeks, the new parliament will vote on whether to require all residents to get the jab. In the meantime, Germany's fe...

Aung San Suu Kyi receives four-year jail sentence

Aung San Suu Kyi receives four-year jail sentence

Myanmar's deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi has received a four-year jail sentence, as a court delivered the first verdicts in a number of cases which could see her imprisoned for decades. The 76-year-old has been in detention since February 1st whe...

Minister says 'lifestyle drug users' could be targeted.

Minister says 'lifestyle drug users' could be targeted.

The government has unveiled a £300 million plan to crack down on drug crime in the UK, at the same time that the Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle calls on the Met Police to investigate drug use within Parliament. Policing minister Kit Malthouse h...

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