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Former UN chief Kofi Annan dies at 80

Updated: 2018-08-18 17:42
Then United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan addresses the United Nations General Assembly to unveil his blueprint for the most sweeping changes to the United Nations and the International system of security since World War II, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA, in this file photo of 21 March 2005 . According to reports, the former UN secretary general Kofi Annan died on 18 August 2018 at the age of 80. [Photo/IC]

ACCRA/GENEVA - Former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan has died at the age of 80, his foundation said on Saturday.

Annan, a Ghanaian national, died in hospital in Bern,Switzerland, in the early hours of Saturday, two of his close associates said.

In Geneva, the Kofi Annan Foundation announced his peaceful death with "immense sadness" after a short illness, saying he was surrounded in his last days by his second wife Nane and children Ama, Kojo and Nina.

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