Fidel Castro

Cuban leader's hotly debated legacy

Supporters saw Fidel Castro as a tireless defender of the poor; critics say he drove his country into economic ruin.

Bhumibol Adulyadej

Remembering Thailand's beloved King Bhumibol

World's longest-serving monarch worked for unity in a country mired by political turmoil, coups, and military rule.

Remembering Thailand's beloved King Bhumibol

Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres obituary: Peacemaker or war criminal?

End of an era as the last significant figure of Israel's founding fathers dies after suffering a massive stroke.

Shimon Peres obituary: Peacemaker or war criminal?

Arts & Culture

German Nobel laureate novelist Gunter Grass dies at 87

Grass, praised for his epic treatment of the Nazi era but criticised for his own World War II past, dies in hospital.

Obituary

Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew dies aged 91

Lee seen as power behind nation's rise from glorified fishing village into one of the world's economic powerhouses.

Europe

German ex-president Weizsaecker dies at 94

Richard von Weizsaecker presided over East and West Germany's reunification in 1990.

German ex-president Weizsaecker dies at 94