Thursday, June 14, 2007

Ex-U.N. head Kurt Waldheim dies at 88

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Former U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, who was elected Austrian president despite an international scandal about his secretive World War II military service, died Thursday. He was 88.

Waldheim, who wa-causing infection, died of heart failure, citing his family. Waldheim's tenure as U.N. chief from 1972-82 and his election as president in 1986 were overshadowed by revelations that he belonged to a German army unit that committed atrocities in the Balkans during World War II.

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