Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at 80

Former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan has died at age 80.

Annan is reported to have died in the early hours of Saturday in Switzerland.

He was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006.

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Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Committee also recognized his commitment to the struggle to contain the spreading of the HIV virus in Africa and his declared opposition to international terrorism.

Annan was noted for his constant chiding of Israel while backing Arabs, and he often equated terrorism by Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, with Israeli counter-terrorism operations.