Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon dies at 85

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    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon dies at 85

    Former Israeli prime minister and storied general Ariel Sharon, who was at the height of his power when he suffered a stroke in 2006 and fell into an irreversible coma, died Saturday at the age of 85.

    Sharon died at Tel Hashomer hospital just outside Tel Aviv, where his family had gathered at his bedside over the past several days as his vital organs reportedly deteriorated. His death was first reported by Israeli Army radio.

    Visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addressed SharonÂ’s condition ahead of a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday.
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    January 13, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Israel says its final farewell to Ariel Sharon

    Josef Federman /Associated Press

    Jerusalem — Israel said its last farewell to the late Ariel Sharon on Monday with a state ceremony outside the parliament building before his flag-draped coffin was taken on a cross-country procession to its final resting place at his family home in the country’s south.

    With a high-powered crowd of VIPs and international dignitaries on hand, Sharon was eulogized as a fearless warrior and bold leader who devoted his life to protecting Israel’s security. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair headed the long list of visitors.

    In a heartfelt address, Biden talked about a decades-long friendship with Sharon, saying the death felt “like a death in the family.”

    When the two discussed Israel’s security, Biden said he understood how Sharon earned the nickname “The Bulldozer,” explaining how Sharon would pull out maps and repeatedly make the same points to drive them home...

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