Colin Powell, U.S. military leader and first Black Secretary of state, dies

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By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Colin Powell, the son of Jamaican immigrants who rose to become the first Black U.S. secretary of state and top military officer but whose reputation was tainted in 2003 when he touted spurious intelligence to the United Nations to make the case for war with Iraq despite deep misgivings, died on Monday at the age of 84. Despite being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, his family said, he died due to complication from the disease. Powell was one of America’s foremost Black figures for decades. He was named to senior posts by three Republican presidents and …

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