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Greek author Vassilis Vassilikos, whose political novel inspired award-winning film ‘Z,’ dies at 89

The best-known among the scores of books Vassilis Vassilikos wrote, “Z” was based on the murder of a left-leaning Greek member of Parliament by right-wingers in 1963.

Scott Kempner, guitarist and punk rock pioneer, dies at 69

Scott Kempner, a guitarist and songwriter and a co-founder of the Dictators, one of the first punk rock bands, died Wednesday. He was 69.

Julius Becton, Army general who led FEMA and D.C. schools, dies at 97

A three-star Army general, Julius W. Becton Jr. retired as one of the military's highest-ranking Black officers, then led the nation's disaster-relief agency and D.C. public schools.

Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan dies at age 65

Mr. MacGowan was the singer-songwriter and frontman of The Pogues, best known for their ballad “Fairytale of New York.”

Henry A. Kissinger, who dominated US foreign policy, dies at 100

For all of his accomplishments, Dr. Kissinger was one of the most controversial figures of the Cold War era and remained so into the 21st century.

Henry Kissinger, secretary of state under Presidents Nixon and Ford, dies at 100

Kissinger exerted uncommon influence on global affairs under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, earning both vilification and the Nobel Peace Prize. Decades later, his name still provoked impassioned debate over foreign policy landmarks long past.

Frances Sternhagen, Tony Award winner who was familiar face on TV, dies at 93

A long-tenured character actor, Frances Sternhagen won a Tony for best featured actress in a play in 1974 for her role in Neil Simon’s “The Good Doctor” and a second one in 1995 for a revival of “The Heiress.”

John Nichols, author of ‘The Milagro Beanfield War’ with a social justice streak, dies at 83

John Nichols won early recognition with the 1965 publication of his offbeat love story “The Sterile Cuckoo,” later made into a movie starring Liza Minnelli. He was best known for his populist novel, “The Milagro Beanfield War.”