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New Delhi Rape Victim Dies

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW DELHI) -- The female student, who was gang-raped last week in a bus in Delhi, died on Saturday morning, according to the BBC.

The 23-year-old was previously treated in a Delhi hospital before being transferred to a hospital in Singapore, where she passed away, reports the BBC.

Her rape has sparked protests in Delhi for better security for women in the city.

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North Korea's Kim Jong Il Dead

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has died, according to North Korea state television.  He was 69.

"The news reader appeared wearing black, which was unusual, looking very somber -- almost in tears," the BBC's Lucy Williamson reported Sunday night from Seoul. "[The North Korean reporter] didn't get through the first few sentences without her voice breaking. She said that Kim Jung Il, the leader, had died on Dec. 17, on Saturday, early in the morning -- about 8:30 a.m."

Reports say Kim Jong Il died of a heart attack while traveling by train.

While the Obama administration could not immediately confirm Kim's death, the White House issued a statement Sunday evening saying U.S. officials are keeping a close eye on the developments.

"We are closely monitoring reports that Kim Jong Il is dead," a statement from the White House said. "The President has been notified, and we are in close touch with our allies in South Korea and Japan. We remain committed to stability on the Korean peninsula, and to the freedom and security of our allies."

Kim reportedly suffered a stroke in 2008 and was believed to have had diabetes and heart disease.

"Under his leadership, North Korea poured funds into its military and an aggressive nuclear weapons program," ABC's Gloria Riviera reported Sunday upon the news of Kim's death. "North Korea paid the price. Widespread famine throughout the '90s killed an estimated two million people."

"In 1998, he stunned the world by conducting a missile test with rockets the CIA said could reach the U.S.," Riviera said. "By October 2006, North Korea had conducted its first successful underground nuclear test."

Kim Jong Il inherited his power when his father, North Korea’s founder Kim Il Sung, died in 1994.

In 2010, Kim Jong Il designated his third son, Kim Jong Un, as his successor.

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Wangari Maathai, First Female African Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dies at 71

ABC News(NAIROBI, Kenya) -- Professor Wangari Maathai, a famed Kenyan environmentalist and human rights activist, passed away Sunday in Nairobi after a long battle with cancer, according to the Green Belt Movement, an organization she founded in 1977.  She was 71 years old.

Through the Green Belt Movement (GBM), Professor Maathai helped poor communities in Kenya improve their environmental conditions by promoting the planting of trees, which provide firewood for cooking and protect watersheds.  Since the organization was started, GBM says it "has since mobilized hundreds of thousands of women and men to plant more than 47 million trees, restoring degraded environments and improving the quality of life for people in poverty."

Professor Maathai was also a tireless activist against tribalism, sexism and corruption in Kenya.  She, along with other pro-democracy advocates, protested the abuses committed under the dictatorial regime of former Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi, resulting in her being harassed and arrested.

In 2004, Professor Maathai became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.  She was awarded "for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace".

Among her other achievements: Elected in December 2002, Professor Maathai served a term as one of the only a female members of Kenya's parliament.  And earlier, in 1971, she became the first woman in East Africa to earn a Ph.D.

Professor Maathai is survived by her three children and a granddaughter.  The Green Belt Movement says it will provide information on Professor Maathai's funeral and memorial services shortly.

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U.S. Soldier Dies Days After Being Injured in Iraq

Antenna Audio, Inc./Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Defense has announced that a 32-year-old U.S. soldier died in Boston on Thursday, from injuries suffered while serving in Iraq.

Officials say Spc. Marcos A. Cintron of Orlando, Fla. Died at a medical facility, where he was being treated for injuries sustained while supporting Operation New Dawn on June 6 in Baghdad. Cintron was reportedly injured when insurgents attacked his unit with indirect fire.

Cintron was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

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Spanish Golfer Seve Ballesteros Dies

JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images(CANTABRIA, Spain) -- Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros has died. He was 54.

According to a statement posted on his website, Ballesteros died at his family’s home in Pedreña, Spain, shortly after 2 a.m. local time Saturday.

Ballesteros’ death comes after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor on October 5, 2008. On Friday his family had announced that Ballesteros’ neurological condition had severely worsened.

A statement on his website said that the Ballesteros family was “grateful for all the support and gestures of love that have been received” since he was diagnosed, and that the family asks for respect and privacy at this time.

In reaction to Ballesteros’ death, fellow golfer Tiger Woods posted a three-part message on his Twitter account Saturday saying: “I was deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Seve Ballesteros. I always enjoyed spending time with him at the Champions dinner each year at the Masters. Seve was one of the most talented and exciting golfers to ever play the game… His creativity and inventiveness on the golf course may never be surpassed. His death came much too soon.”

Ballesteros won over 80 titles during his golfing career including wins at the Open and the Augusta Masters.

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Six ISAF Troops Killed in Afghanistan; Deadliest Day in a Month

Photo Courtesy - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment(KABUL, Afghanistan) --  Six International Security Assistance Force service members were killed in Aghanistan Wednesday, making it the deadliest day for ISAF troops in exactly a month.

Four ISAF troops died from attacks involving improvised explosive devices, or IEDs -- three in eastern Afghanistan and another in southern Afghanistan.  Two other service members died in the eastern part of the country -- one after an insurgent attack and another following a non-battle related injury.

The identities of the troops have not been released.

Wednesday's fatalities mark the deadliest day for the ISAF since Dec. 12 when six U.S. soldiers were killed in Kandahar.

So far in January, 15 ISAF service members have died, nine of whom were confirmed to be Americans.  Fourteen out of the 15 deaths resulted from IED attacks.

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