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Former Sony chairman dies at 81

Norio Ohga, the former president of Sony and is credited with creating the compact disc, died Saturday at the age of 81.
Ohga died of multiple organ failure in Tokyo, Japan, reported BBC News.
According to BBC News, Sony recruited Ohga in 1953 when he was still at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and hoping to pursue a career as an opera singer.
He rose in the ranks and in the 1970s he became the company's president, increasing the company's growth in movies, music, and video games, reported CNN.
Ohga always saw a potential for the compact disc and drove the company to introduce the format. Ohga used his training as a musician to push for the 12 cm disc because it could fit the entirety of Ludwig Van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony without interruption.
In 1989, he oversaw the $3.4billion purchase of Hollywood studios Columbia Pictures, reported BBC News.
BBC News reported that Ohga stepped down from the president position in 1995 but continued to serve as chairman and representative director until 2000.

U.N. plane crashes in Congo, killing 32

A United Nations plane crashed Monday as it landed in Kinshasa, Congo, killing 32 of the 33 people on board.
The plane was traveling from the city of Kisangani on the Congo River and had 29 passengers and four crew members, reported the New York Times. The passengers were United Nations officials, peacekeepers, humanitarian workers and electoral assistants.
"The plane landed heavily, broke into two and caught fire," a United Nations source told Reuters. The weather was rainy and windy at the time.
The New York Times reported that planes crash frequently in the Democratic Republic of Congo because of low maintenance.
The United Nations' peacekeeping mission is to back up the Congo government efforts to fight rebel groups that have been attacking part of the country since the 1998-2003 civil war that killed five million people, reported Reuters.

Hundreds killed in Ivory Coast violence

Hundreds of people died last week in Ivory Coast in an attempt to overthrow Laurent Gbagbo's forces near the town of Duekoe.
Supporters of the country's UN-recognized president, Alassane Ouattara, fought against Gbagbo's forces after Gbagbo regained control of the state TV headquarters, reported the Guardian.
It is unclear how many have died. The United Nations said Saturday that 330 were killed, reported the New York Times, but the International Committee of the Red Cross said more than 800 people were killed.
The Red Cross team arrived in Duekoe on Thursday. Spokesman Kelnor Panglungtshang told CNN that the Red Cross was helping to identify and recover the bodies on the streets and that 15,000 residents of the town sought refuge in a Catholic mission.
The United Nations said more than 100 people were killed by Gbagbo's forces and around 200 were killed by Ouattara's forces, reported the New York Times.

The oldest person in the UK dies at age 112

Brittain's oldest person died at the age of 112, just five days after her birthday.
Margaret Fish died last Saturday at Danecroft Residential Home where she spent the last five years of her life, reported News of the World.
She lived through three centuries and became the oldest person in the country after the death of Elsie Steele last year, reported the Bedfordshire News.
The International Business Times reported that the title was passed down to Violet Wood of Whistable Kent, who is 111.
"She was a lovely woman, very chatty and great company," Dawn Lack, duty officer at the Danecroft Residential Home told News of the World. "We'll all miss her dearly."

Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79

Actress Elizabeth Taylor, known for her beauty, charity, and many marriages, died Wednesday morning from congestive heart failure at the age of 79.
The Huffington Post reported that the actress had been hospitalized in February for congestive heart failure, a condition she learned she had in 2004.
Taylor died in Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, reported CNN.
"My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love," Taylor's son Michael Wilding said in a statement.
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born in London in 1932 and is known for her iconic performances in "Cleopatra", "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Butterfield 8", reported Time.
The actress appeared in more than 50 films and many TV movies and shows, reported the Washington Post. Her last major motion picture role was in 1994 when she played Pearl Slaghoople in "The Flintstones."
Time reported that Taylor became noted for her early attention to the AIDS crisis and her efforts led to the establishment of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

Earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, killing hundreds

A magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck the northeastern side of Japan on Friday, the largest ever recorded in Japan history.
The temblor created a devastating tsunami that unleashed waves up to 30 feet high and swept across rice fields, swallowed towns, and tossed around cars and boats as far as about six miles inland in Miyagi on Japan's east coast, CNN reported.
"This tremor was unlike any I've experienced previously, and I've lived here for eight years," Matt Alt, an American writer and translator living in Tokyo, told the New York Times. "It was a sustained rolling that made it impossible to stand, almost like vertigo."
The Japanese government said that more than 200 bodies have been found in Sendai, a city on the northeastern side of the country, and the official death toll is over 300, the New York Times reported. However, with so many people missing, the death toll is expected to increase.
Around 3,000 people living near the nation's nuclear plants were evacuated because of a reactor cooling malfunction, the Los Angeles Times reported. Authorities shut down 11 power plants and 4 million people were reported to be without electricity.
According to the New York Times, the tsunami hit Hawaii at midmorning East Coast time on Friday, with wave heights reaching four feet above sea level.

China enforces tighter control over foreign journalists

The Chinese government announced new restrictions on foreign journalists after they were harassed by security officers.
According to a report in the Associated Press, the new requirement demands journalists to get government permission before doing any reporting in Beijing, and is the country's latest sign of preventing protests similar to the Middle East.
During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, restrictions on the reporting policy were loosened to show a less authoritarian China to the rest of the world, the Washington Post reported. Foreign journalists were allowed to interview any Chinese citizen as long as they gave their consent.
Foreign journalists must verbally ask for permission to do any news reporting, a requirement that shows how nervous the Chinese government is about protests and how determined they are to prevent them from spreading through the internet and other forms of international media, the Associated Press reported. China already bans social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
The Washington Post reported that many foreign journalists have been visited by local police and warned to follow China's reporting requirements. Police officers are monitoring the homes of five foreign journalists.

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