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Colin Powell dies of Covid******
Colin Powell, the first black secretary of state who saw his legacy tarnished when he made the case for war in Iraq in 2003, has died from complications from COVID-19. He was 84.
"We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American," the family said in a statement posted to social media yesterday.
The retired four-star general and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who served four presidents made his reputation as a man of honor distant from the political fray – an asset in the corridors of power.
After the 1991 Gulf War he was so widely respected that he was even touted as a future president of the United States, but ultimately he never ran for the White House.
"General Powell is an American hero, an American example, and a great American story," George W. Bush said as he announced the nomination of Powell, the son of Jamaican immigrants, who became the Republican president's secretary of state in 2000.
"In directness of speech, his towering integrity, his deep respect for our democracy, and his soldier's sense of duty and honor, Colin Powell demonstrates ... qualities that will make him a great representative of all the people of this country."
But he found it hard to live down his infamous February 2003 speech to the United Nations Security Council about the alleged existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq – evidence which was later proven to be false.
"It's a blot ... and will always be a part of my record. It was painful. It's painful now," Powell said in a 2005 interview with ABC News.
Tributes nevertheless poured in from Congress, where Democratic Senator Mark Warner praised Powell as "a patriot and a public servant," while House Republican Peter Meijer described him as a rarity in the modern age: "a true soldier statesman."
The family statement said Powell had been fully vaccinated.
Born April 5, 1937 in Harlem, Powell's "American Journey" – the title of his autobiography – started in New York, where he grew up and earned a degree in geology.
He also participated in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps in college, and upon his graduation in June 1958, he received a commission as a second lieutenant in the US Army, and was posted in what was then West Germany.
Powell completed two tours of duty in Vietnam – in 1962-1963 as one of John F. Kennedy's thousands of military advisers, and again in 1968-1969 to investigate the My Lai massacre.
He earned a Purple Heart.
But he also faced questions about the tone of his report into the hundreds of deaths at My Lai, which to some seemed to dismiss any claims of wrongdoing.
Market exchange rates in China******
BEIJING, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- The following are the central parity rates of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, against 24 major currencies announced on Thursday by the China Foreign Exchange Trade System:。
Currency Unit Central parity rate in yuan。
U.S. dollar 100 641.45。
Euro 100 736.66。
Japanese yen 100 5.6315。
Hong Kong dollar 100 82.321。
British pound 100 860.10。
Australian dollar 100 470.13。
New Zealand dollar 100 453.12。
Singapore dollar 100 474.27。
Swiss franc 100 698.59。
Canadian dollar 100 513.57。
Malaysian ringgit 64.77 100。
Ruble 1,113.44 100。
Rand 240.86 100。
Korean won 18,491 100。
UAE dirham 57.267 100。
Saudi riyal 58.477 100。
Hungarian forint 4,931.32 100。
Polish zloty 62.544 100。
Danish krone 100.95 100。
Swedish krona 135.69 100。
Norwegian krone 134.85 100。
Turkish lira 153.515 100。
Mexican peso 321.26 100。
Thai baht 511.95 100。
The central parity rate of the yuan against the U.S. dollar is based on a weighted average of prices offered by market makers before the opening of the interbank market each business day.。
The central parity rate of the yuan against the Hong Kong dollar is based on the central parity rate of the yuan against the U.S. dollar and the exchange rate of the Hong Kong dollar against the U.S. dollar at 9 a.m. in international foreign exchange markets on the same business day.。
The central parity rates of the yuan against the other 22 currencies are based on the average prices offered by market makers before the opening of the interbank foreign exchange market. Enditem。
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