By her account, Ms. Afshar had a privileged upbringing in which, surrounded by nannies and servants, she did little on her own. While attending the prestigious Jeanne d’Arc School for girls in Tehran, she said, “I read ‘Jane Eyre’ and I thought: Well, if you left me on the sideContinue Reading

SEOUL — The Rev. Cho Yong-gi, the charismatic founder of one of the world’s largest megachurches whose preaching of “can-do positive thinking” helped fuel the explosive growth of Christianity in war-ravaged South Korea, died on Tuesday at a hospital in Seoul. He was 85. Mr. Cho, an emeritus pastor atContinue Reading

Alexander Nikitin, the principal coach of the world chess champion Garry Kasparov from the time Mr. Kasparov was 10 until years after he had become the titleholder, died on June 5 in Moscow. He was 87. The International Chess Federation, the game’s governing body, announced his death on its website.Continue Reading

In 1978, Georgi Markov, a Bulgarian dissident, was said to have been jabbed with a poison-tipped umbrella in London with the connivance of the K.G.B. The Federal Security Service, the K.G.B.’s successor, was implicated in subsequent poisonings of Mr. Putin’s critics. Mr. Litvinenko was investigating the death of Anna Politkovskaya,Continue Reading

Describing the separations in her 2017 testimony at Queens College, Ms. Geulen spoke of how hard it was “to tear a child away from his mother and not tell her where we were taking him, and to have her cry and cry, ‘Tell me at least, only tell me, whereContinue Reading

ROME — Cardinal Angelo Sodano, an Italian who rose to the pinnacle of the Roman Catholic Church as the Vatican’s top diplomat, ultimate power broker of the papal court and deeply influential dean of cardinals before seeing his reputation stained by his connection with the cover-up of sex abuse scandals,Continue Reading

In New York, Ms. Heuman worked in a button factory, as a nanny and as a waitress. She met Lu Burke, who would go on to be a copy editor at The New Yorker, and they lived together as a couple in the West Village. Ms. Burke improved Ms. Heuman’sContinue Reading

E. Gerald Corrigan, who as the aggressive president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank helped cushion Wall Street’s crash in the late 1980s, died on May 17 in a memory-care center in Dedham, Mass. He was 80. The cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease, his daughter Elizabeth Corrigan said.Continue Reading

E. Gerald Corrigan, who as the aggressive president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank helped cushion Wall Street’s crash in the late 1980s, died on May 17 in a memory-care center in Dedham, Mass. He was 80. The cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease, his daughter Elizabeth Corrigan said.Continue Reading

Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, an Indian musician and composer who was the foremost exponent of the santoor, a 100-string instrument similar to the hammered dulcimer, died on Tuesday at his home in Mumbai. He was 84. Indian news reports said the cause was cardiac arrest. Over a career spanning nearlyContinue Reading