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Israel's former PM Ariel Sharon dies

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon dies aged 85 after spending eight years in a coma following a stroke.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died aged 85 after spending eight years in a coma following a stroke.

Mr Sharon was a giant of the Israeli military and political scene, but courted controversy throughout his long career.

Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen reports.