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Henry Kissinger, former US secretary of state, dies aged 100

Henry Kissinger, a former US secretary of state who played an imperative role during the Cold War, has died aged 100.

The former diplomat, who helped bring an end to American involvement in the Vietnam War, passed away at his home in Connecticut.

He served under former Presidents Nixon and Ford and continued to play a pivotal role in American foreign politics after leaving office in the mid-1970s.

Kissinger was born in Germany in 1923, before fleeing the Nazi regime with his family in the 1930s.

He served three years in the US Army before earning bachelor’s, master’s and PhD, ultimately ending up teaching at Harvard.

The German-born diplomat served for eight years as a national security adviser and secretary of state.

Kissinger became well known for his realpolitik approach to foreign relations, which involved the support of some polarising regimes.

In his time in office, he also opened up relations with China and helped bring about the Vietnam War.

He also developed the idea of shuttle diplomacy, after bringing about a end of hostilities in the 1973 Yom Kippur War in the Middle East between Egypt and Syria on one hand and Israel on the other.

In 1973, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end the Vietnam War.

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