Bush addresses Zimbabwe in Africa

PRETORIA, South Africa, July 9 (UPI) -- President George Bush is addressing the thorny issue of human rights in Zimbabwe on his African tour Wednesday.

Britain upset over Guantanamo Bay trials

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, July 7 (UPI) -- British officials are upset with the planned Guantanamo Bay military trials of two British al-Qaida suspects.

U.S troops detain Turkish soldiers

BAGHDAD, July 5 (UPI) -- Turkish officials are protesting Saturday the detention of 11 of its soldiers by U.S. forces in Iraq.

Bush sees Liberia's Taylor leaving

WASHINGTON, July 5 (UPI) -- President Bush, although still deciding the question of U.S. troops in Liberia, said he will not take 'No' for an answer whether President Charles Taylor leaves


ANKARA, Turkey, July 5 (UPI) -- Turkish officials Saturday are protesting the detention of 11 of its soldiers by U.S. forces in Iraq.

U.S. takes Turkish soldiers into custody

ANKARA, Turkey, July 5 (UPI) -- U.S. troops in Iraq raiding Turkey's special unit office in Suleymaniye took into custody 11 Turkish soldiers, officials said Saturday.

Powell says no U.S. invasion of Iran

SHUNEH, Jordan, June 22 (UPI) -- Although Iran supports terrorists and is developing nuclear weapons, the United States is not planning any of invasion of the country, Colin Powell said Sunday.

Violence doesn't hamper optimism for peace

AMMAN, Jordan, June 22 (UPI) -- The world's superpowers are optimistic peace will come to the Mideast, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday.

Arab editorial sentiment against Powell

LONDON, June 22 (UPI) -- Sunday's Arabic newspapers generally slammed U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell in their editorial stance, standing by their charge of a bias toward Israel.

Quartet backs road map despite violence

AMMAN, Jordan, June 22 (UPI) -- Representatives of the "Mideast quartet" expressed enduring support Sunday for the road map proposed to bring peace to the Middle East. After meeting with leaders from the United Nations, the European Union and Russia, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powe

Israel offers responsibilities to PA

JERUSALEM, June 22 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon offered to cede responsibility for security in some West Bank and Gaza Strip areas.

ICRC to meet with Burmese opposition

YANGON, Myanmar, June 21 (UPI) -- A team from the International Committee of the Red Cross is set to meet with detained Myanmar opposition leaders, excluding Aung San Suu Kyi.

More questions about N. Korean nukes

TOKYO, June 20 (UPI) -- The United States warned Japan that North Korea might possess several nuclear warheads that can be loaded onto ballistic missiles, Japanese sources said. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has previously said North Korea might have "one or two nuclear

One person killed in Mideast shooting

OFRA, Israel, June 20 (UPI) -- An Israeli citizen was killed, and three people were injured in a shooting attack Friday near the West Bank settlement of Ofra.

Powell urges Gaza deal

JERUSALEM, June 20 (UPI) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell urged Israelis and Palestinians to work out a deal for an Israeli pullout of Gaza and the West Bank.
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Colin Powell
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks during the NAACP's centennial convention held on July 15, 2009 in New York City. The NAACP has been holding a week-long gathering which features numerous speakers and workshops. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)

Legion of Merit (2) Soldier's Medal Bronze Star Purple Heart

Colin Luther Powell (pronounced /ˈkoʊlɨn/; born April 5, 1937) is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. He was the first African American to serve in that position. During his military career, Powell also served as National Security Advisor (1987–1989), as Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command (1989) and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993), holding the latter position during the Gulf War. He was the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Colin Luther Powell was born on April 5, 1937 in Harlem, a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, to Jamaican immigrant parents Maud Arial (née McKoy) and Luther Theophilus Powell. He also has Scottish ancestry. Powell was raised in the South Bronx and attended Morris High School, a former public school in the Bronx, from which he graduated in 1954. While at school, he worked at a local baby furniture store where he picked up Yiddish from the shopkeepers and some of the customers. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the City College of New York in 1958 and was a self-admitted C average student. He was later able to earn a Master of Business Administration degree from the George Washington University in 1971, after his second tour in Vietnam.

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