World Briefs: Billionaire David Rockefeller dies at 101

Billionaire David Rockefeller dies at 101

NEW YORK • Mr David Rockefeller, a former head of Chase Manhattan bank and a luminary in political and philanthropic circles, has died at the age of 101.

He died on Monday in his sleep due to congestive heart failure at his home in Pocantico Hills, just north of New York City, spokesman Fraser Seitel said.

The last living grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller, he led Chase Manhattan, now part of JPMorgan Chase, in the 1960s and 1970s. Forbes magazine ranked Mr Rockefeller 581st on its annual list of billionaires released on Monday with a fortune of US$3.3 billion (S$4.6 billion).


Ex-IRA commander dies of heart condition

LONDON • Mr Martin McGuinness, a one-time Irish Republican Army (IRA) commander who later helped negotiate an end to the conflict in Northern Ireland, has died at the age of 66.

His Sinn Fein party, which opposes British rule in Northern Ireland and was long considered the political arm of the IRA, announced his death in a statement yesterday.

The BBC said he had died of a rare heart condition.

British Prime Minister Theresa May paid tribute to him for making "an essential contribution to the extraordinary journey of Northern Ireland from conflict to peace".


Tillerson skipping Nato talks for Xi's visit

WASHINGTON • US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip a meeting with Nato foreign ministers next month in order to stay home for a visit by China's President Xi Jinping and will go to Russia later in April, US officials said, disclosing an itinerary that allies may see as giving Moscow priority over them.

Mr Tillerson intends to miss what would have been his first meeting of the 28 Nato allies on April 5-6 in Brussels so that he can attend President Donald Trump's expected April 6-7 talks with Mr Xi at Mr Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, four current and former US officials said on Monday.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 22, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe