John Atta Mills Dies

    Ghanaian President John Atta Mills (C) arrives to visit an oil-processing vessel in Takoradi on December 15, 2010. Ghana began production today from one of the largest recent oil discoveries in West Africa, transforming it into a significant producer, but raising fears over the associated risks. AFP PHOTO PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    John Atta Mills, the president of Ghana died suddenly at a military hospital in Accra on Tuesday. Mills had turned 68 on Saturday. The cause of death was not reported, but Mills had recently spent eight days undergoing medical treatment in the U.S. Upon his return, he had said that he was well enough to continue running the country. Mills had won the presidency in 2008 by less than 1 percent of the vote. He had five months left in his first term and had been expected to run again in December.

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