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Ex-Georgian president, 86, dies

Shevardnadze also served as key diplomat for Gorbachev

Posted: July 8, 2014 at 3:50 a.m.

CORRECTS DATE OF DEATH FROM JUNE 7 TO JULY 7 FILE - In this Tuesday, May 12, 2009 file photo, former Georgian president and ex-Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze speaks to The Associated Press in Tbilisi, Georgia. Eduard Shevardnadze, a groundbreaking Soviet foreign minister and later the president of an independent Georgia, died Monday, July 7, 2014 at the age of 86, his spokeswoman said. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov, file)

TBILISI, Georgia -- Eduard Shevardnadze, a groundbreaking Soviet foreign minister and later the president of an independent Georgia, died Monday at the age of 86, his spokesman said.

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