Borislav Milosevic

BELGRADE, Serbia — Borislav Milosevic, the brother of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic, has died at age 79.

Milosevic, who was the Yugoslav ambassador in Russia while his brother was in power during the 1990s, died of heart-related problems Tuesday at a Belgrade hospital, the Socialist Party said.

He was a supporter of his brother’s hardline policies, and a staunch critic of the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, which tried Slobodan Milosevic on genocide charges stemming from the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

Nikolaos Dertilis

ATHENS — Nikolaos Dertilis, the last jailed member of the military dictatorship that ruled Greece from 1967-74, has died in an Athens hospital, health officials said.

He was 94.

Dertilis had been transferred from the maximum-security Korydallos Prison to the capital’s Erythros Stavros Hospital on Dec. 6, with heart problems and after suffering a stroke.

He died on Monday afternoon.

As a colonel, Dertilis was among a group of middle-ranking officers who seized power in a bloodless coup on April 21, 1967.

After the restoration of democracy, he was sentenced to life in prison for the execution of a youth during the bloody suppression of a student uprising in 1973.

He never repented for his acts and refused to request clemency — even to attend his son’s funeral last year.

Said Musa Maragha

DAMASCUS, Syria — A hard-line Palestinian military commander who rebelled against leader Yasser Arafat to form his own rival party died in Damascus on Tuesday, according to his representatives and hospital officials.

Said Musa Maragha, better known by his nom de guerre, “Abu Musa,” was 86. He died of cancer.

Maragha, a Jordanian of Palestinian descent, defected from the Jordanian army in 1970 over tensions between the military and Palestinian fighters who were using the kingdom as a base to carry out attacks against Israel.

Palestinian fighters were pushed out of Jordan in 1971 in battles with Jordanian forces that killed thousands, mostly Palestinians, later known as “Black September.”

Many fighters, including Maragha, fled to Lebanon.

There he joined the Fatah movement, headed by Arafat.

Hattie Harrison

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Hattie Harrison, the longest-serving delegate in the Maryland House and the first African-American woman to chair a legislative committee in the General Assembly, has died.

The Baltimore Democrat was 84.

House Speaker Michael Busch announced Harrison’s death late Monday night.

Harrison, who was first elected to the state’s House of Delegates in 1973, represented District 45 in the eastside of Baltimore. For 33 years, she chaired the House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, which considers proposals on the rules, organization and procedures of the House and the General Assembly.

Adele Hall

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City civic leader Adele C. Hall, the wife of Hallmark Cards Chairman Donald J. Hall, has died.

She was 81.

Hall collapsed and died unexpectedly Saturday at a home in Hawaii, Hallmark Cards spokesman Steve Doyal said Monday. Doyal said Hall had just finished breakfast with her husband and “was working on email when she suddenly felt lighted-headed and collapsed.”

Hall, born in 1931 in Lincoln, Neb., had been married to her husband for nearly 60 years, the company said.

She was named Kansas Citian of the Year in 1990, becoming the first woman to hold the title.

Compiled from

The Associated Press