Martin McGuinness, key figure in Irish peace and conflict, dies aged 66

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Martin McGuinness, a former Irish Republican Army commander and deputy first minister of Northern Ireland who was a key figure throughout five decades of conflict and peace, has died aged 66, his party, Sinn Fein, said on Tuesday.

McGuinness, whose journey from street fighter to peacemaker began in the 1970s during Northern Ireland’s “Troubles,” had bowed out of politics several months earlier than planned in January due to an undisclosed illness.

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