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Peter Scholl-Latour, German reporter, dies at 90

German-French journalist Peter Scholl-Latour sits at his desk

German-French journalist Peter Scholl-Latour sits at his desk in his home in Berlin, Germany, February 28, 2014. War reporter Schall-Latour died on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at the age of 90 in Rhoendorf. Credit: EPA

BERLIN - Peter Scholl-Latour, whose reporting from far-flung places made him one of postwar Germany's most famous foreign correspondents, has died at 90.

German news agency dpa cited Scholl-Latour's publisher Ullstein saying he died yesterday at his home in Rhoendorf, near Bonn.

Born to Franco-German parents in 1924, Scholl-Latour tried unsuccessfully to join the French and Yugoslav resistance against the Nazis during World War II.

After the war he became a newspaper and broadcast correspondent, traveling extensively throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

His reports included a 1973 TV documentary shot during eight days of captivity by the Viet Cong, and accompanying the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini on his return to Iran in 1978.

He remained active until recently as a writer and TV pundit, known for his deep knowledge and caustic wit.

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