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  • Alexander Yakovlev, 81

    Moscow — Alexander Yakovlev, a onetime Soviet ambassador to Canada and a key architect of former president Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika and glasnost reforms that shook the last years of the Soviet Union, died Tuesday, according to a foundation he headed. He was 81. Mr. Yakovlev died at his home in Moscow of an unspecified illness, [...]