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May 27, 2001

JERUSALEM (AP) _ Walter Eytan, one of Israel’s early diplomats who guided the country through its tumultuous first decade, died Wednesday of heart failure. He was 90.

Born in Germany, Eytan moved in his youth to England. He attended Oxford University, where he studied medieval and modern languages. From 1934 to 1940 he taught German at Oxford before leaving for war service.

Eytan settled in Jerusalem in 1946. Two years later, he was appointed the first director-general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, a position he held until 1959.

In 1949, Eytan led Israel’s delegations to the Rhodes Armistice Agreement with Egypt and to the U.N. Conciliation Commission for Palestine at Lausanne, Switzerland.

In 1958, he wrote ``The First Ten Years: A Diplomatic History of Israel,″ published in English, Hebrew, Italian and Portuguese.

Throughout the 1960s, Eytan served as Israel’s ambassador to France. He returned to Israel in 1970 and served as a political adviser to Abba Eban, then Israel’s foreign minister, until 1972.

Malcom P. McLean

NEW YORK (AP) _ Malcom P. McLean, whose innovative use of large cargo containers revolutionized the global shipping industry and changed almost overnight the way goods are moved around the world, died Friday of heart failure complications. He was 87.

In the 45 years since he introduced the use of containers as a more efficient method of moving cargo, McLean has been honored as one of the most influential people of the 20th Century.

He was the only person to have founded three companies that were later listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He also founded two other companies later listed on the Nasdaq stock market.

Fortune Magazine inducted him into its Business Hall of Fame in 1982, and American Heritage Magazine in 1995 named him one of the ten outstanding innovators of the past 40 years.

Last year, McLean was named Man of the Century by the International Maritime Hall of Fame.

Christian Peruzzi

BERLIN (AP) _ Christian Peruzzi, the head of Fiat Germany, died in an accident during a qualifying round for an auto race, organizers said. He was 38.

Peruzzi lost control of his Alfa Romeo 147 on a curve during final training Friday evening for the 24-hour race on the Nuerburgring circuit, said Germany’s ADAC auto club.

The car turned over several times and he suffered serious head injuries. Medics called to the site were unable to save him.

Peruzzi, who was born in Mannheim, became the head of Fiat’s German division in November 2000.

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