Veteran CBS News Journalist Killed in New York Car Crash
Award-winning CBS News correspondent Bob Simon, who covered many of the world's major conflict zones over a five-decade career, was killed Wednesday night in a car crash in New York City. He was 73 years old.
Authorities say Simon was a passenger in a car that struck another vehicle, then veered into metal barriers separating traffic lanes.
Simon joined CBS News in 1967, covering campus demonstrations and inner city riots. His time as a war correspondent began in 1971, when he was sent to Saigon at the height of the Vietnam War, and was on one of the last helicopters to leave the besieged city as the U.S. withdrew in 1975.
Simon spent 20 years as CBS News' chief Middle East correspondent beginning in 1987. He and three of his colleagues were captured by Iraqi forces at the start of the Persian Gulf War in January 1991, and spent 40 days in captivity. He also covered conflicts in Northern Ireland, Yugoslavia and Portugal.
He later became a regular correspondent for the network's news magazine show "60 Minutes" and its short-lived spinoff, "60 Minutes II." Simon won numerous prestigious journalism awards during his career, including 27 Emmys.
Cease-fire Deal Reached for Eastern Ukraine
The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France emerged from marathon talks in Belarus Thursday with a cease-fire deal aimed at ending months of fighting that has killed thousands in eastern Ukraine.
The cease-fire, which will begin February 15, was announced following 16 hours of grueling, all-night talks in the Belarussian capital, Minsk.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the parties "have managed to agree on the main issues," including the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the conflict area.
Pro-Russian rebels were also reported to have accepted the deal.
But all sides also stressed, in separate news conferences, that disagreements remain. "We have no illusions," said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, adding there is "very, very much work to be done."
Even as the cease-fire was unveiled Thursday, Ukrainian military officials said that more tanks and heavy weapons had crossed into Ukrainian territory from Russia overnight.
"Around 50 tanks, 40 multiple rocket launch systems, and a similar number of armored vehicles crossed the Ukrainian-Russian border at Izvarin," said Kyiv military spokesman Andriy Lysenko.
Russia has denied sending troops or weapons across the border to aid in the fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces that has killed at least 5,400 people and wounded thousands more.