MAJZOUB AL-KHALIFA, 55
Majzoub al-Khalifa, a top Sudanese presidential adviser who played a key role in Darfur peace negotiations, has died in a car accident. Mr. al-Khalifa was driving to his home village of Khawad with his brother when their car flipped over early yesterday, said Sudan's presidential spokesman Majzoub Faidul. The brothers died of their injuries.
Mr. al-Khalifa was one of the most senior aides to Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir. They hailed from the same dominant Arab tribe, the Jaaly, and Mr. al-Khalifa was a top member of the ruling National Congress Party.
In May 2006, he negotiated and signed the Darfur Peace Agreement on Sudan's behalf. The agreement was meant to end bloodshed in the remote western Sudanese region, where more than 200,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million have been made refugees since a local rebellion erupted four years ago.
Born in 1952, Mr. al-Khalifa, a doctor by training, was a senior figure in the Islamist movement that planned the bloodless military coup that brought Mr. al-Bashir to power in 1989. J.B. HANDELSMAN, 85 New Yorker cartoonist
J.B. Handelsman, who used his dry wit to deflate human folly and injustice in hundreds of New Yorker cartoons, died June 20 of lung cancer at his home in Southampton, N.Y., the magazine said Tuesday.
In addition to creating 950 cartoons and five covers for The New Yorker between 1961 and 2006, Mr. Handelsman illustrated several books and for 11 years did a weekly feature called "Freaky Fables" for the British humor magazine Punch. His work also appeared in Playboy and other magazines.
In a remembrance in the current issue of the magazine, Nancy Franklin wrote that Mr. Handelsman's legacy "has as much to do with writing as it does with drawing. Handelsman may be better known for his captions than for the cartoons."
In a 1968 cartoon, an audience member at a string quartet concert says to his companion, "It's dull now, but at the end they smash their instruments and set fire to the chairs."
In another, from 2003, a businessman in a corporate boardroom says, "We are among those chosen to bear the burden of rebuilding Iraq. A thankless job, with no reward apart from obscene profits." JOHN TODD, 96 Computer pioneer
John "Jack" Todd, a pioneer in the fields of computing and numerical analysis, died June 21 at his home in Pasadena, Calif., according to the California Institute of Technology, where he taught mathematics for decades.
Mr. Todd, who began his career in the days before computers or hand-held calculators, specialized in understanding how to find answers to complicated numerical questions.