Longtime Associated Press correspondent

Isaac "Nick" Levi, who chronicled Latin America for the Associated Press during a wide-ranging four-decade career, died Friday of complications of pneumonia. He was 76.

Levi joined the AP in Argentina in 1963 and worked there and in Uruguay until 1969. He became bureau chief in Santiago, Chile, covering the rise of leftist President Salvador Allende, before moving to head AP's Lima, Peru, bureau in 1973 as the region was wracked by coups and civil conflicts.

He transferred in 1978 to Mexico City, where he covered more than two turbulent decades in the country's history. Levi documented the lives and deaths of such luminaries as film star Maria Felix, poet Octavio Paz and comic legend Mario Moreno, better known as "Cantinflas."

He also covered Central America and wrote extensively about the brutality of the early days of El Salvador's 1980-1992 civil war.

Born in Cairo on Feb. 22, 1933, Levi completed high school there before moving to Argentina, where he worked as a reporter for the Buenos Aires Herald from 1954 to 1958, and for Time magazine until 1961.

Levi remained in Mexico City after his retirement in 2001.


Member of Fiat auto dynasty

Susanna Agnelli, a member of Italy's powerful Fiat auto dynasty and a former foreign minister, died Friday. She was 87.

Agnelli had been in the hospital since April 3 after she broke her leg in a fall and her condition had declined, said Nicola Cerbino, spokesman for Rome's Gemelli Polyclinic.

Agnelli served as foreign minister for Lamberto Dini's government in the mid-1990s, and held political positions ranging from that of mayor of a Tuscan seacoast resort, Monte Argentario, to senator in Parliament.

Agnelli was the younger sister of Giovanni "Gianni" Agnelli, the stylish business baron whose rule over Italy's auto empire made him and his family a symbol of the nation's postwar climb to prosperity.

The former Fiat chieftain, grandson of the automaking company's founder, died in 2003. His eldest grandson, John Elkann, is currently Fiat vice chairman.

Susanna Agnelli's memoirs about growing up in Italy's most powerful family became a best-seller, Vestivamo alla marinara (We Wore Sailor Suits), in 1976.

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