Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, left, presents an official gift June 28, 2001 to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell during talks in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Powell told Israeli and Palestinian leaders to seize the chance to end nine months of bloodshed offered by a shaky cease-fire and a U.S.-led plan to resume peacemaking.
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General Colin Powell speaks at the TIME Summit On Higher Education Day 2 at Time Warner Center on September 20, 2013 in New York City.
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General Colin Powell attends the 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' premiere presented by The Weinstein Company and sponsored by American Express and South African Airlines at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on November 20, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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U.S. President Barack Obama (C) signs America's Promise Summit Declaration which calls on all people 'to help the youth of America reach their full potential,' at the White House September 22, 2014, in Washington, DC. Also pictured are President and CEO of America's Promise Alliance John Gomberts (L), Chair of America's Promise Alliance Alma Powell (2ndL), Former Secretary of State Colin Powell (3rd L), Former US Senator Harris Wofford (2nd R), and Special Project Assistant to the President at Be the Change, Deon Jones (R).
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In this composite image a comparison has been made between former US President George W. Bush and his serving Secretary of State Colin Powell. WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 19: U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell announces that Iraq is in 'material breach' of a UN disarmament resolution December 19, 2002 at the State Department in Washington, DC. Powell, describing Iraq's 12,000 page arms declaration as a catalog of 'recycled information and flagrant omissions,' said that the breach will not automatically trigger war.
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Colin Powell speaks during the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert rehearsal at U.S. Capitol, West Lawn on May 28, 2011 in Washington, DC.
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Colin Powell and Brad Pitt pose for photographers on the red carpet during the 'The Fury' Washington D.C. premiere at The Newseum on October 15, 2014 in Washington, DC.