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Tributes from friends and foes for ex-Georgia leader

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Tributes poured in from friends and foes on Monday after the death of former Georgian leader Eduard Shevardnadze, who helped end the Cold War as the Soviet Union's last foreign minister. 

A picture taken on November 28, 2003 shows former Georgian President Eduard Shevarnadze waving to journalists at his home outside Tbilisi

Shevardnadze, who died at 86, was a controversial figure praised for his role in negotiating a bloodless end to the Soviet Union's confrontation with the West, but despised at home for his 10 years at the helm of post-Soviet Georgia that saw him ousted in a popular uprising.

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