>> Panama's former dictator, the CIA spy and convicted cocaine trafficker, Manuel Noriega, has died. The country's president confirming the news on Twitter later on Monday. Though there's no official word on the cause of death, the 83 year old had undergone brain surgery in March to remove a benign tumor.
At the time, his lawyer said Noriega was in a coma. After complications saw a second operation carried out with an open skull. Noriega ruled Panama from 1983 to 1989, spying for the CIA before his drug trafficking and brutal regime sparked a massive US invasion in 1989. Nearly 28,000 troops were sent in to seize Panama City.
And catch of the Central American leader in a house to house hunt. Noriega orchestrated the disappearance of scores of his opponents. When some of those bodies were exhumed later, they were found bound and showing signs of torture. He was later charged with murder, serving his sentence in the country he once ruled.
> He was released from prison in January, for three months to undertake the brain surgery.