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Former Top Member of Chinese Communist Party Dies

General Song Renqiong, a veteran of the Communist Party of China, has died at the age of 96.

The official Xinhua News Agency said the general died on Saturday.

Song Renqiong was a member of a group of leaders known as the "Eight Immortals," eight elderly veterans of the communist revolution who set policy from behind the scenes through the 1980s.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.