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Angela Hewitt mourned the loss of her "best friend" in an emotional Facebook post.
"You saw him steal your election. Now, he's here to steal your hearts."
But he is still an authoritarian leader with a shocking track record of human rights violations.
Simon Ghraichy will salute his diverse heritage at New York's Carnegie Hall.
Pecking sonata is destined to be a barnyard classic.