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Gorbachev, Almost 75, Sounds Off on U.S. Mar 01 3:15 PM US/Eastern

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOVAssociated Press Writer

Mikhail Gorbachev's magnetic brown eyes shine as brightly as ever, and he speaks with the same passion about the collapse of the Soviet Union as he prepares to mark his 75th birthday on Thursday.

The man who ended the Cold War and launched democratic reforms that broke the repressive Soviet regime continues to enjoy the limelight, globe-trotting on behalf of his political foundation and environmental group and taking part in charity projects.

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