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January 19, 2013
Venezuelan VP raises profile CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's vice president stepped into the shoes of ailing President Hugo Chavez in a flurry of public events Friday, working to maintain an image of government continuity after more than five weeks of unprecedented silence from the normally garrulous president. Vice President Nicolas Maduro and other cabinet ministers have striven to assure a nervous public that Chavez's administration is firmly in charge even as the opposition challenges its legitimacy.
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January 16, 2012 | By Michael Warren, Associated Press
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Princess Cruises said Monday that it is surprised and disappointed that the Falkland Islands government turned away its Star Princess ship because a small number of people on board have stomach flu. The decision came as Argentina and Britain engage in a diplomatic row over the islands, which Argentina calls the Malvinas. Brazil, Chile and Uruguay have agreed to support Argentina by turning away any ship flying the Falklands flag. Hundreds of citizens of these countries are among the 3,562 passengers and crew on board.
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April 9, 2013 | Inquirer Staff
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died early Monday of a stroke, her family announced. She was 87. "It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announce that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning," the family's statement said, according to the BBC. Baroness Thatcher was Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990 and was known as the Iron Lady. She and President Ronald Reagan worked together closely in promoting free markets and in challenging the former Soviet Union.
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April 11, 2013 | By Jill Lawless, Associated Press
LONDON - British lawmakers remembered former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on Wednesday as a towering political figure who restored her country's confidence and pride - but who alienated many voters, from coal miners to gay people, with her uncompromising policies. Prime Minister David Cameron led praise for Thatcher during a special session of the House of Commons, recalled from its Easter break after the ex-leader's death Monday at the age of 87. "Let this be her epitaph: That she made our country great again," Cameron told a packed room of lawmakers.
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April 13, 2013 | By Jill Lawless, Associated Press
LONDON - Invitations to Margaret Thatcher's funeral are going out to more than 2,000 celebrities, dignitaries, colleagues, and friends of the late British leader - from former U.S. presidents to Dynasty star Joan Collins. Invitations were being printed Thursday and will be mailed out Friday, the government said. Thatcher, who died Monday at age 87, will be given a funeral with military honors at St. Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday. Though not officially a state funeral, it is the grandest such service in Britain since the death in 2002 of the Queen Mother Elizabeth.
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April 9, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
COMBATIVE and determined to get her way, Margaret Thatcher divided opinion down the middle in life - and in death. Many leaders lauded Thatcher, 87, for her steely determination to modernize Britain's industrial landscape, even at the cost of strikes and riots, and to stand beside the United States as the West triumphed in the Cold War vs. the Soviet Union. Others saw a pitiless tyrant who preferred conflict to compromise. British Prime Minister David Cameron lauded his 1980s predecessor as "a great Briton," but others - particularly Europe's socialists who often clashed with her - were less enamored in their reactions to the death Monday of the conservative icon.
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March 19, 2013 | By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis' diplomatic skills will be put to the test on Tuesday as he hosts political leaders from 130 nations and religious representatives from a variety of faiths who are descending on Rome for his installation Mass, with Latin America strongly represented to celebrate the first pope from the New World. Among the VIPs expected is the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, Bartholomew I, who will become the first patriarch from the Istanbul-based church to attend a papal investiture since the two branches of Christianity split nearly 1,000 years ago. His presence underscores the broad hopes for ecumenical and interfaith dialogue in this new papacy given Francis' namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, and his own history.
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April 13, 2013 | By Jill Lawless, Associated Press
LONDON - Invitations to Margaret Thatcher's funeral are going out to more than 2,000 celebrities, dignitaries, colleagues, and friends of the late British leader - from former U.S. presidents to Dynasty star Joan Collins. Invitations were being printed Thursday and will be mailed out Friday, the government said. Thatcher, who died Monday at age 87, will be given a funeral with military honors at St. Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday. Though not officially a state funeral, it is the grandest such service in Britain since the death in 2002 of the Queen Mother Elizabeth.
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April 11, 2013 | By Jill Lawless, Associated Press
LONDON - British lawmakers remembered former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on Wednesday as a towering political figure who restored her country's confidence and pride - but who alienated many voters, from coal miners to gay people, with her uncompromising policies. Prime Minister David Cameron led praise for Thatcher during a special session of the House of Commons, recalled from its Easter break after the ex-leader's death Monday at the age of 87. "Let this be her epitaph: That she made our country great again," Cameron told a packed room of lawmakers.
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April 10, 2013
Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.   - Margaret Thatcher   Yes, Margaret Thatcher said that. But in the vernacular of today's young people, don't get it twisted. Don't take from her astute observation about femininity that her tenure as prime minister of Great Britain should be put in a different perspective because she was a woman. Thatcher was one of England's strongest leaders in the 20th century, of any gender.
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April 9, 2013
By Max Boot It is a common conceit of age to imagine that giants roamed the Earth in one's youth while today the political scene is populated by pygmies. But I still cling to that view, for my formative years occurred while Ronald Reagan was president and Margaret Thatcher was prime minister. Naturally, as an American, I was more focused on Reagan. But Thatcher, whose exploits were covered in the newspapers and magazines that I read (the Los Angeles Times, National Review, Newsweek)
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April 9, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
COMBATIVE and determined to get her way, Margaret Thatcher divided opinion down the middle in life - and in death. Many leaders lauded Thatcher, 87, for her steely determination to modernize Britain's industrial landscape, even at the cost of strikes and riots, and to stand beside the United States as the West triumphed in the Cold War vs. the Soviet Union. Others saw a pitiless tyrant who preferred conflict to compromise. British Prime Minister David Cameron lauded his 1980s predecessor as "a great Briton," but others - particularly Europe's socialists who often clashed with her - were less enamored in their reactions to the death Monday of the conservative icon.
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April 9, 2013 | Inquirer Staff
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died early Monday of a stroke, her family announced. She was 87. "It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announce that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning," the family's statement said, according to the BBC. Baroness Thatcher was Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990 and was known as the Iron Lady. She and President Ronald Reagan worked together closely in promoting free markets and in challenging the former Soviet Union.
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March 19, 2013 | By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis' diplomatic skills will be put to the test on Tuesday as he hosts political leaders from 130 nations and religious representatives from a variety of faiths who are descending on Rome for his installation Mass, with Latin America strongly represented to celebrate the first pope from the New World. Among the VIPs expected is the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, Bartholomew I, who will become the first patriarch from the Istanbul-based church to attend a papal investiture since the two branches of Christianity split nearly 1,000 years ago. His presence underscores the broad hopes for ecumenical and interfaith dialogue in this new papacy given Francis' namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, and his own history.
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March 10, 2013
Mandela has tests in hospital JOHANNESBURG - Nelson Mandela, the former South African president and antiapartheid leader, was admitted to a hospital Saturday for a scheduled medical checkup and doctors say there is no cause for alarm, the president's office said. Officials have used similarly soothing language to explain previous hospital stays for the 94-year-old Mandela, but in those cases he later turned out to have more serious conditions. The intense privacy surrounding the health of Mandela reflects in part the official reverence for a man who is seen as one of the great, unifying figures of the 20th century for helping to avert race-driven chaos in South Africa's tense transition from apartheid to democracy.
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