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Apr 9, 2013

“Iron Lady” Thatcher mourned, but opponents celebrate

LONDON (Reuters) – Admirers of Margaret Thatcher on Tuesday mourned the “Iron Lady” who as Britain’s longest serving prime minister in over a century pitched free-market capitalism as the only medicine for her country’s crippled economy and the crumbling Soviet bloc.

World leaders past and present, from Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to U.S. President Barack Obama, led tributes the grocer’s daughter who sought to arrest Britain’s decline and helped Ronald Reagan broker an end to the Cold War.

Apr 9, 2013

“Iron Lady” Thatcher mourned, but critics speak out

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain and admirers worldwide are mourning Margaret Thatcher, who has died aged 87, as the “Iron Lady” who rolled back the state and faced down her enemies during 11 years as Britain’s first woman prime minister.

Her impact on the 1980s was such that opponents, including Labour’s Tony Blair and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, led tributes to a legacy that radically transformed the British economy along free-market lines now widely taken for granted and includes her role in the peaceful end to the Cold War.

Apr 8, 2013

“Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher dies

LONDON (Reuters) – Margaret Thatcher, the “Iron Lady” who transformed Britain and inspired conservatives around the world by radically rolling back the state during her 11 years in power, died on Monday following a stroke. She was 87.

Britain’s only woman prime minister, the unyielding, outspoken Thatcher led the Conservatives to three election victories, governing from 1979 to 1990, the longest continuous period in office by a British premier since the early 19th century.

Apr 8, 2013

Britain’s “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher dies

LONDON (Reuters) – Margaret Thatcher, the “Iron Lady” who transformed Britain and inspired conservatives around the world by radically rolling back the state during her 11 years in power, died on Monday following a stroke. She was 87.

Britain’s only woman prime minister, the unyielding, outspoken Thatcher led the Conservatives to three election victories, governing from 1979 to 1990, the longest continuous period in office by a British premier since the early 19th century.

Apr 6, 2013

North Korea asks embassies to consider moving diplomats out

LONDON/SEOUL, April 5 (Reuters) – North Korea warned on
Friday it could not guarantee the safety of diplomats after next
Wednesday and asked embassies to consider moving staff out of
the country, European diplomats said, amid high tension on the
Korean peninsula.

The requests came on the heels of declarations by the
government of the secretive communist state that real conflict
was inevitable, because of what it termed “hostile” U.S. troop
exercises with South Korea and U.N. sanctions imposed over North
Korea’s nuclear weapons testing.

Apr 5, 2013

North Korea warns embassies of conflict risk as missiles move

LONDON/SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has asked embassies in Pyongyang that might wish to get staff out if there is a war to submit plans to it by April 10, Britain said on Friday, as it upped the pressure as part of a war of words that has set the Korean peninsula on edge.

Initial reports by Russia’s Foreign Ministry and China’s Xinhua news agency suggested that North Korea had suggested that embassies should consider closing because of the risk of conflict.

Mar 25, 2013

Britain’s MI5 spy chief to step down

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s MI5 spy chief, who oversaw a safe Olympics and helped transform the Security Service’s counter-terrorism operations in the wake of the 2005 London bombings, will step down next month.

Sir Jonathan Evans, appointed director general of the domestic intelligence service less than two years after the July 7 bombings, presided over an expansion anti-terrorism operations. There were no major attacks on his five-year watch.

Mar 25, 2013

MI5 spy chief to step down

LONDON (Reuters) – The MI5 spy chief, who oversaw a safe Olympics and helped transform the Security Service’s counter-terrorism operations in the wake of the 2005 London bombings, will step down next month.

Sir Jonathan Evans, appointed director general of the domestic intelligence service less than two years after the July 7 bombings, presided over an expansion anti-terrorism operations. There were no major attacks on his five-year watch.

Mar 24, 2013

Putin foe Berezovsky dead in Britain, circumstances “unexplained”

LONDON (Reuters) – Boris Berezovsky, the Russian oligarch who helped broker Vladimir Putin’s rise to the Kremlin’s top job only to become his sworn enemy, has been found dead at his home in Britain in unclear circumstances. He was 67.

Police in Britain, where the tycoon fled in 2000 after falling foul of the Kremlin under Putin, said on Saturday the death was unexplained and they had started an investigation.

Mar 23, 2013

Putin foe Berezovsky dead, circumstances “unexplained”

LONDON (Reuters) – Boris Berezovsky, the Russian oligarch who helped broker Vladimir Putin’s rise to the Kremlin’s top job only to become his fierce enemy, has been found dead at his home in Britain in unclear circumstances. He was 67.

“His death is currently being treated as unexplained and a full inquiry is under way,” police said in a statement on Saturday that did not identify Berezovsky by name.