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Apr 17, 2013

Funeral of Iron Lady Thatcher starts after London procession

LONDON (Reuters) – Borne aloft on the shoulders of eight military servicemen, the coffin of Margaret Thatcher was carried up the steps of London’s main cathedral on Wednesday for a funeral service attended by Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s political elite, and global dignatories.

In life, the woman the Soviet Union christened the “Iron Lady” divided the British public with her free-market policies which sometimes wrought wrenching change on communities. In death it is no different.

Apr 14, 2013

Thatcher death “party” in London draws hundreds

LONDON (Reuters) – Several hundred people turned up for a “party” in central London on Saturday to celebrate the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as a mass protest predicted by some failed to materialise.

The British capital’s mayor had warned of potential rioting as organisers promised thousands of opponents of Thatcher, who died aged 87 on Monday, would descend on London’s Trafalgar Square to mark the passing of a leader who was loved and loathed in equal measure.

Apr 13, 2013

Thatcher death “party” in London draws small crowd

LONDON (Reuters) – Only about 200 people turned up for a “party” in central London on Saturday to celebrate the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as a mass protest predicted by some failed to materialize.

The British capital’s mayor had warned of potential rioting as organizers promised thousands of opponents of Thatcher, who died aged 87 on Monday, would descend on London’s Trafalgar Square to mark the passing of a leader who was loved and loathed in equal measure.

Apr 4, 2013
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Desmond Tutu wins $1.7 million prize for promoting forgiveness and justice

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(South African Archbishop and Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu speaks in New Delhi February 8, 2012. Picture taken February 8, 2012. REUTERS/B Mathur)

South African anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu has won the 2013 Templeton Prize worth $1.7 million for helping inspire people around the world by promoting forgiveness and justice, organizers said on Thursday.

Apr 4, 2013

Desmond Tutu wins $1.7 million Templeton Prize

LONDON (Reuters) – South African anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu has won the 2013 Templeton Prize worth $1.7 million for helping inspire people around the world by promoting forgiveness and justice, organizers said on Thursday.

A leading human rights activist of the late 20th century, the former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town played a pivotal role in the downfall of apartheid and subsequently worked to heal wounds in South Africa’s traumatized society.

Mar 27, 2013

Britain opens inquest into Berezovsky’s unexplained death

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain opens a judicial inquiry into the death of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky on Thursday to establish how he died in the locked bathroom of his vast mansion near London.

Berezovsky, who survived years of intrigue, power struggles and assassination attempts in Russia, was found dead on Saturday in his home in Ascot, a town close to Queen Elizabeth’s Windsor Castle.

Mar 25, 2013

Russian tycoon Berezovsky died by hanging: police

LONDON (Reuters) – Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky, whose body was found in the locked bathroom of his luxury mansion near London over the weekend, died by hanging, British police said on Monday.

Police, who had earlier removed his body from his home to conduct an autopsy, said there were no signs of a violent struggle, adding that further tests would be carried out, including toxicology and histology examinations.

Mar 25, 2013

Berezovsky’s body undergoing autopsy after unexplained death

LONDON, March 25 (Reuters) – British police removed the body
of exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky from his mansion near
London on Monday before conducting an autopsy that could shed
some light on his sudden unexplained death.

Once known as the grey cardinal of Kremlin politics, the
former billionaire power broker helped Vladimir Putin come to
power before fleeing in 2000 for Britain where he became one of
the Russian government’s fiercest critics.

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.