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Margaret Thatcher, Iron Lady, Dead At 87

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LONDON (AP) - The British government says former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will receive a ceremonial funeral with military honors.
    
Thatcher - known as the "Iron Lady" - died Monday from a stroke at 87. Prime Minister David Cameron cut short a trip to Spain and France upon hearing the news.
    
Downing Street says Queen Elizabeth II has authorized a ceremonial funeral - a step short of a state funeral - to be held at St. Paul's Cathedral.
    
It says the funeral will be attended by a "wide and diverse range of people," and the service will be followed by a private cremation.
    
It did not provide further details on the timing of the service, saying only that the arrangement are "in line with the wishes" of Thatcher's family.

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LONDON (AP) - Ex-spokesman Tim Bell says that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died. She was 87.
    
Bell said the woman known to friends and foes as "the Iron Lady" passed away Monday morning.
    
During 11 bruising years as prime minister, Thatcher found a fellow believer in former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, transformed her country by a ruthless dedication to free markets and infuriated European allies.
    
Thatcher retired from public engagements in 2002 following a series of small strokes, and was only occasionally seen in public since then.

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