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Margaret Thatcher, the unyielding Conservative politician who from 1979 to 1990 served as Britain's first female prime minister - and the 20th century's longest running - died Monday. She was 87. Her spokesman Lord Bell made the announcement: "It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning. A further statement will be made later." Lady Thatcher, who was awarded title of Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven in 1992, had suffered a series of strokes in recent years, and in 2005 her doctors advised that she no longer give speeches in public. Her »

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