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Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies

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World leaders are reacting to the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who earned the nickname "the iron lady" during her long tenure in office during the 80s. Thatcher died this morning at the age of 87. Workers lowered the Union Jack on top of the prime minister's residence to half staff this morning as Britain mourns the death of Margaret Thatcher. Well-wishers put flowers outside her home in her memory. Current Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his trip to Europe after hearing the news.

Britain's only female Prime Minister dominated British politics during her tenure from 1979 to 1990. She lead the Conservative party to three victories. Her legendary toughness earned her the nickname "the iron lady" from both supporters and critics. She always had a steely resolve whether it was going to war over the Falkland islands, dealing with the Soviets or cracking down on unions to modernize the economy. Officials here at Downing Street, where Lady Thatcher served as Prime Minister, say she will have a ceremonial funeral with military honors. It will not be a state funeral - but she will be given the same status as Princess Diana and the Queen Mother. Thatcher suffered from dementia in her final years. She died from a stroke. Queen Elizabeth issued a statement saying she was sad to hear the news and offered her sympathy to Thatcher's family.  The White House released a statement on Thatcher's passing, saying America has lost a true friend.