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Margaret Thatcher Dead at Age 87

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Britain's first and only female Prime Minister -- Margaret Thatcher -- has died of a stroke at age 87. 

Ex-spokesman Tim 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.

She was admitted to hospital shortly before Christmas where she underwent an operation to remove a growth from her bladder but was allowed to return home before new year.
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