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Crimea vote as worthless as Falklands poll: Argentina president

PARIS (Reuters) - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, who has been campaigning for the Falkland Islands to become part of Argentina, said last week's referendum in Crimea was as worthless as a vote held last year over the British territory in the South Atlantic. Fernandez has been increasingly vocal about Argentina's claim to the archipelago, a British Overseas Territory over which Britain and Argentina fought a war in 1982.

Britain asks Argentina to clarify comments about 'dumb' Cameron

By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Britain asked Argentina's ambassador to clarify remarks about Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday after she described his handling of a long-running dispute over the contested Falkland Islands as "foolish" and him as "dumb". In the latest twist in an ill-tempered feud between the two countries over the South Atlantic archipelago, Britain's foreign office said it was seeking confirmation of what the ambassador, Alicia Castro, had said.

Britain's Falklands War naval chief dies aged 81

Sandy Woodward, who commanded the British navy task force that retook the Falkland Islands in the 1982 war with Argentina, has died aged 81, the defence ministry confirmed Monday. The admiral died after a long illness, his daughter told the BBC. Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "a truly courageous and decisive leader who helped ensure Falkland Islanders can still live in peace and freedom". Britain has held the Falklands since 1833 but Buenos Aires claims the barren South Atlantic islands are occupied Argentine territory.

Britain deployed laser weapon in Falklands War but didn't use it

London, Jul 31 (EFE).- The United Kingdom deployed a laser weapon during its 1982 war with Argentina designed to "dazzle" enemy pilots who were attacking British warships, according to secret documents released Wednesday. Among the confidential British government reports that the National Archive released on Wednesday was a letter dating from January 1983 that said "never before used" laser weapons had been deployed during the already-concluded war that had been developed quickly and secretly.

No heads lost in Thatcher statue debate...yet

By Christine Murray LONDON (Reuters) - Revered or reviled, history shows that the placement of a public statue of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher anywhere in the capital risks becoming a lightning rod. Reactions to the idea of Thatcher atop the empty fourth plinth in London's Trafalgar Square mirror the emotions stirred up by the death of Britain's "Iron Lady" on Monday.

Nigerian leader condoles Britain on the death of Thatcher

Nigeria's president Goodluck Jonathan on Monday joined other world leaders in condoling the government and people of Britain on the death of its former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died yesterday following a stroke.Jonathan, in a statement signed by his spokesman Reuben Abati, said the late Thatcher will always be remembered by the world for her very unique, distinctive and purposeful leadership.Jonathan said that Thatcher, also called "The Iron Lady", will formally take her place in history as one the greatest world leaders of her time."The late Baroness That

Football: Silence for Hillsborough, not Thatcher - Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says the minute's silence prior to this weekend's game with Reading should mark the Hillsborough disaster, rather than the death of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Reading have said that they will observe a period of respect to commemorate the forthcoming 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy, which saw 96 Liverpool fans die in a crush during an FA Cup semi-final in 1989.

Obama mourns death of "Iron Lady" Thatcher

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday mourned the death of Margaret Thatcher, calling the first female British prime minister "a true friend" of the United States."With the passing of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty, and America has lost a true friend," the president said in a statement.Thatcher died of a stroke on Monday at the age of 87.

UK Prime Minister Thatcher a 'formidable' leader -- Palace

The Philippines extends its sympathies with the passing on of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The first female British head of government, nicknamed "The Iron Lady," died from a stroke Monday morning.

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Duty Editor: Sarah Stewart Tel: +852 2829 6211 -- TOP STORIES -- + Thatcher's supporters, foes tussle to define legacy + Obama slams Republican 'stunts' blocking gun reform + N. Korean workers' no-show at joint industrial zone Britain-politics-Thatcher,WRAP-update LONDON Supporters and foes vie to define the legacy of Britain's former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, the controversial "Iron Lady" who dominated a generation of British politics, following her death at the age of 87.
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