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US presidential aide Robert Strauss dies at 95

Robert Strauss, a Washington insider and lobbyist who led the Democratic Party and advised presidents, died Wednesday. He was 95. His law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, grieved the loss of a "colleague, mentor and friend." "To US leaders, he was a trusted counselor and an honest broker. And to those across the aisle or the table, he was a man of integrity who always sought common ground," it added. "His wisdom, judgment and foresight were matched only by his sense of humanity, and we are as diminished by his loss as we were enriched by his life."

Judge sets terms for would-be Reagan assassin's hospital outings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Would-be presidential assassin John Hinckley will be required to stay away from government centers during the 17 days per month he will be allowed to spend outside the mental hospital where has lived since shooting Ronald Reagan in 1981, a U.S. federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman in December accepted a recommendation from Washington's St. Elizabeths Hospital that Hinckley be allowed to leave for 17 days a month, up from 10 days a month, to stay with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Judge sets terms for would-be Reagan assassin's hospital outings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Would-be presidential assassin John Hinckley will be required to stay away from government centers during the 17 days per month he will be allowed to spend outside the mental hospital where has lived since shooting Ronald Reagan in 1981, a U.S. federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman in December accepted a recommendation from Washington's St. Elizabeths Hospital that Hinckley be allowed to leave for 17 days a month, up from 10 days a month, to stay with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Former spokesman for President Ronald Reagan dies

By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - A former spokesman for President Ronald Reagan who took over from James Brady in 1981 after the then-press-secretary was wounded in an assassination attempt against the president, died on Friday in Mississippi, a funeral home owner said. Larry Speakes, who had Alzheimer's disease, died in his sleep at his home in Cleveland, Mississippi, said Kenny Williams, owner of the Cleveland Funeral Home. He was 74.

Phoney Thatcher-Reagan tape spooked British spies

A fake tape of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher arguing over the Falklands War had the British secret services scrambling to identify the culprits, archive files released Friday showed. The tape, supposedly a telephone recording of then US president Reagan and the British prime minister, was anonymously sent to several Dutch newspapers during the 1983 UK general election. In the faked exchange about the 1982 Falklands War between Britain and Argentina, Reagan urged restraint while Thatcher wanted Buenos Aires punished "as quickly as possible".

Phoney Thatcher-Reagan tape spooked British spies

A fake tape of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher arguing over the Falklands War had the British secret services scrambling to identify the culprits, archive files released Friday showed. The tape, supposedly a telephone recording of then US president Reagan and the British prime minister, was anonymously sent to several Dutch newspapers during the 1983 UK general election. In the faked exchange about the 1982 Falklands War between Britain and Argentina, Reagan urged restraint while Thatcher wanted Buenos Aires punished "as quickly as possible".

Reagan's would-be assassin to get more time away from hospital

By David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Hinckley is ready for more freedom from the mental hospital where he has lived since shortly after he shot President Ronald Reagan in a failed assassination attempt in 1981, a federal judge ruled on Friday. U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman accepted a recommendation from St. Elizabeths Hospital that Hinckley be allowed to leave for 17 days a month, up from 10 days a month, to stay with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Washington airport halts departures due to Navy yard shooting

Departures have been halted at Washington's Reagan National airport due to a shooting at the US Navy Yard, an official said Monday. Chris Paolino, a spokesman for Reagan National Airport, said inbound aricraft are still landing and that the airport remains open to passengers. vlk/jm

Oldest male Nazi camp survivor dies aged 107

The oldest known male survivor of the Nazi concentration camps, Austrian-born Leopold Engleitner, has died at the age of 107, Austrian media reported Thursday. Engleitner passed away on April 21 but his death was only announced now in accordance with his wishes, said the daily Salzburger Nachrichten.

Britain bids farewell to Iron Lady at grand funeral

By Andrew Osborn and Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - Britain gave Margaret Thatcher its grandest political funeral in half a century on Wednesday as her flag-draped coffin was borne through central London on a horse-drawn gun carriage, though a few boos were a reminder of her divisive rule and legacy. In an event comparable to Winston Churchill's funeral in 1965, the Queen joined top British and foreign politicians past and present to pay her final respects to the "Iron Lady" who - for better or for ill - transformed the country.
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