Margaret Thatcher Dead at 87

LONDON (AP) -- World leaders are expressing praise and admiration today for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, as word spreads that she died Monday of a stroke at the age of 87.

She's being credited with modernizing Britain's industrial landscape, even at the cost of violent strikes and riots -- and with standing beside the United States as the west won the Cold War over the Soviet Union.

Thatcher's forceful personality and hard-driving style earned her the nickname of the "Iron Lady."

Prime Minister David Cameron says the country has lost "a great leader, a great prime minister and a great Briton."

Obama: Thatcher was champion for freedom and women

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was both a great champion of freedom and an example to women everywhere.

In a statement issued Monday by the White House, Obama said Britain's first woman prime minister showed "our daughters that there is no glass ceiling that can't be shattered."

Obama says many Americans remember Thatcher, who died Monday from a stroke at age 87, standing "shoulder to shoulder" with President Ronald Reagan during the Cold War. He says she showed then that leaders don't have to be swept along by the currents of history, but can shape them "with moral conviction, unyielding courage and iron will."

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