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Film about UK miners’ strike during Thatcher era wins gay cinema award at Cannes

A film set in Margaret Thatcher's Britain at the time of the devastating miners' strike has won this year's unofficial Queer Palm award for gay-themed cinema at the Cannes Film Festival. "Pride", a film by British director Matthew Warchus, tells the……

Revealed: Margaret Thatcher ‘made no case’ for Nelson Mandela’s release

Scant evidence in official documents that prime minister pressured PW Botha to release ANC leader, as supporters claim Margaret Thatcher barely mentioned the plight of Nelson Mandela when she controversially invited the hardline South African president PW Botha to talks at Chequers on 2 June 1984, newly released Downing Street…

Now there is no denying Margaret Thatcher’s failings

Documents released by the National Archives show just how well the former prime minister was served by the spin machine One can look at today’s disclosures about the doings in the office of Margaret Thatcher and wonder whether poor Gordon Brown got the roughest end of a very rough stick.…

Margaret Thatcher’s newly released diaries reveal just how high-maintenance her hair was

Margaret Thatcher’s immaculate hairdo took intensive efforts to perfect, with the late British prime minister having her bouffant reworked every three days on average, records showed Friday. Her appointments diary for 1984, released by The National Archive three decades on, showed she had 118 hair appointments in the year. Around…

Operation Able Art: How a 1983 American-NATO war game came close to provoking the Soviet Union into launching a nuclear attack

Former classified documents show how close the Soviet Union came to launching an attack in 1983 Chilling new evidence that Britain and America came close to provoking the Soviet Union into launching a nuclear attack has emerged in former classified documents written at the height of the cold war. Cabinet…

Margaret Thatcher’s ashes laid to rest in London

The ashes of late British prime minister Margaret Thatcher were laid to rest alongside the remains of her late husband Denis in London on Saturday, at a military nursing home she had long supported. An oak casket containing the ashes of Britain’s first and only female prime minister, who died…

Margaret Thatcher polarizes opinion even in death

Thousands lined the route of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral procession on Wednesday to pay their respects to a prime minister who had a profound impact on Britain, but others turned their backs on her coffin in bitter protest. The woman who ruled Britain for 11 years has aroused strong passions even…

WATCH LIVE: Margaret Thatcher’s funeral

Watch a livestream of Baroness Margaret Hilda Thatcher’s funeral just below, via ABC News, beginning at 5 a.m ET. Or re-load this page for ongoing updates from Agence France-Presse further below. p class=”rpuSnip”> Follow AFP’s Live Report on British former prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s funeral here from 0800 GMT. Queen…

Dick Cheney to attend Margaret Thatcher’s funeral

Dick Cheney, the former US vice-president and driving force behind the country’s invasion of Iraq, is to attend Lady Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday, Downing Street have confirmed. Number 10 said Cheney would attend with his wife Lynne. Other high-profile US guests include Dr Henry Kissinger, the former US secretary of…

Thatcher protesters vow to pelt her coffin with eggs, coal or milk as London police brace for Wednesday’s funeral

London police are bracing for protests at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday, with opponents vowing to pelt her coffin with eggs, coal or milk if they can get close enough — or simply turn their backs on the passing procession. More than 800 people have pledged to attend an event…

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