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US: Maggie 'champion of liberty'

US President Barack Obama has led global tributes to Lady Thatcher, saying the "world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty".

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Canadian PM: Thatcher was 'a giant among leaders'

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper called Baroness Thatcher "a giant among leaders".

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Credit: Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

The Canadian Conservative leader said: "While many in positions of power are defined by the times in which they govern, Margaret Thatcher had that rarest of abilities to herself personify and define the age in which she served.

"Indeed, with the success of her economic policies, she defined contemporary conservatism itself.

"In 2006 I met with her in London, where she provided me wise and gracious counsel, the memory of which I will forever cherish. Laureen (Mr Harper's wife) and I join all Canadians in saluting the proud life and legacy of Lady Thatcher."

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