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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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Julia Gillard praises Thatcher's 'strength of conviction'

Australian prime minister Julia Gillard praised Baroness Thatcher for her "strength of conviction".

Australian prime minister Julia Gillard. Credit: LUKAS COCH/AAP

She said: "Her service as the first female prime minister of the United Kingdom was a history-making achievement.

"Her strength of conviction was recognised by her closest supporters and her strongest opponents.

"I extend my sincere condolences and those of my fellow Australians to her family and friends."

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