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Photos: Thousands Gather To Pay Their Last Respects To Margaret Thatcher

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More than 2,000 guests from around the world paid their last respects at the biggest such occasion since the Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002 today as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher begins her final journey home.

Thousands of members of the public and the armed forces lined the funeral procession route through London.

PM David Cameron said it was a “fitting tribute” to a major figure.

Four thousand police officers were on duty in central London but, despite concerns about demonstrations, only a small number of protesters voiced their opposition to Lady Thatcher’s policies and there were no arrests.

Residents of a South Yorkshire village scarred by pit closures “celebrated” her funeral.

A rose was unveiled in memory of Baroness Thatcher in Grantham, Lincolnshire, where she was born.

Students at Somerville, Lady Thatcher’s former Oxford University college, gathered to watch the funeral.

The congregation at St Paul’s included Lady Thatcher’s family and all surviving British prime ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Sir John Major, the current cabinet and surviving members of Lady Thatcher’s governments.

There were tears, and occasional laughter, as the Bishop of London, The Right Reverend Richard Chartres, paid tribute to Lady Thatcher’s forthright character in a simple service, which, at her personal request, did not include any eulogies.

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An effigy of former Margaret Thatcher is placed in a 'coffin' as people gather to celebrate her in Goldthorpe (AFP)

An effigy of former Margaret Thatcher is placed in a ‘coffin’ as people gather to celebrate her in Goldthorpe (AFP)

Amanda Thatcher gives the first reading at the funeral (GETTY)

Amanda Thatcher gives the first reading at the funeral (GETTY)

A protestor holds aloft his note of disapproval (GETTY)

A protestor holds aloft his note of disapproval (GETTY)

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The coffin is carried as it arrives for the funeral service (Eddie Mulholland)

The coffin is carried as it arrives for the funeral service (Eddie Mulholland)

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George Osbourne weeps

George Osbourne weeps

The Band of the Royal Marines plays as it follows the gun carriage along Fleet St.

The Band of the Royal Marines plays as it follows the gun carriage along Fleet St.

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown arriving with his wife Sarah (GETTY)

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown arriving with his wife Sarah (GETTY)

Former Prime Ministers John Major and Tony Blair attend with their wives Norma Major and Cherie Blair (GETTY)

Former Prime Ministers John Major and Tony Blair attend with their wives Norma Major and Cherie Blair (GETTY)

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger attends the funeral of Margaret Thatcher (GETTY)

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger attends the funeral of Margaret Thatcher (GETTY)

Thatcher's coffin is carried into St Clement Danes on the first part of its journey to St Paul's.

Thatcher’s coffin is carried into St Clement Danes on the first part of its journey to St Paul’s.

The coffin of Margaret Thatcher rests in the Palace of Westminster (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

The coffin of Margaret Thatcher rests in the Palace of Westminster (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

Donald Trump

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has declared himself the winner of the US Election 2020.

President Trump declared himself the winner of the US election in a tweet on Monday morning, November 16 by simply tweeting: “I won the election.”

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This came hours after he tweeted that his opponent Joe Biden “won because the election was rigged.”

The latest vote tallies project Democratic candidate, Biden a clear winner in the state-by-state Electoral College that decides the presidency, with 306 votes against Trump’s 232.

However, President Trump has remained defiant, continuously claiming he won the election free and fair.

US election: Trump claims victory hours after saying Biden won

 

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

Jerry Rawlings

Jerry Rawlings, a former Ghanaian president has reportedly died from suspected COVID-19 complications.

The former Ghanaian leader died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana on Thursday morning.

Rawlings led the country first as a military ruler and then as a democratically elected president between 1981 and 2001.

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Rawlings initially rose to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force, following a coup détat in 1979.

After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took control again in December 1981 as Head of State.

He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.

Rawlings left office in 2000 after exhausting Ghana’s constitutional term-limit of eight years for Presidents.

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump has refused to concede after his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, secured the required number of electoral college votes to win the presidential race.

Shortly after Biden was projected winner, Trump in a defiant statement expressed that the election was “far from over” and criticised Biden for “rushing to falsely pose as the winner.”

“Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.

Also Read: Joe Biden Defeats Trump To Win US Presidential Election

“Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.

“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.

“The American people are entitled to an honest election, that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots,” Trump said.

 

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