Ex-US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright dies

Madeleine Albright, first woman to become US secretary of state, dies aged 84.

A long-time foreign policy veteran, Albright became America’s top diplomat in 1997 during the Clinton administration, becoming the highest-ranking woman in US government.

Often hailed as “a champion of democracy”, Albright was instrumental in efforts to end ethnic cleansing in Kosovo.

Her death from cancer was announced on Twitter.

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