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Newsline: Former top US diplomat Madeleine Albright dies at 84

Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright, the first female secretary of state, who arrived in the U.S. as a young girl from war-torn Czechoslovakia before becoming a political and feminist icon, died Wednesday at 84. Albright’s death from cancer was confirmed by her family in a statement posted to Twitter on Wednesday. (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/03/23/madeleine-albright-first-female-secretary-state-dies/7141509001/) Albright, who served as secretary of state from 1997 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton, pushed for NATO expansion eastward into the former Soviet bloc and helped lead the NATO bombing campaign in 1999 to halt ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. She previously served as Clinton’s U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 1993 to 1997. Ned Price, the State Department’s chief spokesman, called Albright a “trailblazer,” adding President Joe Biden and his chief diplomat Antony Blinken “have been apprised of this” and said the U.S. diplomatic corps was grieving her death. News of Albright’s death came as Biden was aboard Air Force One en route to a NATO summit in Brussels.

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