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'Glasnost' opens up onstage rounds at Spelling Bee

The National Spelling Bee opened with "glasnost" and was soon followed by "perestroika" — a fascinating choice of words for a group of youngsters born long after the heyday of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.Full story

Ill-health keeps Gorbachev from Thatcher's funeral

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Mikhail Gorbachev will not attend late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's funeral in Britain next week because of health problems, a spokesman for the last leader of the Soviet Union said on Thursday. Full story

Gorbachev says "exceptional" Thatcher helped end Cold War

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Margaret Thatcher was "a great politician and an exceptional person" who helped end the Cold War, said Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union. Full story

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