- Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died after suffering a stroke. “She changed us all,” said Charles Powell, one of the Iron Lady’s closest aides.
- David Gardner’s Global Insight column is provoking some strong debate online. He writes that Cyprus’s collapse is “not really the result of a random lurch or shift in axis. It is the end of a path traced in a long, complacent arc of ease and sleaze that hit a wall.”
- Nicolás Maduro, Hugo Chávez’s appointed successor, does not enjoy the same close ties to the military and faces a hard task trying to get it onside.
- The FT’s Ben Bland has spoken to an SUV-driving warlock and a Jaguar-driving shaman about the Indonesian parliament’s plans to outlaw black magic.
- Kevin Sieff reports on the Afghan army’s battle with the Taliban in Tangi Valley.
- Novelist Hisham Matar writes in the New Yorker about his return to Libya after decades of exile.
- Images on 38 North show the Yongbyon nuclear reactor in North Korea is visibly being reconstructed.
- For those of you near us in London, wondering why on earth it is so cold, Robin McKie at the Guardian explains the science behind it and why this freak weather is actually the new norm.
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