• BRITISH SOCIALIST STALWART TONY BENN DIES AT 88

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    LONDON: Tony Benn, the stalwart totem of the British left who spearheaded the movement against the Iraq war, died on Friday at the age of 88. A Labor cabinet minister in the 1960s and 1970s, Benn was a widely respected orator who often clashed with his party when it drifted away from the socialism he espoused. Benn also forced a change in the law allowing the aristocracy to renounce their titles, after he was forced to give up his seat in the House of Commons when he inherited his father’s Viscount Stansgate title in 1960.

    AFP

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