Madeleine Albright was 'a force to be reckoned with'


U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat at the Wye River Conference Center during the Wye River Memorandum talks, Oct. 16, 1998.

(JNS) - Madeleine Albright, the first woman to hold the position of U.S. secretary of state, has died of cancer at the age of 84.

A statement posted on Twitter said that Albright was "surrounded by family and friends" and that she was "a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend," as well as a "tireless champion of democracy and human rights."

Born Marie Jana Korbelova in Prague-then Czechoslovakia in 1937-she came to the United States as a refugee in 1948. She eventually rose to the heights of American foreign policymaking as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 1993 to 1997, a...

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