Madeleine Albright, first woman U.S. Secretary of State, passes away at 84

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In this Oct. 6, 2016, file photo, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks during a memorial service for former Israel Prime Minister Shimon Peres at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson, File).

(AP Photo/Zach Gibson, File)

Madeleine Albright, the 64th U.S. Secretary of State passed away on Wednesday, her family has confirmed. She was 84 years old.

Albright, who fled the Nazis as a child in her native Czechoslovakia during World War Two, was the first woman to hold that position.

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Albright was a tough-talking diplomat in an administration that hesitated to involve itself in the two biggest foreign policy crises of the 1990s – the genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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