Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is the most influential woman of the past 200 years, according to a survey of Britons published on Tuesday which showed men place a higher value on political influence than women do. Thatcher, who was Britain's first - and, so far, only - prime minister, led her Conservative party to three election victories, governing from 1979 to 1990, the longest continuous term in office for a British premier in over 150 years. Thatcher's policies on trade unions, privatization and the Falklands war left Britain bitterly divided over her legacy, and the survey by British pensions and insurance firm Scottish Widows highlighted the depth of her influence in the country.
Surging Republican hope Marco Rubio wilted under sustained attack in the last US presidential debate before the New Hampshire primary as frontrunner Donald Trump insisted he could be commander in chief. The telegenic, 44-year-old Florida senator, who polls suggest would have the best change of winning the White House for the Republicans, was savaged by his governor rivals for his lack of experience, appearing to flounder on a debate stage where he often shines. If Rubio puts in a strong showing however at the polls, capitalizing on his strong third-place finish in Iowa, it will likely confirm him as the establishment candidate of choice for the nomination.