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Former British foreign minister Robin Cook dies

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Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook has died after collapsing while on a walking holiday in Scotland, aged 59. He was rushed to hospital but could not be revived. Cook served as foreign minister in the first Labour government from 1997 to 2001 and was leader of the House of Commons until he resigned in protest at Britain’s support for the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003. While remaining loyal to Labour, he was a regular critic of its foreign policy, particularly in relation to Iraq.