Former US president George H.W. Bush dead at 94

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Sir John Major has led tributes in Britain to former U.S. president George Bush senior, who has died at the age of 94.

In 1984, during his first term as vice president under Ronald Reagan, he played one inning at first base - Bush was 60 at the time - during an old-timers game in Denver, where he was attending a state convention.

Attending the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Russian leader noted that Bush had done a lot to "strengthen" the cooperation with Moscow in terms of "global security." .

In addition, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director, Christine Lagarde, praised late US President George H.W. Bush for his commitment to create a better future for people and also for promoting international cooperation.

Like this story? Share it with a friend! He was a World War II veteran, a congressman from Texas, head of the Central Intelligence Agency and a vice president. He was a first baseman and captain of the Yale University Bulldogs, and led the team to the first two ever College World Series in 1947 and 1948. "I personally have lost a friend", Juncker said in a statement, released by the European Commission.

"The first phone call I had as prime minister was from George Bush", he said.

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"In 1989, at a watershed moment when the blocs were tested and their decades-long confrontation began to crumble, he bravely seized the opportunity to end the Cold War".

"President George H.W. Bush's ethos of public service was the guiding thread of his life and an example to us all".

Bush presided over economic malaise at home, and infuriated his fellow Republicans during a budget battle with rival Democrats by famously breaking his vow: "Read my Lips: No new taxes".

Some 425,000 USA troops backed by 118,000 allied soldiers took part in Operation Desert Storm, decimating Saddam's military machine without ousting him from power - a task that would be accomplished 12 years later by Bush's son.

"As our nation mourns his passing, our entire Astros organization sends heartfelt condolences to the Bush family. Our condolences to the Bush family and the American people", Thacic said. He studied at Phillips Academy Andover boarding school and enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 18.

In 1988, Bush beat Michael Dukakis in the nationwide presidential election.

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