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LONDON – Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was honored Wednesday at a solemn funeral at St. Paul's Cathedral in central London.

An estimated 2,300 people from 170 different countries attended the ceremony, which Reuters compared to Winston Churchill's funeral in 1965.

The scene inside St Paul's #thatchertwitpic.com/cjy5bs

— Shropshire Star (@ShropshireStar) April 17, 2013

The Independent reports that activities of extremists from Northern Ireland, as well as left-wing protesters, were being tracked by MI5 agents and counter-terrorism services ahead of the morning procession, and that security was increased in response to the terrorist attack on the Boston marathon.

#Thatcher passes. Somber silence, then a wave of polite British applause. twitter.com/davidenrich/st…

— David Enrich (@davidenrich) April 17, 2013

Four thousand police were on duty in London but there were no signs of protests during the funeral procession, which carried Thatcher's coffin draped in the Union flag from parliament to the church of St. Clement Danes on a hearse, before military guard placed it on a horse-drawn gun carriage that carried the coffin to St. Paul's Cathedral.

Dismissing concerns by some Thatcher critics about the cost and pomp of the event (an expected 10 million pounds), Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron told BBC Radio 4 "I think what is happening today is absolutely fitting and right," before adding “in a way we are all Thatcherites now.”

Some in the funeral crowd applaud as a marching band heads through Ludgate Circus to St Paul's. Others boo and chant "Waste of money!"

— Jon Kay (@jonkay01) April 17, 2013

Britain’s longest-serving Prime Minister of the 20th century, the "Iron Lady" — a nickname Thatcher’s uncompromising politics earned her -- died from a stroke on April 8, aged 87.

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In Uganda, Having A "Rolex" Is About Not Going Hungry

Experts fear the higher food prices resulting from the conflict in Ukraine could jeopardize the health of many Ugandans. Take a look at this ritzy-named simple dish.

Zziwa Fred, a street vendor who runs two fast-food businesses in central Uganda, rolls a freshly prepared chapati known as a Rolex.

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WAKISO — Godfrey Kizito takes a break from his busy shoe repair shop every day so he can enjoy his favorite snack, a vegetable and egg omelet rolled in a freshly prepared chapati known as a Rolex. But for the past few weeks, this daily ritual has given him neither the satisfaction nor the sustenance he is used to consuming. Kizito says this much-needed staple has shrunk in size.

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Most streets and markets in Uganda have at least one vendor firing up a hot plate ready to cook the Rolex, short for rolled eggs — which usually comes with tomatoes, cabbage and onion and is priced anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 Ugandan shillings (28 to 57 cents). Street vendor Farouk Kiyaga says many of his customers share Kizito’s disappointment over the dwindling size of Uganda’s most popular street food, but Kiyaga is struggling with the rising cost of wheat and cooking oil.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has halted exports out of the two countries, which account for about 26% of wheat exports globally and about 80% of the world’s exports of sunflower oil, pushing prices to an all-time high, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, a United Nations agency. Not only oil and wheat are affected. Prices of the most consumed foods worldwide, such as meat, grains and dairy products, hit their highest levels ever in March, making a nutritious meal even harder to buy for those who already struggle to feed themselves and their families. The U.N. organization warns the conflict could lead to as many as 13.1 million more people going hungry between 2022 and 2026.

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