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Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Oct. 22, 2009 before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on NATO. (AP Photo / Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)

Madeleine Albright, the first female U.S. secretary of state, has died of cancer, her family said Wednesday. She was 84.

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Madeleine Albright; Photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

She was raised in war-torn Czechoslovakia, but moved up the ranks of U.S. diplomacy to the very top spot: Secretary of State. Eddie Arruza talks with Madeleine Albright.