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Reporter who broke news of WWII dies

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British journalist Clare Hollingworth celebrates her 105th birthday in Hong Kong on Oct. 10, 2016.

ReutersHONG KONG (Reuters) — Clare Hollingworth, who was a rookie reporter for a British newspaper when she broke the news in 1939 that World War II had begun, has died in Hong Kong at 105, a close friend told Reuters on Tuesday.

In August 1939, at the age of 27, Hollingworth traveled alone to the German border and witnessed the first column of Nazi tanks mobilizing to invade Poland.

Three days later, she was first to report the outbreak of hostilities not only to readers of The Daily Telegraph, but also to the British and Polish authorities.

“Clare passed away surrounded by family and friends with lots of care,” Cathy Hilborn Feng, a friend of more than 20 years said by telephone in Hong Kong.Speech

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