Briefly World: Former US President George H W Bush hospitalised

Former US President George H W Bush hospitalised

Houston: Former President George H W Bush has been hospitalised in Houston for treatment of a lingering cough. Bush's chief of staff, Jean Becker, said the 88-year-old former president was being treated for bronchitis at Houston's Methodist Hospital. He was admitted last Friday and is expected to be released by the weekend.

Pak: Dismiss Saeed's plea against US drone strikes

Lahore: Pakistan government has asked Lahore High Court to dismiss LeT founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed's petition against US drones attacks on the Pakistani soil for being "not maintainable." The Foreign Ministry said Saeed had approached the court under Article 199 of the Constitution, which allowed only an aggrieved person to file a petition.

Nepal President extends PM deadline to Dec 6

Kathmandu: Nepal's warring political parties Thursday got more time to name a consensus prime ministerial candidate after President Ram Baran Yadav extended the deadline till December 6, according to his press adviser Rajendra Dahal.

Pak doctor in bin Laden case begins hunger strike

PESHAWAR: Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor who helped the US Central Intelligence Agency hunt Osama bin Laden started a hunger strike in his jail cell this week to protest his living conditions, officials said Thursday.

Nationwide Internet blackout in Syria

BEIRUT: Two US-based Internet-monitoring companies said Syria has shut off the Internet nationwide. Activists in Syria reached Thursday by satellite telephone confirmed the unprecedented blackout, which comes amid intense fighting in the capital, Damascus.

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