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Iraqi president said to be recovering from stroke

Iraq's ailing president is responding to treatment and is making progress in recovering from a stroke last month, the leader's office said Saturday.

 

The brief statement described Jalal Talabani's condition as "reassuring" and said his medical team has started him on a course of rehabilitation. It added that he "has passed the difficult stages faster than expected," but the statement did not provide details about the president's current health nor did it say whether he is able to communicate. (AP)