Zimbabwe pres. denies rumors of Asia medical trip

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Posted: Oct 03, 2011 7:14 AM
Zimbabwe pres. denies rumors of Asia medical trip

Zimbabwe's 87-year-old president is disputing reports he sought medical treatment in Asia and says he went there to visit his daughter instead.

Robert Mugabe returned Sunday from a five-day trip. State radio on Monday reported that he told journalists he spent time with his daughter Bona, 22, a student in Hong Kong. He dismissed media reports he is ill and castigated those who mention his health every time he travels to Asia.

Last week's Asian trip was his sixth this year. In March, his office said he underwent eye surgery in Singapore. But U.S. diplomats cited in recently released WikiLeaks cables have said they were informed he is suffering from prostate cancer. Mugabe's party denies the cancer claims.