Iraq presidency claims progress in stroke recovery

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Posted: Jan 05, 2013 7:46 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — The office of Iraq's ailing president says he is making progress in a German hospital recovering from a stroke last month.

A brief statement Saturday described the health situation of Jalal Talabani as "reassuring" and says his medical team has started rehabilitation. It did not give more details on his condition.

Talabani, a 79-year-old senior Kurdish leader, was flown to Germany for treatment more than two weeks ago.

The statement was responding to a late Friday report in the French newspaper Le Figaro that described the president as "clinically dead." Talabani's office described the report as "totally baseless."

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