• German ex-chancellor Kohl ‘doing well’ after two operations


    BERLIN: Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl is doing “well under the circumstances” after undergoing two operations, his office said Tuesday, in response to alarming media reports about the health of the man who oversaw reunification. Kohl, 85, had a hip operation in early May, which went well, and subsequently needed a further operation which prolonged his stay in hospital, a statement said, without specifying what the second operation concerned. “Under the circumstances Dr Helmut Kohl is doing well,” it added. However the German DPA press agency, citing a member of Kohl’s entourage, said the former leader was “in a very serious condition”.



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