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Obama says Sharon 'dedicated his life to Israel'

President Barack Obama led US tributes to late Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon on Saturday, remembering him as "a leader who dedicated his life to the State of Israel." "On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the family of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and to the people of Israel," a White House statement said.

Obama says Sharon 'dedicated his life to Israel'

President Barack Obama led US tributes to late Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon on Saturday, remembering him as "a leader who dedicated his life to the State of Israel." "On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the family of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and to the people of Israel," a White House statement said.

Condition of ex-Israel PM Sharon worsens

The health of former Israeli premier Ariel Sharon has worsened over the past hours, hospital officials said on Thursday, describing him as being in "extremely critical" condition. "Over the past hours, there has been a worsening of the condition of former prime minister Ariel Sharon. His condition is described as extremely critical and his family is at his side all the time," said a statement from Sheba hospital near Tel Aviv where he is being treated.

Ex-Israel PM Sharon still faces 'imminent' death

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon was on Sunday still facing "imminent" death, the Tel Aviv hospital where he is in critical condition said. Sharon's "heart is holding out better than we thought, but he's still in danger of imminent death," Tel Hashomer hospital director Zeev Rotstein told public radio. "I am more pessimistic than I was before." jlr/jad/kir

Israel's Sharon in 'slow, gradual' deterioration

Israeli former prime minister Ariel Sharon's health was in 'slow, gradual' decline on Friday, according to the hospital where he has been in a comatose state for eight years. "Tests show a slow, gradual deterioration in the functioning of his vital organs ... His state has not changed. He's still in critical condition, and his life is in danger," Tel Hashomer hospital director Zeev Rotstein was quoted by public radio as saying. dms/jad/jk

Thoughts of Americans with Israel over Sharon

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that the thoughts of the American people were with Israel and its comatose former leader Ariel Sharon, whose health was rapidly deteriorating. "Our thoughts, my thoughts are with the Sharon family," Kerry said ahead of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "We remember his contributions, the sacrifices he made to ensure the survival and the wellbeing of Israel," he said. "All Americans are thinking of Israel and their former leader." jkb-jjm/jad/bpz

Former Israeli leader Sharon's condition deteriorating: hospital

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, comatose since a 2006 stroke, is in a critical, life-threatening condition from which he is unlikely to rally, a hospital official said on Thursday. "I am no prophet, but the feeling of his doctors and his sons ... is that there has been a change for the worse," Zeev Rotstein, director of the Sheba Medical Center, told reporters.

Former Israeli PM Sharon in critical condition, his life in danger: hospital official

JERUSALEM - Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma for eight years, was in critical condition on Thursday, clinging to life after a decline in the functioning of various bodily organs, his doctors said. Dr. Zeev Rotstein, director of Tel Hashomer hospital, said Sharon's condition had deteriorated over the past two days and that a number of vital organs, including his kidneys, were suffering from "critical malfunction."

Israel ex-PM Ariel Sharon's 'vital organs' failing

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon's health deteriorated further on Thursday, with his "vital organs" failing, the hospital where he has been housed in a comatose state for eight years said. "In the last few days, we have seen a gradual decline in the functioning of Ariel Sharon's vital organs, which are essential for his survival," Tel Hashomer hospital director Zeev Rotstein told Israeli public radio. dms/jad/tl

Family accuses Israel of caving in to Chinese pressure in terrorism case

JERUSALEM - An American family that is suing the Bank of China in a U.S. terrorism case accused Israel on Tuesday of caving in to Chinese pressure by blocking a key witness from testifying. The court filing included some potentially embarrassing accusations against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying he had barred the witness from testifying in order to bring "75 of his closest friends and family" on an official visit to China. It comes as China's foreign minister is visiting Israel.
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