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Former US President Bush Sr to remain in hospital

Former President George H.W. Bush, left, posing with his son former President George W. Bush at Houston Methodist Hospital Credit: Evan Sisley/Office of George H.W. Bush via AP

Former US President George HW Bush is to remain in hospital for "a few more days of observation", his spokesman says.

The 92-year-old was readmitted to hospital with pneumonia last week, the second time this year America's oldest ex-president has been admitted to the hospital in Huston.

In a statement the former US President is described as being in "good spirits" and "resting comfortably" in hospital, where he will remain for a "few more days of observation".

The statement also said that his medical team "hope to discharge him by the end of the week".

In January, Mr Bush was hospitalised for more than two weeks after developing pneumonia.

Le Pen 'temporarily steps down' as National Front leader

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is temporarily stepping down as head of her National Front party, she has announced.

The move appears to be an attempt to appeal to a wider range of potential voters ahead of the May 7 run-off between herself and Emmanuel Macron, the independent centrist who came first in Sunday's first round.

"Tonight, I am no longer the president of the National Front. I am the presidential candidate," Ms Le Pen said.

She has said in the past that she is not a candidate of her party, and made that point when she rolled out her platform in February, saying the measures she was espousing were not her party's, but her own.

She has worked to bring in voters from the left and right for several years, cleaning up her party's racist, anti-Semitic image to do so.


Corbyn appeals to Scottish voters to return to Labour

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn started the first full week of election campaigning in Scotland on Monday.

He appealed for voters to return to the party after they were all but wiped out two years ago.

Lib Dems announced a surge in support but there were also some awkward questions for the party's leader Tim Farron.

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