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Ex-US First Lady Barbara Bush set to leave hospital

Barbara Bush and George H. W. Bush are set to celebrate their 69th wedding anniversary on Monday. Credit: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/ABACA/Press Association Images

Former US First Lady Barbara Bush has been cleared to leave hospital in Houston, Texas after spending nearly a week being treated for a "respiratory-related issue".

A spokesman for Mrs Bush, the wife of former President George H. W. Bush, said she had responded well to medication and was cleared to go home in the afternoon.

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Bill Clinton 'envious' of George Bush Snr's socks

Former US President Bill Clinton has tweeted this photo of himself with his predecessor George Bush Snr.

The pair have lunch together every year in the state of Maine, where Mr Bush owns a large estate on the coast.

Former US President Bill Clinton (L) with his predecessor George Bush Snr Credit: Twitter/@billclinton

Mr Clinton drew attention to his host's "western cactus" themed socks, of which he said he was "envious".

George Bush's 'western cactus' socks Credit: Twitter/@billclinton

Presidential rivals wish George Bush Sr happy birthday

The former US president George Bush Sr has celebrated his 89th birthday.

The White House's official Twitter page posted a picture of Mr Bush with Barack Obama.

Barack Obama talks to the former US President George Bush Sr. Credit: Twitter / White House

Mitt Romney, the Republican's presidential candidate for last year's contest tweeted: "Happy birthday to a fellow socks fan!"

Mitt Romney and Geoge Bush Sr compare socks Credit: Twitter / Mitt Romney

George Bush Sr: Thatcher 'helped shape a better world'

Former US President George Bush Sr said: "Barbara and I were deeply saddened to learn of Baroness Thatcher's passing, and extend our heartfelt condolences to her children and loved ones.

Former US President George Bush Sr. Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

"Margaret was, to be sure, one of the 20th Century's fiercest advocates of freedom and free markets - a leader of rare character who carried high the banner of her convictions, and whose principles in the end helped shape a better, freer world.

"The personal grief we Bushes feel is compounded by the knowledge that America has lost one of the staunchest allies we have ever known; and yet we have confidence that her sterling record of accomplishment will inspire future generations.

"May God bless the memory of Margaret Thatcher."

'Hackers' publish Bush family photographs and emails

George H.W. Bush pictured with his son and fellow former president George W. Bush in June 2012. Credit: Reuters

A criminal investigation has been launched in the US after hackers apparently accessed private emails and photographs exchanged between George H.W. Bush and members of his family.

One picture showed George W Bush grinning next to a cardboard cut-out of himself wearing a beret.

Another appeared to be a photograph of a self-portrait of the former president in the bath.

Emails suggested that the Bush family had begun making preparations for the funeral of George Bush Snr, who had a stint in hospital in December 2012 with fever.

Others hinted at a strong friendship between Bush Snr and former president Bill Clinton, who was referred to as "Bubba".

US website The Smoking Gun, which published much of the material, says the hacker went by the name "Guccifer," a word watermarked on the leaked photographs.

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Celebrated Gulf War veteran Norman Schwarzkopf dies

Former US Gulf War commander Norman Schwarzkopf Credit: REUTERS/Sam Mircovich/File SSM

The US General who led coalition forces during Operation Desert Storm in the Gulf, Norman Schwarzkopf, has died at the age of 78 at his home in Tampa, Florida.

General Norman Schwarzkopf Jnr was a decorated Vietnam veteran and went on to become the commander-in-chief of US Central Command.

Bush Sr 'expected to be released within next 72 hours'

George HW Bush's office has released a statement after he was readmitted to hospital in Houston, Texas.

It says: "President Bush has been in and out of The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center being treated for complications related to his bronchitis.

"He is in [a] stable condition, and is expected to be released within the next 72 hours."

George Bush Sr admitted to hospital

George HW Bush has recently recovered from bronchitis Credit: Reuters

Former US President George HW Bush has been admitted to a hospital in Houston, Texas.

A hospital spokesperson says it is not life-threatening, but there are reports it is a long-term cough that the 88-year-old has not been able to shake off. He has recently recovered from bronchitis.