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George HW Bush pays tribute to 'dear friend' King Abdullah

Former US president George HW Bush has said he is "deeply saddened" to learn of the death of King Abdullah, who he describes as a "dear friend and partner".

In a statement, he said: "As President, I found His Majesty always to be a wise and reliable ally, helping out nations build on a strategic relationship and enduring friendship".

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George Bush Snr 'doing well' in hospital

Former President Bush has been in hospital since Tuesday. Credit: Reuters

Former US President George Bush Snr remains hospitalised near his home in Houston after experiencing shortness of breath this week but is "doing well", his spokesman said.

Bush, 90, was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital on Tuesday.

Spokesman Jim McGrath said yesterday that the 41st president's prognosis was positive and that he remained hospitalised as a precaution.

The former Republican president suffers from Parkinson's disease and cannot use his legs, but he celebrated his 90th birthday in June by skydiving with a US Army parachute team.

George Bush Snr under observation as a 'precaution'

George Bush Snr with his wife Barbara in 2005. Credit: PA

George Bush Snr is being kept under observation as a "precaution" after struggling to breathe, his spokesman Jim McGrath said.

The 90-year-old was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital on Tuesday evening.

It is the same hospital where he spent nearly two months in January 2013 after treatment for a bronchitis-related cough and other health issues.

Bush, who can no longer use his legs, most recently appeared seated in a wheelchair at an event in November at Texas A&M University with his son, former President George W. Bush.

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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.

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
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