News in Brief
George HW Bush, 90, in hospital
Former US president George HW Bush, 90, has been admitted to a Texas hospital suffering shortness of breath, a family spokesman said Tuesday. He is under observation as precaution, sources said. The 41st US president and the oldest of the four living former US presidents, Bush has seemed frail in recent public appearances.
Obama's immigration case dismissed
A US federal judge handed a victory to President Barack Obama late Tuesday, throwing out a lawsuit over controversial actions he took last month shielding millions of undocumented migrants from deportation. The suit brought by Joseph Arpaio, the conservative sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, challenging the constitutionality of the president's actions, was dismissed by Judge Beryl Howell.
Australian charged over terrorist plot
An Australian man was charged yesterday with possessing documents connected to a planned terrorist attack on government targets in Sydney, but police insisted people should not be afraid. Sulayman Khalid, 20, who also goes by the name Abu Bakr, was arrested following raids last week which uncovered a large number of documents, a rifle, and two shotguns.
Omar Abdullah resigns as J&K CM
Omar Abdullah has resigned as Jammu and Kashmir chief minister yesterday after a hung verdict in the assembly elections on Monday. With 15 seats only, Abdullah has made clear he will not take the lead for talks on government formation. The People's Democratic Party (28 seats) is expected to explore government formation. The BJP has won 25 seats in its best performance in J&K ever.
World's oldest FB user dies aged 114
A woman believed to be the world's oldest Facebook user has died at the age of 114, her family said. Anna Stoehr of Plainview, Minnesota, gained widespread attention in October when she said she'd had to lie about her age to sign up for the social network. Facebook responded by celebrating her impressive longevity on her birthday. Anna Stoehr -- who leaves 5 children, 27 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren -- died Sunday.
SA president Zuma hints at 5th wife
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, 72, has hinted he may be ready to take a fifth wife to accompany him through old age, a newspaper reported yesterday. During a visit to a Durban township Tuesday Zuma said: "I do have wives but I'm yet to marry my last one". Zuma, who has around 20 children, has married six times but currently has four wives on the state's budget, despite criticism from some tax-payers.