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|Posted by:||May 12th 2005, 10:40:39 am|
|Fig Tree News Team||BAHAMAS
From Herald Wire Services
NASSAU - Christie out one month
following mild stroke
Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie was released from the hospital Friday, four days after suffering a mild stroke, doctors said.
Perry, 61, woke up at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday feeling dizzy and disoriented. He felt numbness on the right side of the body and had trouble forming certain words.
Results of tests showed Perry had had ''a very small stroke'' on the left side of the brain, said hospital neurologist Charles Rahming.
''He is completely recovered from the ill effects,'' Rahming said, minutes before Perry was released from Princess Margaret Hospital in the capital.
Doctors originally said Perry was treated for severe hypertension. Doctors have advised Christie not to reassume his duties fully for a month.
Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt will be acting prime minister in the interim. Perry has been prime minister of this former British colony of 297,000 residents since May 2002.
U.N. PAYS TRIBUTE TO FALLEN SOLDIER
PORT-AU-PRINCE -- U.N. military leaders held a memorial service Friday for an Uruguayan soldier killed in a road accident, the sixth peacekeeper to die since the mission arrived in Haiti almost a year ago.
About 100 soldiers surrounded the casket of Cpl. Leandro Acosta Duarte, 29, draped with a U.N. and an Uruguayan flag, while a lone soldier played a military hymn on a trumpet.
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
PENALTIES INCREASED FOR ANIMAL ABUSERS
CHARLOTTE AMALIE -- The local legislature passed a law making animal abuse a felony and increasing penalties for offenders, earning praise Friday from animal rights activists in the U.S. Caribbean territory.
The law provides a maximum two-year prison sentence and a $2,000 fine for people convicted of cruelty to animals. It also allows judges to bar convicted abusers from owning pets.
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