India’s water war continues
Democrat is suffering from pneumonia
For weeks, Hillary Clinton dismissed questions about her health as little more than a conspiracy theory, part of a “wacky strategy” cooked up by rival Donald Trump as he embraced an “alternative reality”.
Those concerns are now unavoidable, made real by Clinton’s abrupt departure on Sunday from a 9/11 anniversary ceremony and a video showing the Democratic nominee staggering and eventually slumping forward before being held up as she was helped into a van.
The damage was compounded by eight hours of silence from Clinton and her team about the health scare, as well as the disclosure she had been diagnosed on Friday with pneumonia.
Clinton’s doctor said the 68-yearold former secretary of state “became overheated and dehydrated” at the 9/11 ceremony in Manhattan.
Dr Lisa R Barback said Clinton was examined at her home in suburban New York and “is now rehydrated and recovering nicely”.
But less than two months from Election Day, it was a problematic visual for Clinton as she tries to project the vigour needed for one of the world’s most demanding jobs. Late on Sunday, she cancelled plans to travel to California for two days of fundraising, campaign events and a talk show appearance. No longer can Trump’s questions about Clinton’s physical stamina be summarily dismissed. The episode was also sure to fuel a vocal group of online conspiracy theorists, deemed “healthers” by some Clinton supporters, who point to videos and photos of Clinton as evidence of her poor health. In interviews yesterday, Trump was uncharacteristically subdued about Clinton’s health issues. On CNBC, he said he takes no satisfaction from her problems. On Fox News, he said he hopes “she gets well and gets back on the trail”. Trump also said he had a physical last week and will release detailed health information when he gets the results. He said: “I think they’re going to be good. I feel great.”
India’s top court has ordered the southern state of Karnataka to release water from a disputed river to neighbouring Tamil Nadu after violence erupted in both states over water sharing. The Supreme Court ordered Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs (cubic feet per second) per day to Tamil Nadu until September 20. Farmers in both states, who depend on river water to irrigate their crops, have complained of severe water shortages.