In­dia’s wa­ter war con­tin­ues

Demo­crat is suf­fer­ing from pneu­mo­nia

7 Days in Dubai - - GLOBAL NEWS -

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.

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