NATO chief hospitalized

12:29, 22 July 2009
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 NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer was hospitalized Tuesday to have small blood clot cleared, said the alliance, according to Xinhua.

    The operation was carried out successfully, and the NATO chief is being kept in hospital for a few days for observation.

    De Hoop Scheffer, who steps down on Aug. 1, was scheduled to travel to Berlin on Tuesday.

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