Leader to have surgery
Argentina’s president will undergo surgery today to remove blood between her brain and skull that has been causing new and worrying symptoms, her physicians said. The president’s doctors said they had ordered President Cristina Fernandez, 60, on Saturday to rest for a month after discovering the subdural hematoma — a clot inside her skull pressuring her brain and causing headaches. But the situation became more urgent after Fernandez felt a weakness and numbness in her upper left arm Sunday evening, according to doctors at the Fundacion Favaloro, one of Argentina’s top cardiology hospitals. The surgery involves drilling small holes through the skull to remove old blood.
Attacks kill dozens
A string of attacks across Iraq, including a coordinated wave of evening bombings in Baghdad, killed at least 45 people Monday as al-Qaida claimed responsibility for a recent spate of rare suicide attacks in the relatively peaceful Kurdish north. Monday’s bombings marked the third day in a row that insurgents were able to unleash attacks powerful enough to claim fatalities numbering in the dozens.
Pricey diamond sold
A white diamond the size of a small egg sold for $30.6 million at a Hong Kong auction, although a blue diamond that was the night’s other highlight with a $19 million estimate failed to sell. Two phone bidders competed for the 118-carat white diamond from Africa in six minutes of measured bidding until one dropped out in the Sotheby’s jewelry auction Monday night, part of fall sales of art and collectibles by the firm and its rivals.
Army reopens road
Syrian troops wrested control of a key road linking the government-held heartland with the embattled northern city of Aleppo, reopening the crucial supply route after heavy fighting with rebels, state media and activists said Monday. Government forces and opposition fighters have been locked in a bloody, block-by-block fight for Aleppo since rebels launched an assault on the city 15 months ago.
Compiled from wire reports.