German magazine mistakenly announces Bush's death

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 31, 2012 10:00 hrs

Moscow, Dec 31 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Germany's Der Spiegel newsweekly published by mistake Sunday an obituary for former US president George H.W. Bush, describing him as a "colorless politician".

The magazine's New York correspondent Marc Pitzke said Bush's record only impressed when it was compared to the presidency of his son, George W. Bush, who served two terms from 2001-09.

The unfinished obituary appeared on Der Spiegel's website for a few minutes before it was noticed by Internet users and removed.

Bush Sr, who was president 1989-93, has been in and out of hospital since Nov 23 after developing a bronchitis-related cough.

At 88, Bush is the oldest living former US president.--IANS/RIA Novosti


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