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Ex-dictator Noriega hit by stroke

A medical examination has found former dictator Manuel Noriega has limited mobility due to a stroke, authorities in Panama said.

A statement from the country's interior ministry said Noriega also has high blood pressure, a peptic ulcer and allergic rhinitis.

But the statement added that he can move on his own and take care of himself despite his ailments.

Noriega spent about 20 years in US and French prisons on drug-trafficking and money-laundering convictions.

He was returned to Panama on Sunday and is serving three 20-year sentences for the killings of political opponents in the 1980s.

His lawyers say they plan to request house arrest under a Panamanian law that allows prisoners older than 70 to serve their sentences at home.

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