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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu taken to hospital

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been taken to hospital with high fever and a severe cough, his spokesman has confirmed.

The 68-year-old’s personal physician believes he has not fully recovered from an illness two weeks ago, and therefore decided he should undergo further tests at hospital.

Mr Netanyahu’s ill health comes just weeks after police recommended he should be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of public trust.

The Israeli leader dismissed the remarks as “biased, extreme and full of holes like Swiss cheese”.

He has been questioned several times since the start of 2017 and is a suspect in two separate cases.

Theresa May and Benjamin Netanyahu met earlier this year
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Theresa May and Benjamin Netanyahu met at Downing Street last year

Mr Netanyahu is alleged to have received $100,000 (£72,000) in gifts from Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and other wealthy supporters.

He also stands accused of offering preferential treatment to a newspaper publisher in exchange for favourable coverage.

The leader has denied any wrongdoing and claims the recommendations “will end with nothing”.

On Monday, Mr Netanyahu – along with his wife and son – were questioned by police as part of an investigation into one of the corruption cases.

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