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US Defense secretary in critical condition in hospital

# US Defense secretary Lloyd Austin is said to be in critical condition in a Maryland hospital with an emergency bladder issue. This follows after he was criticised for not disclosing his prostate cancer diagnosis and hospital stays in December and last month. BBC News reports 70-year-old Austin transferred his functions and duties to his deputy, Kahtleen Hicks, before he was taken to hospital. He apologised to president Joe Biden earlier for not handling the news of his cancer diagnosis correctly.