Günter Grass in hospital

Nobel laureate Günter Grass is expected to be released from a Hamburg hospital within days, after undergoing what his secretary called a routine test.

Grass was admitted on Monday, less than two weeks after his poem criticising Israel triggered a storm of criticism. In "What Must Be Said", Mr Grass labelled Israel a threat to an "already fragile world peace" over its stance regarding Iran. Israel has barred him.

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