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Iraqi president Jalal Talabani was hospitalized on Tuesday after suffering a stroke. A spokesman for the prime minister said Talabani is in stable condition, but the seriousness of the stroke is unclear. Sources said Talabani fainted Monday and remains unconscious. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has visited the hospital where Talabani is being treated. The political ramifications of Talabani being out of office are unknown—the 79-year-old is seen as a unifying figure between many of the warring ethnic factions, despite originally hailing from Kurdistan.