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Nancy Pelosi Hospitalized in Rome

"minor ailment"

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelos, D-Calif.

ROME (AP) -- An Italian news agency says that U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi was hospitalized briefly in Rome with a minor ailment.

Pelosi, a former House speaker, had been scheduled to hold talks with Italian officials, including the defense minister, but the ANSA news agency said she was briefly hospitalized Monday at Rome's Policlinico and then released.

ANSA said she suffered a minor ailment but did not give any details.

The U.S. Embassy in Rome declined comment. Pelosi's office in Washington repeatedly refused requests Monday for information.

UPDATE from AP:

"After several flights yesterday in Afghanistan, and a long flight back to Italy that arrived early this morning, Leader Pelosi was not feeling well," spokesman Nadeam Elshami said in a statement released in Washington. "This morning in Rome, the leader was advised to visit a clinic, and the closest medical facility was a hospital."

The statement said Pelosi was resuming her schedule in Italy.

The ANSA news agency said the 70-year-old was taken to Rome's Policlinico hospital, where she underwent tests. She was then released and went back to the Rome hotel, ANSA said.

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