A brain scan performed on Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has shown positive results, indicating that his body has absorbed the blood that pooled in his brain following last week's stroke.
Doctors say they have now removed a tube inserted in the prime minister's skull to relieve pressure, but say he remains in critical condition.
Also today, doctors came under criticism for failing to publicly release information about a brain disease (cerebral amyloid angiopathy) they discovered after the 77 year-old leader's initial, mild stroke in December.
President Bush spoke by telephone with Ehud Olmert for the first time since he became Israel's acting prime minister after Mr. Sharon's stroke. Israeli officials say Mr. Olmert may soon visit Washington.
Meanwhile, three of four remaining Likud members of the Israeli Cabinet have resigned at the urging of party leader Benjamin Netanyahu. Israeli political parties are scrambling to re-organize for the March 28th elections.