The former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has been taken to hospital as a result of a hunger strike.

He had been due to appear at the latest hearing of his trial in Baghdad tomorrow but the chief prosecutor said the need for medical treatment prevented this.

Saddam Hussein is thought to have begun refusing food more than two weeks ago, in protest against the murder of his lawyer.

Prosecutors at his trial in Baghdad say he is currently being fed by a tube and his condition is not yet stable.

He and seven co-defendants are on trial charged with crimes against humanity.