Nightly News   |  January 02, 2014

Report: Ariel Sharon Near Death

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been in a coma for nearly eight years after suffering a stroke. But his health has worsened in recent days. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> and the middle east . a powerful car bomb blew up in the southern suburbs of bayeirut. they appear to be aimed at hezbollah for helping the assad government forces. the death toll is t at six with over 70 wounded.

>>> the former prime minister of israel is apparently near death in a tel aviv hospital. he suffered a stroke almost eight years ago now and has remained in a managed coma since then. just in the last several days doctors reported his condition has deteriorated as his organs have start the eed to fail. he's 85 years old.