Doctors order Peres to cancel appointments due to flu

President Shimon Peres was resting Wednesday at the order of his doctor after being diagnosed with a light case of the flu, officials said. Peres, who became president in July, canceled events Tuesday and Wednesday, but hoped to deliver a speech to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations at his Jerusalem residence later in the day, said his spokeswoman Ayelet Frish. "This is a man who doesn't like to rest even when he is sick," Frish said. Peres refused to give in to the pressure of his staff to cancel the speech, she said. "He manages to steal a meeting here and there," she said.