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Israel mourns as preparations begin for Peres' funeral
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel on Wednesday mourned the death of Shimon Peres, a former president and prime minister whose life story mirrored that of the Jewish state, as the government began preparations for a funeral that is expected to bring together world leaders and dignitaries....

Dutch probe: Malaysian jet downed by launcher from Russia
NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch-led criminal investigators said Wednesday they have solid evidence that a Malaysian jet was shot down by a Buk missile moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia....

The Latest: Palestinian leader expresses sorrow over Peres
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Latest on the death of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres (all times local):...

Shimon Peres witnessed Israel's history, and shaped it
JERUSALEM (AP) -- At every corner of Israel's tumultuous history, Shimon Peres was there....

World leaders mourn Peres, praise him as a man of peace
LONDON (AP) -- Current and former world leaders mourned the passing of Israeli statesman Shimon Peres on Wednesday, praising him as visionary who committed his life to the elusive goal of lasting peace in the Middle East....

Medical officials: airstrikes knock out 2 Aleppo hospitals
BEIRUT (AP) -- Medical officials say airstrikes have severely damaged two hospitals in eastern rebel-held Aleppo, leading to the death of two seriously ill patients....

The Latest: Pope Francis condemns Syria bombing
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the civil war in Syria (all times local):...

Yves Saint Laurent designer makes highly-anticipated debut
PARIS (AP) -- A huge crane in the colors of the French flag hoisted up a giant neon YSL logo above a construction site in the French capital, literally setting expectations high for this year's YSL show at Paris Fashion Week....

Pakistan says India will 'disintegrate' when Kashmir is free
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's defense minister says its nuclear-armed rival India will "disintegrate" when Kashmir gains independence....

Officials: US to send more troops to Iraq to help with Mosul
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States is preparing to send an unspecific number of additional troops to Iraq to help reclaim the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group....

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