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Israel's elder statesman, Shimon Peres, dies at 93

JERUSALEM Former Israeli president and elder statesman Shimon Peres, a joint winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize and an influential figure in Israeli politics for 70 years, died in hospital on Wednesday aged 93, two weeks after suffering a massive stroke. | Video

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Putin faces dilemma after vote win: How to prolong a system based on himself

MOSCOW Vladimir Putin appears politically invincible after Russia's ruling party won its biggest ever parliamentary majority this month. But he faces an increasingly pressing dilemma: How best to ensure the survival of a system built around himself.

Russia 6:24am EDT

Duterte says upcoming Philippine-U.S. war games will be last

HANOI Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday that an upcoming military joint exercise with the United States would be the last between the two allies, but pledged to honor their longstanding security treaty.

11:30am EDT

Gaza fishermen feel caught by Israel's tight security net

GAZA When Palestinian fisherman Abu Mohammed came under pressure to become an informer for Israeli intelligence, the 45-year-old father of five took a radical decision - he quit fishing and became a builder.

Israel 11:21am EDT

Polish PM Szydlo dismissed finance minister Szalamacha

WARSAW Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said on Wednesday she had dismissed Finance Minister Pawel Szalamacha, saying a government reshuffle was needed to make her cabinet's wide-reaching economic stimulus plan more effective.

11:27am EDT

U.S. to boost military presence in Iraq for Mosul battle

BAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Wednesday that Washington would send more U.S. troops to help local forces in the battle to retake Mosul from Islamic State that is expected later this year.

Iraq 10:34am EDT

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