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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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Norway appeals court rejects Snowden extradition lawsuit

OSLO A Norwegian appeals court has rejected a lawsuit from fugitive former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden against the Norwegian government, upholding the verdict of a lower court, it said on Wednesday.

Norway 6:03am EDT

Japan's Abe seeks breakthrough with Russia on long-disputed islands

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is betting that close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia's economic woes and regional concerns about China's rise will help him make progress in a decades-old territorial row when the men meet in December.

China, Russia, Japan 6:58am EDT

French policy shift leaves Gabon's Bongo out in the cold

DAKAR In the heyday of former President Omar Bongo, Gabon and its oil wealth were a central pillar of "La Francafrique", a shadowy network that enabled France's troops to defend African autocrats in exchange for juicy contracts for French companies.

France, Africa 7:27am EDT

Iraq says U.S. will send more troops for Mosul battle: statement

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 expected later this year.

7:53am EDT

Turkey may need to build more courts to try thousands over coup - minister

ANKARA Turkey may have to build new courthouses to cope with thousands of prosecutions over July's failed coup, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Wednesday, as the number of people arrested reached 32,000.

Turkey 6:58am EDT

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