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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

Turkey to complete Syria border wall within 5 months, official says

ANKARA/ISTANBUL A concrete wall being built to stop illegal crossings along the length of Turkey's 900-km (560-mile) border with Syria will be finished by the end of February, an official at a Turkish state institution with knowledge of the project said on Wednesday.

Turkey, Syria 9:24am EDT

Spain's Socialists at odds over political deadlock

MADRID Spain's Socialist party descended into open warfare on Wednesday as calls to remove the party leader grew in a bid to break a political deadlock which has left the country without a new government for nine months.

Spain 9:09am 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 expected later this year.

Iraq 9:23am EDT

Swiss air force grounds Super Puma helicopters after fatal crash

ZURICH The Swiss Air Force canceled flights with Airbus Super Puma helicopters after a fatal crash on Wednesday that killed two pilots and injured a crew member, the defense ministry said.

9:18am EDT

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