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  1. Obama, Netanyahu mourn death of Israel's Shimon Peres

    File photo of Israel's President Shimon Peres addressing the European Parliament in StrasbourgBy Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Former Israeli president and elder statesman Shimon Peres, 93, died in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, prompting U.S. President Barack Obama to mourn: "A light has gone out, but the hope he gave us will burn forever". Peres, an indefatigable campaigner for Middle East peace who jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, was hospitalized following a stroke two weeks ago and died in Tel Hashomer hospital near Tel Aviv. My friend Shimon was one of those people," Obama said in a statement.


  2. Syrian government launches Aleppo ground attack

    People look at the sky fearing an airstrike in the rebel-held al-Myassar neighbourhood of AleppoBy Tom Perry and Angus McDowall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces and their allies attacked the opposition-held sector of Aleppo on several fronts on Tuesday, the biggest ground assault yet in a massive new campaign that has destroyed a U.S.-backed ceasefire. The United States says the assault on Aleppo is proof that President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and regional allies have abandoned an international peace process to pursue victory on the battlefield after nearly six years of civil war. More than 250,000 civilians are believed to be trapped inside the besieged rebel-held sector of Aleppo, where intensive bombing over the past week has killed hundreds of people, many trapped under buildings brought down by bunker-busting bombs.


  3. U.S to deploy anti-missile system in South Korea 'as soon as possible'

    A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept testBy David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will speed up deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system to South Korea given the pace of North Korea's missile tests, and it will be stationed there "as soon as possible," the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia said on Tuesday. Daniel Russel, assistant secretary of state for East Asia, also told a congressional hearing the United States was in discussions with international partners, including the European Union, to deny North Korea access to international banking infrastructure after its recent nuclear and missile tests.


  4. Venezuela's Maduro calls for new era of relations with U.S.

    Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talk during their meeting in CartagenaBy Girish Gupta CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday he is hopeful for improved relations with the United States, a day after meeting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Maduro met Kerry in Colombia's coastal city of Cartagena after the signing of a major peace deal between leftist guerrillas and the Colombian government. "I ask that God bless the results of the meeting and that Venezuela opens a new era of relations with the United States," Maduro said during his weekly hours-long show on state television, adding that the pair spoke for 40 minutes.


  5. Germany boosts security for Muslim centres in Dresden after mosque bombing

    Police inspect the front of a mosque in Dresden, one day after an improvised bomb destroyed the entranceGerman police are stepping up protection of Muslim institutions in Dresden after two improvised bombs exploded in the eastern city on Monday evening, one at a mosque and one at an international conference centre. "Even if we so far have no claim of responsibility, we must go on the basis that the motive was xenophobic," Horst Kretzschmar, president of Dresden police, said in a statement. Kretzschmar said three mosques, a Muslim social centre and a prayer room would be given protection immediately.



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