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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 an array of world leaders and international 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....

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):...

Afghan official: 13 civilians killed in airstrike on house
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- At least 13 civilians were killed in an airstrike that hit a residential building in a volatile district of eastern Nangarhar province early Wednesday, an Afghan official said....

Europol: Ransomware now top cybercrime threat
PARIS (AP) -- European police agency Europol says the threat from ransomware has now eclipsed other forms of online theft, a sign of how quickly the computer-scrambling software has found favor in the electronic underworld....

Fear, suspicion as French hamlet anticipates Calais migrants
CHAMPTERCIER, France (AP) -- Residents of Champtercier fear their hamlet in the foothills of the Alps is about to become a new flashpoint for Europe's migrant crisis: Its population of 800 is slated to grow sharply when it takes in 100 migrants from an overflowing camp in Calais next month....

Libyan general in east rejects UN-backed government
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- A powerful Libyan general whose forces recently captured several key oil facilities has rejected a U.N.-brokered government and said the country would be better served by a leader with "high-level military experience."...

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