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The Latest: US backs report that Russian missile downed MH17
NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands (AP) -- The Latest on the probe into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine in 2014 (all times local):...

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 world leaders and dignitaries....

The Latest: Pope mourns loss of Israel's 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....

World leaders mourn Peres, praise him as a man of peace
LONDON (AP) -- Current and former world leaders mourned the passing of Israeli statesman Shimon Peres on Wednesday, praising him as a visionary who committed his life to the elusive goal of lasting peace in the Middle East....

Reaction to the death of Israel's Shimon Peres
Quotes from around the world after the death of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and elder statesman of Israeli politics, at age 93....

Probe: Malaysian jet downed by missile launcher from Russia
NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch-led criminal investigators said Wednesday they have solid evidence that a Malaysian jet was shot down in 2014 by a Buk missile that was moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia....

Group: Cuban press makes strides despite controls
NEW YORK (AP) -- An independent press is emerging in Cuba despite a constitutional requirement that media be controlled by the one party communist state, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a report issued Wednesday....

Saudi Arabia has ways to hit back at 9/11 lawsuit effort
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Saudi Arabia and its allies are warning that U.S. legislation allowing the kingdom to be sued for the 9/11 attacks will have negative repercussions....

Officials: US to send more troops to Iraq to help with Mosul
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is preparing to send more troops to Iraq to help reclaim the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, U.S. officials said Wednesday....

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