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The Latest: Obama orders flags at half-staff for Peres

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 7:11pm

The Latest on the death of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres (all times local):

Tropical Storm Matthew lashes islands of eastern Caribbean

Desmond Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 6:51pm

Tropical Storm Matthew lashed islands in the eastern Caribbean with heavy wind and rain Wednesday night as it gained strength and headed west into open waters.

Colombia's ELN rebels say they are ready for peace talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 6:51pm

Rebels in Colombia from the National Liberation Army say they are ready to overcome outstanding differences with the government and initiate stalled peace talks.

Australian state loses power as strong storm lashes region

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 5:20pm

An entire Australian state lost power as a strong storm lashed the region Wednesday, causing traffic chaos, stranding people in elevators and prompting police to warn residents to stay inside.

Bulgaria replaces candidate for the United Nations' top job

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 4:21pm

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov announced Wednesday that the government is nominating its European commissioner, Kristalina Georgieva, as a candidate to be United Nations Secretary-General, replacing its previous candidate, UNESCO chief Irina Bokova.

5.5 magnitude quake hits west Nicaragua, killing at least 1

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:51pm

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake hit western Nicaragua near the capital Wednesday, causing at least one death, injuring five people and destroying some homes, authorities said.

Saudi Arabia has ways to hit back at 9/11 lawsuit effort

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:50pm

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.

UN says EU may ratify Paris Agreement soon

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:33pm

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change appears likely to enter into force with India announcing that it has ratified the agreement and the EU signaling it may ratify within the next few days, officials said Wednesday.

Non-nuclear states advance push for UN treaty to ban nukes

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:24pm

Despite arm-twisting and vocal opposition from nuclear powers like the United States, six non-nuclear countries urged the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday to work toward a "legally-binding" accord to ban nuclear weapons in hopes of ridding them from the planet altogether one day.

World figures to attend funeral of Israel's Shimon Peres

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:02pm

The following world figures have confirmed attendance at Shimon Peres' funeral in Jerusalem on Friday:

Peru's ex-spy chief guilty of disappearing students

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:01pm

Former Peruvian spy chief Vladimir Montesinos has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for "disappearing" a professor and two students in 1993.

Shimon Peres witnessed Israel's history, and shaped it

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:01pm

At every corner of Israel's tumultuous history, Shimon Peres was there.

Israel mourns as preparations begin for Peres' funeral

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 2:52pm

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.

Top US diplomat to visit an increasingly isolated Venezuela

Hannah Dreier, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 1:52pm

President Nicolas Maduro says a top U.S. State Department official will soon visit Venezuela in a bid to ease tensions between the two nations.

Arabs greet Peres death with silence and animosity

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 1:41pm

Israel's Shimon Peres was widely admired around the world as a peacemaker and visionary, but the view in the Arab world was more complex: Memories linger of another Peres, who built up Israel's military might, waged war in Lebanon and promoted policies seen as harmful to the Palestinians.

Syrian government attacks 2 hospitals, bread line in Aleppo

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 1:41pm

Government shelling and airstrikes in Syria's Aleppo landed near a bread distribution center and two hospitals Wednesday, killing seven people and putting at least one of the medical facilities completely out of service, activists and medics said.

Probe says missile launcher from Russia downed Malaysian jet

John-Thor Dahlburg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 1:34pm

An international criminal probe concluded that a missile which destroyed a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine in 2014 and killed all 298 people aboard was fired from rebel-controlled territory by a mobile launcher trucked in from Russia and hastily returned there.

The Latest: France working on UN resolution for Syria truce

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 1:34pm

The Latest on the civil war in Syria (all times local):

Appeals court can't guarantee Snowden safe travel to Norway

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 11:52am

A Norwegian appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit seeking a legal guarantee to allow Edward Snowden to travel to Norway without risk of being extradited to the United States.