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World figures to attend funeral of Israel's Shimon Peres

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:34am

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

A look at some of Israel's prime ministers

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:32am

Shimon Peres, who died Wednesday, was both a former president and prime minister, the only person in Israel to hold both jobs. Of Israel's 12 prime ministers, three are still living: current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; his predecessor, Ehud Olmert, who is in prison after a bribery conviction; and Ehud Barak, who appears to be plotting a comeback.

UN in Afghanistan says 15 civilians killed in US air strike

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:31am

The United Nations in Afghanistan says at least 15 civilians were killed and another 13 injured in an air strike in eastern Nangarhar province early Wednesday.

Russia accuses US of threatening support for nuclear attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:31am

The Russian Foreign Ministry is accusing the Pentagon of making a veiled threat to back its allies in an attack on Russia with nuclear weapons.

Colombia president says Pope Francis to visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:31am

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos says Pope Francis will pay a visit to his country in the first quarter of next year.

The Latest: German, Turkish leaders decry Aleppo violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:31am

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

Colombian president says Pope Francis will visit the country early next year

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:21am

Colombian president says Pope Francis will visit the country early next year.

France nabs prosperous smuggler sneaking migrants to Britain

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:15am

French authorities have arrested and convicted a top smuggler and his accomplice who had reigned over desperate migrants trying to sneak to Britain, earning 300,000 pounds ($390,000) a month and hiding travelers amid onions to keep police off their trail.

Syrian government claims gains as Russia talks 2-day truce

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:12am

The U.S. and Russia escalated their war of words over Syria Thursday as government forces kept up their assault on Aleppo's rebel-held quarters and registered tenuous gains.

Russia accuses US of siding with 'terrorists' in Syria

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:11am

Russian officials accused the U.S. on Thursday of siding with "terrorists" in Syria, in a sign of escalating tensions between Moscow and Washington amid the battle for Aleppo.

UN warns of 'disaster' once Iraqi troops take on IS in Mosul

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 10:01am

A looming Iraqi military operation against the Islamic State group in Mosul could spark "one of the largest man-made disasters" in years, the U.N. refugee agency's top official in Iraq warned Thursday, urging the international community to keep up support for displaced Iraqis before a battle that could mark a turning point for the war-ravaged country.

Mexico, 5 South American countries question Venezuela rules

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:51am

Mexico has joined five South American countries in expressing concern over the decision by electoral authorities in Venezuela to effectively delay a presidential recall vote until 2017.

Nearly a hurricane, 'Matthew' crosses Southern Caribbean

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:41am

Tropical Storm Matthew was nearing hurricane strength Thursday as it moved toward the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao in the Southern Caribbean.

1 lion recaptured, 1 killed after escape at German zoo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:41am

Animal rights activists have called for an investigation after one of two lions who escaped from their cage at the Leipzig Zoo in Germany was shot dead Thursday.

Erdogan hints state of emergency can be extended to a year

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:41am

Turkey's president hinted on Thursday that the three-month state of emergency declared following the failed July 15 coup could be extended to over a year.

Student protests at Mugabe-attended Zimbabwe graduation

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:31am

Witnesses say a student has been whisked away by unknown people for protesting during a University of Zimbabwe graduation ceremony featuring President Robert Mugabe.

Study: Police using body cameras see huge drop in complaints

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:11am

A Cambridge University study of British and U.S. police shows a 93 percent decrease in the number of complaints made against officers when they are using body cameras — pivotal findings that suggest the simple devices could reduce conflicts between police and the public.

India says it has struck militants across Kashmir frontier

Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:11am

India said Thursday it carried out "surgical strikes" against militants across the highly militarized frontier that divides the Kashmir region between India and Pakistan, in an exchange that escalated tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

Spain: Socialists in turmoil as board revolts against leader

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 8:51am

Spain's leading opposition Socialist party was in crisis Thursday, a day after nearly half of its executive board resigned in a rebellion against leader Pedro Sanchez.